Jada Olsen of Perham competed on the uneven parallel bars Saturday at the Class 1A gymnastics state meet. Photo: DAVID JOLES • firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing up in the gymnastics hotbed of Perham, Jada Olsen has trained around state championship banners for nearly her entire life.
Someday, she thought, her name is going to be up there as a state champion, too.
That goal came true Saturday when the Perham junior rode the momentum of a stellar opening routine on the uneven bars to the Class 1A all-around state championship.
Olsen posted a personal best score of 38.625 to finish ahead of close friend Jackson Hegg of Detroit Lakes, who finished second with a 38.475. Annandale’s Becca Green finished third, scoring 38.40.
“In seventh grade, it was definitely one of my goals,” Olsen said. “I’d made it to state as a seventh-grader and took sixth in vault, so I knew it was a reachable goal. I just wanted to see how long it would take me to get there.”
Worthington eighth-grader Hali Bullerman hit her feet on the high bar during her dismount from the uneven bars and landed face-first on the mat. The meet was delayed for more than 15 minutes while medical personel attended to her. She was taken off the mat immobilized on a stretcher, but a source said that was precautionary and that she’d suffered no serious injury. She was brought to a nearby hospital for testing for a potential concussion.
Selected by the Minnesota Girls’ Gymnastics Coaches Association
Jada Olsen, Perham; Jackson Hegg, Detroit Lakes; Alayna Schloeder, Rockford; Camryn Brinkman, Melrose; Taryn Sellner, Mankato West
Coach of the Year: Nikki Dilbert Collison, Big Lake
Nadia Abid, Maple Grove; Anna Altermatt, Lakeville North; Bella Frattalone, Mahtomedi; Rachel Steiner, Lakeville North; Grace Treanor, Wayzata
Coach of the Year: Krysta DeLong, Edina