Joy Sodmont

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  • Exposition
  • "Mom, look! I want to do gymnastics, and I want to go to the Olympics just like her!" (pg.17)
  • Conflict
  • "I don't know if I can do this anymore. I don't think my body can take it." (pg.95)
  • Rising Action
  • My mission had been to make it to the Olympic Trials, and I had done that. (pg.102)
  • Lauren Hernandez, better know as Laurie, grew up in Old Bridge, New Jersey. She loved her family of five, and would soon become a part of the Olympic family, The Final Five. At the age of five Laurie started gymnastics and noticed she had a real talent. The point of view of the story was first person.
  • Climax
  • "I got this." (pg.1)
  • One night, when Laurie and her family went out to eat, Laurie started crying.  All she could say was that she didn't think that she could do gymnastics anymore, or make it to the Olympics. Laurie used a lot of tissues and Laurie's sister saved them so when Laurie made the Olympics she could remind her of that night. The conflict is character vs. self.
  • Falling Action
  • "The tour was like a big welcome-home party for all of us." (pg.163)
  • There were even times when either my body or my spirits seriously entertained the notion of quitting. But I kept going. (pg.195)
  • In order for Laurie to make it to the Olympics, she first had to make it to the P&G Championships, and then make it to the Olympic Trials. Laurie did well at the P&G Championships putting her into the Olympic Trials. At the Olympic Trials Laurie placed second in the all-around putting her into the Olympics. 
  • Resolution
  • Laurie's sister was right. She could make it to the Olympics, and she did. Laurie practiced and worked hard all her life for the Olympics. As it turned out, she did great. The Americans got gold as a team, and Laurie got silver as an individual on beam.
  • After the Olympics, Laurie and The Final Five were asked to participate in the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastic Champions. The tour took them to thirty-six different cities to preform different gymnastic performances. Laurie really enjoyed going to all the different cities to preform.
  • After the Olympics, Laurie noticed that she and her body could do gymnastics, and that she could do anything she put her heart to. Therefore, she was able to move on in her life and compete in the show "Dancing with the Stars" and other competitions.
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