The Extra Tenth: Bethany Yurko

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • February 11, 2013 11:44 AM
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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 ninth edition features junior Bethany Yurko. The Cumberland, Md., native has quietly developed into a crucial cog for the Mountaineers’ vault and bars lineups, as she is known to step up and key situations and hit for the team. In fact, she just finished sixth on vault in the team’s victory over Iowa State on Feb. 10 with a career-best 9.775 score; that appearance was her first of the season on vault. Additionally, she made her career bars debut on Jan. 25 at NC State and scored 9.675. She is expected to push for competition time in both lineups as the year progresses.

Full Name: Bethany Sue Yurko

Birthday: April 23

What’s on TV: Nashville

What’s in my iPod: Country

Favorite Movie: Finding Nemo

Favorite electronic device: Phone

Superstitions: I always have to count to three before each skill I do

Worst habit: Biting my nails

Favorite late-night snack: Cereal

Pop or soda: Soda

Chocolate or caramel: Chocolate

Early riser or night owl: Early riser

Bus or PRT: Bus

Swimsuit or snowsuit: Swimsuit

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook

Favorite Pinterest recipe: Chili

Dream date: Dinner on the beach under the stars

Favorite weekend activity: Being lazy

Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: My sister, Leah, playing soccer

Favorite magazine: Country Living

Which reality show would you do best on: Wipeout

Teammate destined for 15 minutes of fame: Chelsea Goldschrafe

Best Dressed on Team: Makenzie Bristol

Teammate that makes the best study buddy: Kaylyn Millick

Favorite club gym memory: Rock wall climbing and watching a teammate fall on her face with her helmet and gear on

Favorite road-trip ritual: Singing “Country Roads” on the bus when we arrive at the Coliseum

Tops on my bucket list: Skydive and travel