I've had really fun and exciting times this past month! I was selected to represent the USA at the Pan American Gymnastics Union camp (PAGU) along with one of my best friends, Maile O'Keefe. I also went on my very first recruiting trip to UGA.
When I found out I was going to PAGU, I was so excited! I was at the ranch for camp last month when I found out and I couldn't wait until I could tell my mom! I knew they were only selecting two gymnasts to go and I didn't know who the other person was until the next day and when they told me it was Maile I was super happy! I texted Maile after gym that night and we were both wondering what it would be like and hoping that some of the girls will know English. Haha!
|Elena with Maile O'Keefe|
A few weeks later I got my USA apparel in the mail and it was so much fun opening up the box. My dad/coach was out of town visiting family when it came and he wanted me to wait for him to open it, but I couldn't wait to see what was inside! I got three USA leos, a shirt, a bag and shorts. My dream of representing the USA was coming true! I am going to keep training really hard the next couple of weeks so I can be as prepared as possible for PAGU.
Going on my first recruiting trip was very exciting! It was at UGA and I couldn't wait to see the campus. It was fun to share this experience with my teammate (Sami Durante). First we watched the Gym Dogs workout, then we took a golf cart to go eat. Sami and I sat on the back of the golf cart which was fun because I've never done that! We then spelled out a word using our bodies around campus. The next day we went to the football game and then we all hung out afterwards. It was so much fun and I hope to get to explore other colleges in the future!
Right now I am on my way to the ranch for developmental camp. I'm very excited to show what I'm working and see all of my friends! Right when we get there, I always run to the bulletin board to see who my roommates are. Today I have physical abilities testing ... wish me luck! :)
Note: Elena wrote this while on her way to the ranch. Due to poor service in the area, this entry is a few days late. Elena is now back home and training for the PAGU camp!
Elena also received her "Triple Twist" t-shirt a few weeks ago. It may be a few sizes too big, but she still rocks it!