Student Spotlight: Eric Holley

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April 20, 2012 • Gianna Grant, Student Life Staff  
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Eric Holley, a sophomore here at Woods Cross High, recently made it to the U.S. Junior Olympic National Competition. “It took me a lot of work to get this far,” says Eric, “but all the time I’ve put into this has been worth it.”

Eric started gymnastics when he was six years old on a recreational team, but he was soon moved to a competitive team literally a day later. “From that point on, I knew it was something I loved to do!” gleamed Eric.

At age seven, so only a year later, Mr. Eric Holley was able to do standing back tucks and fulls, which is a major accomplishment in less than a year, especially for a seven year old! By age eight he was going by levels in gymnastics, which means he had to do different compulsory routines on all six events! “I loved doing compulsory routines on every event except pommel horse, it was the hardest event for me to do, but I know how to do it now, so that’s what counts!”

On April 14th 2012, Eric went to The Region Nine Men’s Gymnastics Competition in Colorado Springs. In order for him to make Nationals, he had to score a 76.5 AA (all around). In state, Eric had scored a 73.7, which is super high! At the very end of the Regions Competition, he ended scoring 3.5 points higher than he did state. “I was honestly so shocked…” laughed Eric. His total score for the whole competition was a 76.7, so he made nationals! “It was such a close call, but I knew I could do it, I’m really glad I did.”

Eric placed in the Top Ten in all of Region Nine Men’s Gymnast Competition, making him also able to go to the Region Team Camp, which he says he is “Stoked For!”

Nationals will be held May 8th-13th in Cincinnati, Ohio, so if you see Eric in the halls be sure to wish him good luck!

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