Fans have been wondering since Pama basically dropped off the face of the gymnastics Earth after doing well at the prominent junior competitions in 2006. She had a poor performance at the 2006 U.S. Junior Championships, though, and didn’t make the national team.
Now, Amy van Deusen at About.com’s Gymnastics site has some answers. She posted an online interview with Pama, where the 17-year-old who made yarn the new scrunchie talks about the ankle injury that kept her out of competition all last year and her plans for the future.
What are your goals for this year?
My plan for this year is to have fun, do the level 10 scene, and get ready for college. Right now I am competing level 10, and after States, Regionals and Nationals I’ll see if I can go back to elite for my senior year [of high school].
What college would you like to go to?
I would really like to go to Utah, Georgia, UCLA and Stanford. They are all my top favorites. I’d really like to compete NCAA gymnastics.
Pama was a thoroughly impressive junior who threw, among other huge skills, a triple back dismount off the uneven bars. At 13.
Shantessa Pama, 2004 U.S. Junior Championships, Uneven Bars:
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