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    • Norah Flatley Angela Beltakis

      Norah Flatley of Chow's Gymnastics & Dance. Current member of USA National Gymnastics Team (Junior). Current Status: Junior International Elite. U.S Junior National Bronze Medalist (2014 Junior National Championships). 14 years old & eligible Rio 2016.

    • Are you a freshman and not sure of where to get started in the recruiting process. The best two words I can suggest to you is....plan ahead! There are many things you can be doing even though you may not be ready to make personal contact with colleges just yet. Do your research: There are over 80 colleges that support college gymnastics. Your freshman year is a great time to start thinking about which schools might be a good fit for you. Size of campus, strength of gymnastics and of co...

    • This week, our Stellar Senior is Utah Ute Georgia Dabritz. Georgia competes all around for Utah and is currently ranked #1 in the all around standings for NCAA with a 39.600. Georgia is from Newburyport, Massachusetts and she previously trained at Ace Gymnastics under Laura Tebo. Before her collegiate days, Georgia was one of the most successful gymnasts in Massachusetts, earning her spot as the state all around, vault and beam champion in 2009, and again in 2011 (she also managed to g...

    • To kick off our Stellar Seniors series, we’re taking a look at Florida gator Kytra Hunter. Kytra competes all-around for Florida and is arguably one of the most successful NCAA gymnasts in recent years. Before her collegiate days, Kytra was an elite gymnast who trained at Hill’s Gymnastics in Maryland under coach Kelli Hill, the same woman who coached Dominique Dawes. Her dominance on floor and vault started early - in 2008, she was the 2008 Junior Olympic Level 10 Senior ...

    • Elite Vaulting - the D-Score Explained Justine Kelly

      In our final installment on understanding the D-score in elite gymnastics, we are taking a look at the vault. The vault is unique in that the gymnast performs one move which accounts for the entire D-score. That being said, there are several different types of vaults that elite gymnasts can perform, in addition to a few rules that must be adhered to for vault finals on the international stage. First, it’s important to understand the five major vault groups, as defined by the Cod...

    • 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...

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