Whitney King

Whitney King flips on the beam with a unique grace and prepares herself for her dismount. In three seconds, King starts her dismount and sticks it facing applause.

Sophomore King has been practicing gymnastics since she was 2. Since then she has accomplished a lot.

“I started off at the tiny tot class that was like an hour a week,” King said. “The thing about gymnastics is that anyone who does it doesn’t like going to practice. I’ve liked it less and less, but I’ve got more committed.”

King has been the state champion for the last two years and the state beam champion for the last three years. King has a personal best of 37.100 score all around and a personal best of 9.500 on vault, a 9.125 on bars, a 9.425 on beam, and a 9.575 on floor according to mymeetscores.com.

“I also made it to Eastern Nationals this year,” King said. “It was fun and definitely a big accomplishment.”

Last year, King competed on the school’s varsity gymnastics team and placed second in all around at the Patriot Districts gymnastics meet last year, one place behind Woodson senior Simone Freidman.

“School gymnastics is very team-related and club [gymnastics] is more individual, so you care more about how you do and you do more harder moves,” King said, “[School gym] was fun, but it wasn’t as competitive as my club team.”

This year, Capital Gymnastics along with various other gyms banned their students from trying out for their school team.

“[My coaches’] main concern is that we’re going to get hurt because they don’t know the coaches and equipment,” King said, “but also, they don’t want us taking away practice time at club.”

This change doesn’t affect King as she is more committed to Capital Gymnastics; however, she thinks that it would be fun to do school gym this year.

“It doesn’t bother me that much, but I prefer my club gym because it’s more of a challenge and competitive and I know it will be beneficial to my future,” King said.