Over the past two months, Elise has competed in two jump rope competitions. I had planned on one big blog post with videos, results, and details. Unfortunately, my video editing skills are as bad or worse than my video taking skills, so that's just not going to happen in any sort of timely manner. At this point, I have one video to share. It is from Elise's single rope freestyle routine at the USA Jump Rope Region 2 Qualifier. I had the good video camera with me, was set up in a good spot, ready to record. I judged for most of the day, but was fortunate enough to be on a judging break while Elise was jumping freestyle, so I could record it myself. That was my first mistake... assuming that I could successfully operate the video camera. Nina had been using it earlier in the day and set the camera on "still photo" mode. That should be enough explanation to know what happened next. Thankfully, at the last minute, I had the foresight to ask Elise's friend to take a video using my iPhone as "back-up". Whew. I should always have a back-up. So, as you watch this video, imagine it is the one I took horizontally, with a nice video camera, zooming in on her opening smile, and capturing the coach's reaction after she finished. Of course, all of that came out as a single still photo of her opening pose. Sigh. I will never learn.
Anyway, this was a great competition for her. In the March competition, she came in 6th out of 18. In the weeks between the two competitions, she added more difficulty to her routine, and this time she came in 3rd in single rope freestyle out of a competitive group of 20 twelve year old girls. Technically, that placement qualified her for nationals, but she was competing as a non-qualifier because she chooses to participate in only the local competitions. I haven't figured out exactly why she doesn't want to do the bigger competitions, but it saves me thousands of dollars in flights to California, hotel rooms, uniforms, and practice time, so I don't push the issue.
Anyway, without further ado, here is the not-so-great iPhone video with the wrong date in the title. (The competition was April 12, not April 22. Oops).