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    • Level 10 gymnast training at AIM Athletic Training Center with Debbie Kaitschuck, Deana Parish, and James Williams. http://youtu.be/cQdwVOnslkw

    • Ending a great year. Angela Beltakis

      I've never been as interested in international gymnastics but 2014 had something that intrigued me. No need to state it did for many people! Theres been a lot of injuries all up, but thats expected; Rachel Gowey for example. Rachel Gowey is a gymnast that wasn't really on my mind, but as the news of her devastating ankle injury I felt the need to research more. I know despise the fact that I didn't come across this amazing, talented young gymnast sooner. Although I am unsure of th...

    • In the third part of our series on D-score analysis, we’re taking a look at uneven bars, historically one of the tougher events for American gymnasts to compete on the world stage. While floor exercise and balance beam had similar requirements in the makeup of the D-score, uneven bars is a whole different story. Indeed, routines on uneven bars happen so quickly that it can be tough as a spectator to catch each individual move. Below you’ll find a guide to calculating the D-sco...

    • I was talking with one of my clients about her decision to comitt to a Division III gymnastics team and this is what made her decision easy. 1.  She wanted to be wanted: After all the years of doing the sport of gymnastics she wanted to be on a team where the coaches showed her that they really wanted her on their team. 2.  She wanted to compete: She could have walked on to a Division I school, but the odds of competing on more then one event were slim. She did not want t...

    • In the second part of our series on D-score analysis, we’re taking a look at floor exercise, historically one of the toughest judged events in women’s elite gymnastics. A step here, a flexed foot there, and a gymnast can find herself with deductions adding up quite quickly. Consequently, it’s to the gymnast’s advantage to bump up her difficulty level as much as possible. Floor is actually similar to balance beam in the D-score makeup. Below I’ve explained all ...

    • To the outside world, Balance Beam is often seen as the hardest event in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. To non-gymnasts, even just walking on a 4-inch wide surface raised from the ground seems scary, nevermind actually performing dance and acrobatic skills on it. Gymnasts themselves get over the 4-inch wide part at an early age. At the elite level, there are much more important things for a gymnast to think about, such as whether her pause between skills was too long to co...

    • Many parents often ask me if their daughter needs to have their coach involved in the recruiting process to find a college team. The answer is “no” but it sure helps! I like to look at the recruiting process as a team effort. The gymnast, parent, club coach and possibly myself. Everybody brings something a little different to the table, all of which are very important to enhance this very big decision. The gymnast has the desire and dream. The parents know their daughter be...

    • By Karen Psiaki, RDN IOC Certified in Sports Nutrition My name is Karen, and I’m a Registered Dietitian as well as a former gymnast. Over the next several weeks, I will be writing about health and nutrition topics for gymnasts, ranging from body image and weight management to hydration, meal timing, and specific nutrient needs. If you have a nutrition question or topic you’d like me to cover, write it in the comment section below or send Gymnastike an...

    • If I Weren't A Gymnast... Karen Psiaki

        Most gymnasts prefer to push the thought to the back of their minds, but the inevitable truth is there…. sooner or later, we all have to move on from our days in the chalk bucket and find new sports to keep us busy. For some, the choice is an easy, logical one, but others struggle to find that “next big thing” that will entertain them for years to come. If you’re in that boat right now or think you’ll find yourself there soon, then let us help you ...

    • The next National Team Training Camp will take place this week, from October 23-27th at the Karolyi Ranch. Along with the 11 girls currently on the National Team, Aly Raisman is planning to attend, making it her first camp since before the Olympic Games in 2012. Aly will also be joined by Gabby Douglas, who delayed her return to competition after switching gyms earlier this year. Raisman’s performance at the Olympics was nothing short of spectacular. In addition to helping the t...

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