Today's post is written by Donna Freitas, author of Gold Medal Summer.
In Gold Medal Summer, Joey Jordan's best events are Beam and Floor. In order to fulfill her dream of winning gold, Joey has to find routines on both events that play to her strengths, not just what her coach values, and that means valuing artistry over tumbling, at times.
And here is a confession: back when I was a competitive gymnast, those were my best (and favorite) events too. My body is long and lean, and so are my muscles, and those events showed off my strengths: flexibility and grace. So I’m partial to gymnasts who can dance. More than pure strength and power, I look for those pointed toes, beautiful lines, and poise, too. It’s not that the more artistic gymnasts aren’t powerful, but I think their power comes from a certain kind of fearlessness, especially on the beam.
Read Chapter 1 of Gold Medal Summer, and read on to find out more about the 2012 U.S.A. Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team.
Of the five young women on this summer’s U.S. Women’s Olympic team, I’m partial to Gabby Douglas on just about every event. It’s difficult to take your eyes off her when she’s competing, especially on Floor and Beam. I think Kyla Ross has great potential too. In my mind, if Joey Jordan took after one of our five Olympic hopefuls, I think it would be Gabby or Kyla.
Here’s the list of girls on the U.S. A. Women’s Gymnastics team competing for the gold medal. The qualification round starts Sunday night, and the team final competition will be on Tuesday, July 31:
- Gabby Douglas
- McKayla Maroney
- Aly Raisman
- Kyla Ross
- Jordyn Wieber
- Sarah Finnegan (alternate)
- Anna Li (alternate)
- Elizabeth Price (alternate)
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Gabby and Kyla!
If you could win gold, as Joey Jordan so desires in Gold Medal Summer, on which event would you most love to take first?
—Donna Freitas, Author of Gold Medal Summer