Everyday Champion: Yuki Lamb
Everyday Champions is a program that recognizes the complete student-athlete the student-athlete that makes a difference and makes an impact not only on the field of competition but in the classroom and in the community.
The Everyday Champion exemplifies the characteristics of STAR:
In an attempt to recognize those student-athletes that go above and beyond the call of duty,
Yuki Lamb (
Judging by your grades and the results here in the gym (prior to her elbow injury), you put as much emphasis on the student part of student-athlete as the athlete portion. How do you balance that?
“Lots of organization. I’m a very organized person. As we get busier with school, practice and travel, it doesn’t affect me much. It also helps that I handle pressure and stress well. To me, I value academics over gymnastics. I chose OSU for gymnastics, but I realize that the education will be what I have when gymnastics is over.”
“My parents have always emphasized school. In third grade I got my first B and my mom pulled me out of gymnastics for a couple weeks to tutor me. That was the first year of making a team for me and she could see that gymnastics was becoming important to me. I really respect that she did that to show the importance of academics. I’ll always have the academics when my gymnastics career is over.”
You injured your elbow two days before Thanksgiving. What kind of time table have you set for yourself?
“I have been following the doctor’s orders and what Deb (the gymnastics team’s athletic trainer) have told me to do to make sure that I recover correctly without setbacks. I got my brace off today so now I can start addressing the range of motion and strength in my arm.”
So, what are your personal goals for the season?
“It is a multi-step process for me. The big goal is to help the team make Nationals. But that goal is too overwhelmning right now. First, I need to work to rehab and take care of myself outside of the gym and to make the right decisions to get better. The next goal is to get my endurance back so I can complete my floor routine. Then, the next goal is to get my 10.0 vault back. Then there is that ultimate goal for our team to get to Nationals on our home floor. Right now I just want to do anything I can to help my teammates... show them where they can make corrections or anything else I see at practice to help make them better.”
You’re studying International Business. What are your plans for the future?
“Part of my degree includes the option of taking certain classes on campus or actually going abroad to study. If I have my way, I’ll complete that portion of my degree in
When your gymnastics career is over what will you do to stay active?
“Like I said, my dad supports me to do new things. I would really like to try pole vaulting. I know that lots of gymnasts do it and are successful. Since vault is my best event, I think that an explosive event like that could be great for me. Tim Mack, who won the gold medal at the last Olympics, trained at my gym in
You came all the way to OSU from
“This was my fourth recruiting trip and everything here was better than my other trips. My grandparents used to live at the coast, in
How did you get into gymnastics?
“I was taking tae kwon do when I was four but lost interest when I was six. My mom wanted me to be involved in something. I had watched the ’92 Olympcs and suggested gymnastics. Mom opened the phone book and called a gym. Gymnastics probably wasn’t supposed to be a permanent thing but I love the feeling you get from completing a routine. It is a unique sport, in that I can go to a gym and play basketball, maybe not very well, but I can do it. But somebody else can’t just walk into our gym and start doing gymnastics and succeed. I love that feeling that unique feeling.”
Your teammates are very superstitious. Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
“No. I’m not superstitious. I guess, before a meet I entertain myself observing their rituals. But there isn’t anything that I need to do.”
When you have time away from the gym and studying how do you spend time?
“Last year in Megan (Devencenzi) and I made a great group of friends living in West Hall. They are my break from gymnastics. All they know about gymnastics is that it looks neat. That kind of break is really important for me to relax whether it is a trip to
What other kinds of things are you involved in?
“I tutor, mostly math, to my teammates. It isn’t exactly community service but I enjoy helping them and helping the team get the best GPA possible. Knowing them already makes teaching them easy. Last year, I was involved in ELI, the English Language Institute. I signed up to help a student from