Meet the Wildcats: Danaea Davis

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the Blue/White Scrimmage on Dec. 13, presents “Meet the Wildcats,” an opportunity for you to get to know a little more about the 2016 Kentucky Gymnastics team. Today’s Meet the Wildcats features sophomore Danaea Davis. 

Danaea Davis, a freshman from Waldorf, Md., enters 2016 after qualifying for both the state and regional meets all four years of her high school career. A graduate of West Lake High School, she qualified for J.O. Nationals in 2011, and competed at the Unique Sports Academy under head coach Jordan Taleferro.

Here’s a bit more on Danaea:

Quick Facts

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida.
Parents: Chrystal & Tim. 
Siblings: Aryen, Deionte, & Aylivia.
Twitter Handle: @danaeaaaa
Instagram Handle: @danaea_lanae
Major: Kinesiology
Nickname(s): Nae

Get to Know Danaea in Competition

I chose Kentucky because … As a military brat who was raised all over, Kentucky is unlike any place I have ever lived.
My goals this season are … To contribute as much as possible and to stay healthy.
I’m most looking forward to our meet with _____ … Florida 
I try to model my competition style most after … Shannon Mitchell because of her presentation and huge vaults. 
My role model in gymnastics is… Carson Tubiolo.
My most memorable moment as a gymnast was … My last competition with my Hawaii coach at 2011 J.O. Nationals. I had the best meet of my career that year with him.

Danaea Outside of Competition

My favorite book is …  Diary of Anne Frank
My pre-meet superstition is … Listening to the same pre-meet playlist.
If I had a derby horse I would name it … Rango.
Growing up, my celebrity crush was …  Channing Tatum
My favorite food is … Chinese food
My dream job is to be …. A physical therapist 
My TV show is … Empire.
The best concert I have ever been to …  Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z

The Wildcats kick off the 2016 season with the Blue/White scrimmage on Sun., Dec. 13 at a time still to be determined. The scrimmage will serve as a preview to the 2016 season, with the season opener Excite Night set for Fri., Jan. 8 against Ball State at 7 p.m. All home meets will be held in Memorial Coliseum. 

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