A to Z with Jessica Kinsler


Senior Jessica Kinsler, 18, is a two-time weightlifting champion, shown at Gainesville High School in Gainesville on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

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Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

SCHOOL: Gainesville

YEAR: Senior

WEIGHT CLASS: 154 pounds

HEIGHT: 4-foot-8

A fter winning the 2012 FHSAA state championship with a 400-pound total, more than 60 pounds heavier than the nearest lifter, I celebrated with ... My team because they've gotten me this far. They're going to get me even farther.

B est movie I've ever seen: The “Fast & Furious” series.

C lean-and-jerk or bench press? Bench press because I'm stronger on it. And the clean-and-jerk is kind of hard without good technique.

D efending my state championship in the 154 weight class and winning a third straight title will take: Coming back even stronger than they thought I was once before. Just keep working out hard like I always do.

E asiest part of my school day: Waking up in the morning.

F avorite words of advice from GHS coach Steve Bauer: He says, “Let's go. Let's get it done today.”

G oal weight I want to lift on the bench press after besting my state-record mark by 25 pounds (250) in the first dual meet of the season: 280 or 285. I have to get on the rack bench press a lot, do some dips, pushups. The rack bench press got me to 260.

H ow I started competing in weightlifting as a sport: My sister Jasmine Kinsler did weightlifting when she was in high school. She graduated in 2008. She took third as a junior at state. Coach Bauer knew that I was Jasmine's little sister, and he got me in it.

I nteresting thing about myself away from the gym: I do shotput and discus in track and softball.

J oker on the team: Me and my little sister Janice. We always have little inside jokes.

K ey to getting more GHS lifters to the state meet and pushing for a team championship: They just have to work harder. They can't play around when they come in there. They have to be serious about it and serious as a team, knowing that we have goals to accomplish as a team.

L east favorite Gainesville High sports moment: My loss last year. It was a tri-meet against Santa Fe and Bradford. I didn't get any of my clean-and-jerks, so I lost that meet.

M ajor I'd like to study in college: I want to be a medical assistant or a nursing assistant or a physician's assistant.

N ickname: They call me Jess and 4-8.

O ne person who inspires me the most: My sister Jasmine. She's independent and she goes to college right now and works. She goes to USF.

P re-meet ritual: I just listen to music, and right before I lift I drink honey for adrenaline.

Q uiet-time activity after a hard workout: Go home and lay down and relax.

R eaction I had after seeing my name mentioned in the Sports Illustrated magazine feature Faces in the Crowd this year: Not very many people get it, so I was very happy. Coach Bauer got in contact with me, and I had to send them a picture of me that they put in the article.

S eeing my sister, Janice Kinsler, top her 2013 state marks with a 335 total (175 bench, 160 clean and jerk) already this season is ... Good. She's going to get better. She has to get better. I let her workout with me.

T oughest part of trying to increase a weight total: It's always mental. That's why I have problems with some of the clean-and-jerks, because I talk myself out of it. It's just my form, because I have the strength to pull it way up.

U niversities or colleges I'm considering: Probably LSU, so I can get into the weightlifting program.

V acation spot I love: Crescent Beach.

W hat my diet and weightlifting regimen looked like heading into this year: I have to eat healthier during the season. During the offseason, I still work out. That (starts) over the summer.

X box, PlayStation or Wii? We've got an old PlayStation 2. I like to play “L.A. Rush.” It's a racing game.

Y ear I was born: 1995.

Z oo animal I like most: Tiger.

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