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Thursday January 30, 2014Dancose-Giambattisto sets tone for uneven bars lineup & in training

Gainesville, Fla.

Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto

By Charles Kingsbury, UF Communications


Sophomore Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto has a smile that can light up a room and a laugh that permeates throughout Florida's locker room.


But you would never guess she's thousands of miles away from her home in Montreal, Quebec, considering how well she carries herself.


"Being a freshman, you come in and don't really know what to expect," Dancose-Giambattisto said of her freshman year.


"I'm from Canada, and it's a totally different culture and language. I didn't have any idea what college sports were like."


Her freshman season didn't go as planned. Last fall, Dancose-Giambattisto had surgery to remove screws from her foot and couldn't train on any apparatus other than uneven bars.


But it was a blessing in disguise.


"I felt confident [last year] that I could contribute well on bars," Dancose-Giambattisto said.


She certainly did.


In 2013, Bianca competed on uneven bars 12 times and registered three scores of 9.900 or higher. In the NCAA Semifinals and Super Six, she led off both events and collected scores of 9.875 and 9.850.


"I love competing bars," she said. "I feel like I'm flying. It's my comfort zone."


As a sophomore, that trend has continued.


"This year, just the coaching staff putting me in first place [on bars] is an honor. When you leadoff a team, it means they trust you."


Shes continued her steady performance on the bars this season, including a 9.875 in the season-opener versus perennial power UCLA.


And she has seen her role increase, too, having twice turned in exhibition balance beam performances.


But more importantly, Dancose-Giambattisto has found her voice as a leader.


"You just have to find your role on the team," she said. "You don't have to necessarily replace the performances of Ashane [Dickerson], or Randy [Stageberg] or Marissa [King]. You just have to find how you can lead the team your way."


"I'm a super outgoing person, so I love to encourage my teammates and try to get the mood not too stressful in the gym but make it fun."


Her attitude is infectious, but so is her work ethic.


During the summer semester, Dancose-Giambattisto stayed in Gainesville to take classes. And as a pre-med major, Dancose-Giambattisto knows balance is key to handling her school work and athletic endeavors.


"When I come into the gym, I just forget about school," Dancose-Giambattisto said. "It's like my getaway."


With this team, she knows the goal is win championships. That focus on perfection also aids her in her goal to become a doctor to help others.


"To achieve perfection in gymnastics, it motivates me, but also in my career afterwards," she said. "It's a win-win."



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