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20070109 GymCat Corner: Miranda's Blog(1)
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Release: 01/09/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">After taking a short break over the holidays, GymCat Corner will be updated each week during the season with a new blog from an <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> Gymnast. This week, the Wildcats open the 2007 season on the road at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Michigan</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. Freshman Miranda Russell recaps the recent practices leading up to the season-opener.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Hello GymCat Fans!<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">The season is finally here!<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The team has been working so hard during these last couple months leading up to the season, and it&rsquo;s definitely showing.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We&rsquo;ve taken the final two weeks before our first meet this Friday (at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Michigan</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>) to do fine tuning and perfecting.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This last Saturday we actually had a ?mock meet&rsquo; in our practice gym where we truly stepped up.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The overall excitement was obvious throughout, and we didn&rsquo;t have to count a single fall.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Of course, there were a few glitches in places, but nothing we weren&rsquo;t eager to fix for the next weekend.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Our next practice came Monday and took place in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">McKale</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, where we have all of our home competitions.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>This practice enabled us to get used to our home equipment and adapt to our surroundings.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Overall it went pretty well, with a few problems here and there.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The McKale workout further heightened our anticipation and made the season feel that much closer.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Only two more practices before we travel to the first meet of the year at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Michigan</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Friday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Several of us on the team will get to see family and friends nearby, especially Bree, who is a <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Michigan</st1:place></st1:State> native.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Personally, as a freshman, I am extremely pumped to not only start the season, but make an impact as a team right away.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>We all cannot wait to do well and have a phenomenal year!<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">Remember to come cheer us on when we make our debut at home on January 26<SUP>th</SUP>! <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">~Miranda<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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