American Girl gymnast doll fits with Everett event

  • Herald staff
  • Monday, March 12, 2012 4:25pm
  • LifeSports

Don’t be surprised to see more than one tiny, young gymnast in the stands watching the 2012 Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships this weekend at Comcast Arena Everett.

McKenna, a pretty girl with caramel-colored hair and blue eyes, is a tumbler and likes to practice on the balance beam.

She’s 18 inches tall and is the 2012 Girl of the Year at American Girl, the ultra-popular toy store for young girls that opened last year at Alderwood.

Each American Girl doll comes with a story, explained in a book that’s included with the doll’s purchase price. McKenna retails for $105. Her gymnastic wardrobe is $34 and a special high bar, pads and balance beam cost $85.

While McKenna may be good at gymnastics, she struggles with reading. The self-reliance skills she learns on the gym mat help her achieve goals in the classroom. Not a bad lesson for life’s tumbles, twists and twirls.

McKenna is available at the American Girl store at Alderwood, or online at americangirl.com.

American Girl appearance

Meet 2004 Olympic all-around champion Carly Patterson from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Alderwood American Girl store.

Patterson will greet girls and sign autographs.

The store’s address is 3000 184th St., Lynnwood. For more information, call 877-247-5223.

Gymnastics championships

Watch gymnasts vie for a spot in this summer’s London Olympics. Competition at the 2012 Kellogg’s Pacific Rim gymnastics Championships begins Friday and continues through Saturday at Comcast Arena Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett.

Tickets start at $25 for one event, or $110 for a day pass, at www.comcastarenaeverett.com or 866-332-8499.

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