Interview with Maryland's oldest competing gymnast - 42-year-old Level 9, Tina Wise of First Class
Inspirational interview with Tina Wise, Maryland's oldest competing gymnast. Tina, a former elite, was injured and had to stop gymnastics at age 14. She returned to the sport in her late 20s. Today at 42 - two young kids, an ACL surgery, and many years later - Tina continues to compete in Maryland as part of First Class' Level 9 team, against kids more than half her age. Hear about Tina's very much in-progress journey through gymnastics, how she learned brand new skills when she made her comeback, how she deals with injuries and other setbacks, her training schedule, and what keeps her going decades after most gymnasts have long since retired their grips. Watch more videos with Tina Wise
Blooper - Jarel switch leap fall on beam
Jarel of Gymkana has a little mishap while demonstrating his switch leap after his exhibition routine at the adult gymnastics meet at Capital in Burke, VA on October 1, 2011. Luckily, Jarel was just fine despite his unfortunate landing!
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Gymkana (Jarel) - exhibition
Watch Jarel's exhibition beam routine at the adult meet at Capital in Burke, VA on 10/1/11. Jarel's routine features a standing layout and a tucked full dismount! Jarel is part of University of Maryland's famous Gymkana troupe, which went to the semi finals on America's Got Talent during the summer of 2011.
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42-year-old gymnast Tina Wise competing beam during the October 2011 adult gymnastics meet hosted by Capital Gymnastics in Virginia
Post-adult meet interview - Tracey, Meredith, Laura, Danielle, and Lucille of Upper Merion's competitive adult
Five members of the unique competitive adult team at Upper Merion in Pennsylvania talk about their experience at the adult meet at Capital Gymnastics in Burke, VA on October 1, 2011. Learn about the team's trip from PA to VA for the meet, their performance, what it was like to compete against adults after normally competing against kids, whom they'd pick as MVP, and much more!
Interview with former Honduras national team member, Melvin Sanchez
Meet the delightful Melvin Sanchez, a former 6-year member of Honduras' national team. Find out how Melvin did at the adult meet at Capital in Burke, VA on October 1, 2011, with very little training, and hear about his Cirque du Soleil audition. Melvin also answers the burning question of "what is aerobic gymnastics?" Melvin participated in this sport after his time in artistic gymnastics.
Post-adult meet interview - Becky Caplan, coach of Upper Merion adult competitive team
Coach Becky Caplan talks about the unique competitive adult team program at Upper Merion in Pennsylvania. This team of approximately 10 women ranging in ages from early 20s to well into their 40s, competes in three levels of Prep Op throughout Pennsylvania. Because this is, to our knowledge, the only team of its kind in PA (and likely far beyond), they compete against kids who are often half their age. Skill levels on the team range from beginners to experienced gymnasts, and everyone has a great time.
Post-adult meet interview - Yukiko Inaba of Capital, the oldest and wisest gymnast in the adult
Meet the remarkable Yukiko, who you would never guess was the oldest and wisest competitor at the adult gymnastics meet at Capital in Burke, VA on October 1, 2011. Yukiko began gymnastics as an adult in Japan. Find out her secrets to staying young and in such amazing shape!
Post-adult meet interview - Ivonne, Michelle, Lisa, and Coach Phillip of Hill's (part 1)
Meet the adult gymnasts from Hill's who competed in the adult meet at Capital Gymnastics in Burke, VA on October 1. This was the first meet for two of these athletes, and the first meet in a very long time for the third. One is the mother of 13-year-old triplets, one of whom is a gymnast. She started gymnastics just a year and a half ago, in her 40s. Check out part 2 of this interview, too. Great job!
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Special Olympics Exhibition Floor Routine at the Adult Meet at Capital, Burke, VA, 10/1/11
Eve, a competitor in the Special Olympics, performs her exhibition floor routine before the start of the adult gymnastics meet at Capital in Burke, VA on October 1, 2011. All profits from the meet and a pre-meet fundraiser were donated to the Special Olympics of Virginia.
Post-adult meet interview - Maddie Lu of Shield's
Get to know Maddie of Shield's Gymnastics in New Jersey. Maddie, a former dinosaur at Capital in Burke, VA, returned to her old stomping ground to participate in her first ever adult meet. Despite missing most of warm-ups because of traffic, Maddie did a fabulous job. Learn how Maddie got her start in gymnastics, and hear her favorite things about the sport.
Post-adult meet interview - Jarel, Joe, and Caitlin of Gymkana
Get to know Jarel, Joe, and Caitlin, of the University of Maryland's famous Gymkana troupe, an exhibition gymnastics/acrobatics troupe. Over the summer, Gymkana made it to the semi finals on America's Got Talent. Incredibly, Jarel and Joe just started gymnastics a few years ago, but they are doing advanced, high-flying skills. Learn about how these gymnasts got their start in gymnastics, and hear them talk about their favorite skills, including Jarel's gainer layout on beam!
Post-adult meet interview - Kyle of First Class
Meet Kyle of First Class Gymnastics in Annapolis, MD and hear about his experience at the adult meet at Capital Gymnastics in Burke, VA. Little known fact: Kyle took the LSAT the morning of the meet, and decided just a few hours before the meet that he would compete. On this whim, he drove from Annapolis to Burke, VA, and did a great job with lots of preparation for analogies and reading comprehension, but very little preparation for back flips and twists. Great work, Kyle!
Handstand contest 2 (no walking)
Catch the excitement of the second post-meet handstand contest after the adult meet at Capital in Burke, VA on October 1, 2011. Like the other handstand contests, this one included the adult competitors and many child volunteers and fans. Although this contest had strict no-walking rules, some people appear to have missed that memo...can you spot the handstand contest cheaters?!
Post-adult meet interview - Ivonne, Michelle, Lisa, and Coach Phillip of Hill's (part 2)
Part 2 of the post-adult meet interview with the adult gymnasts and coach from Hill's in Maryland. Hear about the gymnasts' take on being in gymnastics along with their children, and much more!
March-in and intros
In case you missed it in person, now you can experience (or re-live) the excitement of march-in at the adult meet at Capital Gymnastics in Burke, VA on October 1, 2011. Meet the gymnasts as they are introduced for this fun meet, and enjoy Eye of the Tiger in the background.