Gymnastics: Holbrook takes home gymnast of the year honor

Broomfield's Abby Holbrook competes in the vault during the state meet on Nov. 6. Holbrook, a sophomore, is the gymnast of the year for 2015.
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Broomfield’s Abby Holbrook competes in the vault during the state meet on Nov. 6. Holbrook, a sophomore, is the gymnast of the year for 2015.

BROOMFIELD — Injuries just come with the sport of gymnastics.

Just ask the Holbrook family, they are used to it and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Are they really ever healthy?

“I don’t think so,” said Abby Holbrook, who was named the gymnast of the year. “I think most of the time we push through the pain.”

Abby is the latest in the long line of Holbrook’s to come through Broomfield. A little less than a year after having to watch the state meet and her older sister Sarah from the sidelines after hip surgery, she made a vow to get back in time to help the Eagles make a run at a title.

“It was a battle for her to balance getting back into shape and then being back into routine shape on top of that,” Broomfield coach Erika Taga said. “We tried our best to take it slow with her.”

Working hand-in-hand with doctors and her physical therapist, Taga and her staff formulated a plan that would maximize Abby’s performance at the end of the season and it worked.

She put it all together, despite lingering pain, and scored a 38.05 on Friday night of the state meet that was good enough for a sixth place finish in the all-around competition.

“State went great. I can’t expect more than what I did and what the team did, they did great,” said Holbrook, who had an ongoing struggle with shin splints for a majority of the season.

The lighter impact events were a go from the beginning of the season and Abby Holbrook shined on both the beam and on the bars. At state, where the Eagles as a whole shine on the balance beam, Abby scored a 9.75 that was good enough for a tie for fifth (she was awarded sixth based on a tiebreaker). Her sister Sarah nearly defended her title on the beam, but lost out on a judges tiebreaker and took home the silver despite a 9.8

Abby Holbrook scored a 9.625 on the bars and placed fourth.

The events that were a little bit tougher on the body were floor and vault.

“She never really vaulted as well as she would have liked to, but it was a huge help to our lineup to get her in there,” Taga said.

Despite only vaulting for the final quarter of the season, she still made the finals in the event and ultimately finished eighth with a score of 9.5.

“I wanted one more year to compete with my sister and that was really special for me,” said Abby, who is now nursing a strain in her other hip. “It was an amazing experience.”

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