Here’s a terrific interview by Irina Stepantseva with our surprise European Vault Champion. After reading it, I’m suddenly a huge fan.

Maria Paseka

-I really want to go to a second Olympics. I suddenly have this totally crazy dream. One such dream has already come true: I wanted to win some kind of competition, so that I would stand on the podium in first place and they would play the Russian national anthem. It had never happened to me before! And today I stood on the podium and the anthem was playing. And that’s it; the next dream is the Olympics.

-And skip Worlds? That won’t work.

-Of course, I’ll have to win Worlds as well. But the Olympics is the coolest.


‘Perfect’ Body – video by Casey Ho

Cassey Ho, creator of Blogilates, has posted a Youtube video that will force you to think about yourself, your thoughts, comments and actions. The video has over 2 million views since it was posted one week ago. The “Perfect” Body makes quite a statement in two minutes. Casey is fit and toned but finds herself second guessing her body after reading negative social media comments. …

Hard Body

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

WHO will win NCAA Chamionships?

Most feel #1 Oklahoma is the team to beat.

The #1 ranked team wins Nationals 61% of the time.

No team ranked lower than #5 has ever won (in the last 17 years).

Fantasy Gym Blog – What the Numbers Say About NCAA Nationals

Road to Nationals
Road to Nationals

To get to the Super 6 Team Final, you must finish top 3 in one of the two Semifinals. A lot of pressure.

Balance Beam Situation – National Championship Preview Part 1: The Afternoon Semifinal of Horrors

Thursday, April 16: Practice Day. Three sessions: 10:30 a.m., 1:01 p.m. and 3:32 p.m. In the past it’s been open to the general public. I assume the same applies this year.

related – NCAA Pre-Championship Manual

Hailey Strole returns from brain tumour

16 year old Hailey Strole has overcome all odds. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor and undergoing multiple operations, she has returned to gymnastics and is committed to continuing her dream of competing. Her life is far from what many would consider normal, but Hailey’s positive outlook has gotten her through the darkest of times. Watch her inspiring story now.

Donate to the Texas Children’s Hospital.

This is the first Gymnastike post I’ve linked to in a long, long time. The boycott continues. But I made an exception for Hailey. She’s worth it. :-)

Thanks Jason.

Dove: Choose Beautiful

Sport can build self-confidence of girls and young women.

According to a study connected by Dove, most women (96%) said they wouldn’t choose the word beautiful to describe themselves — although about 80% said there is something beautiful about them.

Mashable – Powerful Dove experiment shows how women can choose to feel beautiful

Feeling beautiful is a personal choice women should feel empowered to make for themselves, every day. This new short film, Dove: Choose Beautiful, shot in 5 international cities (San Francisco, Shanghai, Delhi, London, São Paolo), takes a look at women around the world thinking about their own beauty.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

on success …

See it on instagram.

Gymnastics so much MORE than a sport

Here’s an excellent 10min film based on a real story. Inspirational.

“We Are Gymnasts” is the first segment of the 2012 TRC Gymnastics team banquet video.

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

Directed and Produced by XDP. All proceeds donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

(via Chalk Bucket forum)