The day before they left Drew's mom aka Meemaw went to the gym to watch Emma and Jonah. She called from the gym to say that both kids injured themselves, but she wasn't sure to what extent. When they got home that night it was quite obvious that both ankles (yeah they both injured their ankles) were not good. Both were swollen, already bruising, warm to the touch, and painful. My heart was crushed for Jonah. His ability to compete in CA was seriously in doubt. But, everything was paid for and you just never know, so off Drew and Jonah went early, early, early Friday morning.
On Friday Jonah was in a lot of pain. Walking through airports was not helpful. Still, he managed to practice some. There was no tumbling, vaulting, and dismounts. Saturday was a meet time decision according to the coaches.
Saturday morning early Drew learned from Jonah's roommate that Jonah was ill. Sometime during the night he had developed a fever and horrible cough. Now he was definitely not competing on Saturday.
|Drew wheeled Jonah back to his room on a luggage cart|
On Sunday morning Jonah decided he was going to compete. His coaches did not expect him too. Drew didn't and neither did I. But, Jonah decided he wanted to try. Sunday was a team competition so he could be entered in some or all of the events. The coaches decided to try all six since he didn't compete on Saturday. Jonah competed on vault, pommel horse, parallel bars, and rings. Everything for Jonah was rough. He was still not feeling 100% and his ankle was definitely not 100%. It was not his day, but he tried his hardest on that day and everyone was so proud of him.
|Getting encouragement from Coach Peter|
|Getting encouragement from Coach Mark|
I excluded the vault pictures because they are just awful. Because of the ankle Jonah was not able to power off the springboard and he barely made it over the board. It was absolutely his worst vault ever. The vault was the third event and it really re-injured his ankle. He competed then on the PB's and finally stuck a landing. That did in his ankle. Jonah called it a day and skipped high bar and floor.
The pictures from after show his fatigue and sadness. Still, Drew, the coaches, and I were so proud of him. He really should have watched and been a cheerleader. Instead he wanted to do what he went to CA to do. He did some, but at a price that is still being determined.
The meet was in Bakersfield. Since they flew in and out of LAX they had to drive back to LA. They stopped at the beach and Jonah finally had some fun in CA.
|Jonah and his friend/teammate Connor|