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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Team USA earned seven medals in Anaheim at the 2003 World Championships, the second most in U.S. history. The medals included women's team gold, men's team silver, all-around gold for Paul Harnm, all-around silver for Carly Patterson, floor exercise gold for Harnm, and uneven bars golds for Chellsie Memmel and Hollie Vise. The team total of five golds is the most for the U.S. in World Championships history!

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PAN AMERICAN GAMES The U.S. athletes won a total of 21 medals, including 11 gold, at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in men's, women's, and rhythmic gymnastics. The women's team earned the gold and Chellsie Memmel and Nastia Liukin finished first and second all-around. The men's team earned the bronze medal and David Durante won the all-around silver. Mary Sanders and Olga Karmansky finished 1-2 in the rhythmic allaround competition.

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USA GYMNASTICS EXECUTIVE COMMlnEE CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Bob Colorossi; VICE CHAIR WOMEN: Tom Koll; VICE CHAIR MEN: Yoichi Tomita; VICE CHAIR RHYTHMIC: Andrea Schmid, VJ(E CHAIR TRAMPOUN~ Poul Porillo; VICE CHAIR & FIG TECHNiCAl COMMlffiE SPORTS ACRO: Tonyo Case-Patterson; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; TREASURER: Bob Wood; FIG EXECUTIVE COMMlffi~ Joy Ashmore, Ron Froehlich. FIG MEN'S TECHNICAL COMMmEE: George Becksteod; FIG TRAMPOLINE AND TUMBLING TECHNiCAl COMMlffiE: Pot Henderson; FIG WOMEN'S TECHNiCAl COMMmE~ Jackie Fie; AT LARGE MEMBERS: Steve Butcher, Poul Spodoro; ATHLETE DlREGORS: Lorisso Fontaine, John Roethlisberger, Vonesso Vonder Piuym, Karl Heger; USOC ATHLETE DIREGOR: Dominick Minicuco.

TRAMPOLINE & TUMBLING NAnONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS The 2003 Trampoline & Tumbling National Championships combined the power and excellence of elite athletes with the energy and enthusiasm of the Junior Olympic levels for a week of intense competition, July 12-21 in Sacramento, Calif. Jennifer Parilla and Ryan Weston once again took gold in women's and men's trampoline!

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FREEDOM CUP Teams from Germany, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, and Puerto Rico came to partake in the inaugural Freedom Cup event held July 31-August 3. The U.s. athletes finished the competition with 38 medals, including 18 gold, in three competitive age categories.

USA GYMNASTICS BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR: Ron Froehlich; PRESIDENT: Bob Colorossi; PRESIDENT EMERITUS: Sondy Knopp, Mike Donohue; TREASURER: Bob Wood; SECRETARY: Gory Anderson; PUBLIC SEGOR: Bill Hybl, Bob Wood; AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION: Mike Stonner; AMERICAN SOKOL ORGANIZATION: Jerry Milan; AMERICAN TURNERS: Beny Heppner; COLLEGE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION-MEN: Fronds Allen; NATIONAL ASSOOATION OF COLLEGIATE COACHES-WOMEN: Mike Jocki; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIRLS ANO WOMEN IN SPORT: Monlyn Strawbndge; NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN'S GYMNASTJ(S JUOGES: Carole Ide; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETJ( ASSOOATION-MEN: Lou Burkel; NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOOATIONS: Suson True; NATIONAL GYMNASTICS JUDGES ASSOCIATION-MEN: Butch Zunich; NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOCIATION: Todd Vesely; U.S. ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT GYMNASTICS CLUBS: Paul Spodoro; U.S. EUTE COACHES ASSOOATION-MEN: Story Moloney; U.s. ELITE COACHES ASSOCIATION-WOMEN: DOYid Holrumb, Steve Ryborki; U_S. MEN'S GYMNASTICS COACHES ASSOOATlON: MOl( Yoneey; U.S. RHYTHMJ( GYMNASTJ(S COACHES ASSOCIATION: Suzie DITullio; YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE USA: Cosey Koenig; NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLEliC ASSOOATION-WOMEN: Sondy Thielz; NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DIREGORS MEN: Mike Burns, Abie Grossfeld; RHYTHMJ(: Andreo S<hmid, Michelle Lorson; WOMEN: Kelli Hill, Kothy Ostberg; TRAMPOLINE: Shoun Kempton, Morsho Weiss; SPORTS ACRO: Bonnie Oovidson, Joy Binder; ATHLffi OIREGORS: Vonesso Vonder Piuym, chair; Larissa Fontaine, vice (hoir; lair Lynch, secrefory; Oominick Mini,"«i, USOC Athlete Rep.; Joy Thornton, Brooke Bushnell, Kim Zmeskol-Burdette, Mohini BhardwoL Korl Heger, Christie Hoyes, John Roethlisberger; ASSOCIATE OIREaORS: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS, Lori Kotz; SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Kate Fober-Hickie; U.s. COMPETITIVE AEROBICS FEDERATION, Howard Schwortz.

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SPORTS ACROBAnCS NAnONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Over 520 gymnasts traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., Aug 37 for the Sports Acrobatics National Championships. The Elite athletes' performance in this competition along with Team Trials held in June was used to determine the National Team. The JO athletes, Levels 510, were on a mission to show off their hard work and win the title of National Champion.

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The 100th Anniversary of the World Gymnastics Championships concluded August 24 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in California, and proved to be a major success for USA Gymnastics at every level. The American gymnasts won seven medals including five gold and two silver. The USA Women earned the first team gold medal in a World Championships competition. The USA Men earned the tea m si lver medal, making it the second consecutive team silver medal at a World Championships. Paul Hamm won the World Championships All-Around title, becoming the first American male gymnast to ever accomplish this feat. He also won gold on Floor Exercise. Carly Patterson won the allaround silver medal in only her third competition as a senior gymnast. Hollie Vise and Chellsie Memmel tied for the gold medal on Uneven Bars making it a double gold for the U.s.

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The women's team lost three World Medalists, Courtney Kupets, Ashley Postell and Annia Hatch to illness or injury. The alternates stepped in to the lineup and stepped up to the challenge, winning the first team gold at a World Championships. We wish Courtney and Annia a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing all three of them back on the competition floor as soon as possible. The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim was a fantastic partner in promoting and organizing the event. Total World Championships attendance was 85,872. USA Gymnastics and NBC partnered together to present five hours of coverage from the 2003 World Championships, including a prime time show on Aug. 24. An additional 2 1/ 2 hours of programming is being developed with ESPN and ESPN2 that will air later this Fall. The USA Gymnastics National Congress was held in conjunction with the World Championships with over 1600 professional members participating. Congratulations to the 2003 Hall of Fame Inductees: Bonnie Davidson, Harold Holmes, Jr., Scott Keswick, Charles Lakes, Shannon Miller, Jaycie Phelps and Chris Waller. The most memorable "Longines Perfect 10 Moments in Time" was awarded during the World Championships to Nadia Comaneci's Perfect 10 at the 1976 American Cup by more than 316,000 votes. Nadia's Perfect 10 moment narrowly edged 1984 Olympic Champion Mary Lou Retton for the winning moment by less that 1%. T.J. Maxx, the nation's largest off-price retailer, announced plans to partner with USA Gymnastics in 2003 and 2004 to sponsor the T.J. Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions. Competitive gymnastics routines will be combined with acrobatic performances to dazzle and delight fans of all ages. The tour will deliver gymnastics in a creative and entertaining format to nine cities Oct. 3-19, 2003. For city and ticket information, check out the ad in this issue of the magazine on page 48. The U.S. also experienced a great deal of success at the Pan American Games held just prior to the World Championships. The U.s. won 21 medals in men's, women's and rhythmic gymnastics, including 11 gold. These results show the tremendous depth in our program that we're able to field two successful teams internationally in men's and women's gymnastics. The Sports Acrobatics and Trampoline and Tumbling programs also had a busy summer with the Freedom Cup, Sports Acrobatic JO and National Championships, and the Trampoline and Tumbling JO and National Championships. See coverage of these events in this issue or log on to www. usa· gymnastics.org for more details. The World Gymnaestrada, which took place July 20-26 in Lisbon, Portugal, included 25,000 particifants from 52 coun tries. The U.s. delegation included 250 participants from the ages of 3-77. It was a spectacular event and planning has already begun for the next Gymnaestrada in Dornbin, Austria in 2007.

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,....-1te USA Women's Gymnastics ~ Team captured the first gold medal of the 2003 Pan American __,.:_ â&#x20AC;˘._ that was held in Santo Domingo, Republic. August 1-17. Led by and Chellsie Memmel, the U.S. the second place team OurlaJIllg out the USA team Courtney McCool, TIa Newby. The team was Rybacki of Charter Oak

Liukin completed her Pan Am medal set by capturing the bronze on the uneven bars, then went on to earn another gold with her beam routine and a second bronze on the floor.

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The U.S. women continued its dominance of the 2003 Pan Am Games by placing first, second and fourth in the alIaround competition. Memmel from Salto Gymnastics in Waukesha, WiS., captured the all-around gold with a score of 37.%2, less than .1 ahead of USA teammate Liukin, who won the silver with a 37.874. Liukin is from World

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competition." The USA was well represented in the vault final by McCool, who received the silver medal with a score of 9.343. McCool ains at Great American Gymnastics Express in Blue Springs, Mo. As the final competitor in the last evening, Orlando from Parkette's . Pa., enthused the crowd with her exercise and won a place at the podium to collect her second gold games.

"My floor routine felt admitted. "I had been sitting for so end like that was just great. It was my focus, but it alI worked out. The behind me and they really helped to energy." According to USA Gymnastics National Coordinator Martha Karolyi, "We course very pleased with the gold medal of our team. Many of the countries their World Championships team to COInpere the Pan American Games. The success our experienced at the competition showcases the talent and depth of gymnasts we have in the United States."


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Cuba successfully defended its title from the 1999 Games and captured the gold with a score of 221.475. Brazil earned silver with a 216.375 and the Americans were just a fraction away at 215.925. There was little doubt that the loss of Nakamori impacted the U.S. squad. "We had a chance of challenging Cuba," USA Head Coach Thorn Glielmi admitted, pointing out that the injured athlete is a seasoned competitor. While Team USA is a combination of junior and senior athletes, both Cuba and Brazil were represented by their World Championships teams. In the all-around competition, Team GatticaPalo Alto's Durante won the silver medal and was joined by outstanding performances from teammates Horton, from Cypress, who finished tied for fourth and Dan Gill, from Stanford, who finished sixth. Defending Champion from Cuba. Eric Lopez, won the title. "I'm very excited," said Durante. "This is the most fun that I've ever had at a competition. To see the Americans place three in the top six is awesome. Our 17-year old ijonathan Horton) wasn't

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UWe got complete support from our competitors and the crowd. We weren't expectinf{ it. Anytime the crowd is that loud it just builds your energy." Glielmi said, "This event says a lot about the depth of the men's gymnastics program in the U.S. This is a very inexperienced team. They are very young and the athlete with the most international experience is Sho (Nakamori) and he is out of the competition, so for three to finish in the top six is just great." During event finals, University of Minnesota's Strother, made up for lost time by winning two medals-tied for silver on floor and bronze on pommel horse. dn~anledH

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Seventeen-year-old Olga Karmansky of Isadora Rhythmics in Brooklyn, N.Y. finished in second behind Sanders with a final score of 88.325 to take home the silver. "Winning a silver medal feels really good and it was unexpected with all of the talented girls here," said Karmansky. "This was a great experience for me right before worlds and 1 think I'm really ready for it now."

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From Pan American Games 6. Jorge Giraldo .... . . .... CX)L .... . . 9.275 7. Jhonny Parra . . ........ VEN ....... 9.112 8. Lazaro LBmelas ........ CUB ...... 9.012

All-Around Results

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1. Eric Lopez ............ CUB . ...... 56.400 2. David Durante .......... USA ....... 54.625 4. Giovanni OJintero .. .... COL ...... 54.550 4. Jonathan Horton ....... USA ...... 54.250 5. Luis Vargas ...... . ..... PUR .... . .. 54.250 6. Dan Gill. ..... . .... ... . USA . . . ... 54.125

Women's Team 1. United States .... .... .. . . ............ 3. Brazil. ..... . .. ........ 4. Cuba ................ 5. Mexico ...... .. .. ..... 6. Argentina ............. 2.~a

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All-Around Results 1. Chelisie Memmel. . .... USA .... ... 37.962 2. Nastia Uukin .......... USA ....... 37.874 3. Daniele HypoIito ........ BRA .... . . . 37.149 4. Allyse Ishino ........... USA ....... 36.649 5. Melanie Banville ........ CAN ....... 36.637 6. Lydia Williams . . . . .... CAN .. ..... 36.375

Final Event Results Vault

1. Leyanet Gonzales ....... CUB ..... 9.512 2. Courtney McCool. ...... USA .. . .. . . 9.343 3. Brenda Magana ....•.. . MEX .. ..... 9.293 Uneven Bars

1. Chellsie Memmel . ..... . USA ... ... 9.575 2. Daniele Hypolito ........ BRA .... . . 9.475 3. Nastia Uukin .... . ...... USA ..... 9.425

, 1. Brandon O'Neill ...... .. CAN ....... 9.500 2. Michel Corx:;eicao .... . . BRA ....... 9.375 2. Clayton Strother ........ USA .. . .... 9.375 4. Diego HypoIito . ........ BRA .... .. . 9.350 5. Diego Uzardi .. . ....... PUR .... .. . 9.175 6. Julio Garcia ........... MEX ....... 9.125 7. Eric Pedercini ......... ARG ....... 8.900 8. David Durante ......... USA ..... . . 8.162

Pommel Horse 1. Eric Lopez ...... ... ... CUB ...... 9.750 2. Luis Vargas . . . ........ PUR . ...... 9.587 3. Clayton Strother . ....... USA .. .. .. 9.450 3. Mosaih Rodrigues . . ... BRA ... .. . 9.450 5. Danilo Nogueira ........ BBR ...... 9.437 6. Caricel Briceno ..... . .. VEN .. . ... 9.237 7. Jose Fuentes ... .... VEN .. . .... 8.912 8. David Durante ... ...... USA .. 8.675

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..... 100.450 ...... 88.325 .... .87.675 ... . .. 85.500 ...... 84.750 .... . 84.125 ... .. . 82.950 ...... 77.575

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1. Nastia Uukin ........... USA ...... 9.550 .... 9.537 2. Daniele Hypollto ....... . BRA 3. Chellsle Memmel ...... USA .. .... 9.462

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1. Eric Lopez ........... CUB ...... 9.700 2. Regula Carmona . . . .. . VEN . .. ... 9.675 3. Abel Dri99 . . . . . . . . . .. CUB . . .. . . 9.525 4. David Pacheco . . . . . .. VEN ....... 9.512 5. Diego Uzardi ...... .. . . PUR . ..... 9.487 6. Juan Colon ... ... .. PUR ...... 9.437 . MEX . . .. 8.850 7 Manuel Aleman . . 8. Martin Passalenti . . . .. . ARG ...... 8.800

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1. Mary Sanders .... . . USA . 24.300 2. Olga Karmansky .. . ... USA . .. 21.800 3. Alexandra Orlando ...... CAN .. .... 21.775 4. Anahi Sasa ....... ARG ...... 20.250 5. Lanssa Barata ....... . BRA . ... 20.025 6. Cynthia Valzez ........ MEX . . 19.975 7. Catherine Cortes .., . VEN . . . . .. 18.200 8. Tayanne Mantovanell . BRA ...... 17.750 Clubs

Parallel Bars 1. Eric Lopez. . . ... . CUB . .... 9.650 2. Abel Drig9 ........... CUB ..... 9.450 . ... 9.400 3. Jorge Giraldo . . .. ... . COL 4. Michel Corx:;eicao . ..... BRA ... ... 9.150 5. David Durante .... . .... USA ..... 9.112 6. Danilo Nogueira .. ... . .. BRA .... 8.975 7. Rhett Stinson .......... CAN ...... 8.825 8. Lucas Chiano . ...... . . ARG .. . . . 8.125

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1. Cuba . . ........ 221.475 2. Brazil ................ 216.375 3. USA ................ 215.925 4. Venezuela ......... ..212.775 5. Puerto Rico . .. ... .21 2.225 6. /l.rgentina . . . . . . . . .. .. 206.950

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tie-breaker giving Krista the win. The men really battled it out in double mini trampoline competition, with Keith Douglas (Grand Rapids, MI) taking gold with a score of 128.90. In women's double mini action, Amber Cowart won with a score of 124.30. In Jr. Elite competition, 2003 National Champioos in trampoline are Brittany Dircks (Orland Park, IL), who scored 98.50 to win the women's title and Steven Gluckstein (Atlantic Highlands, NJ), who won the men's title with a score of 93.80. Gold medals in tumbling went to Sara Mullens (Moline, IL), scoring a 134.80 in women's competition and Travis Hasley (Frederick, OK), with a score of 139.40 in men's. Jr. Elite double mini titles went to Whitney Kusak (Victoria, TX) in women's action, with a score of 123.50, and Sidney Gordon (Washington, IN) who scored 126.80. Keith Douglas

Junior Olympic National Champions were named in all age groups for Levels 5-10. Complete results from National Championships are available on the web site at www.usagymnastics.org and click on Trampoline and Tumbling. Following Junior and Senior Elite and Level 10 competition, National Championships participants joined in a Grand March of Teams, July 18, with almost 1200 athletes in attendance. A large crowd of supporters cheered the teams and stayed afterward to enjoy the Regional All-Star competition.


In an upset, Region 2 won the Trampoline & Tumbling Regional All-Stars competition July 18 in Sacramento, California. As last year's winner, Region 4 was expected to battle Region 3, the largest region, for Grand Champion honors. The race was close throughout the evening between the three regions, but when the smoke cleared, Region 2 was named the overall winner. Each of the six T & T regions was allowed to bring their Level 10 regional champions in both girls' and boys' trampoline, tumbling and double mini-trampoline. The teams competed head-to-head by age group. At the end of competition, plaques were presented to the top boys' and top girls' teams in each discipline and trophies were presented to members of the Regional All-Stars Grand Champion Team.

Ten athletes received scholarships totaling $16,500 from the Trampoline & Tumbling Sdtolarship Fund and they were: Peter Dodd, David Ford, JOO Vanre, Ryan Weston, Jennifer Parilla, Derrick Aldrich, Kory KonsoeI; and Jared Olsen.

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Over 520 gymnasts traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., the week of Aug 37 for the Sports Aerobatics National Championships being held at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The Elite athletes' performance in this competition along with Team Trials held in June was used to determine the 2003-2004 National Team, making competition especially intense. The JO athletes, Levels 5-10, also came to Florida with something to prove. They were on a mission to show off their hard work over the last year and win the title of National Champion. Jeff Smith, event directo~ once again did an amazing job with the event. Because of his tireless efforts in coordinating National Championships and his dedication to the betterment of the sport, Jeff was awarded the 2003 Star Service Award.

Arthur Davis and Shenea Booth, 2002 World Championships gold medalists, added three more gold medals to their collection as they finished in the top spot in all events in the Elite Mixed Pair competition. Each year their routines get more complex as they continue competing at a higher and higher level. This pair received additional honors including high score of the meet and Athletes of the Year. They also shared the Glen Sundby Award for Outstanding Pair / Group Performance with CAT mixed pair Kris Duncan and Megan Vaughan. Kris and Megan swept the silver medals for each mixed pair event. Michael Rodrigues and Laura Fitzsimmons captured the bronze medal in each category. ..._ _..._ _....iiI

Women's Trio The Empire trio of Danielle Heider, Jennifer daSilva, and Samantha Shabow won the gold medal for their tempo routine and their all-around performance. Julie DuPree', Erika Bisgaard, and Amanda Richard from Crescent City Gymnastics won gold for their balance routine and silver overall. The EAGC trio of Kaitlyn Hilton, Emily Madavo, and Courtney Davis walked away with a silver medal for their tempo and balance routines, and bronze medal overall. The Junior Elite Trio from Wings USA, Gina Nicolo, Angela Hatch, and Kelly Topp, also had an outstanding competition. They swept the gold medals for event finals and all-around categories in the junior elite trio competition.

Women's Pair The lone pair competing in the Elite Women's Pair division, Nicolette Bohnert and Jessica G~ remained strong throughout the three days of competition and finished with one of their best performances in the combined exercise. They captured the gold medal in the event finals and all-around categories. For complete competition results, visit www.usa-gymnastics.org/ aero / events.html.

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Congratulations to our Level 10 National Champions!! Women's Pair 14-17: Boh!, Nowack Women's Pair 18+: Borchardt, Whiddon Mixed Pair 14-17: Hill, Aguilar Mixed Pair 18+: Booth, Allen Women's Trio 14-17: May, Eschette, Shackelford Women's Trip 18+: Cooley, Eisenhart, Walter 2003-04 Sports Acrobatics National Team Mixed Pair. Megan Vaughan & Kris Duncan (CAT) Shenea Booth & Arthur Davis (Empire) Laura Fitzsimmons & Michael Rodrigues (NCSA)

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It's your biggest nightmare. One day you can do the skill, the next day you can't. Or, you do it perfectly with spot, in the pit, or onto mats. But when you attempt to do it by yourse!£, all you get is BALKING!

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FEAR IS SIMPLY "LOOSE MIND"

You work all day in the gym on body positions. You do drill after drill to be sure that your body is in perfect alignment. Your coaches talk at length to you about the importance of keeping a tight body. You know full well that gymnastics without alignment is like trying to thread a piece of spaghetti through the eye of a needle. Not easy and not very effective.

You correct your loose body all the time. You would never let yourse!£ go for more than one turn with bent knees or a loose core. So why is it different for the mind? Begin to correct loose mind just as you would any body position. Correct it non-emotionally. Whenever you feel fear, frustration or over-thinking, Simply draw your attention to loose mind with a Simple comment. Say something to yourself like, "my mind seems loose, what am I thinking?", or "I see fear is creeping in, just focus on the correction over and over." Teach yourself to identify loose mind whenever you feel it. Without awareness, making a correction is virtually impOSSible. Teach yourse!£ to listen to what you are saying in your head. Then, "lock it down" by either saying cue words, corrections, or positive self statements.

But what about the mind? The mind is a thought factory, creating thought after thought after thought. A mind out of control is the same as a body out of control; all over the place, and mostly in places where it doesn't belong. Loose mind creates fear, frustration, doubt, and negativity. The opposite is also true. TIght mind creates fearlessness, positivity, confidence, and focus. So it's simple, just as

Remember, when the mind is loose, negative thoughts have a free for all. They take any opportunity to sneak in and create fear. So how can you keep your mind tight? How can you "lock it down"? The following is a list of drills you can do to help anchor your mind. "Anchoring" keeps the mind tight, in proper alignment, so that negative thoughts cannot enter leading to fear and doubt.

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The mind is simply another part of the body. In sport, you spend countless hours training your body for proper position, alignment, and technique. The mind must also remain in proper alignment in order to achieve success. One of the most important skills for any gymnast is the ability to pull one's mind back into proper position when it goes off course. Mental choreography is the blinders for the mind. It keeps the mind tight and provides a resting place when it goes off course. We know that the biggest cause of poor performance is out of control thinking. Keeping the monkey-mind occupied and "out of trouble" is key. Using mental choreography enables the mind to stay focused, centered, and on track.

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For most athletes, fear is Simply a deficit in confidence. Look at your mind as a confidence bank. When positive deposits go up, the mind feels an abundance of confidence. When you're in a deficit in the confidence account, the mind feels fear and worry. Have a wealth of confidence by building up your accounts. An account is built by success. Even successful drills can make your bank overflow. See fear as a lack of J confidence. Even if you have done • . , .~ the skill hundreds of times, if you q...,,~ .::are fearful, then you are lacking in • r':.~~\~~ce·" ~ confidence. Remember, fear isn't ~c.~~ ~ always rational. As you see fearful • behavior, especially balking, help create success by going back to the last successful drill. ~ Build up the bank again before pushing f!!. .:. yourself to do the skill. ".•.. _ _...........__ It's important to note that the mind seems to focus on failures more than successes. A gymnast can successfully perform a skill over and over again, just to have all of that shattered by a scary stop in the middle of it. Don't forget about your successes. They are just as important as times when you are having difficulty.

Mental Choreography words are verbal cues used to keep the mind tight during performance. These words are used before, during, and after performance, not only during difficult areas of routines, but presentation areas as well. When these words are done during every routine, or skill, your words serve as a resting place for your mind. This is the secret gift of mental choreography. Once it becomes second nature and automatic, it will carry you through routines during the difficult or trying times. The words will allow the mind to become "non-thinking," thus in the zone. The zone is ultimate "tight mind."

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There are three types of MC thoughts to utilize as mental cues when you're afraid: ·Technical Statements: Statements or corrections (lift, tight, shoulders square) • Energy Statements: Statements that bring energy up or down (go!, push here!, and relax breathe) • Confidence Statements: Statements that encourage and build trust (i.e. I can do it, I've done it before)

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What you say to yourself is extremely important. Maybe even more important than what others say to you! Are you creating an atmosphere in your head of fear, or one of confidence? What we put energy into grows bigger. Putting energy into fear, even overcon1ing it, fuels the fear beast. Use language with yourself that changes the way you view fear. The following are some phrases to use in order to build confidence and take the focus off of fear.

Focus on there cue words to lock down your mind and keep it tight

.:l ANCHOR PHRASES Anchor phrases are any phrase or series of actions that help tighten your mind. The mind must be anchored strong and steady in order to stay on course in the turbulence of negative thinking. Just as you pull your body back to proper position to make a technical correction, you can pull your mind back the same way by using an anchor.

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It's ok, I just need to build up your confidence. Tight mind, I can see my fear beast coming up. Go back and do some drills. Let's build up my bank. Check my thoughts. I am having a loose mind. Anchor my mind. Focus on the correction and put it on automatic. • Don't think about anything but this correction. Say it over and over again in my head. • Walk through the skill saying my key words. • My monkey mind is getting me into trouble. Focus on thIS correction.

An anchor is a series of thoughts ~~~~=:::::::========~~=::J or actions that will pull your mind back to perfect mental position. An anchor is a series of strong "come-backs" to those negative thoughts keeping you in fear and doubt. Anchors help you return to focus, fearlessness, and doubtlessness. Examples of strong anchors include: "breathe, stay on course, I can do this," "breathe, tight mind, don't go there," or "relax, keep it cool, it's no big deal."

Remember, look at fear as simply loose mind. It can be corrected, there are drills for it. Correct loose mind quickly and easily before you lose yours!

Alison Arnold Ph.D. is a sport psychology consuIIant for USA Gymnastics. She spends her time aeating mental toughness training programs for athletes and helps coaches from going~. For more infonnation on her rIQht Mind Training 'bois go 10 www.headgames.ws

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USA Gymnastics - September/October 2003  

USA Gymnastics - September/October 2003