Interview with Kiki Eide

Kiana "Kiki" Eide, former member of TCR and the U.S. Junior National Team, talks about her new life living near Chicago and training on the U.S. Senior National Team.

So, why are you in Northbrook, just outside of Chicago?
Because, from Junior Group I was asked to be part of the Senior National Team. And their training center is in Deerfield. There were girls asked from all over the country to be on the team, and they all moved to Northbrook. There are six of us.

What is it like living away from home?
It's hard...knowing all my friends and my family are here. It's very hard.

What are the good things about living there?
I've met a lot of new people. I get to try new things. Mostly the whole experience is amazing.

What's the training schedule like?
Every day except Sunday. It's usually 4:00 until 7:30 or 8:00. The hardest part is trying to get school work done.

So what do you do for fun, to relax?
On Sundays sometimes we go out to eat somewhere in a group, with our parents. Like for sushi somewhere. Or I go on a walk with a friend in the morning. Usually we just hang out, or do something spontaneous.

What's the most important thing you learned at Twin Cities Rythymic?
Having people who are so close to you know that you can do even better, they really believe in you.

Were there any times you felt like quitting?

So what kept you going?
Knowing that there's a future ahead, that I can make something of myself. I'll suffer now, everybody suffers. But in the future it will definitely pay off.

What's your top memory from TCR?
It was back when we were all training, and it was a day before we left for Argentina (to compete in the Pan Am Games). And we were all sitting here exhausted after practice. We get boxes of apparel, our National Team suit—that was the most important thing in the world for us. And it was required to have that. So couldn't wait until the day we went to the airport, so we wanted to wait as long as we could for them to come here to the gym, and they were supposed to arrive that day. So we were all sitting there that day for four hours. And when Margarita's mom walked in with the boxes we all started crying, we were so happy! It was the best.

So what's next for you?
More competitions and training every day. And training for 2016 in Rio. We have to qualify in next year's World's in Turkey in order to compete. We have to qualify top 12 to compete in the Olympics. And if I don't make it in 2016, I'll try for 2020!

We wish you the best of luck Kiki!



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