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Expert Picks: 2014 NCAA Super Six

The days of dynasties in women's collegiate gymnastics are over. Since Suzanne Yoculan's Georgia Gym Dogs won five straight NCAA titles from 2005 to 2009, competitive parity has spread across collegiate gymnastics. Last season, a new team was welcomed into the elusive circle of National Champions when the University of Florida became the fifth program ever to win the coveted crown. Now, two more teams, Oklahoma and LSU, hover on the brink of their first NCAA titles.  The 2014 NCAA Women's Championships are just a couple days away and the ...

Lloimincia Hall Goes Viral

If you follow Gymnastike regularly, you have definitely seen us feature Lloimincia Hall's floor routine multiple times per season. Gymnastics fans either love it or hate it, and we LOVE it! No one commits to a showstopping performance quite like Lloimincia, and she somehow manages to stick sky-high tumbling while she's at it.  Now that Lloimincia is in her junior season at LSU and scored five perfect 10's on floor, the rest of the world is FINALLY taking notice. Seriously, it's about time.  Lloimincia's January 31st perfect 10 agains...

The Regional Rundown

Imagine this: Your team is ranked #1 nationally. You're undefeated on the season. You're already hearing rumblings of a national title in your future.  Now, you walk into NCAA Regionals as the obvious favorite. But, on this particular day, it all goes wrong. The beam rotation results in a meltdown, and the team counts two falls.  Meanwhile, the underdog teams deliver the performances of their lives. With every stuck landing they inch closer and closer to an upset.  Your team huddles up, awaiting the final tally. Finally, the res...

Lovely Leos from the 2014 SEC Championships

The SEC Championships always delivers incredible gymnastics and this year there were some incredible leotards as well. Below are our top five leotards that stood out with their unique and gorgeous designs. Make sure to tell us which was your favorite using the poll at the bottom of the blog. 5. Auburn   Auburn plays off of their unique school colors in this gorgeous and flattering leo. The elegant orange and white ribbons that twist around the sleeves are the highlight. The rhinestone burst on the chest is a necessary but simple addition ...

Performer of the Week: Grace Williams

This week’s Gymnastike Performer of the Week is level 10 standout Grace Williams of Geddert's Twistars USA. Grace received the highest all-around score at the 2014 Michigan State Meet with an incredible 38.875 and swept every event title. After the meet, the high school senior told us, "I just wanted to come out and enjoy every second of it. Being my last State Meet, it was pretty surreal." Grace combines power with poise and performs skills with incredible ease. Plus, she is an amazing competitor who excels at hitting big routines ...

NIT OR NATIONALS!

NIT OR NATIONALS!

Jill Hicks

March 30, 2014, 7:37pm

For those of you who are Level 10’s headed to Regionals next week hoping to qualify to Nationals, it can be a very stressful time. Many of my clients and parents are convinced that their daughters must qualify to JO Nationals to be seen by the college coaches and only then will they be recruited to a college team. Yes, it does help to be able to say to a college coach that you qualified to JO Nationals and it should be your goal if you have a realistic shot. It does show a college coach that you are a competitor and that you can handle th...

13 New Routines You Must See from Jesolo Training

Podium training has concluded in Jesolo and it's certainly lived up to the hype. Gymnastike covered three full days of training sessions with Team USA. Friday's sessions were attended by every team competing this weekend including the host team of Italy and the the stellar group of Romanian juniors. Team USA defnitely stood out with the highest number of hit routines and most difficult skills.  Now that we've uploaded more routines than we can count, here's our attempt to rank them. Below is our countdown of the 13 new routines you must w...

2016 Olympic Hopeful Norah Flatley Set for International Debut

In the past six years, I have traveled the globe covering gymnastics - everything from level 6 State to the Olympic Games. And every so often, I'll spot one special athlete who shows immense promise of being "the next big thing". I had a moment like this back in 2010. Amy Robertson and I were covering the event finals session of the Northern Lights Classic club meet in Minnesota. From across the gym, I spotted a tiny gymnast with pigtail buns waiting to warm up for beam. She was barely taller than the apparatus, and oh so cute. Then, she climb...

The Daredevil of Team USA

This week Team USA travels to Italy for their first international team battle of 2014 with an incredibly deep roster. The leader for Team USA is clearly 2012 Olympic Champion Kyla Ross and we expect Kyla to perform at her usual high level with flawless execution. However, Mykayla Skinner could be the surprise star in Jesolo. The 17-year-old from Desert Lights is the daredevil of USA Gymnastics. Skinner is not a household name but her huge skills and explosive gymnastics give her the “WOW” factor. In Jesolo, Skinner plans to compete...

Countdown: The 7 Standout Routines You Must See

The Gymnastike team was busy this past weekend with video coverage of the Cal Classic elite qualifier and level 10 competitions plus top NCAA meets around the country. There were plenty of noteworthy performances captured by the Gymnastike cameras, but here is our final countdown of the show stopping performances you must see before we move on to the competitions ahead! #7 Milliner's Perfect Vault and Priceless Reaction Reigning NCAA Co-Vault Champion Diandra Milliner launched a huge yurchenko 1.5 vault and stuck it cold to earn a perfect 10 i...

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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...

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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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