Cougar Creek Elementary gymnast takes first place in state competition
August 27, 2008 · Updated 7:12 PM
LAKEWOOD Danielle Wilson, an 11-year-old fifth-grade student at Cougar Creek Elementary, received first place all-around at a Dec. 2 state gymnastic competition at Sammamish High School, out of 59 gymnasts of all ages who were competing in her level.
Wilson, a Level 6 gymnast whos been training since I was five years old, received a vault score of 9.5, a bar score of 9.15, a beam score of 9.55 and a floor score of 9.325, all out of a possible 10, which made her all-around score 37.525 out of a possible total of 40.
Wilsons gymnastic training consists of a demanding schedule of four and a half hours a day, four days a week, at Leading Edge Gymnastics in Everett. Wilson reported that she was initially motivated to take a class in gymnastics by an impulse to try out new things, but according to her mother Cindi, Danielles coach recognized her talent, and once she began training at Leading Edge, Cindi asserted that Danielle flourished as a competitor.
Mother and daughter agreed that the friends shes made, and the coaches shes worked with as a gymnast have become a second family to her, while Danielle added that she wants to go all the way to Level 10 and continue her training at least until Im a teenager.
In the meantime, Danielle still considers the bars to be her hardest event to execute properly, just as she deems the floor events to be the easiest for her to perform. Because shes been competing for so long, she also often knows which judges are going to be the toughest, a knowledge which actually made her more nervous during her recent state competition, until she saw her scores from the first event and realized that, as Cindi put it, she was going to have a good day.
At the same time, Danielle and Cindi Wilson both recognize that every day of competition can be different, but Cindi remains extremely proud of Danielle for her accomplishments so far, especially since a gymnast has to receive an all-around score of 31, in at least two out of four competitions, in order to be eligible to compete at the state level.