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Global Guys: Athletes to Watch at the 2014 World Championships

As promised, here is the second installment of “Who to Watch” at the 2014 World Championships! Of course we have to start by mentioning the reigning royalty of men’s gymnastics, Kohei Uchimura (JPN), who is the favorite to win the all-around for a 5th time straight. We’ve also seen a lot of the US men lately, especially repeat US national champion Sam Mikulak, who will be looking to earn the AA medal that he missed in 2013. But there are many other fantastic gymnastics from around the globe coming to compete in Nanning,...

The Queen of Worlds Alicia Sacramone

In anticipation for the upcoming World Championships in China, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at one of the USA’s most successful elite gymnasts - Alicia Sacramone. After collecting her tenth World Championship medal in 2011, Alicia became the most decorated US gymnast in the history of the World Championships. Part of Alicia’s success at Worlds can be attributed to her being named to a total of five USA teams. Below are some highlights from Alicia’s past performances on the World Championship stage. 2005 - Me...

Athletes to Watch: 2014 World Championships

As we move closer to the World Championships in Nanning, China, the excitement and tension are building all around the world! We’ve already taken a look at some of the top female contenders, including Aliya Mustafina (RUS), Yao Jinnan (CHN), and of course 2013 gold and silver AA medalists Simone Biles and Kyla Ross (USA). But there are many other noteworthy gymnasts from different countries, and we’d like to take a moment to highlight a few of them here! We'll review the men's field later this week.   Larisa Iordache (ROU): Io...

Health Bites: Timing Is Everything

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! ------------- Who here has ever eaten a meal or a snack in the car while r...

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...

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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...

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 ...

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