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The excitement and intensity of an All Stars Competition is everything we look for in sports.  There is drama, cheering, and sportsmanship.  There are falls from the equipment, and there are new skills being performed.  There are lead changes, and athletes protecting their teams.  And in the end, there is one winner.

The 2003 Independence Day Cup was an event to behold, with Team Aurora defending its title against Team Andromeda.  Aurora jumped to an early lead on the Balance Beam, while Andromeda began the day on Vault.  At the end of the first rotation, Aurora looked as if it would stay on top for the day, as it did in the last meet.  The top performances of the first rotation were a solid front handspring vault from Andromeda’s captain, Ashley, and a brilliant routine on Balance Beam from Aurora’s co-captain, Michelle.  Despite a fall on her dismount, Michelle would eventually be the champion on the Balance Beam.

Andromeda regrouped, and by the end of the second rotation, they had cut Aurora’s lead to 0.25, thanks in large part to Maggie’s Beam routine.  Aurora moved along on the Vault, once again with a strong performance from Madeline, whose vault was the most complex and highest scoring in the meet.  However, as Aurora moved to the Floor, and Andromeda to the Bars, the tension was beginning to mount.

Ann Marie’s floor routine was the highlight of Aurora’s rotation, while on Bars, Devi and Lauren combined to push Andromeda’s excitement and their team score to a new high.  The crowd was shocked when the announcement came in – after three rotations, Andromeda was leading by 0.9, a seemingly insurmountable amount, with only one rotation left in the competition. 

Team Aurora went to Bars, and Team Andromeda went to Floor.  Maggie added a new element to her floor routine, and now had the most difficult tumbling pass of the day, and Aurora had one gymnast perform a flyaway dismount from the Bars, which was exciting for everyone.  The last gymnast on each event finished, and nobody knew what the results would be.  

In the end, Team Aurora’s Bars routines were enough to put them back on top, and make them the Independence Day Cup Champions.  Aurora proudly held the trophy, and placed it in the waiting room for all to see.  As the dust settled, and everyone looked back on the competition, they realized that it was pure excitement, and that it was exactly what we look for in athletic events.  The individual All Around winner was from Andromeda, and the second and third place gymnasts were both from Aurora.  The winning team was Aurora, although both teams had performed well.  And even more importantly, each athlete had something to be proud of that day – and more to look forward to in their next competitions, scheduled for early this fall!







All Around


32.4 31.5 31.0 30.7 125.6


30.75 31.8 32.5 29.7 124.75



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