January 30, 2017

Buckeye Spotlight – Jake Dastrup


Jan. 30, 2017

A native of Lindon, Utah, Jake is a three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete and twice an Academic All-Big Ten selection. Just last week, he was named the Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for the first time in his career. His career-high parallel bar score of 15.400 is the fourth best in program history. Jake will receive his degree in hospitality management this May.

How did you decide to come to OSU?

I always felt that there was something special about Ohio State. I remember when Coach Sharipov was named as head coach, that really sparked my interest in coming here. When I came on my recruiting trip, I immediately knew that this is where I wanted to end up. There was just a special feeling that I had when I took my trip here. I have never regretted my decision to come to OSU.

How long have you been doing your sport?

I started gymnastics when I was nine years old. So, about 12 years.

Do you have any pre-match superstitions or rituals?

Not necessarily, I always like to get a nap in before a meet, but other than that I don’t really have any rituals.

What is your favorite part about your sport?

It’s difficult to say what my favorite part about gymnastics is. This sport is incredibly unique. I guess I just love how much the sport has taught me about myself. It has really stretched me physically, mentally, and emotionally. It provides a great parallel of how life actually is. Hard work, determination and progress brings satisfaction.

What is the hardest thing about sport?

There are a lot of hard things about gymnastics. It has really taken a toll on my body. It’s challenging to stay healthy. What’s even harder, though, is the mental aspect of the sport. You work so hard every day doing your routines over, and over, and over. And then you get one shot once you raise your hand in competition to perform. It takes incredible mental strength to perform successfully.

How do you balance athletics and academics?

I certainly haven’t mastered how to best balance being a student-athlete, but I have learned a lot of things over my four years here. There have certainly been some points that I felt like I couldn’t keep going, but sometimes just taking it one day at a time and focusing on what you have to do today can be really helpful to be consistent in giving your best effort.

Why did you choose your major?

I was struggling to find something that I wanted for my future. I found hospitality management and decided to move forward with it.

What is your favorite study spot on campus?

I like to go to Thompson Library or sometimes to the Fawcett Center.

What is your favorite class you have taken here so far?

Accounting was a challenging course, but I really enjoyed it and learned so much from it.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about?

I like to make music.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My mom’s spaghetti. Delicious.

Who do you most admire and why?

I most admire my parents. I could never repay them for all they have done and sacrificed for me.

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