prosthetic leg, competes Beam anyway

Katherine Foster competes with one leg. Show this to your (complaining) gymnasts. 🙂

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Katherine competes for Gymnastic Academy of Rockford.

… Katherine was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia back in 2011. The gymnast and avid CrossFitter needed her leg amputated after doctors discovered an infection in her knee joint. Since then she’s been through remission, relapse and is now once again in remission. …

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A discussion on Chalk bucket.

Katelyn Ohashi is tough

A do-over was allowed after Katelyn’s foot knocked out the Beam end cap.

UCLA freshman Katelyn Ohashi stood tiptoe on the balance beam in Arizona’s McKale Center. With one more dismount, her debut as an all-around competitor in college gymnastics would be complete. …

“The end of the beam came off,” said coach Valorie Kondos Field. “Her foot stepped on that, and (she) had a very scary fall, landing on her neck.” …

Ohashi, though, was quick to stand on her feet again and Kondos Field said afterward that the freshman was uninjured.

The judge panel ruled that the failed dismount was caused by an equipment malfunction and, to ensure fairness of play, Ohashi was allowed another go on the beam.

“I was definitely not expecting that at all,” Ohashi said. “But they asked me if I wanted to do it again. And I was like, yeah, of course.” …

Kondos Field was not enthusiastic about pushing the freshman to the front line. She told Ohashi that she didn’t have to go and that she could also do an easier dismount. But Ohashi refused both offers, insisting on completing a full routine. …

The judges gave Ohashi a 9.825 – a new career best for the freshman. The beam score was added into the individual total of 39.375 that won Ohashi the all-around meet.

Gymnast doesn’t let fall throw game off balance, leads UCLA to win

Click PLAY or watch the second routine on YouTube.

The NCAA is super cautious when it comes to medical issues. I’m surprised medical let her back on the Beam so quickly.

Florida, Oklahoma, Michigan … UCLA

If you’ve not yet been following NCAA Gymnastics, catch up here:

Balance Beam Situation – Week 3 Rankings + Notes

Gymternet – NCAA Week Three Rankings

Is this the year Boise will qualify for Championships?

@GWGymnastics is kicking butt. 🙂 Though they cancelled their last meet due to blizzard, these ladies are currently ranked 11th in the nation.

GW

1 Florida SEC 197.192
2 Oklahoma Big 12 197.094
3 Michigan Big Ten 196.938
4 UCLA Pac 12 196.758
5 Alabama SEC 196.688
6 LSU SEC 196.450
7 Utah Pac 12 196.342
8 Arkansas SEC 196.113
9 Auburn SEC 196.106
10 Boise State MRGC 196.063
11 George Washington EAGL 195.800
12 Stanford Pac 12 195.783

Temple got stuck in snow on the way to that same competition.