You would have never guessed, but 11 year old level 8 gymnast, Alex Downing of Buckeye Gymnastics had a “late” start to gymnastics. Before gymnastics, Alex participated in dance and all star cheerleading. Alex got her start in gymnastics at age 8 when Alex wanted to work on her technique for tumbling for cheer. Alex’s mom took her Buckeye Gymnastics for a tumbling class and the instructor told Alex’s mom that she should switch to gymnastics. Shortly after, Alex decided to try gymnastics and made the level 3 team that year with no vault, bars, or beam experience. However, the minimal amount of gymnastics experience didn’t stop Alex as she took home the gold medal on vault and floor and the bronze medal in the all around at the 2014 Level 3 Ohio State Championships. Alex began competing level 4 in 2015 where she won the bars title and placed third all around at the 2015 Level 4 Ohio State Championships. Shortly after competing at level 4 states, Alex tested out of level 5 and competed level 7 during the 2016 Spring Season. Alex had a fantastic season placing 5th on beam and in the all around and the Level 7 State Championships; she also qualified to the Region 5 Level 7 Championships. At regionals, Alex had another great meet where she placed in the top 10 on both floor and in the all around.
Just four years after beginning gymnastics, Alex was ready to rock her level 8 season. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the season, Alex sustained a fracture to her patella which kept her out of training for awhile. However, Alex is back and better than ever and is ready to compete at her Level 8 State Meet this weekend! Good luck Alex! #ImAChalkWarriorTags: Alex Downing, Featured Chalk Warrior, Gymnastics, JO, women's gymnastics