So we've been confined to indoor activities since we arrived last week, but we did manage to get ourselves to the Huyghens Gymnase over in the 14th arr. on Saturday to watch the Île de France regional gymnastic finals.
Meanwhile, on the vault, a dizzying group of young girls raced down the track...
...and catapaulted themselves over the vault at such speed, they were just a blur.
At the other end of the gym, a member of one of the male "Cadet" teams finished his routine on the parallel bars, under the watchful eye of his coach.
Then it's time for action. Check out this short video clip for a glimpse of an extra movement. As this young gymnast moves from the lower to the upper bar, she stands briefly on the lower before leaping, effortlessly, to the upper bar. And gains extra points!
These two young lads were thrilled and proud!
But as this short clip shows, with serious aplomb, they picked themselves up, hopped back up, took a deep breath and, in the case of this gymnast, executed a perfect backward cartwheel and an almost perfect dismount.
When the final results were announced, the "En Avant! Paris" B Team came out on top! The A Team from the same gym came second, and the team from Vincennes third. The first two teams go on to the Northern France Regionals. Bravo and "Go, Paris!"
As far as my own gym activities are concerned, a new sport centre, "Keep Cool" has opened just half a block from our flat. I have taken out a membership, been issued my access card, my list of rules and regulations and will have my first session next week. My floor exercises will definitely be tamer than those of the "En Avant! Paris" teams -- I would call them "stretches" at best. But along with these, plus thirty minutes on the stationary bicycle and a series of weight-bearing (la musculation!) machines, I should be chugging along the rain-slicked Paris streets without a problem. And that makes me happy. It's good to be back!