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Learn more about Ohio State’s All-American

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last April, Rebecca Best became just the sixth Buckeye in Ohio State women’s gymnastics history to take home All-America honors, finishing sixth on floor with a career-best 9.850 at the 2009 NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb.

Now, the junior returns in 2010 with the same dedication, looking to return to the national championships while helping a young Ohio State team continue to build upon the program’s strong foundation.

Best kicks off a weekly Q&A feature on OhioStateBuckeyes.com this season, allowing fans to learn more about their favorite Buckeyes.

On the serious side …
Athletically, what are your personal and team goals this season?
Team goal:
To be Big Ten Champions, more importantly stay healthy at 100% the entire season so we can compete at our best and full potential.

Personally: Compete better than my best

How do you balance the pressure of athletics and academics?
“I take one thing at a time with everything.  If I’m in class, I focus on taking notes. When I have practice, I focus on completing my assignments with quality to eliminate time and when I’m home, I focus on finishing school work or relaxing.”

Who has made the greatest influence on you as a student-athlete?
“My parents. They’re always behind me 24/7 to support and help me succeed and to make sure I’m doing the best I can. If I’m not doing my best, they try to help me in any way possible to keep me on track.”

Now for some quick hits …
Nickname: 
Becca, Bec, B.Best, Becky (which I hate :))

My OSU roommate for 2009-10 is: Ashley L. – member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

My favorite home-cooked meal: My mommy’s …

Growing up, my wildest career ambition was: To be an astronaut

Who would play you in a movie? Sanaa Lathan

My favorite song to work-out to is: “Say Aah” by Trey Songz

Favorite class I’ve taken at Ohio State: Organic chemistry … just kidding. CSTXT 371 – Textiles

Best part about road meets: The bus ride and the games we come up with

Coolest place I’ve competed: Cancun

Show I always DVR: Secret Life of an American Teenager

Top songs on my MP3 player: “Little Bit” by Drake & Hard-Rihanna

I’m most proud of: Earning a scholarship to The Ohio State University