Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weekly Winners: July 12-18

My girl was the focal point of my camera this week. Cheer camp was an exciting, exhausting, exhilarating experience for her, culminating in the HUGE honor of competing for "Spirit Star." She cheered herself into the finals -- the top 10 -- of a competition at the championship camp she was at.

Proud much? Why, yes, I was/am! There were about 500 girls there, and only 10 finalists. Plus she was the only cheerleader from her team to compete in the finals (beating out the seniors and everyone else with more high school experience than she has)!

Being in the finals meant that she had to lead the crowd (all the campers and their parents!) in a cheer -- all by her lonesome -- and include a demonstration of her cheering, tumbling and flying skills. She could have a stunt group to help her, but no one but Roo could speak.

No, she didn't win, but she ROCKED. And it really was an incredible honor (and a testament to her skills) to be selected.

I have about a billion photos, but I narrowed it down to my favorite three:

Come on, crowd! Help me out! Go! Fight! Win!

She was all alone in front of the campers and parents. Go, Roo!

(Back) tuck me in:

She'll hate me for this photo -- even though it's cool -- because her form is pretty nasty.

And for the finale ... a scale:

What you don't see in this photo is how she "tick-tocked" on the way up,
meaning she went up on one leg and switched to the other in mid-flight.
Waaaaaay cool.

I'm still basking in her reflected glory, so go --->here<--- if you'd like to see more weekly winners!

18 comments:

Roger said...

That takes a lot of courage to get up and lead a bunch of strangers in a cheer, so kudos to Roo for making the top ten.

Frenchgirlrn said...

Way to go Roo!

Jaina said...

Way to go Roo girl! Those are some incredible pictures too. Have a great weekend!

HalfAsstic.com said...

Wow, Roo! That is awesome! Pardon me but I'm proud of you, too!

Debbie said...

I just love what a supportive and proud mama you are!

Sarah said...

That is so incredibly awesome!!! Way to go RG!!! Whe looks like she had a blast!!!

Nap Warden said...

Tuck me in is AWESOME!

Amy said...

She's amazing! (That one shot is really really cool!)

Tara R. said...

The tuck is a fabulous capture. All of these are great! Congrats to Roo for making the finals.

Maisy said...

Love the photos! What a fantastic achievement for Roo Girl. Go Roo!

Ali

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Even if the back tuck is bad form the photo looks cool. Congrats to Roo.

Kim said...

Very very cool shot of the back tuck!!!!

Secret Agent Mama said...

She's so freakin' awesome!!

Simply Jenn said...

Don't hate me, but since Kelsie's been out of cheer for over a year now I thought maybe I had forgotten all my cheer momage. I thought "that's how they throw back tucks now?" I'm sorry- I suck. I JUST WANT MY DAUGHTER BACK IN CHEER! There, I said it.

Roo is beautiful and SO talented! I'm impressed. And one more thing, your varsity team only has to throw a back handspring? Kelsie didn't make varsity because every though she threw her back handspring back, she didn't throw her standing back tuck (or actually, she landed it on her knees). I'm trying to convince my other two to cheer because I really do miss it (and you- how are you?)

Karen said...

Bad form or no, that is the best pic ever. Awesome.

Debs said...

Great pics :) I miss my girls cheering, they went for basketball instead.

Janet said...

I love the effect of the "nasty" form. And good for her being the Top 10! Actually it's good she didn't win. Now she still has something to shoot for. :)

Gina said...

That second one is awesome. And bad form? bah! Bad form would be me, falling on my head.

 
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