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    • The next National Team Training Camp is due to 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. Aly’s performance at the Olympics was nothing short of spectacular. In addition to helping the team...

    • Health Bites: Nutrition's F-Word Karen Psiaki

      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...

    • Recap - 2014 Women's World AA Final! Lucy

      Last Friday I rushed home from school to switch on live coverage of the women's all-around final in Nanning. The world championship competition, staged at the Guangxi Gymnasium in China, was widely anticipated to be the moment when Simone Biles of the USA would defend her all-around title that she clenched in Antwerp in 2013. Too much pressure for the 17 year old? It seems not!   Rotation One    The first rotation saw the top six qualifiers (Biles, Mustaf...

    • The End of Worlds As We Know It Karen Psiaki

      Now that the 2014 World Championships are over, you may be sitting in front of your screen wondering “Now what?” But if you, like us, are mourning the loss of round-the-clock gymnastics entertainment, then fear not! Here’s our 10-step program to help ease the pain and keep the fun going a bit longer! How to Cope After Worlds 10. Eat some delicious Chinese food to get a little flavor of life in Nanning.   9. Watch all the routines again an...

    •   1. They ask the funniest questions. What are beam shoes made of? Why don’t the women wear shorts like the men? Why bother with dance on beam? All of these are questions that might come out of the mouth of a non-gymnast during their first viewing experience.   2. They don’t understand the scoring system.  And really, who can blame them!? It’s confusing and takes a while to explain. And when your friends complain that the 10.0 system makes...

    • Bailie Key Angela Beltakis

      Bailie Key of Texas Dreams. Current member of USA National Gymnastics Team ( junior ) Current status: Junior International Elite. U.S Junior National Champion ( 2013 ). 15 years old. Eligible for Rio 2016

    • 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...

    • The World Championships in gymnastics sometimes almost feels bigger than the Olympics because there are so many other countries that are invited other than just the top twelve. It’s an exciting event and I was lucky enough to attend two World Championships for Great Britain during my time as an elite gymnast.   One of the most exciting things was traveling to a new and interesting country whether that be in Europe, Asia, South America, etc. Traveling with your ...

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