I am going to combine a few topics in this post since it has been so long since I have posted an entry. I wanted to give an update on Olivia's progress in TnT and Artistic Gymnastics.
Olivia made this year’s JumpStart National Team for the second year in a row. Final Selection was held in Tulsa, OK, in January. She was one of 21 girls selected from across the nation. She was selected for both Trampoline and Tumbling. In February she attended the JumpStart National Team Training Camp in Huntsville, AL. JumpStart is a program sponsored by USA Gymnastics in order to identify future elite athletes ages 7 to 12. The athletes are evaluated on strength, flexibility and skills. She just completed state testing for what could be her 3rd year of JumpStart. CA was the first state to complete their testing, so once the rest of the nation completes testing and uploads their scores, the top athletes will then be chosen to compete at the National level for a spot on the 2010 team. We'll keep you posted.
Trampoline and Tumbling Junior Olympic National Championships - San Jose, CA - June 2009
JO Nationals kept us close to home this year. Instead of flying across the country, we got to pack up our car and drive to San Jose, CA. As always, competition was stiff, but our girl hung in there. She competed level 6 double-mini and trampoline, taking home silver and bronze; and skipped a level in tumbling to compete level 7, taking home a bronze. Her silver in double-mini was so controversial the officials asked her and her teammates to make a training video to "show the judges what a perfect 10 looked like", which was flattering, but didn't change her standing. Apparently the judges were new and didn't take amplitude into account, which was huge. Oh well, next year. Anyway, only the top 3 gymnasts in each event get a medal and Olivia took one home in all three events, which, if you saw the thousands of kids competing at Nationals, you'd know what an amazing feat that really is. You can read about it a little more in an article below from our local paper.
As a bonus, because this years Nationals was in San Jose, we got to spend some family time with YaYa Jessi (Lanie's sister) in San Francisco and Grandma and Co. (Lanie's grandma, aunt and cousins) in San Jose. Our time was limited, but we enjoyed every minute of it with family.
We have placed links to the professional pictures, but they will only be available for a short time, so if you want to order any make sure to do so by then.
Saddleback Valley News
Olivia was in the paper again this year for her performance at the Junior Olympics. There is an earlier post
with the link to the article and the PDF of the story. It was a great write up and we look forward to seeing her in the paper again.