Athlete OTW: Jorden Mitchell ’17

How many famous gymnasts are there from Indiana?

Well, this should give you an idea: if you attempt to search the website of the American Gymnastics Federation for athletes from Indiana, you will find that there is no such thing as the American Gymnastics Federation. Clearly, the national audience for gymnastics is small.

And it’s even smaller in Indiana.

But Jorden Mitchell ’17 is looking to change that.  And after leading the Bears to victory in their regular season finale last Saturday, the Health and Human Biology concentrator, who enjoys boating, wakeboarding, hanging out with friends, exercising and listening to music — and also, one would hope, gymnastics — has a chance, albeit a small one, at an individual ECAC title.

It’s not just individual achievements either: The Bears are headed to the ECAC final, held Saturday at William and Mary. A win would be the Bears’ second in three years, and last year, they finished a close second. The Bears currently rank first in the ECAC, seventh in the North East region and 52nd nationally. Caroline Morant ’17 ranks second in individual scoring and Mitchell is a close fourth.

For her career-high score en route to a Bears win and a trip to the ECAC finals, Mitchell has been named the Athlete of the Week.

You can save one – Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, Twilight. Or get rid of all of them, and pick something else.

Harry Potter.

Correct. Favorite meal of the day, and why?

Breakfast — I love all breakfast foods.

That’s the second consecutive breakfast. Okay, what’s your rap name?

We actually have rap names for everybody on the team. Mine is “Li’l J Mitch.”

Do you have any funny or embarrassing gymnastics stories?

When I was in level six, my coach made a bet with my mom that if I won the state meet, they had to buy me a dog because all I talked about when I was little was that I would buy a dog. So my mom looked at my coach and said, “yeah, sure, if she wins state we’ll buy her a dog, that’ll never happen.” Then I won state, and they bought me a dog.

We’re going to do some word association. First — the Pizzitola.


Brown sports in general.

(long silence)

The Ratty.


The Pembroke seal.

Don’t step on it.

Okay, finally, your favorite one item of Brown cuisine?

Probably Chicken Cajun Pasta.

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