That’s how Mackenzie Caquatto would describe it. Fondly dubbed ‘The Caquatti’, Bridgette and Mackenzie Caquatto are two of the US’s most popular gymnasts, known for their engaging personalities and strong skills across the apparatus. Trained at Legacy Elite in Carol Stream by Jiani Wu and Yuejiu Li, both girls have moved up the ranks of US Gymnastics quickly. Mackenzie has already experienced huge success as a senior, competing as part of the silver medal-winning World Championship team in 2010. Close on her tail is her younger sister who is entering her first year as a senior. Both are vying for spots on the 2011 World team and the 2012 Olympic team. They are also both Florida gators, with Macko having finished her Freshman year, while Bridgette is committed to join the team when she graduates high school.
The rivalry between these girls could be rough, but their sense of admiration and affection for each other is more evident than any kind of competitive tension, enough to see them through this first year of direct competition. At Covergirl Classic, the Caquatti answered some questions about each other.
What do you think are Bridgey’s best qualities as a gymnast?
Bridgey is very powerful and she has beautiful lines. I think that is one of her greatest strengths. She has beautiful lines when she swings bars and everything like that.
When did you know she was going to be really good?
Um, I mean, she’s been good ever since she was really little. She kind of climbed up the levels right behind me. I was always knew she was right on my tail. She was really good when she was little.
What are her greatest qualities as a person?
She is very, very funny, and she is very, very willing to do anything for anyone. She is so ready to do something for someone else whether she has time to or not. It’s just little things like that. She loves do that kind of stuff.
Have you ever really felt any competition between you?
We have a friendly kind of competition, but definitely in the gym, we push each other, which is good. It is good to have someone like that. Obviously, everyone else is your team mate, but us being sisters, it’s a bit of a ‘special’ kind of competition! And, when we were both in level ten, we always had our events. Hers were vault and floor, mine were bars and beam. I’d win those two, she’d win the other two. Then I’d win the all around, so I’d be okay!
Any funny or embarrassing memories of Bridgey in competition?
She just does funny things in general. Oh, actually, she fell of the podium a couple of years ago at Nationals. Doing her beam, she went off the back of the podium, so that was pretty funny.
What are Macko’s best qualities as a gymnast?
She’s a really good competitor and she is really good to have on the sidelines because she always cheers everybody on, even though it’s a competition, she always wants the best for everyone.
What are her best qualities as a person?
As a person, oh my gosh, she always laughing and always joking around. That’s really fun. She’s always positive and always has a really good attitude.
Do you ever feel competition between you?
No, we don’t really have competition between each other, but this is the first year that we’re competing in seniors together. It seemed like I was always competing in junior and she was in senior, but this year we go in together, it should be good!
Any embarrassing or funny memories of Macko in competition?
I know during timer warm up at Worlds last year she stepped back to do her dismount and stepped right off the beam and fell flat on her back!