Nick’s Flippin Kids, the Christian gymnastics school on 101 Best Wood Drive in Clayton, scored some major points at the Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational.
Owners Chris and Nick Brancheau took more than 80 of their students ages 5-17 to the meet, where gyms from up and down the East Coast competed.
Seven of their gymnasts earned the high score for their division. Division is determined by age and level of performance, Chris said.
The Brancheaus estimated that about 3,500 gymnasts competed.
“We have never won this meet,” Nick said. “We win the small meets, but never one this size. I don’t know a bigger meet, and I’ve competed all around the country.”
The Brancheaus’ students competed from Thursday morning to Sunday night and returned home proud but “dead tired,” Chris said.
That weekend, the AT&T American Cup also took place at the Greensboro Coliseum complex. That event is just two levels below the Olympic trials.
Nick is a friend of Kurt Golder, coach of this year’s American Cup men’s winner, Sam Mikulak, and Chris said he enjoyed seeing them both at the event.
Several of the Brancheaus’ students were able to get tickets to the American Cup, and the Brancheaus said having the cup there in Greensboro the same weekend boosted participation in the GGI.
“The GGI was so big this year because so many kids came to watch the AT&T, so they wound up competing while they were here,” Chris said. “There were gyms from Michigan to Florida competing.”
The GGI also coincided with the Nastia Liukin Cup, where female Junior Olympic gymnasts compete.
Gymnasts at Nick’s Flippin Kids will continue to compete throughout the spring. The men’s team will compete March 15-16 in Raleigh; the rhythmic team, March 15-16 in Simpsonville, S.C.; and the gold and platinum teams, March 28-30 in Elon. Trampoline and tumbling will compete April 11-12 in Greensboro. The boys’ team will compete that same weekend in Alabama. The bronze and silver teams will compete the first weekend of May in Morrisville.