Yesterday, it appeared by the results from the Winter Classic in St. Petersburg, FL this past weekend that some of the US Champions didn’t have good performances. It seems to be because they were experimenting with new routines of higher difficulty and faltered a bit.
Trampoline and Tumbling Program Director Susan Jacobson said, “Many of our national team members were using this competition to attempt higher degrees of difficulty. In fact, some of our national team members were attempting to set new difficulty records. Although they were not successful, they are working hard to build their routines for the upcoming selection competitions for the Olympic Games. Many other new senior elites transitioned this year in preparation for next year’s World Championships. It was an exciting competition.”
The first time an athlete tries something new, it’s scary. Being a champion requires taking leaps. The risk is failure, of course, but it also opens the door for new rivals to emerge, giving them confidence, thereby upping their game. That’s why it takes courage to be a Champion.
Kudos to all the Champs at the Winter Classic!