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Originally published Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:09 PM

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Five questions with Enumclaw gymnast Olivia Bannerot

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Gymnastics is in just its fourth year as a varsity sport at Enumclaw, yet the school has won the last two state 3A/2A titles after taking second place its inaugural season.

Senior Olivia Bannerot has been vital to Enumclaw’s success from the start. Last year, she placed fourth at state in all-around (second two years ago) and won the 2013 individual title on bars while earning second-place medals on vault and floor.

Q. What do you think makes Enumclaw such a prolific breeding ground for talented gymnasts?

Bannerot: Enumclaw is full of not only talented gymnasts but talented athletes in general. I think it’s due to the fact that we are a small, tight-knit community that is very supportive and encouraging.

Q: How does this year’s Enumclaw team compare to the past two state champions?

A: One thing has remained the same throughout the years, and that is that we work really hard to be the best that we can be, and we enjoy the sport.

Q: How have your skills evolved during your four years as a competitor? Where have you aimed to improve the most for this season?

A: I have kept most of my skills and routines very similar since I last competed at club as a Level 9, but I have worked to fine-tune my skills and make my routines cleaner.

Q: You’re a multisport athlete. Do you have a favorite?

A: I play soccer outside of school and run track, play volleyball, and cheerlead for the school. My favorite sport is whatever one I happen to be participating in at the time. Picking one is like trying to pick a favorite child.

Q: What is something not everyone knows about you?

A: I am a certified scuba diver. This summer in Hawaii I dove with the manta rays and cliff-jumped. I plan to attend Linfield College to possibly run track and eventually become a nurse.

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