The Extra Tenth: Emma Lasker

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • January 22, 2014 11:18 AM
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Freshman Emma Lasker hopes to add depth to the Mountaineers' vault lineup this season.
All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks Picture
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Extra Tenth is back in 2014! A blog dedicated to the West Virginia University gymnastics team, a different Mountaineer will be featured every week. 
This season’s third edition features freshman Emma Lasker. The Akron, N.Y., native made her Mountaineer debut at Maryland on Jan. 17, scoring 9.675 on vault.
A level 10 gymnast out of Rochester Gymnastics Academy, Lasker qualified for the 2013 Junior Olympics National Championships. She won vault at the 2013 Region 6 Championships and also finished third on floor and sixth in the all-around.
The Mountaineer coaches believe Lasker’s true Phelphs vault has potential to score high and expect her routine to turn heads in the future.
WVU (1-3) opens its 2014 home season this Sunday, Jan. 26, against NC State, at 3 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Sunday is a “Dollar Day,” and all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas are available for $1 each. WVU students get in for free with a valid WVU student I.D. Sunday also is a “Poster Day,” and fans may pick up a 2014 schedule poster featuring the Mountaineers.
Full Name: Emma Elyse Lasker
Birthday: December 3
What’s on TV: How I Met Your Mother, Big Brother
What’s in my iPod: Country (Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler)
Favorite movie: The Emperor’s New Groove
Favorite electronic device: iPhone
Worst habit: Biting my nails
Favorite late-night snack: Yogurt
Pop or soda: Pop
Chocolate or caramel: Chocolate
Early riser or night owl: Both
Bus or PRT: PRT
Swimsuit or snowsuit: Swimsuit
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
Favorite Pinterest recipe: Banana peanut butter smoothie
Dream date: Dinner and a walk on the beach
Favorite weekend activity: Watching TV
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Michael Phelps
Favorite magazine: Teen Vogue
Which reality show would you do best on: Big Brother
Teammate destined for 15 minutes of fame: Dayah Haley
Best Dressed on Team: Lindsey Litten
Teammate that makes the best study buddy: Mackenzie Myers
Favorite club gym memory: All day summer workouts with my teammates
Favorite road-trip ritual: Singing with my mom
Tops on my bucket list: Visit France
What does Mountaineer gymnastics mean to you: Mountaineer gymnastics means family and heart. It means support and friendship when times are tough. Finally, Mountaineer gymnastics means always striving to do better because we can always “climb higher.”