I realized how close I was to achieving my goal. This was the hardest surface I was going to do my back handspring on. Coach Rob was my floor coach. He pushed me to work to my fullest potential. He would have me do back handsprings when I was tired from doing full outs during cheer practice to help build my strength.
I was extremely nervous to throw my back handspring on the floor by myself. One day, Coach Rob made me realize that if I wanted to throw it at U.S. Finals then I needed to do it. I knew it was time, so I did it. I felt like I was floating through the clouds. I was unstoppable.
I got this!
My team practiced nonstop for the biggest competition of the year...
LEVEL 3 CHAMPIONS: THE PENN ELITE PUMAS
It was finally the day of the competition, and our energy was high. We had made it to the U.S. Finals in Providence, Rhode Island. Our warmups went great, and it was time to compete.We were announced, and I ran onto the mat through the smoke and flashing lights and got into position.
First stunts hit, then second, then baskets. It was time to throw my back handspring. I got to my spot, did my toe touch, sat, swung, jumped, and arched. I thought about everything my coaches had taught me in that moment. My hands pushed against the purple mat while the music blared, and the crowd screamed in the background. I snapped my feet down so hard and landed with the biggest smile on my faI just landed my back handspring at the U.S. Finals.
Everything else turned into a blur. The new thing I knew, I was putting on a champion jacket at the U.S. Finals awards ceremony, receiving a medal, and holding the champion trophy.