We recently caught up with 2014 junior national champion and two-time USA national team member Jazmyn Foberg of MG Elite. As she prepares to begin her freshman year at the University of Florida this fall, she reflects back on her elite career and looks ahead towards her exciting new journey as a Gator.
When you look at Jazmyn Foberg’s meteoric rise within the elite gymnastics world and at her incredibly successful career thus far, the first thing you notice may not be the obstacles she has overcome to reach this point. Athletes of her caliber aren’t made overnight after all—it takes plenty of sweat, blood, and tears (not to mention chalk) to accomplish what she has, and the obstacles are just as important to her story as the triumphs. No gymnast escapes without challenges and hard days, but it’s in these moments that Jazzy has really shown her ability to rise up in the face of adversity. Whether it was becoming the junior national champion in 2014 after not qualifying in 2013, or coming back from an untimely injury to join the Florida Gators a year early, Jazzy has proven that with her mental toughness, you can never count her out. In fact, if you ask her about the most important lesson she’s learned through gymnastics so far, she’ll tell you that “nothing is impossible. Anything you set your mind to can be done. You just have to keep believing in yourself and never give up.”
It was with this mental toughness that Jazzy went from placing twenty-sixth at the 2013 Secret U.S. Classic, to becoming the 2014 junior national champion. She says that winning the national title was “a dream come true,” and one of the highlights of her elite career. Following her success at championships in 2014, she was named to the USA national team and went on to claim third place in the all-around at her first international assignment in Jesolo, Italy. It was here that she also earned a gold medal on vault and helped USA win the team title. She shares that “being on the USA national team is such and honor [and that] being able to represent my country…was one of my goals.”
Jazmyn Foberg Wins the All Around at the 2014 P&G Championships
Photo: USA Gymnastics
That summer at the 2015 P&G Championships, Jazzy continued to shine, grabbing silver medals in the all-around, vault, uneven bars, and balance beam. Following this stellar showing, she was selected to represent the United States at the International Junior Japan Meet where she continued to prove her consistency, earning second in the all-around and third on vault.
With her rapid rise on the national scene and her international successes, Jazzy was atop the list of athletes to watch as she made the transition from the junior to the senior ranks in 2016. After starting off 2016 at the Secret U.S. Classic, she unfortunately had to sit out the rest of the season with an ankle injury for which she eventually received surgery. In the face of this adversity, she once again relied on her determination and belief in herself to continue moving forward. She was able to get ahead on her schoolwork (no easy feat while recovering from injury and training countless hours in the gym) and graduate high school early this spring. Her early graduation allows her to join the Gators gymnastics team a year ahead of schedule, a decision she says she and her family reached together. “As a family, we decided it would be the best decision for me to go early,” she shares. “I’m super excited to join the Gators this year, [and] I’m ready to start the next chapter in my life!”
Jazmyn & Her Mom, Michele and Dad, Troy After Signing her National Letter of Intent
In terms of the transition from elite to NCAA gymnastics, Jazzy is most excited about “working in the team atmosphere.” She believes that “competing for the team as opposed to individually for [herself]” will be the biggest difference. It’s a change she looks forward to, adding that “everything I do and work for will be for my team.” She hopes her hard work and dedication to the team will help the Gators win a national title, citing a team victory for Florida at the NCAA Championships as her ultimate athletic goal.
In addition to her athletic goals, Jazzy has also set several academic goals for herself, namely “[staying] as a high honor roll student.” When asked what she’d like to study at Florida, she shares that she has not yet decided but that sports medicine is on her radar.
While Jazzy is extremely excited for the new adventures and challenges to come at Florida, she will most certainly miss her gym family back in New Jersey at MG Elite. Jazzy has a great deal of gratitude for her support system at gym, stating, “I am so thankful for my teammates and coaches. Without them none of this would be possible!” She says that she and her teammates have a “great relationship,” a bond that she truly cherishes. Her coach, Maggie Haney, also holds a special place in her heart, and when asked about their close relationship, she says that “my coach Maggie has been there with me every step of the way, and I’m going to miss her like crazy.”
Jazmyn Foberg & Coach Maggie Haney
Photo: USA Gymnastics
As we reflect on Jazzy’s incredible gymnastics journey so far and looks towards her next four years at Florida, we wish her all the best. We are confident that with her determination and belief in herself, this next chapter will be a great one. Thank you for chatting with us, Jazzy—and GO GATORS!Tags: elite, elite gymnastics, Florida Gators, Florida Gymnastics, Gymnastics, Interview, Jazmyn Foberg, Maggie Haney, MG Elite, women's gymnastics