Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Go Go Gophers

Looking for a fun family outing? Check out the No. 14  U of M Golden Gophers women's gymnastics team as they compete at the Sports Pavilion on campus. Remaining season schedule is here.

We attended their meet and win against Michigan State. Youth tickets are $5, adults $8, and it is well worth the price. You get to sit close to the action. The whole atmosphere is fun and encourages good sportsmanship and fan participation.

Here's the mascot and team members leading us in the rally song (which is chanted about 118 times throughout the event.)

It is just fun to watch good gymnastics - where the scores hover in the 9.8 region most of the evening. We were close to the beam and marveled at the cool mounts and dismounts.

The night we attended was extra special with an autograph signing by the whole team.

The evening opened with three Special Olympic athletes performing their routines on the floor. It was especially cool for me to see one athlete with downs syndrome perform - she had a strong body and a big smile.

At each meet there is also a performance by a local gymnastics club so you get to see very young gymnasts perform as a whole team on the floor.

One piece of advice: Bring your own water. I practically needed to take out a loan to buy one bottled water for the five of us to share from the concession stand.

Second piece of advice: Plan to spend an extra hour or so watching your young one bend and flip and point and tuck and jump when you get home. She will be inspired after watching these fine athletes.

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