American success story – Chris Young

The USA is the greatest nation in the world. But gets plenty of criticism too. It’s a big target.

Good things don’t tend to get as much press as bad stories. Here’s a good story. :-)

1999 USA World Championships Team Member Chris Young credits his first coach, Bob Kohut, with shaping his gymnastics career. And his life.

It’s been 15 years since Chris Young retired from competitive gymnastics. Nevertheless, the inspiring story of how he overcame long odds to become a world-class gymnast never gets old.

Young, who was born and raised in Winston-Salem, was introduced to the sport by Big Brother/Big Sisters volunteer Ron Brown. Initially, the sport seemed to be an odd fit for a black youngster who didn’t grow up in the suburbs. …

Former world-class gymnast Chris Young continues to pay it forward

Click PLAY or watch a fluff piece on YouTube.

Today Chris is a coach and co-owner of Flip Force Gymnastics.

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Rebeca Andrade – “2016 is my dream”

Rebeca is out for the coming year with an ACL injury. It’s possible she could still compete the Rio Olympics. Let’s hope it happens.

She’s with Dr. Caio D’Elia, the same surgeon who repaired Sergio Sasaki’s ACL earlier this year.

Click PLAY or watch a career montage on YouTube.

via GymFever2012

Lauren Mitchell ACL

Lauren Mitchell’s hopes of competing at a third Olympics at Rio next year appear to be over.

And the star WA gymnast’s glittering international career may well have ended a few weeks short of her 24th birthday …

Mitchell had been due to head to South Korea with Australian teammates — Georgia-Rose Brown, Emma Nedov and Mary-Anne Monckton — for the 2015 World Universiade yesterday.

It is understood Mitchell was working on her floor routine when she landed awkwardly, causing a suspected rupture of her anterior cruciate ligament. …


Lauren Mitchell
Lauren Mitchell

related – Arabian Punch Front – Gymnastics Injuries Apr-Jun

The list consists of national team members that have had some injury that keeps them out of competition. …

This is a dangerous sport. :-(

Happy Canada Day

In commemoration, here are a few Canadian Olympians you might know.

Canadian Women's Gymnastics Team

Ellie Peng

Kyle Shewfelt 2013

Youth Olympic Games medal

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Rebecca Andrade ACL injury


Photo: Ricardo Bufolin
Photo: Ricardo Bufolin
Rebecca Andrade suffered a knee injury last Saturday. She ruptured the anterior cruciate ligaments and is out of all competitions for at least the next 8 months.

She’s the top Brazilian gymnast. This certainly hurts their chance to qualify a full team to the Rio Olympics. Recall that Brazil won the 12th and final team spot for the London Olympics with a miracle qualifier.

Rebeca was replaced at the last Youth Olympic Games because of a foot injury.

via Gym Blog Brazil (Portuguese)