Cheyenne, WY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A DECADE, TWO GYMNASTS FROM WYOMING ARE HEADED TO THE MEN'S NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS.
"This is the first two that we've had in Wyoming for almost a decade. It's been 9 years since Wyoming's had an athlete qualify for nationals."
"It's quite an accomplishment, since no one has qualified in so long. It means a lot to qualify an just be going there."
WHILE BOTH BLADE AND BRIGHAM QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS, THEY EACH HAD THEIR OWN WAYS OF GETTING THERE
"Well Brigham, he stand out, he's a stand out. I knew the first day he walked in the gym to us he was going to be something special. Him making it, especially at such a young age, was really not a surprise it was kind of expected. We knew that going into regionals, that if he hadn't of made nationals it would have been a pretty big disappointment, and he made it with flying colors."
"Yeah I was pretty confident going into the competition, just because the week before that meet, I was hitting all my routines, hitting every single one, and was really confident. No falls."
"You know, Blade's kind of been blooming over time. You know, he started as a young kid here with me and over time, many years he's perfected his craft. It's great to see. This has been the first year that he's been eligible to qualify for nationals and going into regionals we were kind of nervous."
"It was kind of a stretch because the week before that I was having trouble sin practice and not doing my best like I usually do, but I hit 6 for 6 at that meet."
NOW BLADE AND BRIGHAM ARE ON TO THE NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS, SOMETHING THEIR COACH KNOWS A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT.
"I mentioned that, it's been 9 years since we've had a national qualifier, the last one was me 9 years ago. So, it's kind of come full circle and I'm very proud of these two."
"Him being a former gymnast has helped a lot, and just kind of wanting to be the best, or as good as he was."
"It's pretty funny because sometimes when I was trying to qualify you could see him getting all nervous. It was funny."
BUT ALL NERVES ASIDE, THESE GUYS ARE KEEPING THEIR EYES ON THE PRIZE.
"This will be the end of the road for them for their competitive season. This is the highest and most prestigious gymnastics competition for anyone 18 years and younger in the nation. So, it's a pretty big deal. Every Olympian you see, has gone through this competition many years throughout their lives. So, it's a pretty big meet in the men's gymnastics community."
"I'm still nervous, but if I don't get top 15 that's alright because next year I will try my best to go in there and kick some butt. "