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What if my club coach does not plan to help in the recruiting process

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 best and contribute the reality of what is needed financially ...

Health Bites: Nutrition During Injury Recovery

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 email! ------------- Where there is exercise, there is surely injury. Nowhere is ...

If I Weren't A Gymnast...

If I Weren't A Gymnast...

Karen Psiaki

October 21, 2014, 5:27am

  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 out in your quest! Here are some examples of sports for whi...

Aly Raisman Returns to National Team Training Camp

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 team to win the gold medal, she also won a gold medal on Floo...

Health Bites: Nutrition's F-Word

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 email! ------------- I’ve skirted around a particular topic for the past fe...

Recap - 2014 Women's World AA Final!

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, Mustafina, Iordache, Ross, Jinnan and Ferrari) begin on vault. All six of these g...

The End of Worlds As We Know It

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 and again… and again. No, the results haven’t changed, but you might see ...

10 Signs That You're Watching Worlds With a Non-Gymnast

  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 more sense, a small part of you has to agree.   3. They are easily ...

Health Bites: Packing on Power With Protein

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 email! ------------- When you think of protein, what comes to mind? For me, the f...

World Championships - My Inside Experience

The World Championships in gymnastics sometimes almost feels bigger than the Olympics because there are so many other countries that are invited other than just the top twelve. It’s an exciting event and I was lucky enough to attend two World Championships for Great Britain during my time as an elite gymnast.   One of the most exciting things was traveling to a new and interesting country whether that be in Europe, Asia, South America, etc. Traveling with your team in your country’s gear is pretty special and nothing beats the...

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Bailie Key

Bailie Key

Angela Beltakis

October 9, 2014, 11:45pm

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

D and E Score Analysis from 2014 World Championships Women's Team Qualifiers

WAG World Championship Difficulty Scores going into Finals

World Championships: Can the USA retain their dominance in 2014?

Despite the fact that the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp fell just after an Olympic year, when many of the top athletes were taking much needed breaks from the sport to enjoy the celebrity spotlight, the USA team came away with the most medals it has ever won from a World Championship competition – eight medals in total, with a medal won on each event, including the All-Around gold. The year was somewhat unique, in that two of the 2012 Olympians (Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney) were back in training and competed for the USA Worlds te...

Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 5 - 2013

Here is the final part in my series on reflecting on past National Championships. Read about 2013 below! With 2013 being a post-Olympic year, there were a lot of new faces on the floor and only a few returning veterans. Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney had decided to continue their training and were in attendance - Ross was competing All-Around still, while Maroney performed on vault and floor. Ross and Maroney had put together new floor routines, both of which received relatively high scores, particularly Maroney who received a 15.25 on Day 2. M...

Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 4 - 2012

Here is Part 4 of my five-part series on reflecting on past National Championships - below I discuss the 2012 Nationals. 2012 was an Olympic year, and so the US National Championships were crucial for all the gymnasts involved. After two days of competition, the top eight athletes would automatically move on to the Olympic Trials. Anyone outside of the top eight (such as several event specialists) would need to rely on an invite from Martha Karolyi to move on to Trials as well. Several gymnasts from the 2008 Olympic team were back competing at...

Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 3 - 2011

Continuing my five-part series on highlights from past US National Championships, see Part 3 below on the 2011 National Championships. The 2011 Visa National Championships was one of the most fascinating, albeit a bit scary, competitions in USA Gymnastics history. There were multiple Olympic comebacks taking place which had started at Classics - Alicia Sacramone continued her comeback from the previous year, adding in floor as well. Chellsie Memmel also came back, and, apart from her fall on bars on day 2 due to injury, was actually one of the...

Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 2 - 2010

As part of my five-part series on reflecting on past National Championships, here is part two on 2010! In 2010, the reigning champion, Bridget Sloan, had recently suffered a pectoral injury, preventing her from competing on all events except beam at Nationals. This left the stage wide open for Rebecca Bross, who had had a very successful year already, winning All-Around at the American Cup, as well as every other event with the exception of vault. She also won the senior All-Around competition at the Pacific Rim Championships in Australia. Bro...

Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 1 - 2009

The US Senior Nationals is one of the most important competitions of the year for elite gymnasts. By this time, elites have perfected their routines enough to be at the start of their peak for the season. The goal: To impress Martha Karolyi sufficiently enough to be invited to subsequent National Team camps at the Texas ranch as a first step to making the World Championship team. In Olympic years, it is most exciting, as it’s the final competition before Olympic Trials, where only a select number of gymnasts qualify and are invited to co...

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...

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