J&J Tumbling hosts ‘Battle of the Media’—Jumping for St. Jude

From press release

PECATONICA, Ill.—J&J Tumbling, Trampoline, Dance, & Swimming, LLC hosted “Battle of the Media” Trampoline Style—Jumping for St. Jude. Spectators attended this event cheering for their favorite reporter, anchor, publisher or producer to see which athletes advanced as the final medalists. For more about J&J, visit www.jjchampions.com.

Mike Devine of Winnebago, Ill., two-time World Cup trampoline finalist, kicked off the media challenge by demonstrating the trampoline routines. They required four components: knee tuck jump, straddle jump, seat drop return to feet, and stick it!

Devine gave the crowd and media a surprise when he demonstrated a world champion trampoline routine. Devine is among the seven U.S. athletes representing the United States in the trampoline and tumbling World Cups in Ostend, Belgium, Aug. 28-29, and Zielona Gora, Poland, Sept. 4-5. For more about those competitions, visit www.USAgymnastics.com/results.

WTVO's Joelle Parks.
WTVO's Joelle Parks.

Devine and two-time USA Gymnastics “‘Elite Coach of the Year” Shaun Kempton from J&J’s helped train the media for their “Battle” Friday, Aug. 21, instructing the media on “how to bounce and win.”

Women’s trampoline: Kimberly Nelson, FOX-39 anchor, took the gold; Jeannie Hayes WREX-13 anchor, took the silver; and Tyaish Robinson, WIFR-23 producer/reporter, received the bronze.

Men’s trampoline: Patrick Gostele, WIFR-23 sports director, took the gold; and Jude Wilbers, WREX-13 sports anchor, took home the silver. WTVO scored the highest points to receive the team award: Katie Crowther, anchor; Kimberly Nelson, anchor; and Joelle Parks, reporter.

From the September 2-8, 2009 issue

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