Even Jordyn gets
Regionals ’07 By Krista Ganim
THERE is nothing I love more than gymnastics. I practice at the Lakewood
Trumbull YMCA in Connecticut. I have
so much fun with my teammates and coaches.
Don’t get me wrong; it’s not all fun and
games. There is a lot of hard work, but the
rewards are definitely worth it. I practice three
days a week, 21⁄2 hours a day. In each practice,
we usually do two of the four events, plus conditioning.
The morning after practices I am so sore I
can barely get out of bed. Still, I love the sport
so much. It makes me feel like there is reason
for all my hard work.
Most of the time I cannot go out with my
friends on Friday nights. Or sometimes I will
be up until 11 o’clock doing my homework,
because I had gymnastics. But I am willing to
make these sacrifices.
Sometimes I set a goal and work toward it
for the meets, such as the 2007 YMCA
Regional Championships in Glens Falls, N.Y. I
was in Level 4 and was as excited as a puppy
when you give it a treat. And this meet was
definitely a treat!
When we arrived at the meet, my mouth
dropped. The gym was enormous! “All gymnasts to the floor to stretch, please,”
announced a voice on the intercom.
“That’s your cue,” said my mom. “Good
luck and just do what you’ve practiced. You’ve
done the routines a million times.”
That was true. I did dance around the
kitchen doing my routines instead of my
homework all the time!
Our first event was bars, my favorite. I was
so nervous it felt as if someone had punched
me in the gut! When it was my turn I saluted
the judge. Glide, stand, pullover, front hip
circle. Before I knew it, I stuck the dismount
and saluted. “Yes,” I said to myself in relief.
My teammates screamed, “ 9.575! Great
Beam was next
and the butterflies
returned to my stomach. A week earlier I ha d
fallen on a leap and hurt my
big toe, and it wasn’t fully healed. I figured I
needed to give it my best shot. Surprisingly, I
got a 9. 5. Everyone was cheering for me, and
I was so happy. Floor was next and I got a
9. 3, which is still a great score.
Vault was last, and it’s the event I have trouble with. I ran down the runway as if a burglar
was chasing me, and vaulted for my life. I got
rewarded with a 9. 4, my best vault score all
season! I was so happy I think the tips of my
smile hit my ears!
I was in Level 4 and was as
excited as a puppy when you
give it a treat. And this meet
was definitely a treat!
When the awards began, vault was first.
“Age 11, first place champion, Krista Ganim,”
said the announcer. I felt so special when they
handed me the medal. I also won first place on
bars and beam. I stood on the podium tall and
proud. On floor I placed fourth.
The all-around was the most important.
When they got to my age group, my heart was
pounding as fast as a hummingbird’s wings.
When they called first place, it was not my
name. When they called second place, it was
my name! I was about to burst with excitement. All that hard work had paid off.
As you can see, if you practice hard, you
can achieve anything. I have only been doing
gymnastics for three years, but it has made me
focused, motivated and it taught me not to
hold back. In every task I do, I work my hardest and show off what I can do!
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