Columbia Team Rises to the Top

1 decade 3 months 1 day ago Sunday, September 16 2007 Sep 16, 2007 Sunday, September 16, 2007 5:43:25 PM CDT September 16, 2007 in Sports
You have to be flexible, you have to have a lot of talents for this," said Mountjoy.

"I kind of call it a cross between gymnastics, figure skating and cheerleading," expressed Mountjoy's partner Jim Zepp.

When you mix them together, you get a different breed of gymnasts.

"It's physically challenging also because not only to you have to be able to dance, you have to be able to tumble, and you have to have strength and flexibility to perform the acro moves also," stated Jim's wife Heather Zepp.

And if you hadn't noticed, there's still one more requirement.  The difference between acrobatic gymnastics and regular gymnastics is the fact that they don't use spring boards or balance beams.  Instead, Jodi relies on Jim to be her balance beam.

"You really have to trust your partner to not drop you and to trust him to catch you if there is a fall or something, and I definitely have that trust with my partner," commented Mountjoy.

That trust starts at the top, with Jim's wife Heather running the program.  She knows what makes them successful.

"They have a lot of trust for their partners," stated Heather Zepp.

"I trust them with everything," remarked Mountjoy.

"There is a lot of trust involved in all areas of the sport," added Heather Zepp.

With a team first attitude, it's no surprise that the Catts clawed their way to numerous medals at a national competition.

"They did really well all year and it was exciting to take them to Nationals and have them actually do the best routines that they done all year, which you want to see. You want to see that progression, so when they get to Nationals, it is the best routine they've ever done," expressed Mountjoy.

Mountjoy knows there is nothing else like it.

"It's hard to explain it, you just have to do it for yourself to experience it," stated Mountjoy.

It's an experience of a different breed.

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