I grew up in open gyms teaching myself to tumble, and then moved to competitive power tumbling and trampoline. We moved to California and there were no gyms anywhere near us that offered power tumbling... A friend had an all star program running out of a school gymnasium and convinced me to join. I spent the year tumbling back and forth across the front, pretty sure I was the only tumbler. That was my freshman year. I did my high school team and some sketchy, park practicing all star my sophomore year, and when I got my license I said "I want to join THAT team". I spent my junior and senior year at what is now Nor Cal Elite in San Jose, which was a two hour commute each way. I look back and think it was crazy (as an old lady I hate making that stupid drive now) but it was worth every minute.