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Top Ten Gymnasts with Tattoos

10. Bridget Sloan's Olympic tattoo with Beijing written in chinese. Many of us might not know that she has this hidden, discreet tattoo on her lower right side of her back. 9. Marcel Nguyen from Germany decided to out do everyone and go all out with tattoos... 8. Italy's Vanessa Ferrari went with a pretty ankle piece. 7. Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland shows some creativity around her Olympics tattoo. 6. Alicia Sacramone can pull off anything, anywhere, big or small. 5. Eleftherios Kosmidis from Greece has his forearms tattooed with his Wor...

Health Bites: Body Image and Disordered Eating

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! -------------   There’s a logical place to start the discussion...

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...

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