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    • Summer Plans For The College Gymnastics Recruit Season is over and now on to summer! What should you be doing to make the most of your time and become the most marketable college gymnastics recruit? 1.  Skills, Skills, Skills: Your skills are what opens the doors in the recruiting process. Every college coach is required to be competitive. They are searching for gymnasts who can score what is needed to raise their team score at their meets. 2. Exposure: You need to be seen by...

    • The Best Things About Being a Coach Lucy

      Ever wondered what it would be like to be a coach once you're done with training? I always did. Having trained as a competitive gymnast for eight years, I have now shifted my focus to coaching and I love it more than I could ever have imagined. Although I miss training as much as I used to, coaching has allowed me to see the sport from a whole new perspective and use my experience to help younger girls. I want to encourage current gymnasts to consider getting into coaching as well as h...

    • This season, the freshmen of the Illinois women’s gymnastics team had a lot to bond over. All three girls were experiencing college life for the first time, but they were also all returning from injury. Jordyn Givens of Keller, Texas, recovered from an elbow injury, but competed for the Illini right away on vault. Bridget Hodan of Brookfield, Wisconsin, hurt her femur during the school year after competing at the annual Orange and Blue Exhibition in December. The newest addition...

    • Recently the sport of CrossFit has skyrocketed with popularity since it's inception in 2000.  The annual CrossFit Games are televised on ESPN in search of the fittest man and women on Earth. I recently read 50% of the events in the 2013 games had some type of gymnastics element. Also worth mentioning, six of the top ten girls and all of the top three girls had gymnastic backgrounds. Were these athletes solely training at a CrossFit facility or were they incorporating gymnastics tr...

    • This week, our Stellar Senior is No. 7 ranked Auburn’s Megan Walker. Megan competes bars, beam and floor for the Tigers and consistently contributes high scores for the team. This week she is ranked No. 7 on beam. She’s originally from Pennsylvania and competed at the J.O. level with Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy. Prior to arriving at auburn, she was a 3-time Pennsylvania all-around champion and 3-time regional all-around champion. She also excelled on bars and beam, winnin...

    • Both my husband and I coached for over 25 years. It was a responsibility we took very seriously. We were blessed to have coached many National Champions and All Americans in both wrestling and gymnastics. When I look back on those years I never think of the accomplishments we achieved, but instead I think of the relationships that we built. I think of the athletes now and see all they have become as a person and I am so thankful that I could honestly say we coached from the heart. The de...

    • 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 also trained with the infamous Alexander Alexandrov at HGC before he left to take over the Russian program and coach Aliya Mustafina. Jessie competed at the J.O. level and finished in the top 10 at J.O. nationals ...

    • .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...

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