Amanda retires from Gymnastics

The wonderful Amanda Castillo (one of my favourite former Florida Gators) reflects on her transition from the Gym to the real world.

MY LIFE AS I KNEW IT WAS OVER: RETIRING FROM THE SPORT THAT MANY DEFINED ME WITH AND MOVING ON

Amanda

I remember having a conversation with my dad. He told me that the world was now my gymnastics apparatus and I had to think that everyday is like practice and when something great happens it’s like sticking the landing. Let me tell you what…being a gymnast really set me up for life (or just being an athlete in general). Dedication, discipline, and determination have been instilled in me. I found the perfect man, my husband Thad, to be my teammate for life. …

Get Psyched has some good commentary on that article.

new College gymnasts this season

10. Polina Shchennikova, Michigan
9. Maddie Desch, Alabama
8. Sabrina Vega, Georgia
7. Rachel Gowey, Florida
6. Ruby Harrold, LSU
5. Amelia Hundley, Florida
4. MyKayla Skinner, Utah
3. Madison Kocian, UCLA
2. Kyla Ross, UCLA
1. Maggie Nichols, Oklahoma

NCAA Gymnastics: Top-10 freshmen to watch

Kyla Ross of the United States jumps from the balance beam as she competes in the women's team final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Kyla Ross of the United States jumps from the balance beam as she competes in the women’s team final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)