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Stellar Seniors - Georgia Dabritz, Utah

This week, our Stellar Senior is Utah Ute Georgia Dabritz. Georgia competes all around for Utah and is currently ranked #1 in the all around standings for NCAA with a 39.600. Georgia is from Newburyport, Massachusetts and she previously trained at Ace Gymnastics under Laura Tebo. Before her collegiate days, Georgia was one of the most successful gymnasts in Massachusetts, earning her spot as the state all around, vault and beam champion in 2009, and again in 2011 (she also managed to gain the floor championship that year). She competed on the ...

Stellar Seniors - Kytra Hunter, Florida

To kick off our Stellar Seniors series, we’re taking a look at Florida gator Kytra Hunter. Kytra competes all-around for Florida and is arguably one of the most successful NCAA gymnasts in recent years. Before her collegiate days, Kytra was an elite gymnast who trained at Hill’s Gymnastics in Maryland under coach Kelli Hill, the same woman who coached Dominique Dawes. Her dominance on floor and vault started early - in 2008, she was the 2008 Junior Olympic Level 10 Senior Vault & Floor Exercise Champion (in addition to being All-Ar...

Elite Vaulting - the D-Score Explained

In our final installment on understanding the D-score in elite gymnastics, we are taking a look at the vault. The vault is unique in that the gymnast performs one move which accounts for the entire D-score. That being said, there are several different types of vaults that elite gymnasts can perform, in addition to a few rules that must be adhered to for vault finals on the international stage. First, it’s important to understand the five major vault groups, as defined by the Code of Points (CoP). Gymnasts competing in the vault finals at...

Crafting a Bars Routine: An Analysis of the D-Score

In the third part of our series on D-score analysis, we’re taking a look at uneven bars, historically one of the tougher events for American gymnasts to compete on the world stage. While floor exercise and balance beam had similar requirements in the makeup of the D-score, uneven bars is a whole different story. Indeed, routines on uneven bars happen so quickly that it can be tough as a spectator to catch each individual move. Below you’ll find a guide to calculating the D-score on uneven bars, including an illustration using Kyla ...

Why Some Choose Division III Gymnastics Teams

I was talking with one of my clients about her decision to comitt to a Division III gymnastics team and this is what made her decision easy. 1.  She wanted to be wanted: After all the years of doing the sport of gymnastics she wanted to be on a team where the coaches showed her that they really wanted her on their team. 2.  She wanted to compete: She could have walked on to a Division I school, but the odds of competing on more then one event were slim. She did not want to be an observer but a participator on a team. 3.  She wan...

Crafting a Floor Routine: An Analysis of the D-Score

In the second part of our series on D-score analysis, we’re taking a look at floor exercise, historically one of the toughest judged events in women’s elite gymnastics. A step here, a flexed foot there, and a gymnast can find herself with deductions adding up quite quickly. Consequently, it’s to the gymnast’s advantage to bump up her difficulty level as much as possible. Floor is actually similar to balance beam in the D-score makeup. Below I’ve explained all the details and the various ways a gymnast can increase ...

Crafting a Beam Routine - An Analysis of the D-score

To the outside world, Balance Beam is often seen as the hardest event in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. To non-gymnasts, even just walking on a 4-inch wide surface raised from the ground seems scary, nevermind actually performing dance and acrobatic skills on it. Gymnasts themselves get over the 4-inch wide part at an early age. At the elite level, there are much more important things for a gymnast to think about, such as whether her pause between skills was too long to count for bonus connection points, or if her split hit a full 180 degr...

What if my club coach does not plan to help in the recruiting process

Many parents often ask me if their daughter needs to have their coach involved in the recruiting process to find a college team. The answer is “no” but it sure helps! I like to look at the recruiting process as a team effort. The gymnast, parent, club coach and possibly myself. Everybody brings something a little different to the table, all of which are very important to enhance this very big decision. The gymnast has the desire and dream. The parents know their daughter best and contribute the reality of what is needed financially ...

Health Bites: Nutrition During Injury Recovery

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! ------------- Where there is exercise, there is surely injury. Nowhere is ...

If I Weren't A Gymnast...

If I Weren't A Gymnast...

Karen Psiaki

October 21, 2014, 5:27am

  Most gymnasts prefer to push the thought to the back of their minds, but the inevitable truth is there…. sooner or later, we all have to move on from our days in the chalk bucket and find new sports to keep us busy. For some, the choice is an easy, logical one, but others struggle to find that “next big thing” that will entertain them for years to come. If you’re in that boat right now or think you’ll find yourself there soon, then let us help you out in your quest! Here are some examples of sports for whi...

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Reflecting on Past National Championships: Part 1 - 2009

The US Senior Nationals is one of the most important competitions of the year for elite gymnasts. By this time, elites have perfected their routines enough to be at the start of their peak for the season. The goal: To impress Martha Karolyi sufficiently enough to be invited to subsequent National Team camps at the Texas ranch as a first step to making the World Championship team. In Olympic years, it is most exciting, as it’s the final competition before Olympic Trials, where only a select number of gymnasts qualify and are invited to co...

Rutgers Club Gymnastics

Rutgers Club Gymnastics

Jessica Macay

July 9, 2014, 7:22pm

The National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs (NAIGC) seems to be the unsung hero of college gymnastics.   According to the mission statement on naigc.net, the purpose of the program is to build a community that encompasses “sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, and fun.”  NAIGC is the ideal way to continue gymnastics without the collegiate level obligation. Pictured: 2013 Rutgers club gymnasts Photo by: Caity Britcher The club team at Rutgers University shares the values of NAIGC in their mission statem...

The Quit Factor

The Quit Factor

Jessica Macay

July 5, 2014, 7:49pm

Gymnastics is one of the toughest sports in the world.   Countless hours in the gym, sacrificing a social life, pushing your body to exhaustion, and for what?  To learn that sometimes even if you try your best, it still may not be good enough?  Gymnasts are taught to push themselves almost to their breaking point in order to attain the unattainable: perfection.  But what happens when a gymnast actually reaches his or her breaking point?  How do you know if it’s really time to throw in the towel? Every gymnas...

Collegiate Gymnastics Magnifies the Role of Teamwork

It is every young gymnasts dream to compete at the Olympic games.  Unluckily, the committee is only able to select six gymnasts to represent the United States.  The rest of the talented gymnasts will pursue a new goal.  Aspiring them to look into collegiate gymnastics.   USA Gymnastics is a program based on individual feats.  Gymnasts work their way up, level by level with a desire to win.  Constantly competing against their teammates in hopes of qualifying to a larger competition.  Your teammates are there f...

Liz McNabb's Elite Career and Friendship with Samantha Peszek

Whether fans realize it or not, there is a plethora of collegiate gymnasts who once competed as elites. Sure, gymnastics fanatics recognize gymnasts like Bridget Sloan from elite days due to the Olympics, but there are others who had a shorter and lesser known elite career. One of those gymnasts is Illinois senior Liz McNabb. McNabb was introduced to the sport through her brother who was taking classes to increase his upper body strength. After taking a few classes, she continued to ask her mom if she could go back again and again. Her first c...

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...

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