Third grader from shock wins gold at Junior Olympics

C.J. Flowers received gold within the 200 Meter monitor and discipline race with a time of 28.64 seconds.

SURPRISE, Ariz. — A West Valley third grader has achieved his dream of successful gold on the 2022 USATF Junior Olympics.

12News first launched viewers to C.J. Flowers whereas he was getting ready for the Junior Olympics final summer season. 

Even again then, the then 7-year-old was laser-focused on his mission to dominate his sport. Along with his father, Chris Flowers performing as his coach, the 2 would have interaction in early morning practices wherever they might.

“Apply was actually form of the wrong way up as a result of we began in with the COVID- with the pandemic,” defined Chris Flowers. “So, quite a lot of issues have been locked. We needed to squeeze by way of gates and hop gates, and go to parks and it was robust, however we made it occur.”

Quick ahead to late July 2022, C.J. has racked up medal after medal in native monitor occasions, even successful races in California and Georgia. However the USA Monitor and Discipline Nationwide Junior Olympic Monitor and Discipline Championships are a complete new degree for C.J.

“I believe he did a extremely good, you understand, simply the mentality of going on the market with children that you do not know,” Chris stated. “And simply laying every thing on the road, that is stuff that we apply for. Not solely can we apply for it, form of preach it to him, so he can go on the market and regurgitate it on the monitor, which he did. So, I am very proud and completely satisfied about what he did up there.”

The outcomes of all that tough work: Two silver medals and a gold medal. 

C.J. achieved a time of 28.64 seconds within the 200 Meter, incomes a gold medal. Representing the Arizona Rising Solar, Flowers earned a silver medal within the 100 Meter, simply .05 seconds behind Dailan Maples of Torrance, Calif. Flowers earned his second Silver Medal within the 400 Meter.

“Lots of people simply see C.J., they usually say, ‘Okay, properly he simply wins.’ however they do not see the grunt work that this child places in, day in and day trip, week in and week out.” Chris Flowers stated.

The exhausting work and focus that C.J. Flowers reveals on the monitor have translated to exhausting work within the classroom as properly.

“Now I’m noticing he desires to do additional curriculum work and further work studying and further stuff with math,” Chris Flowers informed 12News final yr.

A yr later, the main target hasn’t modified.

“Now, we deal with all teachers,” Chris stated. “Now we put in the identical push that we did in sports activities, we put it in teachers now. So, now we wish him to have the ability to combat as exhausting as he did on the monitor within the classroom.”

C.J. may have a number of months of relaxation earlier than he begins to coach for subsequent yr’s Monitor and Discipline season.

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