Dana Brooke is a top WWE NXT Diva, but it took a severe ankle injury to eventually land the former gymnast in a WWE Performance Center ring, and she couldn’t be happier. “Here I am now,” she happily said. “It’s just amazing where life takes you. I never thought in a million years I would be here.”
Once a very promising gymnast on the cusp of making the U.S. Olympic team — vying for gold around her neck — now she looks, trains, works to capture gold around her waist.
“Ever since I was a little girl, I was always flipping all over my house,” said Brooke, 27, a native of Ohio. “[Gymnastics] started when I was 2-years-old. My mother [Robin] took me to the Mom & Tot classes at the Johnson’s Gymnastics Center in Valley View, Ohio. I was bouncing around there, at home, in my backyard, and I became a gymnast for 18 years.”
Competing at a very high level, she traveled the world for meets, including Junior Olympics in 2001. She even made the U.S. national team with the bigger Olympics in her sights.
“Then a career-ending injury happened, where I had reconstructive surgery on my right ankle,” she noted. “It was devastating to me. I didn’t know what I was going to do.” Read the rest of this entry