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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...

The Flip Side

The Flip Side

Jessica Macay

July 23, 2014, 8:55pm

A coach’s job is to motivate his or her athletes so that they can reach their full potential.  Gymnastics is no different.  However, gymnastics coaches never seem to receive the credit they deserve.  The difficulty of a coach’s job is often overlooked because of the difficulty of the sport.  A gymnastics coach has tons of things to do every day.  They have to plan each practice with their gymnasts’ progressions in mind.  They have to go through the physical labor of spotting.  They have to e...

Facts About Athletic Scholarships

~Full athletic scholarships cover tuition and fees, room, board and required course related books. Some student-athletes receive athletic scholarships covering only a portion of these costs. ~The sport of gymnastics at the Division 1 level are allowed to have 12 full athletic scholarships per team. They are usually separated into four year increments. ~The average value of a full scholarship at an in-state, public school is $15,000 a year. For an out of-state public school, the average value is $25,000 a year. Full athletic private school schol...

Top 10 Things Not to Ask a Gymnast

Top 10 Things Not to Ask a Gymnast Ask a gymnast any of these questions and you can be sure to get a McKayla Maroney "not impressed" face as a response.     1. Can you do a flip?    2. Are you going to the Olympics?  3. Are you flexible? 4. Why do you wear a swimsuit to practice?  5. Have you seen the movie Stick It?  6. Do you do cheerleading too?  7. Why do you wear gloves on the bars? 8. Why don’t girls do the rings?  9. How do you not get dizzy flipping around so much? 10. C...

Improving All-around Gold Chances

The prestigious award in any gymnastics competition is the individual all-around gold.  It is sought after because it demonstrates a gymnast’s ability to balance the grace and power of the sport. Every gymnast has a favorite event and conversely a least favorite event.  The least favorite event usually suffers because the lack of time and effort devoted to it.  However, to win the all-around gold, it is important to find ways to stay motivated when training on every event. For the more graceful gymnasts, vault and bars are...

Beams, Dreams, & Circus Themes

It isn’t news that young gymnasts train harder, stronger, and more hours than athletes of the same age in most other sports. It comes with the territory, and it comes with the love for the sport. While most little gymnasts have trouble deciding on which leotard they’re going to wear to practice, they somehow never ask questions about five hour practices or working through bloody hands, Sever’s, and Osgood Schlatter’s. When you are a little gymnast, the visualization of wearing your country's colors on an international p...

The Best 8 Year Old in the World?

This is 8 year old Sienna Robbinson of The Academy of Gymnastics Salcianu in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sienna Trains alongside Junior International Elite Gymnast, Maile O'Keefe, and HOPEs gymnast, Trista Goodman. Sienna soon hopes to qualify elite... But she isn't quite old enough yet. Sienna might have to wait awhile until she is olympic age eligible, but she still attends the developmental camps at the ranch. Even though she might be the youngest one at camp (and the smallest), Sienna has some huge skills for a tiny 8 year old!  Sienna's double...

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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...

Fall Then Get Back Up...(repeat)

Fall Then Get Back Up...(repeat)

Jill Fox

March 29, 2013, 11:49am

As gymnasts, we are taught at a very young age to get back up after a fall and keep going! As humans, it is natural to fall and get discouraged, and commonly, even to quit. Gymnastics is a tough sport. There is definitely a lot of room to fall on a daily basis. At practice, we are even taught how to fall properly. I remember while learning a Jaeger, getting yelled at over and over because I would put my elbows under me on the big cushy mat that would catch me. I was told to purposely not re-catch the bar and fall with my arms in front of me. I...

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