Marisa Dick press conference

Marisa and her mother flew to Trinidad from Rio to face the press.

… “I am really proud that T&T will be represented in the Olympics whether it’s myself or Thema. Gymnastics is a growing sport in T&T and the Olympics is the biggest event in sport. For T&T to be represented in the Olympics is just really exciting,” she said.

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press conference

On all the negative attention gymnastics has been getting in the media Dick added: “This is tough, it gets in your head. You have to focus on what is important …

She said Williams has supported her. “Yes she supported me in Rio and I supported her after Worlds. I was heartbroken that I would not be the one going to the Olympics but I was so supportive of her because it’s T&T that will be going to the Olympics it’s not myself or Thema it’s T&T. …

Guardian

Thema flew to Trinidad, as well. She has many supporters who’d like to see her reinstated as the Olympian for T&T. That’s impossible, however. If Marisa is unable to compete for any reason that spot will go to another nation.

Thema

via @GymCastic

love your Gymnastics Coach

Many coaches are feeling rotten a couple of weeks out of the Gym.

We’re worried our gymnasts are starting to forget about us. 😕

1. We work strange hours.

3. Yes we go to work in sweat pants.

10. We aren’t going to be rich

18 THINGS ANYONE WHO LOVES A GYMNASTICS COACH SHOULD KNOW

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how parents can keep Gymnastics FUN


1. Focus on improving skills and not on the result of the competition.

4. Remind your child how far she has come since she began the sport.

9. Don’t compare your child to teammates.

12. Build on the sports experience to create happy childhood memories.

Click through to <a href="https://annejosephson.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/12-ways-to-keep-gymnastics-fun-for-your-child/ ” target=”_blank”>Jag Gym Blog to read the rest.

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Kate Foster – Good Morning America

Kate Foster lost her leg to a leukemia-related infection when she was 12, but she didn’t let that stop her from becoming a competitive gymnast.

“I’ve never really found anything that I’ve loved more,” Foster, now 16, told ABC News. …

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Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

via Gymternet Clan

NY Times – Simone Biles article

JULIET MACUR:

… “I’m not thinking about being in the Olympics,” the gymnast, Simone Biles, said. “Well, at least I’m trying not to think about it.”

Biles is the best American gymnast since, well, probably ever. She is 4 feet 9 inches, with size 5 feet, but there’s an unfathomable amount of power packed into her petite package. …

Biles wrote her goals for 2016 in a leather-bound journal that Nike, her sponsor, gave her after she turned professional last summer. When we met in January, she let me leaf through the pages. There was not one mention of a gold medal anywhere. …

NY Times – For World’s Top Gymnast, a Body in Motion and a Mind at Rest

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The “Leyva”

Giant 1/1 to 1-rail.

Click PLAY or watch a great interview on 6 South Florida TV.

http://www.nbcmiami.com/portableplayer/?cmsID=367871781&videoID=EG3ssXsJM9ig&origin=nbcmiami.com&sec=news&subsec=local&width=600&height=360

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