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Weekend Update

April 20, 2009

Hey, folks–

Will write more later, but I wanted to give you a quick update on the weekend before I head off to the dentist (anybody want to take my place??).

Autumn did fantastic at States. Thank you all for lifting her up in your prayers; I could feel the support and encouragement from all directions, and that means so much to us. She ended up taking first place in all three events (trampoline, double mini, and rod-floor tumbling, for those unfamiliar) and qualified for Nationals on trampoline, which is the event she struggles with the most. She even mobilized on trampoline, which means she is able to move up to the next level.

I know this is a lot of jargon; it has been for Duane and I, as well, for the last year or so as Autumn has grown increasingly more competitive. Essentially, while it’s fun and all, it’s simply not enough to win first, second, or third place in a competition after a certain point–an athlete needs to start thinking about qualifying and mobilizing if he or she wants to go anywhere with the sport. In order to qualify or mobilize, an athlete needs to score a certain number of points with his or her routine. The number of points for both is not the same; mobilizing points are generally higher than qualifying. In order to compete at Worlds, an athlete must be at a Level 8.

So where do we go from here?

1) We will need to travel to the regional competition in West Virginia in May for Autumn to try to qualify on double-mini and tumbling so she can go to Nationals, which she desperately wants to do. She could go at this point and compete just on trampoline, but we can’t quite justify the expense of the trip from VA to CA for one event.

2) Autumn will work her hardest to try to get mobility scores on double-mini and tumbling so she can move up to Level 8 in these events. We’re not counting chickens, but we’ll see where it takes her.

3) If Autumn qualifies in two events, we’ll head to San Jose, CA June 25 for Nationals.

And hey, as soon as I get the camera figured out, I’ll throw some footage of her up on  here. 😉

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2009 10:41 pm

    Lori, I have a dancer the same as your gymnast. I so understand the competitions and tears as she pushes herself to the next level. HUG –

    Congrats to your daughter for placing so high!

    Will keep you all in my prayers as the tween years unfold for you….

    The best advice I’ve ever been given was “They’se jess doin’ they’se job, Miss Cee, they’se jess doin’ they’se job” from my good friend Joe, from Louisianna. Him and his wife had 6 and helped me enjoy my (then) two sons…. so she’s jess doin’ hers job when she’s crying! 🙂

    Can’t wait to see the pix!

  2. hintonrae permalink*
    April 21, 2009 1:38 pm

    Thanks, Cee. I love the wisdom inherent in the reminder that they are, in fact, “jes doin’ theyse jobs”…Even when it hurts, we do just need to give them space to flap those sometimes frail wings and fly, or fail to, as the case may be. That’s growing up.

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