Getting to Know You: Al Stych

March 14, 2014

Each week during the 2014 season, will feature a member of the Air Force women's gymnastics team. This week, the spotlight is on Alexandra Stych, a junior from North Oaks, Minn. Stych, known as "Al" to her teammates has earned USAG All-American status during each of her first two seasons.

How did you get started in gymnastics?
I started classes when I was 5 years old.

Who are your biggest fans?
My family and friends.

What challenge do you find in gymnastics that you don't find in any other sport?
The mental toughness required doesn't compare to any other sport.

What do you like best about gymnastics?
The bond that forms between the team and getting to wear ribbons in my hair!

What is your favorite event and why?
Floor, because I love dancing and music.

Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
I always listen to music to get pumped.

For returners: What has been your favorite road trip?
UC Davis, freshman year. Being in San Francisco was a lot of fun.

For returners: What is your most memorable road trip experience?
Singing songs in the vans and taking pictures by trees...

What is your advice for young gymnasts?
Always remind yourself why you love the sport.

What drew you to the Air Force women's gymnastics team?
The girls on the team.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming season?
To surprise people with the depth of our team this year and to compete in the double dual with the guys' team.

Who are the biggest influences in your life and why?
God, my family, and my friends because they all support me in everything I do.

How do you balance your athletics, academics and military duties?
Sometimes I have no idea! But prioritizing helps.



Who is your favorite non-gymnast athlete(s) at the Academy?
Lainie Long

Who is your favorite professor/AOC/etc.?
I've had a few good ones and I can't choose between them!

What is your favorite place on the Academy grounds?
The athletic fields.

What were your first thoughts of the Academy?
That was during BCT, so I was wondering what I had gotten myself into.

What is your favorite thing about USAFA?
The people I've met and the friendships I've made because of experiences we've had together.

What has been the hardest thing about the Academy?
Getting enough sleep!

What was your most memorable "welcome to college" moment?
Basic training...just kidding. When I saw I had my own locker with my name on it and I felt like I was a DI athlete for the first time.

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grow up?
A doctor

What is one thing that you just can't live without?
My chapstick

If you had $1,000,000, what would you do?
A lot of things but I would really like to travel.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

What is the most interesting place you have traveled to?

What is one song that you're tired of hearing?
Wrecking Ball

If your life story was turned into a movie ... who should play you?
Reese Witherspoon

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Anything chocolate!!!

What is your favorite TV show?

What was your first job?
Working birthday parties at my club gym

If you could be on any TV show, what would it be?
So you think you can dance

How many hours of sleep do you need (and now ... how many do you get?)
I need at least 8 and I usually get 6-7.

What sports teams do you follow?
Iowa Hawkeyes football

What do you want to do after graduation?
Something in the medical field

What is your favorite movie of all-time?

What is a secret talent that few people know you have?
I like to scrapbook.

What is one thing about your hometown that you miss?
Caribou Coffee and the colors of leaves

John Sims AF AotW
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