Thursday, October 22, 2009

An Olympian in Training?

Tonight was Mallory's first night back in gymnastics. We've been on a break since she started softball last spring. I enrolled her in the Intermediate level, rather than Beginner, after all, she had taken 3 or 4 sessions at the Beginner level last year. Time to move up! She has Miss Megan for an instructor again. Megan is very good with the girls - firm, but good. She had lots of fun tonight, doing all her stunts on the mats. She was also quite graceful on the balance beam (which is nearly impossible to practice anywhere but at the gym). There are no competitions in gymnastics, so I know it will be hard for me to get really excited about it. In this sport, it's all about personal improvement. Mallory is lucky to have the kind of personality that thrives in that sort of environment, though. She will work and work at something, trying to get better. Hmmmmm . . . . wonder if that has anything to do with having an older brother that beats her at almost everything she does??? Possible. Yes, very possible!

They practiced cartwheels and round-offs for what seemed like an eternity.

Then they moved on to the balance beam.

It was lots of fun watching her tonight. What I like best about watching her is that I can tell she's happy when she's on the gym floor.

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