The daily routine of a collegiate gymnast is one that doesn’t offer a lot of down time. Ciara Gardner, a Texas-born senior who often posts scores on the beam and floor almost as big as her home state, lives that life. She has since she was barely old enough to go to school, excelling in a sport where athletes often begin tumbling as soon they can walk without stumbling. As Gardner grew into gymnastics, she also grew into roller skates, a favorite pastime she indulges when she has those rare, free moments; one that still demands the balance and grace she shows every time on the competition floor.
Photos by Eric Miller • location: Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis