As I head into my last months of rhythmic,I've been constantly impugned with questions like: "Why are you still doing gymnastics? Don't you have other things you would rather be doing?"
Well, if you're asking this, you obviously don't understand me.
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Every summer marks the beginning of three months of gymnastics camp, or what I affectionately term "rhythmic boot camp."
The 2008 Massachusetts State Championships pops on, and I see 13-year-old Elaine enter the carpet. Her raven black ribbon spirals to life as the music, a tango, marches on. My jaw drops.
I practice my routine with forced optimism, smiling even though I'm shaking on the inside. When I make a mistake, I push myself to continue and keep my focus on what I'm doing.
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Rhythmic gymnast Julie Zetlin has overcome numerous setbacks, such as a second knee surgery last May, and has shown me stark determination and passion in their purist forms.
I instantly snap into performance mode, salute the judges, and assume my pose. Everything goes flawlessly for a few moments, and then my ball routine transforms into a game of cat-and-mouse.
Human perfectibility is the belief that people are capable of infinite improvement. Rhythmic gymnastics has made me believe in it.
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