Such an incredible and unforgettable experience for all involved. All gymnasts, coaches and officials attending the event are to be praised for such an amazing show.
Lauren gives a little more detail about her performances here.
Liz Chetkovich gives some insight here.
I think we'll be riding this happiness wave for a while!
The Couch Gymnast has one interesting observation from inside the arena (well, she has many, actually. This one's Aussie-centric). She found herself sitting next to Marta Karolyi of Team USA in the stands during the all-around. When Lauren's beam difficulty was flashed: "She kind of scoffed at the 6.5 difficulty, and then said " 6.5? I vould not expect a 6.5 from Peggy!"" Well, you can't deny Lauren went on to exceed all EXPECTATIONS you miserable old prune! Hahahahaha! *finger guns in the air* pyew pyew pyew pyew!
Sorry. Completely forgot where I was for a moment.
Check YouTube for videos of routines, a few are already up. Smashing stuff.
Gymnastics WA says...
Monday, 19 October 2009
The Western Australian Institute of Sport will provide a fitting return for their star scholarship holder tomorrow afternoon.
If you live in Perth and would like to congratulate Lauren on her fantastic performances at the 2009 world championships then head to Perth airport tomorrow around 3.30pm, where Lauren will arrive home and be greeted by local media.
I really don't know how to wrap this thing up!
Except to say, THANK YOU London for an exciting and engaging week of gymnastics competition! It has been such fun taking part halfway across the world. Many thanks to everyone who provided photos, updates, gossip, links, articles and general observations. It was nice to have fellow night owls tolerating my mad, sleepless babblings.
Team Australia did a marvellous job at the championships and can come home safe in the knowledge they represented us very well, and that we wish them luck for their new phase of competitions. Tally ho, pip-pip, onward and upward from here!
Just a reminder that you can still send get well messages to Shona Morgan via firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget to check back in the coming week for news from the shadow squad's European tour!