Preston Krah shows his form on the parallel bars at the Junior Olympic National Championships in Portland, Ore. (click for larger version)
May 21, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Northview sophomore Preston Krah competed in the Men's Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships in Portland, Ore., last week. There he qualified for the finals in parallel bar and floor routines.
He took third place on parallel bars for his age group with a score of 13.900. He also received the Academic All-American Award for his high grade average from Dusty Ritter, Junior Olympic program coordinator and former U.S. men's national team member.
A gymnast from the age of 3, Krah was grounded with a double pars fracture on his L4 vertebrae for five months last summer. It's one of the most common injuries gymnasts face from years of intense training and pounding. But Krah kept striving to make the national competition in Portland.
Earlier this year, Krah took first place on the parallel bars at the 2013 Houston National Invitational with a score of 14.200.
Krah trains with the Cobb Challengers in Marietta and plans to continue gymnastics in college and pursue a career in sports therapy or sports medicine.