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If you could spend an entire day with someone - anyone….who would it be? A lost loved one? A pop icon? A historical figure?
Over the years, my answer to this question has changed many times, but recently, I feel certain I’d really enjoy spending an entire day with Valorie Kondos Field, Head Coach of UCLA Gymnastics. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have crossed paths with her for an hour, just before UCLA met with UW in competition. It was hard to quell the “fan-geek” in me with the excitement of the hotel lobby riddled with athlete’s parents proudly donning their UCLA gear. I might as well have been 16 again, in awe of everything UCLA.
By Carrie Spender, Tumbl Trak Educational Coordinator
Each USAG Region across the nation is gearing up for an exciting season finale. Qualifying scores are in. Sectional, State, Regional and National goals are close to being realized and the 2019 competitive season will be in the books. Tonight, as my 14-year-old daughter (gymnast), and I were chatting about the upcoming week, I was shocked to hear her say...
When Lauren Stevens was 11 years old she stopped DOING gymnastics but by no means was she DONE with gymnastics. No longer in the gym, she spent most of her time pouring over gymnastics stats, videos, archives, and events. She soaked up all that she could about gyms, coaches and athletes. Lauren realized that her passion for the sport continued to be intense and that she loved being “in the know.”
By: Samantha Peszek
I’m so excited to announce that I launched the second season of the I Have Cool Friends podcast. It’s been such an exciting journey for me. In season one, I had the privilege of interviewing my friends who are knowledgeable experts in the gymnastics space. We shared tips and tricks, memories of the national team and international meets, as well as inspiration on how to get 1% better each day. We hit some milestones that I’m really proud of such as getting more than 120,000 downloads, getting downloads in over 100 countries, and breaking into the charts as the number 1 podcast in the college and high school category for multiple weeks and breaking into the top 100 in the All Sports category. It’s been a whirlwind, but one that I’m looking forward to continuing.
By Al Fong
I created the Al Fong Spotting Blocks System because of the way I taught bar skills back in the early 1980’s. To spot releases like jaegers and reverse hechts, I moved my pommel horse under the uneven bars, put additional folding panel mats on top and hoisted my gymnasts onto my shoulder to flip them around to catch the bar, or threw them over the high bar.
By: Skyler Memmel, Central Michigan University Gymnast
As a child, I always had the dream of becoming a collegiate gymnast and I’m proud to say that my dream came true. I am a senior on the gymnastics team at Central Michigan University and I am so thankful to have had this opportunity. I have learned many life skills through the sport of gymnastics which have heightened since the time I became a freshman at CMU. Aside from the many benefits that come along with being a student athlete, the gymnastics team does a little something extra. We have a gymnastics school program that gives our team the opportunity to become coaches to kids around the Mount Pleasant area.