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Illini Ink: Women's Gymnastics Online Journal Week 8

Laura as the Queen of Halloween
Laura as the Queen of Halloween

Nov. 5, 2008

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Get behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this week's edition, junior Laura Woolf talks about Halloween fun, supporting volleyball and the Gymnastics Superstars Tour in Champaign.


Hello Illini fans,

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween! I know all the girls and I did! Practice on Halloween was very exciting. Both Amy and Mazza came up with fun workouts on vault and beam which gave us the opportunity to win some candy! All the girls had a good time and left the gym with handfuls of skittles, tootsie rolls, and dots. YUM! As you may know, every year we all pick another girl's name out of a hat and then have to come up with a costume for them to wear on Halloween. This year everyone was really creative. My favorite costume was Kelsey's. Sarah dressed her up like the pink panther and had her wear pink striped leggings with a pink leotard and pink socks on her hands for paws. You should check out our pictures HERE!

Halloween was an extremely busy day. After practice that day, the team volunteered at the volleyball game. We had to retrieve the balls and pass them to the servers. We also had to wipe the floors when the girls slid or dove for the balls. It was very nerve-racking at first but we all got the hang of it. I would have to say that out of all the volleyball games that I have been to, this one was the best by far! Illinois and Michigan played to five games. In the fifth game, the Illini and Michigan kept battling for the win. It was a nail biter, but in the end the Illini came out on top! Great job volleyball girls!

As you know, season is just around the corner. All of us are working really hard on starting to put routines together on every event. It's really exciting to see all the new beam and floor choreography. It is very apparent that we are making progress and improving everyday. We are getting pumped up for season!

Tonight the Olympic gymnastics tour is performing at Assembly Hall here a t U of I. All the girls and I have tickets and we are really excited to see the show. It should be a lot of fun! Some of the male gymnasts got into Champaign a little early, so Justin Spring brought them into the gym to say hi. It was really cool to see these guys in person. They are actually a lot shorter then they look on TV!

Well that's all for now. I hope that all you Illini fans keep reading so that you can get the inside scoop on the domination of Illini gymnastics!