Up Close: Meghan Donahue

Meghan Donahue on vault (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

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Favorite cold cereal: Coco Pebbles. I love chocolate!

Favorite Brad Cattermole quote: "If you don't want to wear your butt cheeks as earrings then..."

I chose gymnastics over other sports because: My parents put me in at three, but I stayed in it because I love the challenge and thrill you get out of learning and achieving skills. There is also the fact that your body and mind is strong enough to do things that a lot of other people can't do.

Before a meet I: Tried to keep things the same. I'm very superstitious. I ate a good breakfast and lunch, talked to my family, relaxed and visualized my routines.

How did I spend my off-season: Rehabbed my injuries, spent time in the gym "playing" and conditioning and spent time with my family and friends.

Who has had the greatest influence on my gymnastics career and why: My parents and brother. They were always supporting me and pushing me through all those hard times. They were always by my side believing in me, knowing I could and would accomplish my goals. My (former) coach, Gina, who always pushed me to do my best because she knew what I was capable of doing. She helped me achieve my goal because she believed in me.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Have a family, coaching college gymnastics and staying active. You can't plan too much, because you never know what will happen!

Who is the best gymnast/team I have ever faced: The University of Utah.

What would I like to do sometime in my life: Ever since I've been to Scotland, I want to be able to travel to so many places around the world. I also want to write a book.

One place I would like to visit: I'm picking two, Ireland and Poland!

My favorite book is: I have a hard time with just one favorite. The Harry Potter books, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.

If I could play another sport it would be: Rowing, or pole vaulting!

People say I look like: For some reason a lot of people think I look Asian. I don't even have Asian in me. I guess I'm a good mix between my mom and dad.

My favorite professor or most interesting class I've taken at BYU: I love learning so it's hard to choose. Lets just say I hate math and science classes and love psychology and health/fitness/athletic related classes.

What is my most memorable athletic achievement or moment: Making Junior Olympic Nationals my first year of Level 10 and earning a full-ride gymnastics scholarship to a topped ranked school.

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept: I hate questions like these because I want to keep everything, but I guess...pictures because they hold so many memories and tell so many stories.

Favorite scripture: I don't have one. It's like asking your favorite sentences in a really good book. All of the sentences together make up a good book.

My favorite web site is: www.byucougars.com and www.donahuefinearts.com

My advice to youngsters: Never give up on any goal or dream that you have because one day you will achieve it, even if you have to go on a different path to get there. Things happen for a reason. Don't get upset when your plans don't go exactly the way you wanted. There are other adventures waiting for you.

Interesting fact most people don't know about me: I use to play the harp and I'm Catholic.

If I were on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," the person I'd call for my lifeline is and why: My Dad, because he always knows the answers to things. When parents say they know everything, trust them!

If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I'd have to show you is: I hate to say this, but the "Y". The hike is hard but the view is worth it. Or maybe we would just look at pictures of it!

If you could invite any three people to dinner who would they be: My mom, dad and brother. They are truly my best friends and I always love talking and hanging out with them. I wouldn't want it any other way.

On the day of a meet, how do your friends and relatives follow the meet: If it's on TV, they watch it. If not, I always call them after the meet so they always know what's going on.

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