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    • Our Stellar Senior this week is LSU’s Jessie Jordan, currently ranked No. 3 in the all-around standings and tied for second in the beam rankings. Jessie hails from Houston, Texas and trained under Deliana Vodenitcharova and Roumen Yordanov at Houston Gymnastics Center. She competed at the J.O. level and finished in the top 10 at J.O. nationals each year from 2007-2009. Jessie started her collegiate career at LSU in 2012 and very quickly became one of the team’s top all-aro...

    • .post-content img { padding: 10px; } This year marks the 6th annual Nastia Liukin Cup, a competition that takes place every March just before the American Cup and is hosted by Nastia Liukin and USA Gymnastics. Liukin launched the competition in 2010 with the aim of providing a platform for top level 10 gymnasts to perform on the national stage.  Prior to the competition, a series of invitationals, known as the Nastia Liukin Cup series, takes place in which a select num...

    • This week we are celebrating No. 4 ranked all-around gymnast Sachi Sugiyama as part of our Stellar Seniors series. Sachi competes for University of Michigan and is shining in her senior year, competing all-around for the first time since her freshman year, adding in upgrades, and achieving some of the highest scores of her NCAA career. There must be something in the water in Texas, right? Sachi is originally from Keller, Texas where she trained at Top Flight Gymnastics and competed up ...

    • Raising Daughters In Sports Jill Hicks

      I will never regret that our daughters played sports. We commuted 3 hours to and from practice, spent lots of money on travel and our world revolved around their schedules. I look at the women they have become and would not change a thing. I came across this great article on 8 essential steps to raising confident girls: 1. Tell her you believe in her 2. Get her outside 3. Pursue her interest 4. Minimize the princesses 5. Parent with empathy 6. Help her love her looks 7. Sign up fo...

    • A Tribute to British Gymnast Hannah Whelan Lucy

      This morning, at around 10am British time, British Gymnastics announced the retirement of 2-time Olympian Hannah Whelan from elite gymnastics aged 22. Hannah has played a vital role in numerous British European and world-level teams and will be missed by the elite gymnastics community! I thought it was fitting to have a look back by way of tribute at the highlights of Whelan's competitive career.   See British Gymnastics' video tribute to Hannah here:   h...

    • This week’s stellar senior is Alabama’s Kaitlyn Clark, a California native and former elite gymnast. Kaitlyn started competing all-around for the Crimson Tide in her senior year and is particularly strong on… well, pretty much every event. Kaitlyn came from Precision Gymnastics, where she was coached by Trent & Jill Spaulding. She was a member of the Senior National Team from 2009-2010 and finished tenth and ninth in the all-around at the 2009 and 2010 Senior Na...

    • For several years, gymnast Becca Cuppy simply loved gymnastics and lived for the moment. Once she got to level 9/10, she realized that she had a strong desire to compete in collegiate gymnastics and receive a full-ride scholarship. That dream came true, and now Cuppy is a freshman on the University of Illinois women’s gymnastics team with a full-ride scholarship. When she found out that she was being offered a full-ride, she was ecstatic, as it was something she worked towa...

    • Our stellar senior this week is former Olympian and UCLA Bruin, Samantha Peszek. Sam is a Redshirt Senior this year, on account of her tearing her Achilles tendon in 2013 and being forced to sit out the season. Despite the injury, she has been a huge asset for UCLA over the years. Currently standing at second place in the national all-around rankings, Sam’s senior year seems to be her best yet. Sam grew up in Indiana and trained first at DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics with P...

    • Top Ten Artistic Floor Routines of 2014 Lucy

      I honestly believe that the best floor routines are those that not only have high-flying tumbling passes, but connect with their audiences on an emotional level through expressive choreography and a well selected piece of music. I'm not ashamed to admit that there were international routines last year that even made me shed a tear due to their outstanding performance quality. Hence I have compiled a list (you can also check out my list from 2013) of my top ten floor routines of 2014. ...

    • This week, our stellar senior is Oklahoma Sooner, Erica Brewer. Erica is one of Oklahoma’s top all around gymnasts who has achieved huge scores for the team since her freshman season. Erica is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and trained at Champion Gymnastics under Tiffani Orem. She rose to prominence in Kentucky gymnastics, being an eight-time state champion and being named the 2009 Kentucky Gymnast of the Year. Erica also made a splash on the national stage, qualifying to the...

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