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Smells Like Men's Team Spirit

Smells Like Men's Team Spirit

Karen Psiaki

September 6, 2014, 4:52am

As a former female gymnast, I absolutely love watching elite women’s gymnastics whenever I can. I’m enthralled by the newest skills and combinations being performed, the excitement in the arena , and (I’m not ashamed to admit) the gorgeous leotards. It’s my favorite hobby, hands down! But if I’m being honest, I almost prefer watching the men compete more than the women. I may not know all of the skill names or understand every detail of the scoring like I do on the female side, and the leotards certainly aren&rsqu...

Floor Choreography For The College Recruit

I have a lot of club gymnasts and parents ask me what they should consider when putting their floor routines together to be recruited. Below are a few of the items I try to emphasize:   Music: Be sure it fits your personality. You should LOVE your music!  Unique music is hard to find, but always a plus! If you use slow music, be sure you have the dance background to enhance this.  You don’t want to get lost in the crowd. Often strong beats or unique catchy music attracts the coaches. Performance: College is much different t...

Top Floor Performances - 2014 P&G Championships

It is always such a pleasure to watch a floor routine that displays a combination of not only difficult, well-executed tumbling, but also attention to detail with regards choreography. All too often, in my opinion, gymnasts and coaches are so preoccupied with packing in the difficulty, that dance becomes a random arm movement here and there, simply to fulfil the requirement. At the recent P&G Championships, particularly on Day 2, there were six floor routines that caught my eye for their performance quality.   1: Macy Toronjo - Texas Drea...

Are Gymnasts The World's Youngest Retirees?

Anyone who is involved in the gymnastics world as an athlete, coach, or fan is well aware of the sad but unavoidable fact that gymnastics is NOT a lifetime sport. As beautiful and entrancing as it looks when performed well, gymnastics is no easy feat for the muscles, joints, and bones being abused on a daily basis… not to mention the mental tolls of day-in, day-out training! It’s just not sustainable.   As a result, there comes a time in every gymnast’s life when he or she has to make the difficult decision to hang up t...

10 Signs You Are an Ex- Gymnast

  1. You still have all of your leotards. And a couple pairs of grips too.   2. You can still throw a back handspring when you want to.   3. You call the girls who are on the team now "my teammates," even if you were never actually on the team at the same time. 4. When someone talks about going to the “gym” you still think of a gymnastics gym. 5. You get way too excited when you see gymnastics on TV because it hardly ever happens. 6. When people talk about all the things they did in high school you just think of the ...

THE FLIP SIDE OF RECRUITING

THE FLIP SIDE OF RECRUITING

Jill Hicks

August 20, 2014, 10:28pm

When you think of recruiting, you often think of the athlete, but what is it like for the college coach? They are also going through the recruiting process, just in a little different way. Year after year there is another new batch of gymnasts to scout and recruit to each college team. The “recruiting game” as it is sometimes called can be exciting and exhausting for the college coach too. The college coach spends many hours viewing videos, responding to emails and narrowing down which gymnasts to pursue. Once this has been done the...

Gymnast Turned Crossfitter

Gymnast Turned Crossfitter

Jessica Macay

August 20, 2014, 4:20pm

Photo Source: Michael P. Murphy Maureen Grady is one of the many gymnasts who felt the athletic itch after quitting.  As a level 10 gymnast, she trained with great success at Richmond Olympiad. Rating 23rd nationally by USA Gymnastics, Maureen moved on to train with the Ohio State team. Unfortunately, getting sick her Freshman year lead to her retirement.  But as many ex-gymnasts know, it’s not easy to stop something that has been part of your life for so many years.  Maureen desired a new sport that would challe...

Meet the Athletes of the 2014 YOG: Part 3

We’ve looked at some of the strongest female competitors for the Youth Olympics, so it’s time to switch gears and focus on the men of the Games. Pictured: Alec Yoder   Alec Yoder—USA   Alec will serve as the lone representative for Team USA in artistic gymnastics, unlike many countries that send both a male and female competitor. He is coming off of a successful spring filled with several international assignments. He will be in the hunt for medals in Nanjing, especially on pommel horse where he has won both nationa...

Meet the Athletes of the 2014 YOG: Part 2

As the Youth Olympic Games draw closer each day, let’s continue our look at some of the top athletes competing in Nanjing. Pictured: Ellie Downie Elissa “Ellie” Downie—Great Britain We’ve seen quite a bit of excellent gymnastics from both Ellie and her older sister Becky in the past year, especially at the 2014 European Championships in Sofia. Ellie was part of the historic silver-winning junior team and made history again with her bronze in the individual all-around, which was the first ever for a Briti...

Meet the Athletes of the 2014 YOG: Part 1

With the 2014 Youth Olympic Games starting this week and artistic gymnastics beginning on Sunday, August 17th, we will be taking some time to get to know the athletes competing in the Games. Each country is eligible to send one female and one male gymnast between the ages of 15 and 18 years, though some have chosen to send only one athlete. Team USA will not be represented on the women’s side because the Youth Olympic Games conflict with the P&G National Championships; however, Alec Yoder will represent the USA on the men’s side. W...

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Will Gabby Douglas win a third gold medal?

Will Douglas win a third medal in London? A hot topic that has surfaced from the London 2012 Olympics is the consistency that USA team member Gabby Douglas has shown on the balance beam. Her performances have led her to become a beam finalist competing on Tuesday against beam queens such as Catalina Ponor the 2004 Olympic Champion, Aly Rasiman who won the beam title at Olympic Trials and Sui Lu of China who is the reigning World Champion on the event. The remaining question is, can Douglas stay consistent in the finals and surpass one of these ...

Tissot Touch

Tissot Touch

WuMengjie Jane

August 4, 2012, 4:35am

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Ash sandal

WuMengjie Jane

July 30, 2012, 8:45pm

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Add Value to Your Gift with Lucrative Chocolate Boxes

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How Slimline Poly Tanks Are Useful?

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While Buying Wholesale Apparel and Wholesale Socks

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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.

Know About Colorbond Cladding Profiles

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Save Money With The Victoria Rain Water Tank Rebate Program

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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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