Third grader from surprise wins gold at Junior Olympics

C.J. Flowers gained gold within the 200 Meter observe and discipline race with a time of 28.64 seconds.

SURPRISE, Ariz. — A West Valley third grader has achieved his dream of profitable gold at the 2022 USATF Junior Olympics.

12News first launched viewers to C.J. Flowers whereas he was getting ready for the Junior Olympics final summer season. 

Even again then, the then 7-year-old was laser-focused on his mission to dominate his sport. With his father, Chris Flowers performing as his coach, the 2 would interact in early morning practices wherever they may.

“Practice was really kind of upside down because we started in with the COVID- with the pandemic,” defined Chris Flowers. “So, a lot of things were locked. We had to squeeze through gates and hop gates, and go to parks and it was tough, but we made it happen.”

Fast ahead to late July 2022, C.J. has racked up medal after medal in native observe occasions, even profitable races in California and Georgia. But the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships are an entire new degree for C.J.

“I think he did a really good, you know, just the mentality of going out there with kids that you don’t know,” Chris stated. “And just laying everything on the line, this is stuff that we practice for. Not only do we practice for it, kind of preach it to him, so he can go out there and regurgitate it on the track, which he did. So, I’m very proud and happy about what he did up there.”

The outcomes of all that arduous work: Two silver medals and a gold medal. 

C.J. achieved a time of 28.64 seconds within the 200 Meter, incomes a gold medal. Representing the Arizona Rising Sun, Flowers earned a silver medal within the 100 Meter, simply .05 seconds behind Dailan Maples of Torrance, Calif. Flowers earned his second Silver Medal within the 400 Meter.

“A lot of people just see C.J., and they say, ‘Okay, well he just wins.’ but they don’t see the grunt work that this kid puts in, day in and day out, week in and week out.” Chris Flowers stated.

The onerous work and focus that C.J. Flowers reveals on the observe have translated to onerous work within the classroom as properly.

“Now I’m noticing he wants to do extra curriculum work and extra work reading and extra stuff with math,” Chris Flowers advised 12News final year.

A year later, the main focus hasn’t modified.

“Now, we focus on all academics,” Chris stated. “Now we put in the same push that we did in sports, we put it in academics now. So, now we want him to be able to fight as hard as he did on the track in the classroom.”

C.J. could have a couple of months of relaxation earlier than he begins to coach for subsequent year’s Track and Field season.


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