Just a few short months ago, most of the country was enamored with the Summer Games. Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt put on outstanding performances in their respective sports and several other Olympians got to share their dreams. However, the group that captured America’s attention at the start of the Games were the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team.
The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions made a stop at The Wolstein Center on Tuesday, October 19. This stop featured several gold medal winners from the Olympics and the World Championships including: Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Laurie Hernandez from this years Final Five, past champions Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liuken and Jordyn Weiber, as well as members from the USA Men’s Gymnastics Team.
Typically, I usually only cover musical artists for this site. Music is what I know and it is in my comfort zone. Besides covering concerts and interviewing artists, I also coach track and field. Every four years I become addicted to watching the Summer Olympics, like many other Americans. So when I got the opportunity to cover the Olympic Gymnasts, I couldn’t pass it up.
What an event for the senses! There was non-stop action from the balance beam, to the uneven bars, to the rings, to the huge trampolines at the end of the arena. After one routine was done, another performer was waiting at another part of the floor to begin their routine.
And all of it was set to music. There were several costume changes and a couple performances that included black light where the performers outfits were actually glowing.
There were floor routines, rhythmic dancing, and performances that you would see at Circque du Soleil.
The strength, flexibility and athleticism by these young men and women is something to behold. It really is a different experience seeing it live, rather than on TV.
The audience, mostly made up of young female gymnasts and their parents, gave the loudest squeal when the members of the Final Five came on the floor.
Descending from the ceiling on five Olympic rings, Gabby, Simone, Laurie, Shawn and Jordyn all went to the balance beams that were stationed at each corner of the floor. No matter where you were sitting, an Olympian was just a few feet away.
It was incredible to see many of the girls perform their routines that won them gold. Perhaps the largest roar came after Simone Biles recreated her amazing floor routine that earned her the best all-around gold medal.
It was a very fun and entertaining evening at The Wolstein Center. The next time the Olympic Gymnasts come to town, be sure to check them out!