parenting a young athlete

Rachel Doherty posted an excellent article. It includes some tough facts. And this interesting graphic.


1. Having an athlete is expensive

2. Sport is a selfish beast

5. There are far more hard days than podium moments

9. It has to be their dream, not yours

10 things I’ve learned about parenting a young athlete

Click through to read the rest.

Happy Gym Mom day

Celebrate the unpaid chauffeurs today! 🙂


“I’d absolutely not be where I am without my mom – from the hundreds of thousands of trips to and from the gym, to enabling me to get to the competitions; from wiping my tears and encouraging me, whether for an exam or for sports… she’s always been there for me and been my strength.”

Olympic Champion Rosie MacLennan and her Mom
Olympic Champion Rosie MacLennan and her Mom

Gym Mom of the year

Mary Lou Retton 🙂

If you want to see Mary Lou Retton in person on an average weekend in 2016, you can find her in the same place you might have found her in 1984: at a gymnastics meet. Still under 5 feet tall, same megawatt smile, slightly updated haircut.

But, of course, the 1984 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion is not doing flips on the balance beam anymore. And after retiring from competition, she didn’t take the same routes as other gymnastics superstars–she didn’t take up coaching like 1992 Olympian Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, try her hand at judging like 2008 Olympian Chellsie Memmel or have a career as a commentator like 2008 Olympic champion Nastia Liukin.

Retton is just cheering, enjoying life in the stands as the mother of four daughters, all of whom are involved in gymnastics. …

NBC Olympics

related – Watch How Olympic Gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles Celebrate Mother’s Day

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.

press conference
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. …


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.


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



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=" ” target=”_blank”>Jag Gym Blog to read the rest.

tramp girls photo

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. …


Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

via Gymternet Clan