There were no perfect scores Thursday night at the Spokane Arena, only perfect moments.
Judges were in attendance, all right – 4,716 of them, who measured their approval in decibels for America’s gymnastics heroes in their first major exhibition since last month’s Olympic Games in Rio.
The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions offered a little of everything as it opened a two-month, 36-city tour to a gasping audience in Spokane.
No one was more wide-eyed than 9-year-old Kylie, whose trip from Colville was rewarded with some helpful vaulting hints from Olympic champions Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez, who made Kylie’s night complete by autographing her T-shirt.
Moments like that were framed by a fast-moving, two-hour spectacle of fluid movements and staggering strength. At times it seemed that the electricity of the Olympics had been conducted thousands of miles from the podium in Rio to the floor of the Spokane Arena.
The show opened with laser lights and the promise of tomorrow, as about 100 young local gymnasts took the floor in front of about 5,000 fans at Spokane Arena.
Moments later, a large American flag preceded the entry of this year’s Olympians: rhythmic, trampoline, men’s and finally the gold medal-winning women’s team.
The exhibition moved up-tempo in a hurry, as the men performed hip-hop style on the parallel bars and Hernandez showed off her dance moves as well as her athleticism on the floor. Continue reading...