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    • 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...

    • 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

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