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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...

John Geddert's Next Star

John Geddert's Next Star

Lauren Stevens

August 11, 2014, 4:00am

After being off the elite coaching scene for one year, John Geddert, coach of Olympic and World Champion, Jordyn Wieber, has a new elite coming on to the big scene. She is 12 years old, and her name is Delanie Harkness. Although this is only Delanie’s first year as an elite, she has gained a small fan base ever since the Beyond the Routine with John Geddert and Jordyn Wieber aired, starring Delanie in the episode: Geddert Finds His Next Elites. Geddert has many incredible upcoming level 9s and 10s but he says he definitely sees something...

Calling All 8th Graders

Calling All 8th Graders

Jill Hicks

August 4, 2014, 12:07pm

Now is the time to start thinking about the recruiting process. I know your thinking 8th grade......No way! With recruiting happening earlier then ever before it is important to become informed and begin your daughters recruiting journey. Most gymnast will not be making a decision about college until her high school years, but there is a lot you can do to lay a foundation that helps prepare her for what is ahead.  The key to the recruiting process is to plan ahead and start early. Each year of high school, beginning with freshman year, is ...

2014 Secret US Classic Highlights Part 2 - THE SENIORS

Known for featuring many elite debuts and breakout performances, the Secret US Classic acts as an exciting prelude to what is the biggest national meet of the year; US Championships. This weekend gymnastics fans flocked to the Sears Arena in Illinois to watch the competition unfold - and it was quite a spectacle.   THE SENIORS   Simone Biles of World Champion Gymnastics, who dominated the competition from start to finish, posted the highest score on vault. She performed two vaults; first, an Amanar where she displayed excellent form ...

2014 Secret US Classic Highlights Part 1 - THE JUNIORS

  Known for featuring many elite debuts and breakout performances, the Secret US Classic acts as an exciting prelude to what is the biggest national meet of the year; US Championships. This weekend gymnastics fans flocked to the Sears Arena in Illinois to watch the competition unfold - and it was quite a spectacle.   THE JUNIORS   The absence of reigning national champ Bailie Key left the junior title wide open.   On vault, Jordan Chiles from Naydenov achieved great amplitude on her double twisting yurchenko to score 14.900...

Beams, Dreams, & Circus Themes

Cirque Du Soleil originated in 1984 with a small group of street performers in the small town of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada. The group included Guy Laliberté, the founder of the company. Laliberté has now built an empire with close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from nearly 50 countries! Cirque Du Soleil has held productions in over forty countries and 300 cities on a total of six continents, and we currently have six shows touring under the Big Top, four shows touring in arenas, and nine residential ...

Back To the Basics

Back To the Basics

Jessica Macay

July 30, 2014, 10:16pm

Perfecting the gymnastics basics is vital to high-level gymnastics.  The trained eye can tell the difference between a competitive gymnast and a beginner gymnast, just by looking at their cartwheel.  Tight muscles and pointed toes are the key to making any skill look graceful and easy. There are a few basic skills that are the building blocks to more advanced skills.  Handstands, back handsprings, front handsprings, round offs, and kips, are the most important. One of my coaches would always say, “The girl with the best ha...

2014 Secret U.S. Classic Polls

The Secret Classic is coming up in about a week and we are excited to watch the competitors compete, some of them for the first time this season and some for the first time ever! Like us, you’re probably sitting watching routines from the 2013 season just to get your gymnastics fulfillment until the Secret Classic day arrives on August 2nd. So in the meantime to keep you busy, take some of these polls! Who do you think will win the senior title? Who do you think will win the junior title?   Which first year elite are you most excite...

10 Embarrassing Things Every Gymnast has Done

Below are 10 things every gymnast has experienced that are just plain embarrassing. Add your own in the comments section at the bottom!     1. Getting a huge wedgie during your routine   2. Forgetting to salute before or after your routine 3. Peeling off bars 4. Splitting the beam 5. Standing on the wrong podium place when they call you up for awards 6. Peeing yourself when you front tumble 7. Doing a great routine then tripping on a mat 8. Forgetting your routine in a meet 9. Nailing your beam series then falling off on dance o...

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Illinois's Erin Buchanan Reflects on Pink Meets and Winning State

Illini gymnasts Erin Buchanan & Heather Foley This Friday, the #17 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini look to face the Iowa Hawkeyes at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill. for their annual Pink Meet to raise breast cancer awareness. Because this is a Pink Meet, it hits home for Illinois freshman Erin Buchanan. Buchanan's mother is a breast cancer survivor. Her mother is her best friend and the person whom she is most proud of.  "My mom is my hero. These meets mean a lot to me. It's for a great cause and awesome that we are able to do it and support...

The Stars of Salcianu

The Stars of Salcianu

Lauren Stevens

November 23, 2013, 10:10pm

Salcianu Gymnastics and Dance may not have a handful of girls competing on the elite stage right now, but watch out because Salcianu has three up and coming elite gymnasts. One of their gymnasts: 11 year old Maile O’Keefe competed at the 2013 Secret Classic, she did not qualify to the P&G Championships, however nothing is stopping her from trying to qualify in this upcoming 2014 season. Training alongside Maile are gymnasts Lia Whitman and Sienna Robinson. These three girls are throwing huge, amazing skills for their age, and they manage ...

Sage Thompson: "Beaming" Into the Spotlight

If you follow gymnastics on the Gymternet, then perhaps you know about Sage. Sage is a level 10 gymnast from All American Gymnastics in Utah, she started at the age of six, and already, only four years later at the age of ten she is a level 10 gymnast. Sage is in the hopes of qualifying Hopes Pre-Elite, or even Junior Elite this upcoming 2014 season. Sage skipped levels 4 and 6, and at her first level 7 meet, she took 3rd place all around. 8 year old Sage at a Level 7 Competition If you have seen Sage’s videos you have probably noticed t...

Legends Born in All-Around Final

The Women's All Around Final at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium are just toinight and worldwide fans are counting down the hours until the start of the meet. The Americans dominated in the qualifications with Ross and Biles going 1-2. Simone Biles made every single event final and is the  first American to do so since Shannon Miller in 1993. If either girl wins, she will join the ranks of Chellsie Memmel, Shannon Miller and Bridget Sloan, three American women to win the all-around title in an Individual World Championship...

Peyton Ernst- America's Newest Sweetheart

First year senior Peyton Ernst has come from unknown junior to a standout on the senior national team and a contender for a spot on the World Championships team for the USA. The sixteen-year-old hails from the state of Texas where she trains with 1991 World All Around Champion, Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and her husband Chris at Texas Dreams. Peyton is one cool competitor in the arena. At the Secret Classic in July, Peyton took the second place title behind Fierce Five member, Kyla Ross. She finished fourth in the all-around at her first senior nati...

NCAA or Pro?

NCAA or Pro?

Maria Layton

September 12, 2013, 10:58pm

For many young athletes, success often means having agents and sponsors represent them and the tempation to go “pro” and get paid for their athletic success seems to be always tempting. But there is a “flip side” to that coin. Once an athlete accepts money for their sport, they forgo their NCAA eligibility for college scholarships. The cost of college is an ever growing concern for parents and many people cannot afford to pay for college in the United States without some form of financial aid. It's no secret that like ev...

2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships: My Favourite Moments

The 2013 P&G Championships women's competitions from the perspective of a 15-year-old British Gymnast The biggest national meet of the year for female elite gymnasts took place on August 15th and August 17th at the XL Center in Hartford. Competition was fierce as the athletes had to prove their consistency by hitting eight great routines rather than four, to earn the elusive accolade that is national champion.    The event got off to a disappointing start for me personally, and gymnasts alike, when Lexie Priessman of Cincinatti ...

Taking It To The Edge......It Is Education Not Failure

 "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."                                                         -- T.S. Elliot *********************************************************************************************************** At this competition she would unveil a signature skill on beam. She had worked tirelessly to learn the skill in practice and now it was time to add...

The Evolution of the Olympic Floor Routine

When watching the 2012 Olympics in London, one of the things that struck me was the insane difficulty scores that the gymnasts were posting, and how much more difficult the sport has become, even since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. It gave me an idea - compare the skills being competed then, to now.  I then had another thought. Why not take it even further! All the way back to 1968. I decided to look at floor routines specifically, in honour of it being exactly a year since Aly Raisman won floor gold in London. It was difficult to find fo...

My Favourite Routines - US Secret Classic 2013

On July 27th 2013, the USA's top female elite gymnasts filled the Sears Arena in Chicago for what was sure to be an exciting "warm up" competition before USA championships in a couple of weeks time. It was a chance for the gymnasts to try out new skills and size up their competition!   The junior meet showcased many elite debuts, most notably Norah Flatley of Chow's Gymnastics and Dance, who has since been dubbed "one to watch" after snatching the beam title from all around champ Bailie Key (2nd BB) and finishing 4th all around, just 3 ten...

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