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18 Things I Have Learned As A Collegiate Student-Athlete

By Kristen DeCosta   After a summer away from gymnastics working as an intern, I have been able to see athletics in a new light. I have one more year, and I am determined to make it the best. Collegiate sports are hard, but also invaluable. I think every student-athlete can relate to this.   1. 10 minutes is plenty of time for a nap When your day starts at 5 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m., any free time is nap time. One time I set an alarm for a 7-minute nap. It was beautiful.   2. Your team is your family No matter how far or close y...

Rankings: Senior D Scores From 2015 Secret U.S. Classic

The 2015 Secret U.S. Classic was held last weekend and it is one of the first steps on the road to World Championships. The selection committee will be looking to select the World team based on many factors including consistency, composure under pressure, and execution, but a key element will be scoring potential. To look at this last factor, we will rank the difficulty scores from the gymnasts who competed at Classics.  Many gymnasts are still looking to add more difficulty before Worlds and even before P&G Championships. However, these c...

SEC Senior Saturday: Arkansas Razorback Heather Elswick

Rising Razorback senior Heather Elswick had a standout 2015 season, earning All-SEC honors on floor as well as the team’s Most Improved Award. It was the product of lots of hard work and a positive mindset during tough workouts. Elswick went into last summer knowing that she wanted to try to make a big impact on the lineups, and that she did.    During the summer, she trained every event including bars, which she hadn’t trained in over a year due to shoulder pain. After all of her efforts, she was able to break into the b...

Top 10 Photos From The Seniors Competition - 2015 Secret U.S. Classic

See our 10 favorite photos from the senior competition at the 2015 Secret U.S. Classic. All photos by Christy Ann Linder. See the entire senior's photo album here. 10. Brenna Dowell on bars 9.  Bailie Key dancing on floor 8. Polina Shchennikova displaying flexibility on beam 7. Alyssa Baumann showing expression on floor   6. Nia Dennis flying high on her bar release moves 5. Martha Karolyi congratulating all-around champ Simone Biles 4. Lauren Navarro in her split mount on beam 3. Aly Raisman about to begin her floor routine 2. Simone...

FBF: Fierce Five Wins 2012 Olympic Team Gold Three Years Ago Today

Three years ago today USA's women's gymnastics team won the team gold at the 2012 London Olympics. Read our article from that exciting day here. The winning team consisted of (L-R from the picture above) Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, and Gabby Douglas.  Three years ago today! pic.twitter.com/Uttk9ot9bj — USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) July 31, 2015 ❤ï¸ÂÂÂ&...

MG Elite Dominates Podium At Secret Classic

Laurie Hernandez and Jazmyn Foberg, MG Elite’s junior superstars, both turned in phenomenal performances last weekend at the Secret U.S. Classic. They both shared a common goal of finishing in the top three, which was achieved- and more. They dominated the podium, earning a combined whopping nine medals.      (Results via USAG) Hernandez took the all-around title with a score of 58.450 and finished in the top three in every individual event. She earned gold on both vault and bars and bronze on beam and floor. She started o...

Jonathan Horton Just Misses Out On Advancing In American Ninja Warrior

Jonathan Horton just missed out on advancing on NBC's American Ninja Warrior, finishing 16th when the top 15 moved on. If ur wondering. I ended up 16th missing the finals by one spot. I've always said my failures are the most important moments. @ninjawarrior — Jonathan Horton (@J_Horton11) July 28, 2015 He easily made it past the warped wall and salmon wall but ran into trouble at the walking bar and came splashing down. Horton Tweeted about that particular obstacle as well: I took my time and I wasn't even gassed. Still got beat by that...

Simone Taking It One Meet At A Time

Simone Biles was featured in a USOC media teleconference in advance of the one-year out mark to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Biles is excited about the opportunity to make an Olympic team in 2016, and despite all the hype about her going pro, she is absolutely laser-focused on what she needs to do in the gym every day to prepare for P&Gs and beyond. “I know that my parents and my agent are doing stuff behind the scenes but they told me they are keeping me out of it for right now just so I can focus on Indiana.”   Biles' hard-wo...

UK Gymnast Shelby Hilton Continues Fight Against Cancer

University of Kentucky gymnast Shelby Hilton was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year (read our original post here).  Hilton has undergone Proton Radiation Therapy and is now undergoing Chemotherapy treatments.  Hilton and her family have created a GoFundMe page where you can donate to help them pay for medical bills. See the page and donate here.  Hilton is originally from St. Petersburg, FL where she attended the club gym Tamba Bay Turners Gymnastics. Her team and coaches at home created a video for Hilton showin...

Top 10 Photos From The Juniors Competition - 2015 Secret U.S. Classic

See our top 10 photos from the juniors competition at the 2015 Secret U.S. Classic.  All photos by Christy Ann Linder. See the full photo album here. 10.  9.  8.  7.  6.  5.  4.  3.  2.  1.  Related: Photo Album: Junior Competition  Photo Album: Junior Podium Training Photo Album: Senior Podium Training

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