Ballet star – Misty Copeland

Nadia:

… When I competed in the 1976 Olympics, no one thought that a 14-year-old from a place people couldn’t find on a map could contend.

Misty proves that success is not about how you grow up or the color of your skin. Her story—of overcoming personal and physical challenges to become a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre—is the story of someone who followed her dreams and refused to give up. In that way, she is a model for all young girls. …

TIME – 100 Most Influential People – Misty Copeland

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via @BartConner

Nastia & Derek – Tango

Week 6 (4-20-15)

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Nastia and Derek advance to week seven on Dancing with the Stars

Nina McGee – Floor

LSU’s Lloimincia Hall went O.B. on her last tumbling pass. Out of the Floor Final yet again. One of the most talked about Floor routines over the past 4 years never qualified to an NCAA Final :-(

Happily Nina McGee from Denver is in. I’d love to see her win. College Floor is all about audience appeal. Nina’s routine, like Mincie’s, is impossible not to watch. And Nina’s double layout is even better.

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YouTube doesn’t reveal how well Nina relates to the crowd. NCAA Floor you must see in person to appreciate.

… finished with an all-around score of 39.375 … 11th overall, earning her Second-Team All-American honors. Her final tally is the highest ever for a Denver gymnast at the NCAA National Championships …

“We can’t be any more proud of Nina,” said head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart. “She hit four for four in her very first NCAA appearance, and we’re so pleased that she’s an all-around All-American.

Pioneers

(via College Gymnastics Boardmore videos)

Catherine Lyons montage

LOVxxE :-) the attention to detail. Beautiful movement.

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It’s impossible to judge artistry. But you know it when you see it.

Nastia & Derek – Jazz

Wow. Fantastic. :-)

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best 15yr-old ballet dancer in the world?

Gisele Bethea from Arizona

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Claire Martin – Floor

Coach Janna Ball mentioned how much she appreciated Claire’s artistry and choreography at Jesolo. So I searched YouTube.

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What is a typical day like?

I get up around 7h and get ready to first go to class from 7h45 to 9h40, then go to gym from 10h to 13h. After that I have break to have lunch and rest. I go back to class from 14h15 until 16h15, and gym from 16h30 to 19h30. At night I do my homework and relax from the day. …

Do you feel more pressure with a European Championships organized in France, with the French audience?

We feel more pressure competing at a European Championships in France, but we are also proud to represent our country in front of our public. It gives us strength, and it also stresses us out, but in a positive way. …

European Championships interview

related – Gymnastics Wikia – Claire Martin