After four days of intense competition, Jump Rope at the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games has come to a close! More than 200 athletes flooded the court at the Iowa Events Center to show off their jumping skills. Teams traveled from around the world to Des Moines to be a part of this huge event and everyone seemed to have a truly enjoyable time.
The Jazzy Jumpers, a team from Australia, made the nearly 30 hour trek to the United States to compete and they will return home with some shiny, new medals and bragging rights. You can check out the rest of their story HERE.
This is the 20th year that Jump Rope has been a part of the AAU Junior Olympic Games! We sat down with Jean Hodges, one of the influential people who helped jump rope get its start in the event. See what she has to say in the full story HERE!
To revolutionize the sport even more, the Jump Rope competition made several aspects of the competition digital. There were flat screen TVs to show the audience the live scores and iPods were used to keep track of the jumps in the speed competition.
We also had a former AAU Junior Olympic Games athlete return to the jump roping stage, this time as a coach. Read how Kristen Bork made the transition from competitor to coach HERE.
All of the teams that competed did a wonderful job and really put on a great show for an audience filled with supportive family, friends and fans.
Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to see you again next year in Hampton Roads for the 2015 AAU Junior Olympic Games!
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