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 seventh edition features sophomore gymnast Beth Deal. The Parkersburg, W.Va., native is coming off a fantastic freshman season, as she helped secure the team’s EAGL Championship victory with a winning, career-best 9.9 beam routine last March. Though she hasn’t seen competitive action yet in 2013, she is poised to make her season debut in the coming weeks.
Full Name: Bethany Mae Deal
Birthday: January 21
What’s on TV: One Tree Hill via Netflix
What’s in my iPod: Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan – basically, all country!
Favorite Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
Favorite electronic device: iPhone
Superstition: Talking to Kaylyn Millick
before my routine
Worst habit: Procrastinating
Favorite late-night snack: Cheez-Its and pistachios
Pop or soda: Pop
Chocolate or caramel: Chocolate
Early riser or night owl: Night owl
Bus or PRT: Bus
Swimsuit or snowsuit: Swimsuit
Facebook or Twitter: “Tweet Tweet” Twitter
Favorite Pinterest recipe: Jalapeno popper dip
Dream date: A candle-lit dinner on the beach
Favorite weekend activity: Catching rays at Blue Hole
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Ryan Lochte
Favorite magazine: Cosmopolitan
Which reality show would you do best on: “True Life: I Married My Cat….”
Teammate destined for 15 minutes of fame: Dayah Haley
Best Dressed on Team: Makenzie Bristol
Teammate that makes the best study buddy: Kaylyn Millick
Favorite club gym memory: Playing kick the can when the power went out
Favorite road-trip ritual: Singing Taylor Swift on the bus
Tops on my bucket list: Skydiving and traveling around Europe Deal and her teammates open their 2013 home season this Friday, Feb. 1, against No. 2 Oklahoma, Western Michigan and William & Mary, at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.