The Extra Tenth: Lia Salzano


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
January 21, 2013 10:55 AM
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



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