MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – This season, the West Virginia University gymnastics team will lift the veil and give Mountaineer fans a closer look in The Extra Tenth. Each Monday, a different gymnast will be featured.
The sixth edition features sophomore gymnast Lia Salzano. A two-event specialist, the Centreville, Va., native has hit in clutch situations for the Mountaineer beam lineup this season. She scored a team-best 9.8 at Utah this past Saturday and has been steady in the anchor position.
Full Name: Lia Pauline Salzano
Birthday: May 26
What’s on TV: Pretty Little Liars, Friends
What’s in my iPod: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Trey Songz, Mike Stud
Favorite Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
Favorite electronic device: Phone
Superstitions: I go up on my toes and take a deep breath before I vault. I also throw my arms up and imagine my Tkachev before bars.
Worst habit: Fidgeting – I can’t sit still!
Favorite late-night snack: Cereal
Pop or soda: Soda
Chocolate or caramel: Chocolate
Early riser or night owl: Night owl
Bus or PRT: Bus
Swimsuit or snowsuit: Swimsuit
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
Favorite Pinterest recipe: S’mores cookies
Dream date: A day on the lake
Favorite weekend activity: Going to Blue Hole
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Ryan Lochte
Favorite magazine: Cosmopolitan
Which reality show would you do best on: American Ninja Warrior
Teammate destined for 15 minutes of fame: Erica Smith
Best Dressed on team: Makenzie Bristol
Teammate that makes the best study buddy: Beth Deal
Favorite club gym memory: Friday dinners after practice with my team
Favorite road-trip ritual: Singing “Country Roads” on the bus when we pull into Morgantown
Tops on my bucket list: Visit Italy