Meet the Wildcats: Kirsten Canini

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the Blue/White Scrimmage on Dec. 13, UKathletics.com 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 senior Kirsten Canini.


Kirsten Canini, a junior from Carroll, Ohio, enters 2016 after being redshirted her past two seasons with the Wildcats. Before her time with Kentucky, she finished third on bars at the 2011 Arnold Challenge, won the all-around title at the 2013 Daytona Beach Open, was a 2013 regional qualifier. Kirsten has been named to the SEC Academic Team for the last two seasons with UK.


Here’s a bit more on Kirsten:


Quick Facts

Birthplace: Carroll, OH

Parents: Victor & Joan Canini 

Siblings: Cameron and Connor

Twitter Handle: @KirstenCanini

Instagram Handle: @KNCanini

Major: Biology & Chemistry

Nickname(s): KC


Get to Know Kirsten in Competition

The best part about being a UK student-athlete is …. The support of different teams for each other

My goal this season is to…  Make it to Nationals.

I’m most looking forward to our meet with _____ ….. Georgia

I chose Kentucky because … It’s an all-around great, fun school.

I want to improve my … Bar routine

This season I am most excited for …  The competition atmosphere


Kirsten Outside of Competition

My favorite book is ….  The Last Lecture

Growing up, my celebrity crush was … Justin Timberlake

Pre-meet superstitions … I have to wear the same necklace every time. 

My favorite musical artist is …  Luke Bryan

Favorite board game … Sorry

My dream job is to be … A fashion designer

My favorite place on campus is … The arboretum.


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. 


For complete news and updates on the Kentucky Gymnastics program, go to UKathletics.com. Breaking news, behind-the-scenes updates and more can be found on Twitter at @UKGymnastics and Facebook at Facebook.com/UKGymnastics.