“Just Crazy”: Kansas Team Achieves Unique Feat as Leanne-Wong Helps America Sport New Era at World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2023

Published 10/08/2023, 10:56 AM EDT

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America has achieved dominance when it comes to sports like Gymnastics from high school to collegiate level. Every single one of them has performed exceptionally well. The recent spectacle unfolded in Antwerp at the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, where Team USA’s women under the leadership of the iconic Simone Biles clinched their seventh consecutive World Title in the team finals. The team delivered a performance that reverberated globally at the Sportpaleis.

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Following this news, another great update for the gymnastics community emerged. In the heart of the same city that nurtures the exceptional talent of Leanne Wong, a key contributor to the team’s golden success, the Kansas high school team has achieved another notable milestone. With a new update, the coaches are super happy for their team.

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According to FOX 4 news, Olathe North High School’s gymnastics team achieved an impeccable record, triumphing in all eight regular season meets this year. As reigning two-time Kansas state champions, the Eagles emerge as strong contenders for a historic third title in 2023. The final regular season triumph, secured on a Saturday morning, serves as a prelude to their championship ambitions.

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Despite consistent success, the team feels the weight of expectations. Head coach Amanda Harrington acknowledges that “the target is always on their backs.” As the Eagles embark on their quest for another state title at Newton High School in two weeks, the pressure intensifies, reflecting the unprecedented journey of building a legacy.

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In her third season as Head Coach, Amanda Harrington commends the team’s exceptional strength on women’s apparatuses. She admires their self-driven dedication and adds, “They never let down, even when they’re exhausted”. Along similar lines, senior gymnast Hannah Jensen notes the pressure of pursuing a third consecutive state title, describing it as “just crazy.” Another senior, Lindsey Ray, reflects on the unique challenge of building a legacy with back-to-back victories. However, this is not the first time that Olathe North High School has clinched a major milestone.

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Olathe North clinches back-to-back state titles

Olathe North Gymnastics emerged victorious back in 2022, securing their second consecutive KSHSAA state championship on October 22. The Eagles showcased exceptional skill, scoring 106.900 to narrowly surpass state runner-up Olathe West at 106.700. Lawrence Free State, another runner, claimed the third spot with a score of 105.100.

To this, the coach talked about how senior Riley Jahner has battled with injuries throughout the year. Still, stood up and delivered a commendable performance, securing fourth place in the all-around category with a score of 35.750. Notably, she medaled in bars, securing fourth place with 8.700, and beam, claiming fifth place with a score of 9.075.

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Head Coach Amanda Harrington expressed her satisfaction, highlighting Jahner’s resilience and shining performance. The team, buoyed by top performers, celebrated their triumph and now sets its sights on future championships. Olathe North’s pursuit of another state title unfolds at Newton High School in two weeks, as they continue to showcase their dominance in the gymnastics arena.

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Harshita Chawla

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Harshita Chawla is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having contributed to college magazine as a sports writer, she comes with a staunch knowledge in content creation for the sports industry. Along with this, Harshita is a huge fan of Gymnastics queen Simone Biles and has a penchant for writing about her favorite athlete.
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