August 2, 2015
State Games of America Wrap-up
The largest national State Games of America on record wrapped up weekend competition, bidding farewell to more than 15,000 athletes from 47 states. Sunday action kicked off early with a 25, 50 and 100-mile cycling tour northwest of Lincoln, skydiving in Weeping Water and a triathlon at Holmes Lake. A high point of the Games, 1968 Olympic track and field athlete Carol Frost set new American records (70-74 age group) in shot put and discus.
Among the most decorated athletes at the Games, Carol Frost, of Wood River, Nebraska, took home gold in the 70-74 age group javelin, shot put and discus competitions. Frost threw 33’ 8 ½”, (10.27 meters) in the shot put and 95’ 4 ½” (29.07 meters) in the discus. Both are American records for her age. The Games helped Frost prepare for international competition, as she travels later this month to Europe.
Twenty pumped skydivers took off at Browns Airport in Weeping Water, Nebraska, where some athletes who competed in multiple categories made up to 10 jumps Sunday morning. Joe Reinhard had a whopping 1,500 jumps to his credit coming into today’s competition. Games Skydiving Director Dan Myers expressed his passion for the extreme sport.
“Every jump is full of adrenaline, it never gets old and the challenge keeps going. You can do whatever you want in this sport.”
The triathlon drew more than 150 competitors. Caleb Smidt, from Omaha, earned first overall in just under one hour – 59:59. Maria Mota, from Bennet, Nebraska, had the top women’s finish, and ninth overall. Among the youngest competitors, Noah Luedtke, 17 from Martell, Nebraska, finished fourth overall. The women’s youngest competitor Jade Mountain, 15, traveled from Silver Lake, Kansas, to achieve a top-40 finish. Coloradoans Joseph Giles and James Shaleen were among the narrow field of competitors in the 70+ age groups.
Kaichou Kinjo Takashi, a tenth-degree black belt in karate and kobudo, traveled from Japan to conduct a martial arts demonstration at the Devaney Sports Center. Takashi demonstrated the techniques and application of his martial arts style, Kai Tai.
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The streak continues. Spirit Gymnastics from North Wales, Pennsylvania, competed in its ninth straight State Games of America. This year’s team of 11 gymnasts extends the Evans family (which owns Spirit Gymnastics) tradition to support gymnasts in participating in national Olympic-style competition, ever since the inaugural Games in 1999. Spirit gymnast Miranda Murphy credits her success to the encouragement of her team.
“It’s more fun when you have a team to compete with. Then you have people cheering you on and you can look up to people and you can cheer other people on.”
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August 2, 2015 - The largest national State Games of America on record wrapped up weekend competition, bidding farewell to more than 15,000 athletes from 47 states. Sunday action kicked off early with a 25, 50 and 100-mile cycling tour northwest of Lincoln, skydiving in Weeping Water and a triathlon at Holmes Lake. A high point of the Games, 1968 Olympic track and field athlete Carol Frost set new American records (70-74 age group) in shot put and discus. Read more...
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