GYM DAWGS Profile - Lindsey Cheek
by Chelsea Lipocky
The Gym Dawgs welcome a new member to their team, but she has been part of the UGA family her whole life. Lindsey Cheek was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, and recently graduated from Oconee County High School. She has been involved in gymnastics since she was four. Now she has taken her athletic career to UGA, and has been practicing with the team for the past month. I met her before practice to talk to her about how life as a Gym Dawg has been so far.
So Lindsey, what has the transition from high school been like?
I thought it was going to be a tough transition from high school, but all the girls have really made it easy on me. Every little thing I have had a question about, they have been there to answer it, and have been really supportive. They have helped me so much with this transition, and I am really happy that they have been here to help me.
What is your major?
Psychology, but an intention of pre-med.
That sounds really challenging. Are you nervous about your classes?
Yes, I am so nervous about class. I have been setting out the days, and what I need to do. I feel like I am going to get lost!
Do you have any rituals or superstitions?
I don’t really have any rituals before meets or anything.
What is your favorite song right now?
Katy Perry’s Firework. That gets me pumped!
What motivated you to come to Georgia?
Its just been my dream, I have been coming to gymnastics meets all my life, and that’s all I have ever wanted to do is come to Georgia and be a college athlete here.
Where is your favorite place to eat in town?
Umm…La Fiesta. I love Mexican food.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
This sounds weird, but when I am in a middle split, I hate it when people touch my feet! I can’t stand it!
Is there anything you like to do or eat that you don’t get to have when you are training?
Ha, I am never not training! I am training all the time.
Have you ever played another sport?
I played T-ball when I was little. I was okay. I was better at gymnastics, so I stopped T-ball and continued gymnastics.
Are you glad you are so close to home, or do you wish you went farther away for school?
I don’t really know if I could have handled going far away. Just getting out of the house is enough for me.
You said you have been coming to gym meets here for a long time. What is your earliest memory of UGA?
Probably coming and watching Kim Arnold. I was probably six, and just coming and watching them…they rocked the house. They were great. I just remember that as my first experience.
Click here for video footage: of Lindsay’s interview.