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Mental Edge Monday: Keys To Confidence & Communication

The mental aspect of gymnastics is often overlooked in the realm of training, but for many athletes it is the key to success. Hitting every single routine in practice is undeniably impressive, but any gymnast has experienced in a meet, the beam somehow shrinks two inches and you turn into a tightrope walker. This is when the mental aspect comes into play—when confidence and focus are pivotal in order to bring all your hard word to fruition.  We sat down with Traci Stanard, owner and developer of Aspire Performance, who works with th...

Katie Teft-Minasola: Program Cuts Allow For Experience

There are many former elite gymnasts who now are coaches in the NCAA. This week we take an in-depth look at our next coach, Katie Teft-Minasola. She is an assistant coach at Iowa State University.      Teft-Minasola trained with John Geddert, at Twistars USA in Michigan. She competed in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing eighth in the all-around which earned her the opportunity to serve as an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team. She helped the U.S. earn gold at the 1995 Pan American Games with a fourth-place finish on ...

Healthy Breakfast Ideas To Fuel An Athlete

.post-content img { padding: 10px; } You've heard it a million times: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If it's so important, it should be delicious too... and let's face it, plain toast or oatmeal can get a little boring. We've compiled a list of a few quick and tasty balanced breakfast ideas to help fuel athletes that need lots of energy.  1. Banana Bread Muffins Ingredients: 2 very ripe bananas 1/2 cup oats 1 egg and 1 egg white 2 scoops protein powder 1 tbsp sweetener 1 tsp baking soda 1 tbsp cinnamon 1/4 cup almon...

Top NCAA Commits Of Summer 2015

With the commencement of summer, we find many incredible athletes committing to prestigious NCAA programs. Below is a list of the most recent commits to the nation’s top teams. We will continue to update this page throughout the summer. Charlie Wright to CMU 2016-2017 Canadian high performance gymnast Charlie Wright has committed to Central Michigan University for the 2016-2017 season. She trains at Marian Gymnastics in Saskatoon. Wright has been a high performance athlete in Canada since 2011. At this year’s Elite Canada competiti...

Erinn Dooley: College Coaching 'At Home'

There are many former elite gymnasts who now are coaches in the NCAA. This week we take an in-depth look at our next coach, Erinn Dooley. She is originally from Maryland and is now an assistant coach at the University of Maryland.     Dooley trained at Hill's alongside Olympians Dominique Dawes, Elise Ray, and Courtney Kupets, under well-known Olympic coach Kelli Hill. Dooley became a U.S. National team member from 1997-2000. She competed with both the 1997 and 1999 runner-up U.S. teams at the Pan-American games. She won the American...

SEC Senior Saturday: Mizzou Tiger Blair Elmore

.post-content img { padding: 10px; } Coming off a very successful season for the Missouri Tigers, senior Blair Elmore is looking forward to another year of defying expectations and rising up in the rankings. Mizzou climbed from 41st to 21st in the national rankings from 2014 to 2015, and Elmore knows that is only the beginning.  The Tigers will be adding huge talent to their roster this year, while undertaking the challenge of an immensely young squad. “It's hard to be able to tell exactly what our team is going to be like next year...

Friday Focus: Bridgette Caquatto

Bridgette Caquatto is a senior at the University of Florida, originally from Naperville, Ill. A five-time All-American, Caquatto has been a solid competitor for the Gators and consistently contributes high scores on vault, bars, and floor. She also contributes to the team with her leadership and energy and received the Team Spirit award at 2015 Gator gymnastics annual banquet.   If you weren’t doing gymnastics, what would you be doing?  I’d be playing intramural badminton due to my obsessive love for the sport.   If ...

Everything You Need to Know about the Pan American Games

Below we've provided a summary of all the details about the Pan Am Games, from format of the competition to where you can watch at home. The Pan Am Games start on July 11th in Toronto. Format The format of the competition is 5-4-3, so 5 gymnasts on a team, 4 compete, and 3 scores count. In addition to the team competition, there is also an all-around competition and apparatus finals. Gymnasts qualify for the all-around and event finals during the team competition. Schedule The schedule for the Pan Am Games for Artistic Gymnastics is as follows ...

U.S. Pan American Games Team Announced

USA Gymnastics announced the five female gymnasts chosen to represent Team USA at the Pan American Games in Toronto, July 11-15. The following competitors were selected from a group of eight gymnasts vying for a spot on the team: Madison Desch - Great American Gymnastics Express Rachel Gowey - Chow's Gymnastics Amelia Hundley - Cincinnati Gymnastics Emily Schild - Everest Gymnastics Megan Skaggs - Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta This decision follows this week’s National Team Training Camp, which also served as the selection camp for ...

U.S. National Team Training Camp Through Social Media

The U.S. National Team Training Camp is currently being held at the Karolyi Ranch and will run until Friday, July 3 (read more about the camp and check out who is in attendance here). While the gymnasts are training long hours, they always find time to take and post some pictures on social media! We've gathered our favorite ones and will continue to add them here as the week goes on. Aly Raisman shows off some #CampProblems:   National team training camp got my hair like..... ðÂÂÂ...

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