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Gymnastics Jitters

Gymnastics Jitters

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Gymnastics Jitters

5/5 (1 rating)
55 pages
22 minutes
May 1, 2013


Dana and the rest of the Raiders gymnastics team must learn how to deal with their biggest rivals, the Superiors. When the Superiors don't play fair, the Raiders learn a valuable lesson in sportsmanship.
May 1, 2013

About the author

Who is Jake Maddox? Athlete, author, world-traveler – or all three? He has surfed in Hawaii, scuba-dived in Australia, and climbed the mountains of Peru and Alaska. His books range from the most popular team sports to outdoor activities to survival adventures and even to auto racing. His exploits have inspired numerous writers to walk in his footsteps – literally! Each of his stories is stamped with teamwork, fair play, and a strong sense of self-worth and discipline. Always a team-player, Maddox realizes it takes more than one man (or woman) to create a book good enough for a young reader. He hopes the lessons learned on the court, field, or arena and the champion sprinter pace of his books can motivate kids to become better athletes and lifelong readers.

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Chapter One


The judge lifted his card, and the music began. Dana raised her fingers in the air and pulsed her hips to the beat. Then she ran.

Her toes bounced off the mat, and she hurled herself through the air. She did a flip before landing back on the mat. The crowd applauded, and Dana finished with three back handsprings.

Nice work, Dana! her team cheered.

She smiled to herself. She knew she nailed the routine. Only a cartwheel and split left. Not a wobble on either move.

You did it! You did it! cheered her best friend and co-captain Mallory.

Atta girl, said Coach Jasmine.

Dana beamed as she sat on the bleachers and waited for the other girls to complete their routines. She was happy with her routine.

Wish me luck, girl, said Mallory. She unzipped her River City Raiders jacket and went to warm up on the uneven bars.

You don’t need it, said Dana, smiling. She was superstitious about wishing other gymnasts luck. And saying break a leg would be disastrous.

Mallory jogged to the bars shaking her head. Dana could swear she was grinning.

Dana rubbed her palms together and blew on them. The Halsey Gym wasn’t cold, but she shivered. She watched her teammates Connie and Paula on the beam and vault. Their routines were flawless.

Then it was Mallory’s turn. Dana sucked in her breath and felt an arm around her. Coach Jasmine always knew when to calm her nerves.

Mal will do great, she said. I bet you’re more nervous than she is.

Dana nodded and tried to smile. Mallory grabbed the lower bar and raised her

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