The kid and I are gymnastics fanatics so you can imagine our excitement when we learned the AT&T American Cup was being held here in our little smidgen of Redneck Country. How it ended up here I have no idea. We are not necessarily a Olympian Farm but there are quite a number of gymnastics clubs in this city.
Anyway, after stressing out over the cost of admission + ticketmaster fees + parking + surcharge for breathing the air inside the arena, we got tickets. In fact, I got tickets in the most awesome way. For $19 a piece, we get 2 events on 2 separate days.
Tonight’s event was the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup (a competition/invitational for the junior olympic level) and was not well-attended so we could sit wherever we wanted. Elle and T2 (her other friend is also a T so I’ll call her T1 from now on) chose to sit right next to the uneven bars. Wow.
Throughout the evening, the gymnasts’ prerecorded clips were aired on the large screen and they gave the audience a short bio: hometown, gym club, age, favorite band/television show/color. The oldest girl was 18 years old, the youngest girl only 13 years old. One gymnast, a tall girl (in gymnastics standards she was tall) sported a red ponytail and hailed from Newberry, Florida – my daughter was born there. INSTANT FAN!
It was good for the girls to see gymnasts at this level in person. More than one gymnast failed to catch the bar when coming down in a release move (if you don’t know what I’m talking about and you do actually care, Google it…) and fell flatbodied and face down into the mat. Another gymnast on the floor excersise was so stunned when she came out of a double tuck and landed on her knees. She took longer than was comfortable to get back onto the mat but the point is…she got back onto the mat and kept going. After her dismount, she calmly walked off the staging area and into the arms of her coach and began to cry. Another injury to add to the wrapped ankles and toes. That’s just one girl.
You should have seen the one performing the vault in a back support brace.
Tomorrow is the AT&T American Cup. International competition. ALIYA MUSTAFINA!!
Oh, and T2 is spending the night. Elle has already fallen asleep with the covers pulled over her head while poor little T2 lies in the bed with her eyes wide open. Those kids are wiped.