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Stellar Seniors - Jessie Jordan, LSU

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 competed at the J.O. level and finished in the top 10 at J.O. nationals each year from 2007-2009. Jessie started her collegiate career at LSU in 2012 and very quickly became one of the team’s top all-around performers. She achieved season high scores of 9.9 on vau...

A Look Back at the Stars of the Nastia Liukin Cup

.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 number of gymnasts qualify to compete in the Cup itself. There a...

Stellar Seniors - Sachi Sugiyama, Michigan

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 to level 10. She started as a freshman at Michigan in 2012 ...

Raising Daughters In Sports

Raising Daughters In Sports

Jill Hicks

February 20, 2015, 11:59am

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 for sports 8. Show interest in her academics One of the best decisi...

A Tribute to British Gymnast Hannah Whelan

This morning, at around 10am British time, British Gymnastics announced the retirement of 2-time Olympian Hannah Whelan from elite gymnastics aged 22. Hannah has played a vital role in numerous British European and world-level teams and will be missed by the elite gymnastics community! I thought it was fitting to have a look back by way of tribute at the highlights of Whelan's competitive career.   See British Gymnastics' video tribute to Hannah here:   The beginning: Hannah started gy...

Stellar Seniors - Kaitlyn Clark, Alabama

This week’s stellar senior is Alabama’s Kaitlyn Clark, a California native and former elite gymnast. Kaitlyn started competing all-around for the Crimson Tide in her senior year and is particularly strong on… well, pretty much every event. Kaitlyn came from Precision Gymnastics, where she was coached by Trent & Jill Spaulding. She was a member of the Senior National Team from 2009-2010 and finished tenth and ninth in the all-around at the 2009 and 2010 Senior National Championships, respectively. She also participated in sev...

From Fun to Full-Ride: Getting to Know Illini Freshman Becca Cuppy

For several years, gymnast Becca Cuppy simply loved gymnastics and lived for the moment. Once she got to level 9/10, she realized that she had a strong desire to compete in collegiate gymnastics and receive a full-ride scholarship. That dream came true, and now Cuppy is a freshman on the University of Illinois women’s gymnastics team with a full-ride scholarship. When she found out that she was being offered a full-ride, she was ecstatic, as it was something she worked towards for years. So far this season, Cuppy has only exhibitioned on...

Stellar Seniors - Samantha Peszek, UCLA

Our stellar senior this week is former Olympian and UCLA Bruin, Samantha Peszek. Sam is a Redshirt Senior this year, on account of her tearing her Achilles tendon in 2013 and being forced to sit out the season. Despite the injury, she has been a huge asset for UCLA over the years. Currently standing at second place in the national all-around rankings, Sam’s senior year seems to be her best yet. Sam grew up in Indiana and trained first at DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics with Peter Zhao, and then trained at Sharp’s Gymnastics Aca...

Top Ten Artistic Floor Routines of 2014

I honestly believe that the best floor routines are those that not only have high-flying tumbling passes, but connect with their audiences on an emotional level through expressive choreography and a well selected piece of music. I'm not ashamed to admit that there were international routines last year that even made me shed a tear due to their outstanding performance quality. Hence I have compiled a list (you can also check out my list from 2013) of my top ten floor routines of 2014. 10: Larisa Iordache - Romania - 2014 World Championships - Al...

Stellar Seniors - Erica Brewer, Oklahoma

This week, our stellar senior is Oklahoma Sooner, Erica Brewer. Erica is one of Oklahoma’s top all around gymnasts who has achieved huge scores for the team since her freshman season. Erica is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and trained at Champion Gymnastics under Tiffani Orem. She rose to prominence in Kentucky gymnastics, being an eight-time state champion and being named the 2009 Kentucky Gymnast of the Year. Erica also made a splash on the national stage, qualifying to the J.O. National Team and winning the beam championship on...

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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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