Yet even with that performance, she was still struggling to find her smile after the events were concluded. So to see her get called up there, not once but three times, and, even more importantly, to see that real smile emerge again, albeit ever so slowly, made me so happy. And even though it was a tough lesson (for both of us), in the end she will be better off because of it. As I told her when it was all over, anyone can do it when it's easy, only true champions can perform when things get hard! And after this weekend, she is truly a champ in my book!
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the meet: