Their bus got stuck Friday night at Mile Marker 140 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania - 80 miles from the University of Pittsburgh where they were supposed to attend a meet.
During the ordeal, the team kept in touch with their home base and 6abc through social media.
"Everything is a learning lesson and just letting them understand that we can't control every situation all the time," said coach Umme Seline-Beasley. "And that's something we learn as student athletes that you have to make changes when changes occur."
On the bus were 14 gymnasts, 3 coaches, 1 athletic director and, of course, the bus driver.
The girls say they had no idea how closely their situation was being followed at home.
13 hours in this spot on the way to Pitt.Safe to say we'd be happy to move any day now. Disney movies to the rescue! pic.twitter.com/tdkon22P0R— TEMPLE GYMNASTICS (@TUWG) January 23, 2016
Back on campus they call their snowbound experience valuable and uplifting.
"It was quite an experience, " said co-captain Hannah Popper. "We weren't really expecting this much snow and getting stopped on the road, but the team really bonded this weekend, and it's definitely something to tell next generations."
"The chemistry was there with the team, but we just got closer, bonded a lot more this trip," said co-captain Reagan Oliveri. "Unfortunately, we didn't get to the meet, but it was a great bonding experience."
Wreck It Ralph to be exact ?? pic.twitter.com/aOfHAdI1uG— TEMPLE GYMNASTICS (@TUWG) January 23, 2016
The team saluted the veteran bus driver who was steady at the helm and got them back to Philadelphia safe and sound.
"Safe, sound, alive, all in one piece," said bus driver Deanna Whittington. "They were wonderful."
The team's next match is set for Friday evening at West Chester.