TORRINGTON – Torrington’s Natalie Long, a fifth grader, has been competing for the Carpenter Center Tumbling and Trampoline program – based out of Gering, Neb. – for two years.
This year is the sixth year the CCT&T has been providing aspiring gymnasts of all ages and skills sets a chance to compete locally, regionally and even nationally.
Long competes in a trio of events, including double mini, trampoline and tumbling.
In the double mini, Long’s routine consists of straddle jumps, pike jumps and either a front pike or barani pike dismount the double mini trampolines which are joined together. In the trampoline event, Long will do a back flip, back pike, airplane stomach drop into back drop, front pike, ending with a barani pike. In the final tumbling event, Long’s routine consists of straddle jumps, pike jumps and either a front pike or barani pike dismount.
Each event is scored by a panel of judges.
Long got her start in tumbling in Torrington at the 28th Ave. Dance Studio. She is now a level five in each of her events, moving up one level from a year ago.
Level five is nearly half way up to the highest level – the elite level.
As she moves up a level, Long’s routine gets more complex.
Long has competed both locally and regionally in Colorado, which is where the CCT&T attends competitions.
In the two years Long has competed, she has a first-place medal, three second-place medals and two third-place medals in events she’s competed in.
Long hopes to add to that total this weekend.
She and her teammates will compete in the Colorado State Meet, which will be held on the campus of Western Nebraska Community College at the Cougar Palace in Scottsbluff, Neb., on Saturday, April 6. An estimated 103 tumbling and trampoline athletes will compete this weekend, including 36 from the CCT&T program.
Events are open to the public and are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.