Muhr’s moment: KidzPlex gymnast hoping to have dismount named the ‘Muhr’
Cammi Muhr would love to win a national title this weekend at the Junior Olympic Level 10 gymnastics nationals in Dallas, but she could accomplish something even bigger and better.
A successful dismount on her balance beam routine would put in motion the process of having a skill named after the 18-year-old Grand Junction gymnast.
The double-twisted front flip dismount is something that’s never been done by anyone except Muhr in competition.
If she sticks the dismount this weekend, as she did during regional competition, the skill will be known as “The Muhr,” or whatever she decides to name it, in the international gymnastics code of points.
“The nationals staff will evaluate it, and if it’s successful the way it’s written, they’ll submit the paperwork to the international committee in Switzerland,” said Brian Bensley, Muhr’s coach at KidzPlex.
“The international committee looks at it, and by that point it’s basically awarded, so they’ll put it into the code and right next to the skill will be (Muhr’s) name.”
Bensley said having a skill named after them is the greatest accomplishment a gymnast can achieve.
“Five years from now, who was the national beam champion, nobody will remember,” Bensley said. “But forever your name will be by that skill in the code of points, so that’s a legacy.”
Muhr executes the double-twisted front flip so quickly that it’s easy to miss the difficulty of the dismount.
After a 90-second routine, Muhr finishes it by hurtling herself off the end of the beam into front flip, completely laid out, and adding two twists.
The two twists put Muhr in a position where she is unable to see where she’s landing. The blind landing is what elevates the difficulty of the skill because the gymnast has to be confident enough in the air to stick the landing.
“It makes the skill riskier when you are coming off of the balance beam with the narrow edge, and in the air you don’t see the landing, it has to be total feel,” Bensley said.
“I don’t think anyone has risked it, because you want to hit your beam landing. If it’s a blind landing, your chances of stepping off or falling are greatly increased.”
Taking chances, though, have allowed Muhr to be the only Level 10 gymnast from western Colorado to win a state championship. When it came to completing a skill no one had ever done, Muhr jumped at the chance.
“It didn’t seem impossible,” Muhr said. “I didn’t think I could ever land on my feet, but once I started getting it down, I was good to go.”
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Muhr has practiced and executed the skill hundreds of times, but the test will be perfect execution this weekend with the pressure of a national event.
Level 10 is the first true national meet in gymnastics, with gymnasts from all over the country competing in one venue.
Muhr will have plenty of eyes on her when she performs her beam routine.
“It’s big time to do a new skill. If someone is doing a new skill everyone knows about it,” Bensley said. “It’s very prestigious to do that. The judges at regionals knew they were evaluating a new skill, and gave her a few extra tenths because she performed it and nailed it.”
Although the beam is important to Muhr, she said she wants to go to nationals and perform well overall.
“I want to do my best and stick my beam routine,” Muhr said. “But placing on all-around would be cool, too.”