16 Year Old Chinese American Teen Becomes A Gymnastics World Champion
This is pretty amazing news! Morgan Hurd is a glasses wearing 16 year old American girl who was adopted as a baby from China. Today she wears the gold medal for the women’s all-around title at the World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal Canada. Despite the fact that countries like the US, China and Russia generally always do well in gymnastics, what makes this one amazing is that Hurd really came to win the title from nowhere – she was unheard of till she won.
In addition, originally she wasn’t even meant to make it onto the US gymnastics team coming in at 6th place at the US Gymnastics Championships. But due to injuries of some of the top gymnasts and how Hurd has performed consistently and solidly, she was put on the US team, and well as I stated the rest is history.
Interestingly, the media has picked up that Hurd wears glasses when she performs in gymnastics, and earlier this year she explained why she does to FloGymnastics ( Hurd states its all about being more efficient):
She … committed to wearing her glasses even while she was training or competing in meets. “I tried contacts,” she explained, “but they made my eyeballs dry, and when I got stuff in my eyes, I had to take them out and put them back in.” Rather than waste a couple minutes of practice time fiddling with contacts, Morgan chose to attach her glasses to the back of her head with a neoprene strap and move on.
I think this young gun will be someone to keep an eye on for the coming Olympics!
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To read the full article, please click on: In Praise of Morgan Hurd, Glasses-Wearing Gymnastics World Champion