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Meet the Spartans: Taira Neal

Taira Neal is the first captain named in seven years.

Jan. 4, 2013

The Michigan State gymnastics team will feature the student-athletes this season in attempt for fans to "Meet the Spartans". This week captain Taira Neal (Normal, Ill.) sat down with to answer some questions about her experience so far at MSU and her favorite things.

Name: Taira Neal                  

Nickname: T/Tee

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Normal, IL

Major: Criminal Justice Minor: Sociology

Best thing about being at MSU: The big and lively campus and being a part of SpartanNation

Favorite class: Soc 316

Favorite movie: Love and Basketball

Favorite food: Ice cream

Favorite restaurant: Flattop

Special talent: I can play the piano

Siblings: older sister Nicole and younger brother Ira

What do you want to be when you grow up: Lawyer or juvenile justice probation officer/social worker

Most exotic place you have traveled to: Costa Rica

Dream vacation spot: Spain or any island

Favorite musician or band: Chris Brown

Song that gets you pumped up before a meet: Nelly-heart of a champion and Eminem-till I collapse

Reason you picked MSU: I loved the campus and felt like home when I was here.

Favorite celebrity: Chris Brown

Favorite thing to do besides do gymnastics: Go shopping/watch movies

Favorite store to shop: H&M and urban outfitters

If you were not doing gymnastics, what other sport would you be involved with: Basketball or track

Favorite spot on campus: My apartment

Favorite competition at MSU: Anytime we go against Illinois



Pre-game ritual: Wake up around 10 make a light breakfast, do homework or clean to keep myself busy until about 1 o'clock. Pack my backpack for the meet and start doing my hair and make-up. At 3 leave I for the meet then I get taped and treatment while I listen to music.

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