Thursday, March 3, 2016

Level 2 Gymnastics

 Charlotte had a fantastic year at level 2. Honestly, I still can't believe how well she did, considering that she'd only started formal gymnastics a few months before starting level 2.

She had 6 meets, including mock meet. She placed first place in all around in every single meet in her age division. Crazy! All around means that she had the highest total points and her highest was a 37.4. In 2 meets she won 1st place in every event as well as all around. She won first in floor and vault at

Now, I realize that level 3 won't be like level 2, but she worked so hard and did so well! This year is going to be much harder competition at level 3, and she will have her share of losses, but she still loves it and wants to try.

So, here's a recap of level 2:

Sophia is her gym bestie.
 A little pre-meet stretch.

 Bars was her toughest event. She fought hard to place every time.
 I love that Coach Katie always had some encouraging words before she stepped out on the floor.

 I bought some professional pics of her at a few meets. They captured her so well! She worked so hard and gave 100% every single day and I really thing she earned the scores she had! It was over 1/2 way thru the season before Charlotte realized they put her name up on the screens with her score! Ha!

 I look at these pictures in awe, considering she was just 5 when most of them were taken. She looks at them and tells me "mom, my toes aren't straight, or my feet aren't together." It's amazing what they learn.

I know she's still little, and I have no idea if she will continue to love gym and want to stay in it, but I'm constantly amazed at the poise and calm this little girl has. She gets up in front of so many people and focuses and remembers and does exactly what she has trained to do. No matter what her future holds, she will always have that to carry with her. Sure, she has learned some incredible skills, but some of the things she has learned aren't what I expected -- she can keep her cool, she has so much confidence, she can focus. She has found a place in the gym that she is at home, and watching her grow there has been such fun.

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