Workout Wednesday with the CGA Elite Team
June 2011 Workout Wednesday - This week's gymnastics workout video features one of the top coaches and elite teams in the United States, Mary Lee Tracy and Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. Mary Lee's current team of elites is made up of USA Senior National team member Amanda Jetter, USA Junior National team member and 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Champion Lexie Priessman, 2009 World Vault Champion Kayla Williams, 2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup runner up and junior elite Amelia Hundley, and junior elite gymnast Brianna Brown. This workout was filmed towards the end of April as the girls focused on conditioning and upgrades before the 2011 elite gymnastics season. Amanda Jetter was coming back from an ankle injury suffered at her recent international assignment in Italy, but is expected to compete at the upcoming Classic meets along with all of her elite teammates. Watch for the Cincinnati Elite gymnasts to this summer at the 2011 Visa Championships in St. Paul, as each of them will be contenders for the 2011-2012 USA National Team. Kayla Williams will move to Tuscaloosa in the fall to begin her college gymnastics career and add even more depth to the defending NCAA Champions, the University of Alabama.
Workout Wednesday: Conditioning with the Cincinnati Gymnastics Elites
In this week's gymnastics workout video, coach Mary Lee Tracy of Cinicnnati Gymnastics Academy takes her elite gymnasts through a typical second workout of the day of their fine-tuning conditioning, primarily plyometric exercises. Lexie Priessman and Amelia Hundley are doing the bulk of the workout, getting ready for the elite season just a couple months away. Kayla Williams was in the heart of her season with the Region 5 Championships just a few days away so Williams was doing a modified version of the workout. US Senior National team member Amanda Jetter was overcoming an ankle injury so you can also see how they modified the workout for her. Stay tuned for part two of their afternoon training: Tracy's Uneven Bars Complex
Workout Wednesday with the Cincinnati Gymnastics TOPs Team
Today's gymnastics workout video gives you an inside look at how the future elites and gymnastics champions get started at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. This workout was filmed in mid-April as the young gymnasts prepare for their upcoming TOP testing and a chance to make the USA Gymnastics TOPs National Team. Past CGA TOPs National Team members include their current elite gymnasts Amanda Jetter, Lexie Priessman, Amelia Hundley, and many more throughout the years. Workout Wednesday with Mary Lee Tracy and the elite team coming soon. More about the TOPs program at CGA: Cincinnati Gymnastics offers the USAG ÃÂTOPS program to gifted athletes who train in their competitive program Levels 4-10. Each year they test the physical, emotional, and mental development of the athletes to make sure they provide the challenges and opportunities that they are ready for. In addition to their team practices, these athletes practice two other days to increase their strength and flexibility. Between June and August the gymnasts test physical abilities to qualify for the USA Gymnastics Diamond National Team (7-8 year olds) or a chance to test at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center for the opportunity to make the TOP National Team.
Workout Wednesday: Uneven Bars Complex with Mary Lee Tracy and the CGA Elites
Today's gymnastics workout video takes you inside an afternoon uneven bars workout at the well-known Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. This was the second workout of the day for the elite team. They trained skills and routines in the morning and for this workout Mary Lee Tracy coached them through her uneven bars complex which focuses on basics and trains proper form for pirouettes.
Technique Tuesday: Teaching Handstands to Young Gymnasts
In this week's gymnastics technique video, Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy TOPs team coach, Rachael Tracy, explains the various exercises they do to teach their young gymnasts proper form for the perfect handstand.
Meet the Elite: Lexie Priessman
Get to know US National team member Lexie Priessman of Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. Lexie was the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Champion. She qualified to the junior national team at the 2010 Visa Championships in Hartford, and recently competed in her first international assignment, the Jesolo Cup in Italy, where she helped Team USA to the gold medal and won the vault title. Lexie will be one to watch this summer at the 2011 Visa Championships in St. Paul.
Coach Mary Lee Tracy on the CGA Gymnasts Through the Years
Coach Mary Lee Tracy sprung onto the elite gymnastics scene in the early 90's with an up-and-coming Amanda Borden. In 1996, Mary Lee coached her first two gymnasts to the Olympic team, Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps. The girls went down in history as they became the first USA team to win the Olympic team title. After the success in 1996, Mary Lee established herself as one of the top elite gymnastics coaches in the United States and prospective Olympians flocked to her gym in Ohio. Mary Lee touched the lives of numerous elite gymnasts since that time, but as a young coach, these gymnasts also molded her. Mary Lee Tracy talks about the athletes throughout the years who taught her the biggest lessons.
Mary Lee Tracy, pt 1 - Starting with Nothing
*This was honored as Coach Interview of the Year in Gymnastike's Best of 2011 Video series* Mary Lee Tracy is one of the most well-known elite gymnastics coaches in the country, but how did she get to where she is? Mary Lee sat down with gymnastike to talk about her background: buying a gym at age 21, self educating herself, and eventually getting two gymnasts on the 1996 Olympic team in Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps. Click here to watch part 2 of the interview where Tracy talks about the 1996 Olympics
Mary Lee Tracy on her Current Elite Team
Elite gymnastics coach Mary Lee Tracy talks about her current team of elite gymnasts at Cincinnati Gymnastics and the outlook for each of them. Her elite team consists of: US Senior National team member Amanda Jetter, US Junior National team member and 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Champion Lexie Priessman, second year junior international elites Amelia Hundley and Brianna Brown, and 2009 World Vault Champion Kayla Williams who will start at the University of Alabama in the fall.
More to come with Mary Lee Tracy, including a look back at stories of her former gymnasts and a Workout Wednesday video with the CGA Elites.
Meet the Elite Amelia Hundley
Get to know juinor international elite gymnast Amelia Hundley. Amelia trains at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy under coach Mary Lee Tracy. This past weekend, Hundley placed 6th all around in the junior division of the 2011 CoverGirl Classic
Mary Lee Tracy, the Successor of Martha Karolyi?
USA Gymnastics women's National Team Coordinator, Martha Karolyi is set to retire after the 2012 Olympics. Mary Lee Tracy of Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy has consistently produced National team gymnasts and coached gymnasts onto Olympic teams as early as 1996 (Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps who helped team USA win the gold medal). We asked her if she would ever be interested in succeeding Martha Karolyi.
Mary Lee Tracy on Mental Training for Gymnasts
Elite gymnastics coach Mary Lee Tracy talk about the mental training she does with her athletes at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy and how she works through fear with her gymnasts.
Meet the Elite: Amanda Jetter
As a young gymnast, Amanda Jetter used to be nicknamed "Floppy" for her big feet but she's come a long way since. She was the 2007 Level 10 JO National Champion and went elite following her successful run at Junior Olympic gymnastics. Jetter is now one of the top elite gymnasts in America and is a member of the USA Senior National team. She has been training at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy under coach Mary Lee Tracy for nine years. About a month ago, Jetter verbally committed to the University of Alabama and she'll be going into her junior year of high school this year. Look for Amanda and her CGA teammates at this summer's CoverGirl Classic and Visa Championships.
Coach Mary Lee Tracy on a Typical Training Week for her Elite Gymnasts and Prepping for Visa Championships
You got to experience a typical day of training for the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy elite team through our Workout Wednesday video series, but what does a typical week look like? Head Coach Mary Lee Tracy breaks down a typical training week for her elite gymnasts and the plan for peaking them in time for the USA Visa Championships in August.
USA National Team Gymnast Amanda Jetter after her International Assignment in Italy
Amanda Jetter is a member of the USA Senior National team and trains at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy. Last month, she was selected to represent Team USA in Italy at the 2011 Jesolo Trophy international team competition. The Americans easily won the competition though Amanda was injured on vault, the final event. Amanda talks about the experience of the meet in Italy, and the status of her injury.
Mary Lee Tracy's Coaching Philosophy
Elite gymnastics coach Mary Lee Tracy of Cincinnati Gymnastics describes her coaching philosophy and how it has evolved since first entering the elite gymnastics world with future Olympians Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps.
USA Jr National Team Member Lexie Priessman after her First International Competition
Lexie Priessman is a member of the USA Gymnastics Junior National team. Last month she was selected to represent the US at an international competition in Italy, her very first international assignment. Lexie helped team USA to the team title and won the vault with her Amanar. Lexie talks about the experience of her first international competition.
Mary Lee Tracy's Coaching Highlights
Legendary elite gymnastics coach Mary Lee Tracy talks about her most proud moments in her coaching career from qualifying Amanda Borden and Jaycie Phelps to the gold medal winning Magnificent Seven Olympic gymnastics team to Lexie Priessman winning last year's Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, and everything in between.
Kayla Williams 2011 Floor Routine
Kayla Williams training her floor routine before the Region 5 Championships in her final year of club gymnastics before joining the University of Alabama team
Junior Elite Amelia Hundley on her Recent Training
Amelia Hundley is one to watch for this summer at the 2011 US Classic and the USA Championships in Minneapolis. Amelia trains at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy under coach Mary Lee Tracy and this will be her second season as a junior international elite gymnast.
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