For Lauren Rose, becoming part of the Gator Nation was important to her even before she joined the University of Florida Gymnastics team.
Rose, a senior at the University of Florida, had a passion for the Gators growing up. Several of her family members attended Florida, and her dad became a converted fan after marring Rose’s mother, a Gator alumna. Rose wanted to share her family’s deep bond with the school.
“I’ve always wanted to come here because my mom came here and my uncle came here and we would always come to the gymnastics meets when I was really little and it was just my dream,” said Rose. “It feels really good to know that we are all true Gators.”
When asked what her greatest life achievement was thus far, Rose talked about her two passions: the Gators and gymnastics.
“Being accepted to come to Florida for gymnastics and also level 10 nationals [for competitive gymnastics],” said Rose.
For gymnasts of Lauren Rose’s caliber, gymnastics becomes a part of life at an early age. Rose began going to classes at the age of three and began competing around the age of seven.
Rose has spent countless hours in the gym immersing herself into gymnastics. Even with the demands of the sport, Rose never doubted her passion and drive to succeed in gymnastics.
“I just love it. The feeling of learning a new skill or catching your first release move feels too good to give up,” said Rose. “It is going to be sad when I am done with gymnastics.”
Coming off of a 2013 Gator National Championship win, Rose is excited to start a new gymnastics season and senior year, and motivated to win another championship.