First Time Covering Gymnastics! / by Julian Alexander

On December 8, 2018 the University of Georgia Gymdogs showcased routines for the upcoming season at the team’s annual First Look event at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia. The event followed the flow of a normal meet, with the exception of another team not being present. Gymnasts demonstrated a vault rotation; this was followed by a rotation on the uneven bars and two alternating rotations of floor exercise and balance beam.

This year’s team is primarily made up of freshman student-athletes. The team features only a single senior, Sydney Snead, and two juniors. This event enabled fans to see both the new freshman and the seasoned competitors. The Gymdogs will host their first home meet of the regular season on January 5, 2019 against Ohio State.

This was my first opportunity ever to cover a gymnastics event. I was only partially pleased with the way these photos turned out. For future meets, I have found it will be necessary for me to position myself in different angles to start capturing some of the shots necessary to telling a full narrative. Fortunately, this event was covered by both me and Gabriella Audi, a staff photographer for the Red & Black. Between the two of us, we were able to capture some of the best action of the day. The title of this post links to the gallery on the Red & Black website.