For 6 1/2 hours a day, 35 hours a week, 14-year-old Tori Choi goes to work at Arctic Gymnastics, where she has become one of Alaska’s best gymnasts. Last season she captured a Level 9 Western National championship in the uneven parallel bars, and Friday she will make her debut at the Junior Olympics National Championships in Minneapolis, where she will compete in the Junior B Level 10 all-around competition. Choi took a painful path to the Junior Olympics — while warming up on the balance beam at a February meet in Idaho, she crashed and landed on her ribs, suffering an injury that sidelined her for more than a month. The 8th grader had to petition her way into the regional championships, where she faltered on her first three events but nailed the vault to win the region title and qualify for this week’s national meet. “It wasn’t how we planned, but we are going and she is healthy and almost 100 percent back in shape,” said Choi’s coach, Dan Alch.
Here's a few photos of Choi's afternoon practice session on May 7.