Jenn and I spent last week at the USAG Olympic Selection Trials in Philadelphia, PA. We were there to exhibit along with the other USGSA members at the gymnastics trade fair held in conjunction with the trials.
Traffic at the show this year was very good. Cathy Feldman of USAG told us that they had a record 1,900 paid attendees before the show started. I heard later that another 500 signed up during the show. As usual Thursday (the first day) had the best quality of attendees with lots of club owners hitting the floor. By Saturday we were tired, and the hall was full of young kids bent on stealing as many knick nacks as they could get their hands on. Thieving kids is one thing, but when you see them handing all of your sample ribbons and medals to their mom a few booths away, it makes your stomach turn!
As usual the mega-raffle was a huge hit. We raffled off $68,000 in gymnastics equipment!!
While we were there we took in the women’s gymanstics trials on Friday night along with folks from Mancino Manufacturing and Deary Gymnastics. Where was Gibson? The women looked great and as someone who doesn’t eat, breathe and sleep gymnastics, wow – they have gotten really good in the past four years. Best of luck to all our competitors in Bejing this summer!!