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Beams, Dreams, & Circus Themes

Cirque Du Soleil originated in 1984 with a small group of street performers in the small town of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada. The group included Guy Laliberté, the founder of the company. Laliberté has now built an empire with close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from nearly 50 countries! Cirque Du Soleil has held productions in over forty countries and 300 cities on a total of six continents, and we currently have six shows touring under the Big Top, four shows touring in arenas, and nine residential ...

Calling All 8th Graders

Calling All 8th Graders

Jill Hicks

July 31, 2014, 10:07am

Now is the time to start thinking about the recruiting process. I know your thinking 8th grade......no way! With recruiting happening earlier then ever before it is important to become informed and begin your daughters recruiting journey. Most gymnast will not be making a decision about college till her high school years, but there is a lot you can do to lay a foundation that helps prepare her for what is ahead.  The key to the recruiting process is to plan ahead and start early. Each year of high school, beginning with freshman year, is a...

Back To the Basics

Back To the Basics

Jessica Macay

July 30, 2014, 10:16pm

Perfecting the gymnastics basics is vital to high-level gymnastics.  The trained eye can tell the difference between a competitive gymnast and a beginner gymnast, just by looking at their cartwheel.  Tight muscles and pointed toes are the key to making any skill look graceful and easy. There are a few basic skills that are the building blocks to more advanced skills.  Handstands, back handsprings, front handsprings, round offs, and kips, are the most important. One of my coaches would always say, “The girl with the best ha...

2014 Secret U.S. Classic Polls

The Secret Classic is coming up in about a week and we are excited to watch the competitors compete, some of them for the first time this season and some for the first time ever! Like us, you’re probably sitting watching routines from the 2013 season just to get your gymnastics fulfillment until the Secret Classic day arrives on August 2nd. So in the meantime to keep you busy, take some of these polls! Who do you think will win the senior title? Who do you think will win the junior title?   Which first year elite are you most excite...

10 Embarrassing Things Every Gymnast has Done

Below are 10 things every gymnast has experienced that are just plain embarrassing. Add your own in the comments section at the bottom!     1. Getting a huge wedgie during your routine   2. Forgetting to salute before or after your routine 3. Peeling off bars 4. Splitting the beam 5. Standing on the wrong podium place when they call you up for awards 6. Peeing yourself when you front tumble 7. Doing a great routine then tripping on a mat 8. Forgetting your routine in a meet 9. Nailing your beam series then falling off on dance o...

The Flip Side

The Flip Side

Jessica Macay

July 23, 2014, 8:55pm

A coach’s job is to motivate his or her athletes so that they can reach their full potential.  Gymnastics is no different.  However, gymnastics coaches never seem to receive the credit they deserve.  The difficulty of a coach’s job is often overlooked because of the difficulty of the sport.  A gymnastics coach has tons of things to do every day.  They have to plan each practice with their gymnasts’ progressions in mind.  They have to go through the physical labor of spotting.  They have to e...

Facts About Athletic Scholarships

~Full athletic scholarships cover tuition and fees, room, board and required course related books. Some student-athletes receive athletic scholarships covering only a portion of these costs. ~The sport of gymnastics at the Division 1 level are allowed to have 12 full athletic scholarships per team. They are usually separated into four year increments. ~The average value of a full scholarship at an in-state, public school is $15,000 a year. For an out of-state public school, the average value is $25,000 a year. Full athletic private school schol...

Top 10 Things Not to Ask a Gymnast

Top 10 Things Not to Ask a Gymnast Ask a gymnast any of these questions and you can be sure to get a McKayla Maroney "not impressed" face as a response.     1. Can you do a flip?    2. Are you going to the Olympics?  3. Are you flexible? 4. Why do you wear a swimsuit to practice?  5. Have you seen the movie Stick It?  6. Do you do cheerleading too?  7. Why do you wear gloves on the bars? 8. Why don’t girls do the rings?  9. How do you not get dizzy flipping around so much? 10. C...

Improving All-around Gold Chances

The prestigious award in any gymnastics competition is the individual all-around gold.  It is sought after because it demonstrates a gymnast’s ability to balance the grace and power of the sport. Every gymnast has a favorite event and conversely a least favorite event.  The least favorite event usually suffers because the lack of time and effort devoted to it.  However, to win the all-around gold, it is important to find ways to stay motivated when training on every event. For the more graceful gymnasts, vault and bars are...

Beams, Dreams, & Circus Themes

It isn’t news that young gymnasts train harder, stronger, and more hours than athletes of the same age in most other sports. It comes with the territory, and it comes with the love for the sport. While most little gymnasts have trouble deciding on which leotard they’re going to wear to practice, they somehow never ask questions about five hour practices or working through bloody hands, Sever’s, and Osgood Schlatter’s. When you are a little gymnast, the visualization of wearing your country's colors on an international p...

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Rutgers Club Gymnastics

Rutgers Club Gymnastics

Jessica Macay

July 9, 2014, 7:22pm

The National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) seems to be the unsung hero of college gymnastics.   According to the mission statement on naigc.net, the purpose of the program is to build a community that encompasses “sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and fun.”  NAIGC is the ideal way to continue gymnastics without the collegiate level obligation. Pictured: 2013 Rutgers club gymnasts Photo by: Caity Britcher The club team at Rutgers University shares the values of NAIGC in their mission statem...

The Quit Factor

The Quit Factor

Jessica Macay

July 5, 2014, 7:49pm

Gymnastics is one of the toughest sports in the world.   Countless hours in the gym, sacrificing a social life, pushing your body to exhaustion, and for what?  To learn that sometimes even if you try your best, it still may not be good enough?  Gymnasts are taught to push themselves almost to their breaking point in order to attain the unattainable: perfection.  But what happens when a gymnast actually reaches his or her breaking point?  How do you know if it’s really time to throw in the towel? Every gymnas...

Collegiate Gymnastics Magnifies the Role of Teamwork

It is every young gymnasts dream to compete at the Olympic games.  Unluckily, the committee is only able to select six gymnasts to represent the United States.  The rest of the talented gymnasts will pursue a new goal.  Aspiring them to look into collegiate gymnastics.   USA Gymnastics is a program based on individual feats.  Gymnasts work their way up, level by level with a desire to win.  Constantly competing against their teammates in hopes of qualifying to a larger competition.  Your teammates are there f...

Liz McNabb's Elite Career and Friendship with Samantha Peszek

Whether fans realize it or not, there is a plethora of collegiate gymnasts who once competed as elites. Sure, gymnastics fanatics recognize gymnasts like Bridget Sloan from elite days due to the Olympics, but there are others who had a shorter and lesser known elite career. One of those gymnasts is Illinois senior Liz McNabb. McNabb was introduced to the sport through her brother who was taking classes to increase his upper body strength. After taking a few classes, she continued to ask her mom if she could go back again and again. Her first c...

Illinois's Erin Buchanan Reflects on Pink Meets and Winning State

Illini gymnasts Erin Buchanan & Heather Foley This Friday, the #17 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini look to face the Iowa Hawkeyes at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. for their annual Pink Meet to raise breast cancer awareness. Because this is a Pink Meet, it hits home for Illinois freshman Erin Buchanan. Buchanan's mother is a breast cancer survivor. Her mother is her best friend and the person whom she is most proud of.  "My mom is my hero. These meets mean a lot to me. It's for a great cause and awesome that we are able to do it and support...

The Stars of Salcianu

The Stars of Salcianu

Lauren Stevens

November 23, 2013, 10:10pm

Salcianu Gymnastics and Dance may not have a handful of girls competing on the elite stage right now, but watch out because Salcianu has three up and coming elite gymnasts. One of their gymnasts: 11 year old Maile O’Keefe competed at the 2013 Secret Classic, she did not qualify to the P&G Championships, however nothing is stopping her from trying to qualify in this upcoming 2014 season. Training alongside Maile are gymnasts Lia Whitman and Sienna Robinson. These three girls are throwing huge, amazing skills for their age, and they manage ...

Sage Thompson: "Beaming" Into the Spotlight

If you follow gymnastics on the Gymternet, then perhaps you know about Sage. Sage is a level 10 gymnast from All American Gymnastics in Utah, she started at the age of six, and already, only four years later at the age of ten she is a level 10 gymnast. Sage is in the hopes of qualifying Hopes Pre-Elite, or even Junior Elite this upcoming 2014 season. Sage skipped levels 4 and 6, and at her first level 7 meet, she took 3rd place all around. 8 year old Sage at a Level 7 Competition If you have seen Sage’s videos you have probably noticed t...

Legends Born in All-Around Final

The Women's All Around Final at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium are just toinight and worldwide fans are counting down the hours until the start of the meet. The Americans dominated in the qualifications with Ross and Biles going 1-2. Simone Biles made every single event final and is the  first American to do so since Shannon Miller in 1993. If either girl wins, she will join the ranks of Chellsie Memmel, Shannon Miller and Bridget Sloan, three American women to win the all-around title in an Individual World Championship...

Peyton Ernst- America's Newest Sweetheart

First year senior Peyton Ernst has come from unknown junior to a standout on the senior national team and a contender for a spot on the World Championships team for the USA. The sixteen-year-old hails from the state of Texas where she trains with 1991 World All Around Champion, Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and her husband Chris at Texas Dreams. Peyton is one cool competitor in the arena. At the Secret Classic in July, Peyton took the second place title behind Fierce Five member, Kyla Ross. She finished fourth in the all-around at her first senior nati...

NCAA or Pro?

NCAA or Pro?

Maria Layton

September 12, 2013, 10:58pm

For many young athletes, success often means having agents and sponsors represent them and the tempation to go “pro” and get paid for their athletic success seems to be always tempting. But there is a “flip side” to that coin. Once an athlete accepts money for their sport, they forgo their NCAA eligibility for college scholarships. The cost of college is an ever growing concern for parents and many people cannot afford to pay for college in the United States without some form of financial aid. It's no secret that like ev...

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