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10 Signs You Are an Ex- Gymnast

  1. You still have all of your leotards. And a couple pairs of grips too.   2. You can still throw a back handspring when you want to.   3. You call the girls who are on the team now "my teammates," even if you were never actually on the team at the same time. 4. When someone talks about going to the “gym” you still think of a gymnastics gym. 5. You get way too excited when you see gymnastics on TV because it hardly ever happens. 6. When people talk about all the things they did in high school you just think of the ...

THE FLIP SIDE OF RECRUITING

THE FLIP SIDE OF RECRUITING

Jill Hicks

August 20, 2014, 10:28pm

When you think of recruiting, you often think of the athlete, but what is it like for the college coach? They are also going through the recruiting process, just in a little different way. Year after year there is another new batch of gymnasts to scout and recruit to each college team. The “recruiting game” as it is sometimes called can be exciting and exhausting for the college coach too. The college coach spends many hours viewing videos, responding to emails and narrowing down which gymnasts to pursue. Once this has been done the...

Gymnast Turned Crossfitter

Gymnast Turned Crossfitter

Jessica Macay

August 20, 2014, 4:20pm

Photo Source: Michael P. Murphy Maureen Grady is one of the many gymnasts who felt the athletic itch after quitting.  As a level 10 gymnast, she trained with great success at Richmond Olympiad. Rating 23rd nationally by USA Gymnastics, Maureen moved on to train with the Ohio State team. Unfortunately, getting sick her Freshman year lead to her retirement.  But as many ex-gymnasts know, it’s not easy to stop something that has been part of your life for so many years.  Maureen desired a new sport that would challe...

Meet the Athletes of the 2014 YOG: Part 3

We’ve looked at some of the strongest female competitors for the Youth Olympics, so it’s time to switch gears and focus on the men of the Games. Pictured: Alec Yoder   Alec Yoder—USA   Alec will serve as the lone representative for Team USA in artistic gymnastics, unlike many countries that send both a male and female competitor. He is coming off of a successful spring filled with several international assignments. He will be in the hunt for medals in Nanjing, especially on pommel horse where he has won both nationa...

Meet the Athletes of the 2014 YOG: Part 2

As the Youth Olympic Games draw closer each day, let’s continue our look at some of the top athletes competing in Nanjing. Pictured: Ellie Downie Elissa “Ellie” Downie—Great Britain We’ve seen quite a bit of excellent gymnastics from both Ellie and her older sister Becky in the past year, especially at the 2014 European Championships in Sofia. Ellie was part of the historic silver-winning junior team and made history again with her bronze in the individual all-around, which was the first ever for a Briti...

Meet the Athletes of the 2014 YOG: Part 1

With the 2014 Youth Olympic Games starting this week and artistic gymnastics beginning on Sunday, August 17th, we will be taking some time to get to know the athletes competing in the Games. Each country is eligible to send one female and one male gymnast between the ages of 15 and 18 years, though some have chosen to send only one athlete. Team USA will not be represented on the women’s side because the Youth Olympic Games conflict with the P&G National Championships; however, Alec Yoder will represent the USA on the men’s side. W...

John Geddert's Next Star

John Geddert's Next Star

Lauren Stevens

August 11, 2014, 4:00am

After being off the elite coaching scene for one year, John Geddert, coach of Olympic and World Champion, Jordyn Wieber, has a new elite coming on to the big scene. She is 12 years old, and her name is Delanie Harkness. Although this is only Delanie’s first year as an elite, she has gained a small fan base ever since the Beyond the Routine with John Geddert and Jordyn Wieber aired, starring Delanie in the episode: Geddert Finds His Next Elites. Geddert has many incredible upcoming level 9s and 10s but he says he definitely sees something...

Calling All 8th Graders

Calling All 8th Graders

Jill Hicks

August 4, 2014, 12:07pm

Now is the time to start thinking about the recruiting process. I know your thinking 8th grade......No way! With recruiting happening earlier then ever before it is important to become informed and begin your daughters recruiting journey. Most gymnast will not be making a decision about college until her high school years, but there is a lot you can do to lay a foundation that helps prepare her for what is ahead.  The key to the recruiting process is to plan ahead and start early. Each year of high school, beginning with freshman year, is ...

2014 Secret US Classic Highlights Part 2 - THE SENIORS

Known for featuring many elite debuts and breakout performances, the Secret US Classic acts as an exciting prelude to what is the biggest national meet of the year; US Championships. This weekend gymnastics fans flocked to the Sears Arena in Illinois to watch the competition unfold - and it was quite a spectacle.   THE SENIORS   Simone Biles of World Champion Gymnastics, who dominated the competition from start to finish, posted the highest score on vault. She performed two vaults; first, an Amanar where she displayed excellent form ...

2014 Secret US Classic Highlights Part 1 - THE JUNIORS

  Known for featuring many elite debuts and breakout performances, the Secret US Classic acts as an exciting prelude to what is the biggest national meet of the year; US Championships. This weekend gymnastics fans flocked to the Sears Arena in Illinois to watch the competition unfold - and it was quite a spectacle.   THE JUNIORS   The absence of reigning national champ Bailie Key left the junior title wide open.   On vault, Jordan Chiles from Naydenov achieved great amplitude on her double twisting yurchenko to score 14.900...

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Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 5 - 2013

Here is the final part in my series on reflecting on past National Championships. Read about 2013 below! With 2013 being a post-Olympic year, there were a lot of new faces on the floor and only a few returning veterans. Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney had decided to continue their training and were in attendance - Ross was competing All-Around still, while Maroney performed on vault and floor. Ross and Maroney had put together new floor routines, both of which received relatively high scores, particularly Maroney who received a 15.25 on Day 2. M...

Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 4 - 2012

Here is Part 4 of my five-part series on reflecting on past National Championships - below I discuss the 2012 Nationals. 2012 was an Olympic year, and so the US National Championships were crucial for all the gymnasts involved. After two days of competition, the top eight athletes would automatically move on to the Olympic Trials. Anyone outside of the top eight (such as several event specialists) would need to rely on an invite from Martha Karolyi to move on to Trials as well. Several gymnasts from the 2008 Olympic team were back competing at...

Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 3 - 2011

Continuing my five-part series on highlights from past US National Championships, see Part 3 below on the 2011 National Championships. The 2011 Visa National Championships was one of the most fascinating, albeit a bit scary, competitions in USA Gymnastics history. There were multiple Olympic comebacks taking place which had started at Classics - Alicia Sacramone continued her comeback from the previous year, adding in floor as well. Chellsie Memmel also came back, and, apart from her fall on bars on day 2 due to injury, was actually one of the...

Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 2 - 2010

As part of my five-part series on reflecting on past National Championships, here is part two on 2010! In 2010, the reigning champion, Bridget Sloan, had recently suffered a pectoral injury, preventing her from competing on all events except beam at Nationals. This left the stage wide open for Rebecca Bross, who had had a very successful year already, winning All-Around at the American Cup, as well as every other event with the exception of vault. She also won the senior All-Around competition at the Pacific Rim Championships in Australia. Bro...

Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 1 - 2009

The US Senior Nationals is one of the most important competitions of the year for elite gymnasts. By this time, elites have perfected their routines enough to be at the start of their peak for the season. The goal: To impress Martha Karolyi sufficiently enough to be invited to subsequent National Team camps at the Texas ranch as a first step to making the World Championship team. In Olympic years, it is most exciting, as it’s the final competition before Olympic Trials, where only a select number of gymnasts qualify and are invited to co...

Rutgers Club Gymnastics

Rutgers Club Gymnastics

Jessica Macay

July 9, 2014, 7:22pm

The National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) seems to be the unsung hero of college gymnastics.   According to the mission statement on naigc.net, the purpose of the program is to build a community that encompasses “sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and fun.”  NAIGC is the ideal way to continue gymnastics without the collegiate level obligation. Pictured: 2013 Rutgers club gymnasts Photo by: Caity Britcher The club team at Rutgers University shares the values of NAIGC in their mission statem...

The Quit Factor

The Quit Factor

Jessica Macay

July 5, 2014, 7:49pm

Gymnastics is one of the toughest sports in the world.   Countless hours in the gym, sacrificing a social life, pushing your body to exhaustion, and for what?  To learn that sometimes even if you try your best, it still may not be good enough?  Gymnasts are taught to push themselves almost to their breaking point in order to attain the unattainable: perfection.  But what happens when a gymnast actually reaches his or her breaking point?  How do you know if it’s really time to throw in the towel? Every gymnas...

Collegiate Gymnastics Magnifies the Role of Teamwork

It is every young gymnasts dream to compete at the Olympic games.  Unluckily, the committee is only able to select six gymnasts to represent the United States.  The rest of the talented gymnasts will pursue a new goal.  Aspiring them to look into collegiate gymnastics.   USA Gymnastics is a program based on individual feats.  Gymnasts work their way up, level by level with a desire to win.  Constantly competing against their teammates in hopes of qualifying to a larger competition.  Your teammates are there f...

Liz McNabb's Elite Career and Friendship with Samantha Peszek

Whether fans realize it or not, there is a plethora of collegiate gymnasts who once competed as elites. Sure, gymnastics fanatics recognize gymnasts like Bridget Sloan from elite days due to the Olympics, but there are others who had a shorter and lesser known elite career. One of those gymnasts is Illinois senior Liz McNabb. McNabb was introduced to the sport through her brother who was taking classes to increase his upper body strength. After taking a few classes, she continued to ask her mom if she could go back again and again. Her first c...

Illinois's Erin Buchanan Reflects on Pink Meets and Winning State

Illini gymnasts Erin Buchanan & Heather Foley This Friday, the #17 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini look to face the Iowa Hawkeyes at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. for their annual Pink Meet to raise breast cancer awareness. Because this is a Pink Meet, it hits home for Illinois freshman Erin Buchanan. Buchanan's mother is a breast cancer survivor. Her mother is her best friend and the person whom she is most proud of.  "My mom is my hero. These meets mean a lot to me. It's for a great cause and awesome that we are able to do it and support...

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