Recruited by the Gold Team

This year at the annual Arizona State Men’s Gymnastics Intra Squad competition there were 3 teams again – Maroon, Gold, and Black.  I was planning on being with the black team again since my jersey is black but when I showed up Colton (the team captain for the Gold team) asked if I would be on the gold team because they had the least amount of people.  He also wanted my scores to count for their team. 🙂

The gold team started on Floor but I don’t have a routine together yet so I got to cheer on my teammates.  Then we went to Pommel Horse where I was eager to show off 2 new skills – a half savado mount and a handstand dismount.  The mount I had learned last year but wasn’t ready to put it into a routine until this year.  The dismount I’ve been working on for a few years now and finally did it for the first time a week before the competition.  Since the alternative was just a loop off the end which doesn’t even count as a dismount anymore (it did when I was in college which is why I never learned a handstand dismount back then) I decided to go for it.

I performed 2 new skills on pommel horse this year

After pommel horse we moved on to Rings which turned out very well for me.  I did not add any new skills this year but I’ve been working on my handstands recently which paid off as I improved my execution score and placed 7th overall with a 12.6.  

I placed 7th with this routine within the current 50+ member ASU team

Next we did vault.  While we were warming up one of my alumni friends came over dressed in a uniform and asked what event we were on.  Daniel Bronnenberg warmed up a bit with us but waited for the next rotation to compete on the vault.  It’s always good to see other alumni competing.  For my vault I tried using a “waterfall” start which I learned from one of my kids’ running coaches recently.  However my steps were off so I was just happy to do the vault safely.

Tried a new ‘waterfall’ start but I’m still working out the right distance

The last event (for me, I’m not ready for hi bar yet) was parallel bars.  I’ve been training a double pike dismount for about 6 months but I hadn’t done it on a hard surface yet (since college) so I opted for a layout to be safe.  

This was my ‘safe’ routine while I gain confidence with new skills

Overall I had a great time competing with the ASU team again and look forward to next year when I hope to place in the top 3 on at least one event.

About Robert

I competed in gymnastics for 16 years through college at Arizona State University. After 10 years and 5 (now 6) children, I have returned to gymnastics as a competitor. I am a lifetime gymnast. :)
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