When it’s useful to have a coach

After a couple years off from competing due to the birth of our 6th child, I was invited to compete with a group of alumni from Arizona State at the 2014 NAIGC Nationals in Chattanooga, TN. It had been so long since I competed on pommel horse that when I fell off I asked the judge where I should get back on. That’s the point in the video above when Scott and Riley come over and everyone laughed. The judge had a very surprised look on his face too. 🙂

The alumni team I was a part of (ASU Team C in the roster at the meet) made it to team finals so I got to compete twice on each event. I did much better in the finals on Rings and Parallel bars, and I was happy that my PBar routine counted for the team score (top 3 scores on each event count toward the team score) in finals.

During the march in ceremony I felt a little famous when someone called my name as he passed by. It turns out I had given him pointers about his mushroom circles when he was in high school a couple years ago, but I hadn’t met him in person before.

I had a great time and I’m hoping there will be another ASU alumni team competing next year I can be a part of. Since my daughter will be working out 3-4 days a week starting this summer I’ll have more time in the gym, so I hope to win a medal next year.

The team finals detailed results are posted at www.naigc.net/NationalsResults/2014/Team_Finals_Session_Men_teamdetail.php, team preliminary results for our session are posted at www.naigc.net/NationalsResults/2014/Session_4_Men_teamdetail.php, and the rest of my routines are below (2 more in the prelims and 3 in the finals).

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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