Gymnast Lexie Priessman is only 21-years-old but has already had an impressive career. At age 13, she won the Nastia Lukin Cup. That was way back in 2010. Two years later, she was the national all-around champion at the junior level. She most likely could have competed at the Olympics that year in London but she was three weeks too young to qualify.
But being too young for the Olympics has been the least of Priessman’s worries. Her career has been plagued by injuries. She’s had nine surgeries. She’s had problems with her ankles, shoulders, and many other parts of her body. Gymnastics is trying sport, and it hasn’t been nice to Priessman.
But through all her injuries and subsequent surgeries, Priessman has remained resilient. So what is Priessman’s secret to success? Well, the young gymnast says it has at least something to do with music. She has a very specific playlist that she listens to before competitions. And it’s not the head-banging pump up music you might expect.
Priessman says she likes songs that inspire her and remind her that she has a larger purpose in life than competitive gymnastics. She’s a big fan of gospel and says her belief in God helps her in competition. She focuses on the journey in life and trusts that God has a plan for her.
Also on Priessman’s playlist is Martina McBride’s “This One’s For The Girls.” Priessman says this song makes her think about her teammates and the support they give her. It’s always good to know that you’re not alone out there and Priessman relies on her teammates to get her through competitions.
Whatever is on her playlist, it seems to be working. But perhaps there is more than music to Priessman’s success. From a young age she’s been hard working and shown immense talent. It’s exciting to think of what she can accomplish going forward.