The Feats of Strength and Combine competition are officially over in the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games! Both were only one day each but it was a fun-filled and intense two days! AAU members showed just how strong they were by performing lifts and exercises that included, but weren't limited to deadlifts, tire flipping and a bobsled push! The Combine was also co-sanctioned by the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and had two surprise guests show up the competition, Olympians Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauryn Williams! The two of them spoke at the Celebration of Athletes on Monday night and demonstrated a bob sled push to athletes. They also hung around the competition on Monday at the Feats of Strength event to cheer on the young AAU athletes.
On Sunday, the Combine included both boys and girls ranging from the 5U and 16-17 age divisions. The event included pullups, BP, PC, Long Jump and a 40 yard sprint. At the end of the day, West Fowler, James Distaso-Hutchins, Max Crofton, DelMario Hairston, Evan Pittman and Dirion Hutchins all took home gold medals. In the girls' competition, the gold medals went to Caelyr Grining, Emily Grining, Karlie Wooten, Ashley Perryman, Katelyn Perryman and Monet Salazar! Max Crofton, DelMario, Evan Pittman and Ashley Perryman are all used to the medals and the honor of being on top of that podium; they were repeat Combine champions TWO years in a row! In addition to placing first in their age groups, Evan Pittman, Dirion Hutchins, Katelyn Perryman and Monet Salazar all earned certificates for a FREE bobsled/skeleton G-Force driving school at Utal Olympic Park in Park City, Utah! Congratulations to everyone who competed in the event and we hope to see you again next year! Will the two-time champions be able to have a three-peat?!
On the following day, Monday, Feats of Strength kicked off! There were only thirteen competitors in this events and they were all giving it everything they had to earn that gold medal! For this event, the bobsled push was co-sanctioned by the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and ages ranged from the 6-7 to the 14-15 division for both boys and girls. Events within the competition included the tire flip, farmer's walk, medicine ball throw, deadlift for reps and the bobsled push. In the girls' divisions, Hailey Beuscher and Alexandra Lazarus took home gold medals and Avery Miller took home the silver in the 10-11 age division. Only three girls competed in the event but they definitely held their own against the boys. All three girls also had competed in the Combine the day before. For the boys, Easton Minx, Jonathon Townsley, Max Crofton and Evan Pittman took home the gold in their respective divisions. Six of the 10 boys that competed Feats of Strength also competed in the Combine. Congratulations to everyone who competed and we hope to see you again next year!
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