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Five Questions with Newport gymnast Candace Ho

Candace Ho of Newport sings, speaks Cantonese and plays piano and cello, and somehow finds time to captain a strong Newport gymnastics team.

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Five questions with Newport junior Candace Ho, last season's third-place finisher in the Class 4A state all-around and the highest-scoring 4A returner in 2012-13.

Q: You were part of Newport's "triple threat" trio last year. Two teammates graduated. What has changed?

A: I'm a captain this year, so it's important to be encouraging. I believe anyone can achieve anything in gymnastics as long as they give their all. Gymnastics is fun, but there's a hard-work side to it. Hard work pays off. Our team has a lot of talented gymnasts with a lot of potential. This year our team can be a threat to win any time.

Q: What's your strength?

A: I consider myself pretty even all around, but the event I personally enjoy a lot is floor, because I like to dance. Last year, I choreographed some routines for the JV girls, and this year I'm choreographing a routine for one of my teammates, Jess.

Q: You also sing, speak Cantonese, play piano and cello. Got any other talents?

A: I've always had an interest in harp. That's something I want to try when I grow up.

Q: What's your height these days?

A: I'm really, really close to 5-1. The doctor told me I was 5 feet and like nine-tenths. So I'm 5-1ish.

Q: You've trained with the Hong Kong Gymnastics Association in the past. How about this summer?

A: This summer, I went to two gymnastics camps, at Oregon State and at UW. I learned a couple of new small skills. I also learned to eat potassium before a meet, even before practice, because it's easy to get cramps, especially when it's cold. I got that from coach Melissa (Baker, at Newport) and from science class.

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