Behind the Scenes: The Importance of Big Tens

The Importance of Big Tens
TUESDAY | MARCH 17, 2009

Michigan women's gymnastics junior Maureen Moody (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) has one thing on her mind this week: Big Tens. The junior explains the team's focus on the conference meet and how important a Big Ten title is to everyone on the team.

All season long, Mo gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the U-M gymnastics program as it marches towards Lincoln, Neb., and the NCAA Championships in April.

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Four days and counting until the Big Ten Championships! From now through next Saturday, Big Tens will be the team's main focus. All the hours of preseason conditioning, drills repeated, skills practiced and routines rehearsed have been in preparation for the remaining few weeks of our season.

Big Tens is the meet where we have the opportunity to face all the teams in the conference at the same event, and whoever comes out on top that day holds the title of Big Ten champion until the following season. It is an honor and privilege to represent Michigan at every competition, but this feeling is always heightened at Big Tens, where everyone is fighting for that top spot within the conference. It is my favorite meet of the year, and I can't wait to feel the excitement in the air and the butterflies in my stomach as the results of the competition unfold. This year will be especially thrilling because all the teams in the conference stand close in the rankings, and it will be a true battle for the title ... may the best women win!

Until next time, cheer on your Wolverine gymnasts for the upcoming challenge, and Go Blue!

I would also like to extend a thank you to author John Bacon, who wrote an article about the sport and our team a few weeks ago. He put in a lot of time at the gym filming, interviewing, observing and asking questions, which resulted in a wonderful article about the program.

The article is called "A Drive for Perfection" and can be found here.

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