Jessie Graff at the Emmys

You’ve seen Jessie on American Ninja Warrior.

Click PLAY or watch her on TikTok.

Jessie started as a “fearless” competitive gymnast in Maryland.

At 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) she moved on to Pole Vaulting.

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promoting older female gymnasts

Nick Blanton:

… of 259 female competitors in the 2019 WC’s, the average age was 19.93. Since the inception of the open-ended code in 2006, the average age of female competitors has risen from 18.2 years of age in the 2005 WC’s, to 19.93 in 2019. From this comparison, federations could strategize what age to peak their athletes in contemporary high-performance gymnastics.

To put it simply, programs should be strategizing on how to support older female athletes. …

That’s just one conclusion from Nick’s new paper.

are Splits ‘square’ hips possible?

I’ve never seen an athlete who can do splits on floor with hips parallel.

BUT Rhythmic and contortionists do seem to be able to to get into positions that seem anatomically impossible.