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Four Key Tips For Freshmen To Get Ahead In The Recruiting Process

Are you a freshman and not sure of where to get started in the recruiting process. The best two words I can suggest to you is....plan ahead! There are many things you can be doing even though you may not be ready to make personal contact with colleges just yet. Do your research: There are over 80 colleges that support college gymnastics. Your freshman year is a great time to start thinking about which schools might be a good fit for you. Size of campus, strength of gymnastics and of course academics majors that interest you must be researched....

Stellar Seniors - Georgia Dabritz, Utah

This week, our Stellar Senior is Utah Ute Georgia Dabritz. Georgia competes all around for Utah and is currently ranked #1 in the all around standings for NCAA with a 39.600. Georgia is from Newburyport, Massachusetts and she previously trained at Ace Gymnastics under Laura Tebo. Before her collegiate days, Georgia was one of the most successful gymnasts in Massachusetts, earning her spot as the state all around, vault and beam champion in 2009, and again in 2011 (she also managed to gain the floor championship that year). She competed on the ...

Stellar Seniors - Kytra Hunter, Florida

To kick off our Stellar Seniors series, we’re taking a look at Florida gator Kytra Hunter. Kytra competes all-around for Florida and is arguably one of the most successful NCAA gymnasts in recent years. Before her collegiate days, Kytra was an elite gymnast who trained at Hill’s Gymnastics in Maryland under coach Kelli Hill, the same woman who coached Dominique Dawes. Her dominance on floor and vault started early - in 2008, she was the 2008 Junior Olympic Level 10 Senior Vault & Floor Exercise Champion (in addition to being All-Ar...

Elite Vaulting - the D-Score Explained

In our final installment on understanding the D-score in elite gymnastics, we are taking a look at the vault. The vault is unique in that the gymnast performs one move which accounts for the entire D-score. That being said, there are several different types of vaults that elite gymnasts can perform, in addition to a few rules that must be adhered to for vault finals on the international stage. First, it’s important to understand the five major vault groups, as defined by the Code of Points (CoP). Gymnasts competing in the vault finals at...

Crafting a Bars Routine: An Analysis of the D-Score

In the third part of our series on D-score analysis, we’re taking a look at uneven bars, historically one of the tougher events for American gymnasts to compete on the world stage. While floor exercise and balance beam had similar requirements in the makeup of the D-score, uneven bars is a whole different story. Indeed, routines on uneven bars happen so quickly that it can be tough as a spectator to catch each individual move. Below you’ll find a guide to calculating the D-score on uneven bars, including an illustration using Kyla ...

Why Some Choose Division III Gymnastics Teams

I was talking with one of my clients about her decision to comitt to a Division III gymnastics team and this is what made her decision easy. 1.  She wanted to be wanted: After all the years of doing the sport of gymnastics she wanted to be on a team where the coaches showed her that they really wanted her on their team. 2.  She wanted to compete: She could have walked on to a Division I school, but the odds of competing on more then one event were slim. She did not want to be an observer but a participator on a team. 3.  She wan...

Crafting a Floor Routine: An Analysis of the D-Score

In the second part of our series on D-score analysis, we’re taking a look at floor exercise, historically one of the toughest judged events in women’s elite gymnastics. A step here, a flexed foot there, and a gymnast can find herself with deductions adding up quite quickly. Consequently, it’s to the gymnast’s advantage to bump up her difficulty level as much as possible. Floor is actually similar to balance beam in the D-score makeup. Below I’ve explained all the details and the various ways a gymnast can increase ...

Crafting a Beam Routine - An Analysis of the D-score

To the outside world, Balance Beam is often seen as the hardest event in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. To non-gymnasts, even just walking on a 4-inch wide surface raised from the ground seems scary, nevermind actually performing dance and acrobatic skills on it. Gymnasts themselves get over the 4-inch wide part at an early age. At the elite level, there are much more important things for a gymnast to think about, such as whether her pause between skills was too long to count for bonus connection points, or if her split hit a full 180 degr...

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 ...

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Norah Flatley

Norah Flatley

Angela Beltakis

January 27, 2015, 2:11am

Norah Flatley of Chow's Gymnastics & Dance. Current member of USA National Gymnastics Team (Junior). Current Status: Junior International Elite. U.S Junior National Bronze Medalist (2014 Junior National Championships). 14 years old & eligible Rio 2016.

Ending a great year.

Ending a great year.

Angela Beltakis

December 8, 2014, 4:02am

I've never been as interested in international gymnastics but 2014 had something that intrigued me. No need to state it did for many people! Theres been a lot of injuries all up, but thats expected; Rachel Gowey for example. Rachel Gowey is a gymnast that wasn't really on my mind, but as the news of her devastating ankle injury I felt the need to research more. I know despise the fact that I didn't come across this amazing, talented young gymnast sooner. Although I am unsure of the 2015 events I am excited to know that many gymnasts are coming ...

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...

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