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High School Sports

Alle-Kiski Female Athlete of the Week

| Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Natalie Beilstein

School: Knoch

Class: Senior

Sport: Gymnastics

Notable: A Level 10 gymnast and University of Michigan recruit, Beilstein seized four gold medals Saturday at the WPIAL championships in Moon. She placed first in the vault, bars, beam and in the all-around. She was 0.05 points out of first place in the floor exercise.

How would you rate your performance at the WPIAL championships•

I'd give it a 9.0. I want to dominate and win, but I didn't mind it at all that someone finished ahead of me in floor.

Gymnastics is not a marquee high school sport in Western Pennsylvania. Is that frustrating for you?

It's not frustrating at all. When I go other places, people know of me. I haven't really thought about it because I traveled a lot.

Knoch doesn't have a gymnastics team. What drove you to represent the school•

I just really wanted to win the banner and have my name up there. It means a lot. I'm glad I get to go down in Knoch history. Nobody (at WPIALs) really knew where Knoch is, and it makes me proud to represent my school.

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