March 7, 2014
Each week during the 2014 season, GoAirForceFalcons.com will feature a member of the Air Force women's gymnastics team. This week, the spotlight is on freshman Hannah Wilken, one of four Minnesota gymnasts on the Falcons' roster. A native of Eagen, Wilken has competed on the vault and uneven bars during three competitions this season.
How did you get started in gymnastics?
Enrolled in toddler classes at age 3.
Who are your biggest fans?
My parents and everyone at my club gym, TAGS.
What challenge do you find in gymnastics that you don't find in any other sport?
Gymnastics is a big mental game.
What do you like best about gymnastics?
It is both a team and individual sport.
What is your favorite event and why?
Bars because it is fast and exciting
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
I have lucky clips.
What is your advice for young gymnasts?
Work harder than anyone else.
What drew you to the Air Force women's gymnastics team?
The awesome coaching staff and closeness of the women's team.
What are you most excited about for the upcoming season?
Competing collegiate gymnastics for the first time!
Describe your personality in two words:
ON THE ACADEMY...
Who are the biggest influences in your life and why?
My parents because they encourage me to always do the right thing and my old teammate Kylie Schermann because she had the best attitude at practice.
How do you balance your athletics, academics and military duties?
I plan my time.
Who is your favorite non-gymnast athlete(s) at the Academy?
My roommate because she can run marathons!
What is your favorite class?
Who is your favorite professor/AOC/etc.?
My English professor because she makes a boring class really funny.
What is your favorite place on the Academy grounds?
What were your first thoughts of the Academy?
Freshmen look like tiny ants running the strips.
What is your favorite thing about USAFA?
The friendships I've already made here.
What has been the hardest thing about the Academy?
Getting tear gassed in basic.
What was your most memorable "welcome to college" moment?
The basic wake-up we all got the first morning.
When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grow up?
A first grade teacher
What is one thing that you just can't live without?
If you had $1,000,000, what would you do?
Travel all over the world
What is your favorite vacation spot?
My grandparent's house
What is the most interesting place you have traveled to?
What is one song that you're tired of hearing?
What Does the Fox Say
If your life story was turned into a movie ... who should play you?
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
What is your favorite TV show?
What was your first job?
Being a cadet
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Summer nights by Rascal Flatts
If you could be on any TV show, what would it be?
How many hours of sleep do you need (and now ... how many do you get?)
Eight and definitely not eight.
What sports teams do you follow?
The Minnesota Twins
What do you want to do after graduation?
Be a dentist
What is your proudest achievement?
Coming to USAFA
What era would you most like to travel to?
The 1920's and go to parties like Gatsby's
What is your favorite movie of all-time?
Water for Elephants
What is a secret talent that few people know you have?
I can drink a whole milkshake in like 2 minutes.
What is one thing about your hometown that you miss?
A really good ice cream shop