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Excellence Conquered and To Be Continued

Pictured L-R: Sarah Patterson, Dana (Dobransky) Duckworth, Dee Foster Worley   Excellence Conquered and To Be Continued... by Dee Foster Worley   I first heard about it from a local reporter in my city.    Dee... Figure you knew this, but thought you might want to read the release.   I didn’t know.    I didn’t know that the two people who had been among the most instrumental contributors in my career as a gymnast (club and college), and as a person (during and after my gymnastics career) had ...

Jordyn Wieber Undecided on Return

Jordyn Wieber is still deciding about her return to competitive gymnastics. On Tuesday in an interview with WVOX Radio, Jordyn said “I’m still sort of deciding what I want to do at this point,”  via NBC Sports.   Jordyn just finished her freshman year at UCLA where she is also a manager for the gymnastics team. After turning pro, UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field offered Jordyn a manager position as a way to stay involved with the team even though she wouldn’t be able to compete.   When Jordyn’s ...

Mental Blocks

Mental Blocks

Jessica Macay

July 12, 2014, 10:37am

The book, Aristotle: The Politics and the Constitution of Athens, by Aristotle, translated by Dr Steven Everson, discusses gymnastics’ impact on the mind.  Aristotle discusses four areas of education: writing, gymnastics, music, and drawing. Why am I telling you this? Because the mental aspect of gymnastics is one of the most crucial…and even Aristotle knew that.    Mental Blocks are the most common set backs in the sport.  Sometimes they happen because of an injury but other times they happen for no apparent r...

How to make your emails stand out to college coaches

Most college coaches receive numerous emails each day from potential recruits. How can you make your email stand out and be read? *First of all, you can find the names and emails of all coaches in the staff directory of each athletic department website. *Focus on the key facts about yourself. Highlight something important in the subject line.   *Address the coach by name. They don’t want to receive an email that may be going out to several coaches. They want it to be personal to them. Stay away from “Dear Coach.” *Pr...

Around the World: Romanian and Australian Gymnastics

Okay, let’s get back to our research on international female competitive gymnastics systems. The focus for this installment will be on Romania and Australia. Let’s start with Romania! Pictured: Larisa Iordache   Romania If you’re old like me and watched major international competitions in the 1990’s and 2000’s, then you certainly know the myths and legends about Octavian Belu’s girls training and living together in Deva. To be honest, that’s the first thing I think of when I picture Romanian gymna...

Around the World: Canadian Gymnastics

Although elite gymnastics is governed internationally by the FIG, each country has its own system and structure for developing young gymnasts at lower levels. Growing up as a gymnast in the USA, I’ve always wondered how things work in other countries: what are the levels of competition, and what are they called? Are there age restrictions? Do the levels coincide with American equivalents, or are there big differences? In order to satisfy my curiosity, I spent some time learning about other national women’s gymnastics programs. What...

Don't let injuries stop your college recruiting process

Many of my clients have asked me what they should do when they are injured and did not get to complete or start their season. Of course injuries are never part of your plan, but you must remember injuries are a part of sports. College coaches deal with injuries all the time and you should not let this deter you from continuing or starting your college search. ~Be honest with college coaches: Coaches never want to be in the dark about injuries ~Keep communicating with coaches: Let them know what your rehab details are and what your plan is to st...

The Loveliest Leo of 2014 Euros

Pictured: Becky Downie courtesy of British Gymnastics Great Britain's flag leo won our poll for the loveliest leo of the 2014 European Championships with 44.63% of the votes. Aliya Mustfina's teal leo came in second with 24.37% of the votes. This leo shows country pride with the spirited design and the gorgeous display of colors and rhinestones blend effortlessly to create this fan favorite piece. Great Britain not only had success in our leo poll, but they had an outstanding showing in the competition itself. The team won their first ever jun...

Why I do what I do

Why I do what I do

Jill Hicks

June 18, 2014, 11:20am

Three years ago I began an advising business to help parents and gymnast through the recruiting process. I have felt very blessed to be doing what I love. My work has never felt like a job. When I was 17, I received a full scholarship to compete for the women’s gymnastics team at Oregon State University. I was an Elite gymnast and never dreamed college gymnastics could be such an amazing opportunity. After tearing the ligaments in my knee, I quickly went from athlete to coach. Staying on a scholarship at OSU and coaching my peers was the ...

Is the Thrill Gone?

Is the Thrill Gone?

June 8, 2014, 1:00am

Is the Thrill Gone?  by Dee Foster     Collegiate level gymnasts should consider this post a personal challenge. Every fan of the sport should consider this post a tough-love commentary by an observing has-been who’s been retired for longer than I care to mention.   Being an 80s USA National Team Member, ’88 Olympic Trials qualifier (couldn’t compete due to injury) and a 90s collegiate gymnast, I realize I’m a relic of sorts in the sport. I come from the generation of USA national team members and Ol...

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If Day 1 of Nationals was Team Finals.

For the best score, the combination of Wieber, Douglas, Raisman, Ross, and Maroney. V: Maroney, Wieber, Raisman (47.225) UB: Ross, Douglas, Wieber (46.000) BB: Raisman, Ross, Douglas (45.1) FX: Raisman, Wieber, Douglas (45.75) Overall score: 184.075 A team with Finnegan (replacing Douglas on beam) instead of Maroney (who Douglas would take place of) would have scored .25 lower.

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My Olympic team after the 2012 Secret US Classic

Based on this competition my 5 for London are: Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Nastia Liukin, Kyla Ross. Vault: Wieber, Raisman, Ross/Douglas Uneven Bars: Liukin, Douglas, Wieber/Ross Balance Beam: Raisman, Wieber, Liukin Floor: Raisman, Wieber, Douglas/Ross Kyla Ross can be replaced by: Anna Li (UB) or McKayla Maroney (V, FX?) If my original team goes through, the alternates would be Finnegan, Maroney, and Price. CAN'T WAIT FOR VISAS! What are your teams looking like?

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