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Favorite Routines: Tasha Schwikert Uneven Bars

Day one of the 2004 National Championships was Tasha Schwikert's first competition in nearly a year.

As a member of the 2003 World Championship team, she helped the women of the USA win their first ever gold medal at a World Championship. Before that, she tied Hollie Vise for second place at the national championships and she also had two national titles to her name.  Additionally, Tasha already had an Olympics under her belt as a part of the 2000 Sydney team.

After her long dry spell, Tasha returned to the Nationals in 2004.  Going into the championships on the first day, No one really knew what to expect from Tasha. She had been dealing with an ankle injury and during podium training it was reported that she was not as she hitting her routines during podium training.
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But, for anyone who has ever been in a band, choir or play, may remember a director telling you that a bad rehearsal did not equate to a poor performance, but rather an excellent one. This was true for Tasha. Tasha hit all of her routines, surprising even NBC commentators, Tim Daggett and Elfie Schlegel, who both seemed at a loss for words after her first routine of the day. Her last event for day one was the uneven bars, a strong event for Tasha. She finished a great day of competition with a home-run of a routine, best of all, she stuck her landing. Totally awesome!

Here is her bar routine from day one of the 2004 US Gymnastics championships.

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