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Senior Michaela Randolph Practices Competitive Gymnastics and Coaches Others

From the age of 7, Randolph realized she had a
passion for gymnastics. It first began with a Girl
Scout event where she visited a gym to experience
what the life of a gymnast was like, and she was
hooked.

“I grew up just me and my mom, so I had to
choose one sport,” Randolph said.
“I really liked gymnastic classes, so
I just stuck with that.”

Gymnastics is different from other
sports, according to coach Jessie
Baker.

Pre-requisites:
Coordination, balance, agility,
physical strength, and flexibility.

Randolph currently trains three
nights a week at Flipside Gymnastics where she has been training since she began
gymnastics. At Flipside there are 10 levels, the
more skills that can only be acquired the higher
level that is earned. She is currently at a Level 8.
Randolph is skilled in several events including
bars, vault, beam and floor. Last year she placed
at Regionals, taking third in beam and fourth on
floor.

“She is really unaware of how talented she actually is,” Baker said. “She is a great role model for
the others.”

The other three nights out of her week, when she
is not practicing. Randolph spends her night at the
gym coaching younger kids, ranging from ages six
to 15. She trains them in various different skills
and passes on her knowledge of technique.

“It takes a special person to coach others,” Baker
said. “She is good at knowing how to push them
and make them feel good when doing it.”

With an average of 30 hours a
week she spends at the gym, Randolph has grown close to many of her
teammates. Randolph feels that having a family-like feel while practicing
makes competitions even better.

“We have always just been an extra
coach for each other,” teammate
Becca Campbell said. “In all honesty
she is just a great person all around.”

While continuing to train with her
teammates, Randolph is beginning to plan for her
future. She hopes to reach as high of a level as
she can at Flipside, this coming year. Randolph
also wishes to pursue an exercise science degree
in college, which she hopes will get her a job in
coaching or training. She also wishes to participate
in college pole vault.

“Just her commitment level as a gymnast and as
a teacher is amazing,” Baker said. “She shows that
if you dream big you can accomplish anything.”

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