Last weekend, Half Moon Bay High School senior Kyle Shuttle ended his high school gymnastics career with a best all-around title in his division at the 2019 Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships in Reno, Nev. His combined total in all six events was 154.95.
Shuttle also took first place in vault for the second year in a row, as well as second place on floor, fourth place on parallel bars and seventh place on high beam.
Shuttle said that he was hoping to do well at the meet, but tried to keep his expectations in check. “My goal was just to do my best,” he said.
He believes the difficulty level of his vault, a Kasamatsu with a half twist, was a factor in his placement in that event. More difficult vaults have a higher possible point value.
“I was the only one with that start value,” he said. “It had more twist than other people.”
Vault is usually his highest-scoring event, but the floor exercise is a close second and is by far his favorite.
“You only have one landing to stick on vault,” he said. “In floor you have a whole routine. There is a lot more you can mess up on.”
The El Granada resident started taking gymnastics at Gymtowne in Moss Beach when he was 4 years old, but switched to Accel Gymnastics in Burlingame to take advantage of its boys program.
His coach at Accel, Jim Li Lin Way, said that Shuttle’s hard work and discipline has really paid off.
“Kyle is a really talented gymnast, and he has improved so much this 4 ½ years,” he said. “We focused on making the routines really clean. That helped a lot to make the AA title.”
His high school career is over, but Shuttle will continue to compete next fall with the University of California, Berkeley, men’s gymnastics team.