Storm boys bring home eight golds |

Storm boys bring home eight golds

Devon O'Neil

The Silverthorne Storm boys gymnastics team followed the lead of the Storm’s widely successful girls component on Saturday, finishing the summer season with a bang at the Colorado Association of Recreational Athletics (CARA) state championships.Although only two of the Storm’s four boys competed, they brought home eight gold medals in a variety of events and demonstrated once again that Summit is one of the state’s hotbeds for up-and-coming gymnasts.”The boys’ league is a lot smaller than the girls’ so they weren’t competing against as many in each age group,” said Storm coach Ben Way, “yet all of our boys worked hard to learn these routines, and I was proud to see them standing up on top of the podium. We even received a compliment from one of the judges on our excellent toe point and form.”By improving his score in every event he competed in, Storm stalwart Kevin Heil “rocked” his age group, according to Way, and took first place in five of the six compulsory Level 7 individual events he entered. He also won the coveted all-around crown with an impressive score of 51.8 – four points higher than his previous best.The Storm’s other state representative, Christian Julin, fared almost equally as well as his teammate Heil. Competing in the difficult compulsory Level 6 group, Julin posted an all-around score of 47.6 (his previous best was a 41.8) and finished second. He hit his floor routine to near perfection, winning with a 9.0. He also took first in his age group with a 9.1 on vault, and placed second in the high bar and parallel bars competitions.With its summer campaign now complete, the boys will take a short break before resuming things in the fall.In addition, for the first time ever this week, the Storm boys are taking part in the Peak 10 Gymnastics Camp at Summit High School, an event which previously had only been open to girls.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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