Isabella recently qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio representing Panama, and made Boise State Bronco history as their first gymnast to compete at the Olympics. We reported about her qualification here.
We got the opportunity to interview Panama’s Isabella Amado about her past, recent accomplishments, and a peak into her training schedule.
I started when I was 5, in 2010 I qualified to the PAN AMERICAN GAMES in Guadalajara and I wanted to improve some before competing in 2011, so I moved to USA in 2011 with that goal (due to age rules that changed a bit later I wasn’t able to compete at that meet).
Qualifying to the Olympics has meant the world to me, I have been able to prove to myself that with dedication and hard work you can achieve whatever goals you have! I LOVE my country, Panama is everything to me and I am proud and humbled to be able to represent my country every time I compete.
PunchFront: How have your friends, and family reacted to your Olympian status?
I have received sooo many congratulations messages and calls, its amazing to see how much the people back home support me and believe in me.
PunchFront: Can you describe a typical day for you running up to the Olympics?
I wake up around 6:45, training goes from 8-12, then we have a little break, and we go again from 2:30-5 and then head home to rest.
What brought you to select, and compete for Boise State?
I have met their coach through a camp my gym hosts and I know they have a great program in which I would continue to improve and I am beyond excited for that new chapter of my life!! GO BRONCOS!😁
PunchFront: How have Boise State reacted? From their tweets, they seem thrilled in your achievement.
They have been so supportive all this time, and they are supper excited for me to compete in RIO.
PunchFront: You’re steady, and calm on beam. Is beam your favorite event?
Yes, i would say so. It has been since the beginning, beam just sort of came easier than the other events to me, I was never really scared of trying new things on the beam!
PunchFront: Besides qualifying for the Olympics, what is your proudest achievement in gymnastics?
I’m really proud to be able to go to college on a full gymnastics scholarship. And being a multiple world cup medalist.
PunchFront: Is there anything else you would like to add?
I am so very thankful to Excalibur Gymnastics for taking me in as one of their own since I got there and helping me get where I am today!! I will be forever grateful!