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Tejeda student places in Junior Olympics

Tejeda Middle School was proud to announce that its very own eighth grader, Blake Sun, placed eighth in the Junior Olympic National Championship held in Portland, Oregon, April 30 - May 5. Sun has been involved in gymnastics since he was three years old when his father, Yuejin Sun began coaching him. He practices six days a week at the Alamo Gymnastics Center.

There are six individual events which Sun competes including the floor exercise, pommel horse, steel rings, vault, parallel bars and the horizontal bars. During the National Championship, he placed second on parallel bars and fourth place on the pommel horse. “There were 200 competitors from the United States,” explained Sun who competes in the 13-14 age division. He placed 8th overall.

When Mrs. Shelton came on over the announcements and told the entire school of Sun’s accomplishments, he was shocked. “I was surprised to see my family!” said Sun who was greeted in the front office by cheers, hugs and familiar faces.

Sun will be attending a Regional Team Camp in July and hopes to compete in the Jr. Olympics again next year.

Blake Sun demonstrates his skills at the Junior Olympics.
Blake Sun focuses on his next move as he competes in the 2013 National Junior Olympic Championships.

Posted on May 20, 2013