Davies senior heading to state gymnastics in North DakotaFargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -The state gymnastics meet begins tomorrow in Bismarck and Davies is sending a potential state champ in two events, who's dealt with some crippling injuries.
By: Eric Manlove, WDAY
Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -The state gymnastics meet begins tomorrow in Bismarck and Davies is sending a potential state champ in two events, who's dealt with some crippling injuries.
Kiara Bock, : “It's definitely pain, but you learn to live past that pain and do what you need to do for the team.”
Kiara Bock has had to face her fair share of injuries in the last two season competing for Davies.
Bock: “Last year I dealt with a leg injury, it's a rare stress syndrome that I had, and during my previous season of diving I acquired a wrist injury and they found out I tore the cartilage in my wrist.”
Amber Diemert, Davies head gymnastics coach: “She doesn't complain but you can tell it's hurting her and obviously she has good days and bad days.”
Bock: “I've been dealing with that now it's still painful but you got to do what you got to do.”
Doctors told Bock after discovering her leg injury that she should have taken a full year off but for the 2012 State Beam Champion that was never really an option.
Bock: “Some people feel obligated that you don't have to do that but I'm the type of person that does and that's kind of what I did, I did it for the team to make it to state.”
Despite her injuries, Bock has led the Eagles to state for the second straight year, earning a lot of praise from her teammates.
Mikayla Parrett, Davies sophomore gymnast: “Seeing her still come and compete two events out of the four instead of zero is so encouraging cause then you know she's not just doing it for herself, she's doing it for the team too. Because she's still trying to do the best she can with what she can.”
While Bock has aspirations of placing, it's not the only thing on her mind.
Bock: “I think the ultimate goal for me at this point is just to have fun. Honestly I could say I want to get first on the events, which everybody does but at this point it's just for me to have fun and finish it off since it is my senior year.”
And the fun begins Friday in Bismarck at the State Meet.
Bock was awarded the EDC Senior Athlete of the Year