Our first USA National Games and our motto was Compete. Empower. Unite.
The mission was to “promote a first-class sporting event that celebrates the achievements of Special Olympic athletes in an Olympic Environment:
Gymnastics was held at the Ames High School. Artistic Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics competitions were held. The equipment was provided free from AAI.
Both local and national judges participated. Our head official was John Burkel. The Technical Delegates were Cindy Bickman for Rhythmic and Kate Hickie for Artistic Gymnastics. The sport Commissioner was K.J. Kindler.
Artistic Gymnasts could compete in levels I-IV in all events (women 4, men 6) plus all around or athletes could be specialists. Rhythmic gymnasts could compete in levels I through IV. Level IV in both Rhythmic and Artistic gymnastics were optional routines only. Levels I- III were compulsory routines.
There were 7 level I rhythmic gymnasts, 13 level II, and 2 level III. Artistic women included 10 level I, 22 level II, and 14 gymnasts in levels III & IV. The men included 12 level I, 10 level II, and 6 level III & IV gymnasts.
Chapters that participated:
Our schedule included practice in both rhythmic & artistic on Sunday, July 2. Competition was for artistic preliminaries on Mon, July 3 and rhythmic preliminaries on Tue, July 4. Wed, July 5 was artistic finals and awards while Th,
July 6 was rhythmic finals and awards. We had clinics and demos throughout the week and athletes enjoyed Olympic Town and the Festival Village. We hosted a 45 minute Gymnastics show after competition on July 6, where we showcased the gymnasts.
The games provided lifelong wonderful memories for the gymnasts, volunteers, coaches, judges and family members.