Mesmerized by the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nick McAfee captured two trophies at the 2012 Blackjack National Men’s Gymnastics Championship on Feb. 3.
The 16-year-old from Camas finished in first place on the floor exercise (13.95 points) and second on the parallel bars (13.6). He racked up 77.55 points in six events for third place in the all-around competition.
“This was my second year going to Vegas,” McAfee said. “It’s wild. Everything you see there is just massive and larger than life.”
The deck was stacked against McAfee going into this meet. Since last summer, he has suffered through every kind of pain imaginable from a broken foot to a broken wrist, a pulled Achilles tendon and a pulled muscle in his back. This season, he has dealt with a sprained ankle and tendinitis in his shoulder.
“I went into this meet with low expectations because of all the injuries, but I ended up doing really well,” McAfee said. “It was one of the best meets I’ve ever had. I’m real happy with how I placed in all of the events.”