Six-year-old Kyndal Chadwick placed in second and third in multiple events after traveling to Florida on Feb. 14 and 15 for the Magical Classic International Gymnastics Meet.
Kyndal placed second in floor exercise and all-around and placed third in the uneven bars, balance beam and vault. She earned multiple medals and a trophy.
“It’s the best placing she’s ever had,” Kris Chadwick, Kyndal’s mother, said. “It was a great meet.”
Windsor Now! featured Kyndal in a Feb. 16 cover story that told the story of her success in gymnastics despite having had open-heart surgery on Valentine’s Day two years ago.
When she was 15 months old, doctors repaired a hole in her heart, a heart defect she’s had since birth. But by the time she was 3 and starting gymnastics, her parents noticed she was having issues with her endurance.
James Jaggers, chief of congenital cardiac surgery at The Children’s Hospital in Denver successfully performed the surgery on Kyndal. Doctors didn’t want her to return to the sport at first, but Kris said Kyndal begged to go back.
She said Kyndal’s coaches have become good at reading her and she’s able to tell someone if she has a problem. Kyndal now practices at the Windsor Gymnastics Academy eight hours each week.