Watch Carly Woodard’s Perfect-10 Beam Routine

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Image source: Courtesy of OU Athletics

Never in Carly Woodard’s NCAA gymnastics career had she scored a perfect 10. She was close, with a some 9.95s on the beam – but the University of Oklahoma fifth year senior finally earned that elusive 10.00 in a home game against the University of Denver on January 30.

In the upcoming video, you’ll see Woodard’s gorgeous beam routine, complete with side-to-side overhead spring jumps and forward throws (or front kick) to beat jump combos. Watch her keep her tiptoes throughout the performance and follow the choreography. The takedown from the locked antenna to the full twist back layout is the exclamation mark this routine needed to make it perfect on paper.

“Going into the routine, it’s the same thing I think every week. It’s ‘trust your training,'” Woodard said in a press release sent to POPSUGAR. “I do it so many times in the gym, so many times a day, and I just rely on it to come out in competition. During the routine, it’s one skill at a time. I think about doing one skill, hitting it, moving on to the next skill. And then after that was obviously really great – landing that was a good finish, and so I was super excited. And it was just a hit routine for me, and that was the best I’ve ever done, obviously, for me to get that ten – but it was a surreal experience.”

This isn’t the first time Oklahoma gymnasts have achieved perfect marks this season. Sophomore Katherine LeVasseur and senior Allie Stern racked up 10 consecutive seconds jumping in their home opener against the University of Alabama (watch a video of these vaults here). This is Oklahoma’s first 10.00 on the beam in 2022, however, and getting a perfect score in this event is arguably the toughest feat in college sports. After all, the balance beam is only four inches wide and the judges get a clear view of the gymnasts’ skills as they flip and twist with precision, trying not to wobble and give up tenths of a point. It’s the tightrope of gymnastics – and Woodard showed it who’s the queen of the balance beam.

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