Santa stopped by for the holiday event and took pictures with the teams before competition kicked off.
Excel Silver being introduced! The team was split into two due to their size so this is only half of the Excel Silver team. Kaitlyn is second from the left.
She started the season with her most challenging event...balance beam. Her performance was excellent (no falls)! The score was lower than expected and she later told us she forgot to complete one of her skills, which results in a nice point deduction.
She scored an 8.8 on beam. Good start for the season with room to fine tune.
Next up was floor, which she normally enjoys. Her routine isn't too different from last year but she has a few new skills mixed in to make it more challenging.
Hard to read but she scored a 8.45 on floor.
Next up was vault, which she seems to naturally do excellent in. Two separate clips for her two runs.
Good score on vault, she makes it look easy.
She scored above a 9.0 and received a candy cane to place on the "9" tree. For every candy cane on the tree at the end of the event, $1 will be donated to a charitable organization such as Toys for Tots.
I thought this video was cute, you can see Kaitlyn's little smirk when she sees her excellent score!
Time for awards. Kaitlyn's outstanding Bar score landed her 3rd overall. Excellent start!