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 week, a different gymnast will be featured.
The 15th edition spotlights senior Alaska Richardson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Richardson has been unstoppable on vault and floor this season. A three-time Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week, she has scored 9.8 or better on each vault this year, including a career- and team-best 9.925 at Maryland on Feb. 17. She also scored 9.8+ on floor eight times, and she hit for a career-high 9.925 on Feb. 24. Currently ranked No. 48 (9.88 RQS) on floor, she paced the team on both events at last week’s Big 12 Gymnastics Championships, as she finished fourth (9.85) on vault and sixth (9.85) on floor.
Full Name: Alaska Jere Richardson
Birthday: October 30
What’s on TV: American Horror Story: Asylum, Breaking Amish
What’s in my iPod: Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and some smooth jazz; no country music!
Favorite Movie: Anything scary or Disney
Favorite electronic device: iPhone
Superstitions: I have to look at all four corners before I begin my floor routine. I also have to say “confidence” before my beam routine.
Worst habit: Picking my eyelashes and chewing the inside of my jaw
Favorite late-night snack: A nice, big bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Pop or soda: Pop
Chocolate or caramel: Both
Early riser or night owl: Night owl
Bus or PRT: Neither
Swimsuit or snowsuit: Swimsuit
Facebook or Twitter: Definitely Twitter
Favorite weekend activity: Lazy Sundays = movies all day long
Which reality show would you do best on: Wipeout
Teammate destined for 15 minutes of fame: Erica Smith
Best Dressed on Team: Maci Sump
Teammate that makes the best study buddy: Kaylyn Millick
Favorite club gym memory: Scoring a 9.65 on floor at the Arnold Classic in level 9
Favorite road-trip ritual: Singing “Country Roads” once we enter Morgantown
Tops on my bucket list: Visit Alaska and skydive