Opinion

    • 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. ...

    • 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 fr...

    • 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...

    • 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 ...

    • 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 hun...

    • 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 w...

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