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Improving All-around Gold Chances

The prestigious award in any gymnastics competition is the individual all-around gold.  It is sought after because it demonstrates a gymnast’s ability to balance the grace and power of the sport. Every gymnast has a favorite event and conversely a least favorite event.  The least favorite event usually suffers because the lack of time and effort devoted to it.  However, to win the all-around gold, it is important to find ways to stay motivated when training on every event. For the more graceful gymnasts, vault and bars are...

Beams, Dreams, & Circus Themes

It isn’t news that young gymnasts train harder, stronger, and more hours than athletes of the same age in most other sports. It comes with the territory, and it comes with the love for the sport. While most little gymnasts have trouble deciding on which leotard they’re going to wear to practice, they somehow never ask questions about five hour practices or working through bloody hands, Sever’s, and Osgood Schlatter’s. When you are a little gymnast, the visualization of wearing your country's colors on an international p...

The Best 8 Year Old in the World?

This is 8 year old Sienna Robbinson of The Academy of Gymnastics Salcianu in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sienna Trains alongside Junior International Elite Gymnast, Maile O'Keefe, and HOPEs gymnast, Trista Goodman. Sienna soon hopes to qualify elite... But she isn't quite old enough yet. Sienna might have to wait awhile until she is olympic age eligible, but she still attends the developmental camps at the ranch. Even though she might be the youngest one at camp (and the smallest), Sienna has some huge skills for a tiny 8 year old!  Sienna's double...

Towson alumna Kacy Catanzaro makes history on American Ninja Warrior

Kacy Catanzaro competed with Towson gymnastics for the 2009-2012 seasons.  The gymnastics alumna displayed her athletic talents by earning the titles of NCAA Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year and the ECAC Gymnast of the Year during her collegiate career.  Now, she displays her athletic talent in a new way, on NBC’s obstacle course show, American Ninja Warrior.  With her successful gymnastics career behind her, Catanzaro set her mind to a new goal and started training to become the first female American Ninja Warrior. ...

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...

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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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