RECAP - 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games Gymnastics
The Gymnastics competition at the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games is over and gone! We had several athletes make the trip to Des Moines to compete against some tough competition and several walked away with new hardward to show for their talents.
Gymnastics kicked off on Monday, July 28th and lasted three days. Age divisions included Levels 1-8, Level Excel Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. There was also a Ladies Division with Level Excel Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Level 6, 7, 8 and Level Open Optional.
AAU Gymnastics at the AAU Junior Olympic Games included giving away some special awards. Each skill level and age division had individual and all-around awards through 10th place. There will also All-American Awards that were earned by the top 6 female scores from any age division in the Open Optional Gymnastics preliminaries. Jordan Lyden, Lyden Saltness, Abigail Mueller, Hallie Fowler, Nicole Carroll and Rachel Stuplich all took home those honors.
Katie Thompson from Concordia, Kansas from the Missouri Valley District took home the Joel Ferrell Award for Gymnastics! She has been participating in AAU events for the past eight years and is a Level 7 gymnast. She has a 4.0 GPA and was named Student of the Month at Concordia High School and is a member of the National Honors Society, Renaissance Gold Card Member. She has several extra-curricular activities that she participates in and is active in her community and her school. She plans on attending the University of Nebraska with intentions of seeking a business degree and hopes to open her own gymnastic center one day! Congratulations to Katie and to all the gymnasts who participated in the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games! We hope to see you again next year in Hampton Roads!
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