Behind the Scenes: The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack

The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack
TUESDAY | FEBRUARY 3, 2009

Michigan women's gymnastics junior Maureen Moody (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) shared her disappointment last week after stumbling at Minnesota, but this week, motivated and focussed, Maureen used the strength of her teammates to pull out the routine of her year. All season long, Mo will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the U-M gymnastics program as it marches towards Lincoln, Neb., and the NCAA Championships in April.

This past weekend we had our best meet of the season against Iowa State University. We showed more consistency than in our past competitions and were rewarded for it with a big win over the Cyclones. Even though it was a regular competition, I felt a lot of pressure, like we were in the championship stretch of the season, due my poor outing last weekend.

(To watch archived video of the meet, click here.)

For self-preservation and confidence restoration, I really wanted to perform well to prove to myself and my teammates that the routine in Minnesota was a fluke. I was happy and relieved when my feet hit the mat and I knew I had done a routine that could help the team. The judges gave me a 9.825, which was my highest score of the year.

Thanks to a terrific team effort, the rest of the competition went smoothly. We kept our energy up with enthusiasm and cheering the entire meet, and I think it helped our floor presentation in the last rotation. Before the floor routines started, we huddled for one last attempt at boosting enthusiasm. We incorporated a new cheer into our repertoire and tried it out in the huddle.

"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack!"

It goes along with one of the goals we have this season, which is staying focused and united throughout our meets. The new cheer, coupled with the crowd's encouragement, worked well. We finished the competition on a high note with all six girls in the lineup hitting their routines. In addition to our new cheer, this meet was also special because three of Michigan gymnastics' biggest fans, Robye, Kacy, and Rose, brought a sign and made their voices heard during the competition! After the meet, I was fortunate enough to meet and talk with the three. Supportive fans like those young ladies, the ones that remind us of ourselves as young athletes, are what make competing for Michigan so much fun.

Until next time, Go Blue!


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