Wednesday, February 11, 2015

results and more from Colorado Springs (part 2)

Okay, so this is the Broadmoor where we stayed in Colorado Springs. It is a 5 star resort on a sprawling campus of gorgeous buildings and green spaces tucked high on the foothills with amazing mountain views.
Our level 8's competed on Saturday, the day we were driving in so we didn't get to see them compete. But we make the team dinner and we, well the girls that is, did get to attended the famous gymnasts only party in the Rocky Mt Ballroom that night. Beach and the other level 7's didn't stay too long. The party started at 8pm and our girls competed in the early session Sunday morning so they needed to go to bed at a responsible hour.  
In fact my kid decided on her own it was time to turn in, left the party, and returned to the room. It would have been a good idea if she had a room key which she did not. I happened to come across her in the lobby just as she reached the head of the line at the front desk and was requesting a room key. She is such a funny kid!
Beach had an interesting meet. There were a few split second but good decisions made by her while competing. It is hard to say she had a bad meet when her all around is so high but for her it was well we can stick with strange. As a parent watching it was the most fun I have ever had. It was the first time I felt like she was actually in control of what was going on. It is hard to explain but seeing her being able to rescue herself changes the game a bit. She knows enough and has solid enough skills if she makes a mistake she has at least a chance to correct for it. 
The scores: 9.1 vault, 9.175 bars, 9.275 beam, 9.550 floor, 37.10 all around. The judges handed out Judge Choice awards in each session, which I loved.  Beach received one for her floor routine. The team overall placed 4th against some strong gyms out of Texas and Colorado. Some of Boo's other teammates struggled but Beach's good buddy Sophie had a great meet!
After their session the kids took some downtime in the room then hit the pool which was directly across the lake from our building.
Walked the grounds and played a little checkers- Beach's new favorite game.
After dark we walked down to the piano bar the Golden Bee with a couple of teammates and their parents for fried pickles, ginger ales (beer for the parents!), and 3 scoops of ice cream to split! 
We were one of the last families to head home, leaving the next morning. For us dropping Beach's papa back off in Moab meant a 12 drive home. But it was well worth it. 
We are half way through season and Beach is having a blast and a great season! 
3 down, 3 to go.

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