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Up Close: Jennifer Matthews

Jennifer Matthews recorded a career high on bars against Boise State earlier this season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)


Favorite cold cereal: Lucky Charms, Frosted Mini-Wheats... it depends what mood I am in.

Favorite Brad Cattermole quote: Yelling at me from across the gym... "Jenny! If you bust yourself over there, I am going to come break what's left of ya!"

I chose gymnastics over other sports because: It was different and I loved to watch it on TV. It's also a lot of fun!

Before a meet I: I don't really have any specific rituals. I just get ready mentally and physically and try to relax.

How did I spend my off-season: This last summer I took classes and worked in a cafeteria...I didn't really do much gymnastics but went hiking and did other activities to stay active.

Who has had the greatest influence on my gymnastics career and why: My parents. They have always been so supportive physically, mentally and financially. I never wanted to let them down so I always worked as hard as I could.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Raising a family, being a supportive wife and mother, possibly working part-time and enjoying life.

Who is the best gymnast/team I have ever faced: I would have to say the University of Utah. They are amazing.

What would I like to do sometime in my life: Travel the world. I love learning about other cultures.

One place I would like to visit: Just one? I would love to see the pyramids in Egypt or visit Ireland.

My favorite book is: I'm not much of a reader, so I don't really have a favorite book.

If I could play another sport it would be: Swimming and Diving

People say I look like: Not really anyone. I am my own person, although a few people have told me I look like my sister Lizz.

My favorite professor or most interesting class I've taken at BYU: I have to say functional anatomy was great. It was a tough class but I learned a ton of information and I love learning about the human body and how it works. It really is incredible!

What is my most memorable athletic achievement or moment: My most memorable moments are working out everyday with my best friends in the gym! Meets are great, but really all of the preparation it takes to get there is what I am really going to miss.

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept: I don't know. I am not a very materialistic person. I don't need much to be happy, but I would probably keep the jean quilt my husband made for me when we were dating. It was probably the nicest thing anyone ever made for me and has a lot of sentimental value.

Favorite scripture: I love the scriptures, but have never been able to narrow it down to one favorite verse. It depends what is going on with my life at the time, then I will often have a scripture that truly inspires me.

My favorite web site is: www.byucougars.com. I like to keep up with my sports teams!

My advice to youngsters: Enjoy whatever stage of life you are in because it will soon be over. Don't take life too seriously. Things work themselves out, even if it's not what you had planned.

Interesting fact most people don't know about me: I played the clarinet in band for seven years.

If I were on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," the person I'd call for my lifeline is and why: My dad...he is really smart and knows more random facts than anyone else I know and my mom would be right by his side.

If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I'd have to show you is: BYU campus...its amazing!

If you could invite any three people to dinner who would they be: Just my family. I love having family meals.

On the day of a meet, how do your friends and relatives follow the meet: My husband and my friends generally come to the meet, if they can. My family gets a call when it is over, unless they happen to be in town. If it is televised, they watch it on TV.

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