She may be only 10-years-old, but Uma Dudenhefer is already leaving her mark on the record books.
Uma, of Sandestin, scored a perfect 10.0 on the uneven bars at the USA Gymnastics Jr. Olympic North Classic held in Mandeville, Louisiana in January.
“I didn’t think I was going to get a 10, but I felt good about the routine that I did,” said Uma.
Uma, competing in the XCEL Gold division, is just one of the gymnasts from U.S. Gold Gymnastics Academy of Miramar Beach that dominated at the Classic in Louisiana.
“This is only the second time a gymnast from U.S. Gold has ever received a perfect 10.0,” said U.S. Gold coach/owner Kathy Dwyer.
Uma is fairly new to the U.S. Gold program having moved to the area from California.
“But she has got right in there and worked hard,” Dwyer said. “She’s real coachable.”
Uma, daughter of Miriam and George Dudenhefer, puts in about 17 hours of practice each week in the gym and it paid off.
Dwyer said they didn’t go in expecting a perfect score.
“Because a score of 10 is so rare in our sport, Uma cried when she saw her score and the crowd erupted with applause after her score was flashed,” Dwyer said.
The first U.S. Gold gymnasts to have received a perfect 10 was Savannah Evans on the vault during her career at the University of Florida, and now Uma on the uneven bars.
Uma said the uneven bars are probably her favorite.
“First of all I like it because I got a 10 on it at our last meet,” said Uma who has been doing gymnastics for about five years. “I think it’s the most fun to swing on the bars and do our routines.”
Her second favorite is the beam.
When Uma’s not in the gym, the fifth grader attends Gateway Academy at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach.
However, outside of school she enjoys drawing, reading and just hanging out.
“I like reading books that have to do with animals … especially cats because they are my favorite animal,” she said, noting she has a cat named Callie.
Her favorite gymnast is Olympic gold medal winner Simone Biles.
Does Uma aspire to go to the Olympics?
“I do, but that’s not my first priority,” she said. “I want to get another job and if I have time I would want to do that.”
Uma said she would like to be a fashion designer.
“And if I was an Olympic gymnasts I would be an artist for a hobby,” she added.