What the ‘M’ Means for Gopher Women’s Gymnastics
Women’s Gymnastics | 25/08/2021 15:30:00
A crucial part of the University of Minnesota Women’s Gymnastics team is the program’s rich history, including overwhelming support from alumni. From the moment current Gophers enter campus, they are welcomed into a larger community of current and former Gopher gymnasts. Listen to the Gophers discuss what this support means for the team.
GopherSports: How does it feel to be a part of this larger Gopher Gymnastics community of your current teammates and alumni?
Maya albertin: It’s such an amazing feeling to know that I have so much support from so many people here in the United States. My current teammates are like family to me and I know we all trust each other. We also have amazing alumni who consistently show their support and that means the world to us as a team!
Kate grotenhuis: It’s so much fun being a part of this family here at the U of M gymnastics team. Loved getting to know all the girls on the team right now as well as all of our amazing alumni! The alumni have been so supportive, kind and generous in sharing their stories, wisdom and the lessons they have learned with me and the team.
Katie Horak: It’s amazing to be able to be a part of the Gopher Gymnastics family. The support from everyone is really nice and I am very grateful for it. There is always someone I can talk to to talk about anything. It really feels like a family where everyone helps each other out and we all care about each other. This support has already helped me a lot for my first year.
Lexy ramler: It’s a wonderful opportunity to have the support of your teammates and alumni. You really feel a part of something bigger and it means so much to have an automatic network of amazing individuals. It’s so heartwarming to know that you have people to talk to with considerable experience not only in gymnastics but also in life after gymnastics. In the end, I am very grateful to be part of a wonderful family.
Hall Remlinger: It means the world to me to be part of such an amazing Gopher Gymnastics family. I’ve always wished I could one day be a part of something as special as this program and I’m so grateful to be able to experience it. The legacy left by all of the alumni is incredible and I want to continue carrying this legacy with all of my teammates. Being part of the Gopher Gymnastics family is a unique opportunity I will always be grateful for.
Ali sonier: It is the best feeling to be part of the Gopher gymnastics family. There are always people there to support and encourage you. It’s always exciting to meet former Gophers who were part of the team and we admire those who came before us.
Hannah willmarth: It means a lot to know that we have so much support behind us. In this team, we are each other’s second family. Every girl will support you and support you no matter what, which is a really cool thing to be a part of. On top of that, there are so many alumni who come back to visit U and continue to support us, which says a lot about the type of program this is. Between the team, alumni, coaches and parents, we are a big Gopher gymnastics family, and having that kind of support and community means a lot to everyone on this team.
GS: What does it mean for you to compete at the University of Minnesota with such a rich tradition and history?
MY : Competing at the University of Minnesota is honestly a dream come true. I quickly assimilated all the traditions that we have here and I really feel that this school is my home. We have such an amazing program and I am so lucky to be a part of it!
KG: I am so honored to be part of this amazing team! I remember coming to Gopher Gymnastics competitions when I was little and I always admired the girls on the team because they were so talented in gymnastics, but also super nice and caring as people. Our alumni have blazed such a beautiful path for us to follow in their footsteps and carry the M.
KH: It means a lot to me to be able to compete for the Gophers. The tradition and history of UMN makes me feel connected not only with the school, but also with the coaches, my teammates, alumni and the community. I feel very grateful to be able to carry on the tradition and add to its great history. I like being able to tell others how much I love it here and how I feel right at home.
L / D: It means so much to me to compete for my home state of Minnesota. Being able to carry on the traditions that have existed for so many years and continue to write history is a memorable experience. Our team wouldn’t be where it is today without the incredible athletes who came before us and who led the way.
TIME: To have the opportunity to compete at the University of Minnesota with such a rich tradition and history is a dream come true. The incredible opportunities that I have the opportunity to experience here every day are something so special. It is an incredible honor to be able to represent a university that has so much excellence. I will always be grateful for the opportunity I have to compete for an amazing program and university.
LIKE: It’s an honor to compete for the U and carry on the traditions. There is nothing quite like participating in the Pav with Minnesota on your leotard.
HW: This is a unique opportunity to compete at the University of Minnesota, for a program with so much history and tradition. Hearing Coach Hansen talk about the traditions of the gymnastics program years ago, and being able to continue some of them with our current team, is a really special thing to be a part of. I am very grateful to have this opportunity and to help advance what has been built before us.
GS: A common phrase at Gopher Athletics and the M Club is “The ‘M’ never comes off. What does this mean to you?
MY : To me that phrase means that once you are a Gopher, you are still a Gopher. The time we spend here at the University of Minnesota is intended to shape us as individuals and provide us with important life skills for the future. We have such a strong support system at Gopher Athletics that we can always build on and be a part of.
KG: It means that I always do my best to do the right thing in all situations and strive for perfection because I do it for our team. It also means that once you’re a Gopher, you’re still a Gopher and part of the family here at the University of Minnesota.
KH: To me that phrase means we’ll always be there for each other, no matter what age. The ‘M’ represents our family that we have created, it shows that we are one as a whole. I know that no matter where my future takes me, I will always support the U and the other Gophers. Our support of alumni is what makes this college great and what makes this family so special.
L / D: “The ‘M’ never comes off” means to me the connection you have with many amazing people who have come before you and will come after you. The experience you had and the impact you had on the program will last forever. Once a Gopher, always a Gopher.
TIME: The phrase “the ‘M’ never comes off” means to me that the values and lessons I learned at the University of Minnesota will stay with me forever. The relationships and friendships I have made over my four years will last a lifetime. While I won’t be at the University of Minnesota forever, it will always be a part of me.
LIKE: To me, “the ‘M’ never comes off” means that you are still part of the Gopher family. It doesn’t matter when you graduated or when you left the U, you always have the M with you.
HW: To me, “the ‘M’ never comes off” means you’ll always be a Gopher. Whether you are a current or former athlete, whether you are in the gym, in the classroom or in the community, you are and always will be a part of Gopher Athletics. This program revolves so much around family, and I think “the ‘M’ never comes off” means that from the first moment you walk on campus, you are part of the Gopher family and that will never change.