An extra spring in her step: GJ’s Muhr headed back to regionals
Some people were born to do a certain thing.
Cammi Muhr was destined to be a top-notch gymnast.
Muhr, a senior at Grand Junction High School, competes out of KidzPlex gym, and recently won the all-around Level 10 state championship at the Colorado state meet. With the win, Muhr not only became the only person from Western Colorado to win a Level 10 state championship, but added the honor to a truckload of previous accomplishments.
“I’ve been coaching 30 years, and the talent Cammi has, I’ve come across maybe once or twice,” said Muhr’s coach, Brian Bensley. “With her level of coordination and talent, I’d say she’s one in a million.”
One in a million might be a fair assessment. Muhr has won all-around state championships at Levels 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10. As for Level 9, Muhr won the state title in the vault.
Having that type of success at the state level isn’t easily accomplished, taking a combination of talent and dedication.
“They start competing at Level 5, and it usually takes about a year to advance,” Bensley said. “Once they start at Level 5 they train four days a week year-round, and it only goes up from there.”
Muhr is on her way to the regional competition April 9 in Albuquerque, N.M., looking to earn a spot at the national competition in Dallas. If Muhr qualifies for nationals, it would be the third straight year she’s made the regional team. It’s no easy feat, as Colorado’s region also includes top gymnasts from the gymnastics hotbed of Texas.
“We have the toughest region, and I’ve been able to go twice,” Muhr said. “It’s so exciting to go.”
Muhr’s performance in the gym is impressive considering she was put into gymnastics as a way to control an overactive kid.
“I was always super-hyper and bouncing off the walls,” Muhr said. “My mom decided to put me in some type of sports. We tried tee-ball, and that didn’t work, so we tried gymnastics.”
Bensley said it was hard to deny Muhr’s natural talent.
“She was born with a gift,” Bensley said. “And with that, we’ve been able to teach her what she needs to know to move up to each level.”
After 15 years of Muhr’s life being dedicated to gymnastics, she’s not done yet. She’s hoping to make a splash on the national scene before moving onto collegiate gymnastics.
Muhr said she’s considering the University of Denver, Utah State University, Southern Utah University and the Air Force Academy for the next level.
“I love gymnastics and it’s been such a great experience,” Muhr said. “There are days where I feel burnt out because it’s an off day, but most days when I look back, I feel good about what I’ve done.”