I stepped out into the ballroom and was surrounded by thousands of girls. All in their leotards and ready for competition. I stepped into my old leotard, it fit but it was a little weird looking. Everyone has jewels and rhinestones on them. Mine was just a regular plain one with no rhinestones or designs, but it would do. I signed into the conference center sign-in table. A couple of girl laughed at my outfit but I brushed them off. I really don't care what they think.
I went to sit down in the performers area and take in all these people. There were beams and bars everywhere. I was not used to this. I watched the other girls go up onto bars, beam, floor, and vault. And they were good, and I mean real good. A couple of girls came and sat behind me and started laughing. I decided to try and ignore them but I couldn't help it.
Girl 1: I cannot believe we even have to do this practice thing. I mean I don't need it. I am gonna win everything.
Girl 2: Yeah you are the best, you are going to win everything here, no one else has a chance.
Girl 3: Check out that girl with the ugly looking leotard. It must be her first competition.
Girl 1: Yeah, she doesn't even look like she has any talent.
Girl 2: You are so gonna win. Haha!!
I got up and walked away, almost in tears, until I heard my name being called.
Annoucer: Will the following people please report for the next bar rotation:
I walked up and got in line and noticed the three girls that were laughing.
(Laura = Girl 1, Consuela = Girl 2, Anjelica = Girl 3)
They all looked at me and laughed, oh great, I dno't even stand a chance against them apparently. They think they are so good. I went over my routine one more time in my head. By the time I was finished it was my turn. I looked over at the scoreboard. WOW, they really were good. I was going to have to do really well.
I finished my routine, flawlessly might I add, (THE ROUTINE IS IN THE SIDEBAR). I went back to my station and I looked at the scoreboard.
Consuela Forbis - 12.34Eccleston
Laura - 15.30
Anjelica Trickett - 14.65
Rubye Pack - 13.54
Starr Barile - 15.85
Oh my god. I won! Yay!! I could hear a few people clapping, not much but a few. But that's better then none, right? Laura, Consuela and Anjelica came over to me right after the scores were posted.
Laura: Happy about your first win, well it's gonna be your last.
Consuela: Yeah I'm sorry to say that it was beginners luck.
They both smiled and walked away, but Anjelica stayed behind and started a conversation with me.
Anjelica: I think you did a really good job.
Starr: Oh, thanks, you did to!
Anjelica: Thanks, but I know you have more talent then Laura, she is just jealous.
Laura: ANJELICA GET YOUR BUTT OVER HERE!!!
Anjelica: COMING!!! Here's my number Starr, just text me when you can.
Wow, she was genially nice to me. I was happy. Then some man came up to me and started talking to me.
Man: Hi, my name is Bela Karolyi.
Starr: Hi, I'm Starr.
Bela: You were very impressive on bars just now.
Starr: Oh thanks, it's my first competition so I'm a bit nervous.
Bela: Have you ever had any training?
Starr: No, I taught myself that. I haven't ever really had a trainer.
Bela: Well Miss Starr you just beat Laura Eccleston in her best event, bars.
Starr: Okay? What about Laura Eccleston.
Bela: Laura Eccleston is the top gymnist in the state. And her best event is bars, which you beat her on.
Starr: Oh, um I'm sorry.
Bela: Don't apologize. Here is my card, call me if you want to train with me.
Starr: Oh thanks!
Woah. I quickly looked Bela Karolyi on my phone. Woah. He is a renown gymnastic coach. And he liked me? Oh great here comes Laura.
Laura: Why were you talking to Bela Karolyi? You don't deserve him.
Starr: Well he came and talked to me. He even asked me if I want to train with him.
Anjelica: He asked you to train with him? That is such an honor!
Laura: Shut up Anjelica. He is going to ask me to train with him.
Anjelica: Not is Starr beats you in everything here.
Laura: SHUT UP ANJELICA! You're not going to win anything here! I don't even know why you're here!! You never win anything you're such a loser.
Starr: Anjelica wait!
Consuela: Aww, did Laura hurt your friends feelings? Oh well. You know Starr you should just drop out. I mean you are going to lose.
Starr: Well considering I just beat the number one girl in that state at her best event, I'm gonna go with no.
And with that I ran to go look for Anjelica. Yeah she was friends with Laura but hey, she was nice to me. I looked for about 15 minutes and then we lined up to do our floor routine. But I saw a change on the board, my name wasn't on there. I went up to the judge to see what was happening.
Starr: Excuse me why isn't my name up there.
Judge: Well Miss Laura informed me that you were dopping out of the competition so we took you off the board.
Starr: I am not dropping out, she was lying.
Judge: Okay so what would you like us to do about it.
Starr: just Play My Music.
I did my flour routine and nailed it flawlessly. I hoped I did good beause I saw Bela watching. I hope he is proud of me.
(PICTURE OF LAURA'S LEOTARD IS IN THE SIDEBAR ALONG WITH STARR'S UNEVEN BARS ROUTINE)