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    • 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 email! ...

    • Top Ten Gymnasts with Tattoos Marissa From Gymnastike

      10. Bridget Sloan's Olympic tattoo with Beijing written in chinese. Many of us might not know that she has this hidden, discreet tattoo on her lower right side of her back. 9. Marcel Nguyen from Germany decided to out do everyone and go all out with tattoos... 8. Italy's Vanessa Ferrari went with a pretty ankle piece. 7. Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland shows some creativity around her Olympics tattoo. 6. Alicia Sacramone can pull off anything, anywhere, big or smal...

    • Smells Like Men's Team Spirit Karen Psiaki

      As a former female gymnast, I absolutely love watching elite women’s gymnastics whenever I can. I’m enthralled by the newest skills and combinations being performed, the excitement in the arena , and (I’m not ashamed to admit) the gorgeous leotards. It’s my favorite hobby, hands down! But if I’m being honest, I almost prefer watching the men compete more than the women. I may not know all of the skill names or understand every detail of the scoring like I do o...

    • Floor Choreography For The College Recruit Jill Hicks

      I have a lot of club gymnasts and parents ask me what they should consider when putting their floor routines together to be recruited. Below are a few of the items I try to emphasize:   Music: Be sure it fits your personality. You should LOVE your music!  Unique music is hard to find, but always a plus! If you use slow music, be sure you have the dance background to enhance this.  You don’t want to get lost in the crowd. Often strong beats or unique catchy music attrac...

    • It is always such a pleasure to watch a floor routine that displays a combination of not only difficult, well-executed tumbling, but also attention to detail with regards choreography. All too often, in my opinion, gymnasts and coaches are so preoccupied with packing in the difficulty, that dance becomes a random arm movement here and there, simply to fulfil the requirement. At the recent P&G Championships, particularly on Day 2, there were six floor routines that caught my eye for the...

    • Anyone who is involved in the gymnastics world as an athlete, coach, or fan is well aware of the sad but unavoidable fact that gymnastics is NOT a lifetime sport. As beautiful and entrancing as it looks when performed well, gymnastics is no easy feat for the muscles, joints, and bones being abused on a daily basis… not to mention the mental tolls of day-in, day-out training! It’s just not sustainable.   As a result, there comes a time in every gymnast’s life w...

    • THE FLIP SIDE OF RECRUITING Jill Hicks

      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 narrowi...

    • Gymnast Turned Crossfitter Jessica Macay

      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 li...

    • 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 hig...

    • 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. ...

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