Wednesday, November 2 marked the first official practice of the year for the LRHS gymnastics team. The girls gathered at Gym Carolina, a gym conveniently located off of Leesville Road.
Gymnastics has four main events: bars, vault, beam and floor.
Vault is where the gymnast sprints towards a springboard onto a piece of apparatus called the table, a slightly-inclined, metal piece of equipment with a padded and springy cover. Flips and tricks are performed in the air until the gymnast lands on a mat.
The beam is a challenge of balance: the Gymnasts show off routines involved back handsprings, front flips and back flips on a padded length of metal about 5 inches wide. Their routine begins with a perfect mount and end with a dismount.
Floor is where the athlete demonstrates the hardest stunts they can in a choreographed routine. Routines can include a back layout with a full twist, in which the gymnast does a back flip with their body open and rotates 360 degrees around simultaneously.
“Only five people can compete from each event, so you pick your favorites, and our coach makes the final decision,” said Burns.
Burns competes in beam and floor.
As for the outlook for the season, the team is more concerned about enjoying themselves than bringing home trophies.
“We will have a lot of fun, despite our scores. I’m excited for the upcoming year,” concluded Burns.