Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Foberg Vaults to Junior Gold

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Foberg Vaults to Junior Gold

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Nothing went through Jazmyn Foberg's mind as she flipped and twisted through the air with the biggest accomplishment of her young gymnastics career dangling in the balance.

In a sport that can be as mentally taxing as it is physically demanding, particularly when dealing with the sometimes shaky psyches of 14 and 15 year olds, everything was how she hoped it would be. She was in a state of total calmness, armed with the reassurance that if she performed her routine as she should, she would be a champion.

As her feet landed on the mat Saturday at Consol Energy Center, after a brief hop backward on her dismount, Foberg's mental state was no longer steady. After all, she knew there was a top step on a podium awaiting her.

With a score of 14.95 on the vault, Foberg finished another strong day of events to claim first place in the junior women's all- around at the P&G Gymnastics Championships.

As Foberg -- who entered the second day of competition as the leader -- stood near the platform of her first event of the day, she was approached by USA Gymnastics national team coordinator Marta Karolyi. Foberg, 14, stood before one of the sport's larger-than- life figures and listened as Karolyi instructed her.

"Do the same thing you did yesterday," she said. "Don't be any better or any worse."

Ultimately, it was advice Foberg was able to heed.

"I just feel so happy right now," Foberg said. "I'm so grateful everything went well."

The New Jersey native had a two-day combined score of 114.95, allowing her to edge second-place Nia Dennis by 0.45. Norah Flatley rounded out the top three with a score of 112.5.

As it was the first day, Foberg's consistency was crucial to her success. Aside from a below-average showing on the balance beam, she didn't post a score lower than 14.1 in any event Saturday. Only once in the two-day competition did she score lower than 14 in an event, making her the only participant to do so. …

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