OAK HARBOR – For the second year in a row, local gymnastic Tyler Shadoan has shined at the Ohio State Championships.
Recently, Shadoan won his second straight championship, earning the top spot in the Level 5D2 combined division for 11 year old and above category
Shadoan finished first in his group in the still rings and parallel pole bars and captured second in his floor routine, pommel horse, vault, and high bar. His overall score tallied a score of 52.0 which was good enough to earn the championship.
“Good, really good,” Shadoan answered when asked how he felt after winning. “I think it went awesome.”
Shadoan stated that his floor routine was one of his favorite of the competition.
“I had a really good time on the floor,” said Shadoan. “I was doing a press up to hand-stand, a regular hand-stand, and a backward roll up to hand-stand.”
Shadoan began gymnastics a few years ago and said he fell in love with it.
“My mom and sister got me in and I tried out two or three years ago,” Shadoan said. “At first I did easy stuff like hand-stands.”
One of the rewards of gymnastics for Shadoan is everything it teaches him.
“My favorite thing about gymnastics is that it teaches me strength and discipline,” said Shadoan. “It teaches me how to strengthen my muscles, how to focus, and how to flip like crazy, some awesome stuff.”
While practicing as much as four times a week for two to three hours at a time, Shadoan’s goal is to see his passion for gymnastics to take him further in life.
“I want to try to get a college scholarship,” said Shadoan. “My goal is the Olympics, but it’s going to be very hard.”