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Alicia Sacramone

2010 World Vault Champion

Shoulder flexibility: Tips for achieving the open shoulder angle

Pit safety

Caring for the gymnast


Business tips for your gym

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JO Open Training Camp #2 (W)



Visa Championships (M/W/R) Saint Paul, MN


National Congress and Trade Show

Saint Paul, MN


Region 1 Congress

Santa Clara, CA

Rhythmic Challenge Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup (W) Winter Classic (TT) AT&T American Cup (M/W) Flower Cup (TR) USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships (M)

Colorado Springs, CO Jacksonville, FL Houston, TX Jacksonville, FL Aalsmeer NED Springfield, MA

April 8-10 8-10 14-16 15-17 15-17 28-May 1 29-May 1

USA Gym Collegiate Championships (W) JO Regional Championships (M) NCAA Championships (M) L 9/10 Regional Championships (W) NCAA Championships (W) TOPs Invitational Training Camp (W) Elite Challenge (TT)


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JO National Championships (M) L 9 Eastern/Western Championships (W) JO National Championships (W) National Invitational Tournament (W)


2-5 5 11-12 17-26 22-28 22-28 23 30-July 1

USA Gymnastics Open Championships (W/R) Orlando, FL National Elite Qualifier (W) Orlando, FL Region 3 Congress Vail, CO Olympic Gymnastics Week various locations JO National Championships (R) Chicago, IL Chicago Cup (R) Chicago, IL Olympic Day various locations American Classic Houston, TX


2-3 9 8-10 10-15 10-16 15-17 22-24 22-27 28-31

National Elite Qualifier (W) National Qualifier (M) Trampoline & Tumbling U.S. Championships JO Championships (TT) World Gymnaestrada (GG) Region 8 Congress Covergirl Classic/Challenge (W) Acrobactic National Championships TOPs Invitational Training Camp (W)

Colorado Springs, CO Various Locations Columbus, OH various locations Cleveland, OH Houston, TX Ft. Worth, TX

Long Beach, CA Worcester, MA/San Diego, CA

Long Beach, CA Long Beach, CA

Houston, TX

September 8-11

State and Regional Chairman’s Workshop (M)



Rhythmic World Championships

Montpellier, France


National Gymnastics Day

various locations


Region 5 Congress


30-Oct. 2 National TOP Testing (W)

Houston, TX

October 1-3

National TOP Testing (W)

Houston, TX


World Artistic Championships (M/W)

Tokyo, Japan


JO National Team Training Camp (W)

Houston, TX


Level 9/10 Training Camp (W)

Houston, TX


Pan American Games (M/W/R/TR)

Guadalajara, Mexico



Future Stars Championships/Coaches Workshop (M) Colorado Springs, CO


Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships

30-Dec. 4 National TOP Team Training Camp (W)

Birmingham, ENG Houston, TX


Houston,TX TBD San Antonio, TX San Antonio, TX Lausanne, SUI New Orleans, LA Chicago, IL San Jose, CA Houston, TX



TOP B Training Camp (W)

Houston, TX

2012 January 10-18

Olympic Test Event

London, ENG

February 2-4

Winter Cup Challenge (M)

Las Vegas, NV



Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup (W)



AT&T American Cup (M/W)



Pacific Rim Championships (M/W/R/T)



USA Gymnastics Collegiate Champs. (M)




JO National Championships (M)



Visa Championships

Cincinnati, OH

St. Louis, MO


Region 6 Congress

Boston, MA

28-July1 USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show

San Jose, CA


JO Open Training Camp #1 (W)

Houston, TX

28-July1 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Gymnastics (M/W)

San Jose, CA

W = Women, R = Rhythmic, TR = Trampoline, M = Men, GG = Group Gymnastics, TU = Tumbling, AG = Acrobatic Gymnastics, B = Business, TT = Trampoline/Tumbling

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an official publication of USA Gymnastics University



Steve Penny Editor

2011 • VOLUME 31 • #2

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Gymnastics Foam Pit Extraction: Care of the Injured Gymnast

Grant Glas


Shoulder Flexibility: What are you really stretching?

USA Gymnastics Board of Directors


Expanded 1099 Reporting Requirements for 2012


“My Kid Has Talent? So What, She’s Only 5!”


USA Gymnastics’ 2011 Initiatives


USA Gymnastics Survey of Member Clubs

Luan Peszek


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‘Tis the season for gymnastics! The 2011 season is underway at every level – Junior Olympic, collegiate and elite - and there is a solid line-up of events for the entire gymnastics community to support and follow. The second annual Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is set for March 4 in Jacksonville, Fla., and the 17 qualifiers are taking place from Jan. 14 through Feb. 21. Gymnasts from each of the invitationals will earn the right to advance to the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup and compete on the same podium as some of the best athletes in the world. 2008 Olympic All-Around Champion Nastia Liukin will be in Jacksonville to spend time with the competitors, conduct hospitality events, and make the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup an unforgettable experience. The invitationals include:

CGA Parents Club Coaches Spectacular, Covington, Ky., Jan. 14-16 Folger’s New Year Invitational, Wichita, Kansas, Jan. 14-16 Lady Luck Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 14-16 Macready & Roethlisberger Flip Fest Invitational, Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 14-17 Circle of Stars Gymnastics Invitational, Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 21-23 Wisconsin Dells Gymnastics Vacation Classic, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Jan. 28-30 Metroplex Challenge, Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 29-30 Parkettes Invitational, Allentown, Pa., Jan. 28-30 2011 Rock-n-Roll Classic, Broadview Heights, Ohio, Feb. 4-6 Pikes Peak Cup, Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 4-6 37th Annual Fiesta Bowl, Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 4-6 IGI Chicago Style, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 11-13 Buckeye Classic, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 18-20 Presidential Classic, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Feb. 18-20 Excalibur Cup, Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 18-20 WOGA Classic, Frisco, Texas, Feb. 19-20 Arizona Sunrays Classic Rock Invitational, Glendale, Ariz., Feb. 19-21

The AT&T American Cup also takes place in Jacksonville on March 5. This year’s event is the first of four all-around FIG World Cup events in 2011. This top-notch field includes 10 World medalists who earned 22 World medals, and eight 2008 Olympians. It is the next closest thing to going to the World Championships for an all-around meet, and will be broadcast live on Universal Sports and NBC Sports. For more details on the AT&T American Cup, go to The collegiate season for men and women has kicked off with competitions taking place each week. All of the schedules are available at where you can also stay up-to-date with the rankings as the season progresses. Also, the Men’s Winter Cup Challenge takes place in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 3-5, with the Rhythmic Challenge following in Colorado Springs, March 2-6, and the Winter Classic for trampoline and tumbling, March 4-6, in Houston, Texas. I want to remind you about the USA Gymnastics Open Championships for Levels 4-8 and prep-op women and Levels 4-6 for rhythmic. This inaugural event will take place June 2-5 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The competition will feature both individual and club team champions at each level, as well as crown an overall 2011 Club Team Champion. A Women’s National Elite Qualifier will also be held in conjunction with this event. This approach allows us to expand the recognition of winning a national title deeper into the grassroots levels. For more information on this competition, see the ad in this issue of Technique. The 2011 gymnastics season is here and we want to wish all of our athletes the best of luck. If you can’t attend a competition in person, then follow it on our website, TV or via Facebook or Twitter. See you in the gym,

Steve Penny President and CEO



Gymnastics Foam Pit Extraction: Care of the Injured Athlete Safety equipment is designed to protect the athlete; however in some cases, it can become a hindrance to providing care in the event an athlete is seriously injured. The gymnastics foam pit, which is designed to provide a safe “crash landing spot” for athletes, can pose a significant challenge in providing prompt emergency care. FOAM PIT Extraction - special notes 1. A foam pit extraction is labor intensive, requiring a lot of manpower. The typical EMS ambulance has two medical professionals on board. To safely remove a pediatric athlete weighing approximately 60 pounds requires 5- 6 people. For a mature, collegiate athlete, 6-8 medical personnel are necessary for safe extraction. If there is a gymnastics foam pit extraction emergency, be sure to notify additional emergency units and get assistance. 2. The foam pit is deeper than it looks and may be over your head. 3. Remove shoes and socks before entering the foam pit for increased maneuverability. The foam pit acts like quicksand and will pull at shoes making moving in the pit difficult, thus increasing unnecessary movement of the athlete. 4. A foam pit extraction is slow and time intensive. If there is immediate respiratory or cardiac compromise where life-saving interventions are



required, then rapid extraction by staff on hand while maintaining alignment as best as possible is recommended. 5. The more mature and developed the athlete, the deeper that athlete will land and be buried in the pit. PHOTO 1: A gymnastics foam pit is a landing area filled with soft foam blocks that can be 10 feet wide x 20 feet long and can vary from 4-8 feet deep. Foam pits are surrounded by concrete walls with a trampoline style frame and suspension foundation; creating a “self-fluffing” mechanism. The soft foam blocks in combination with the trampoline creates a forgiving landing site, but also produces an unstable platform for medical personnel to access the athlete. Because of the trampoline foundation, any sudden movement by emergency medical personnel or staff entering the foam pit will transfer to the athlete. PHOTO 2 & 2A: Due to the nature of the sport and




the high level of acrobatic skill, gymnasts can land in a variety of positions; supine, prone, side-ways (twisting motions), or head down (due to underrotation). PHOTO 3: Using equipment available in the facility, such as landing mats (thicker mats provide more stability), the ATC or EMS personnel can safely contact the athlete. By placing the mat near the athlete’s head, the ATC needs to create a wide base of support to minimize movement and slowly crawl towards the athlete to access the cervical spine and provide stabilization. Foam blocks may be providing appropriate support, so they should not be moved until the ATC has assessed the cervical injury and block positioning.


PHOTO 4: Once the cervical spine is stabilized, additional ATC or EMS can slowly and very carefully enter the pit. Additional mats or a second spine board should be placed around the athlete to give the additional ATC and EMS a more stable surface from which to work. A minimal number of foam blocks should be adjusted. As more blocks are moved, even if only on the surface, the deeper the athlete will sink in the pit. Additionally, as more people enter the pit the trampoline foundation will be stretched and everyone will begin to sink.


PHOTO 5: The C-collar should be placed on the athlete before being moved onto the spine board. Foam blocks may be providing stabilization, so move, compress or adjust the minimal number of blocks possible. (Next page)






PHOTO 6: Once the C-collar is on and the ATC at the head is in position, the spine board can be brought into the pit and the area around the athlete can be prepared for the log roll. Foam blocks on the side opposite of the spine board will need to be leveled out to maintain spinal alignment during the log roll. Be sure to level the space the entire length of the spine board. DO NOT REMOVE BLOCKS FROM UNDERNEATH THE ATHLETE. This will cause the athlete to sink; so move as few foam blocks as possible. (NOTE: if the athlete is twisted and is partially buried, make sure all extremities are located, so the spine board does not cause further injury.) PHOTO 7: At the head ATC’s count, the athlete will be log rolled and the spine board will be brought into position. Angle the spine board slightly and a large amount of force will be necessary to compress the foam blocks and get the spine board deep enough under the athlete. You cannot “come-up from underneath” the athlete like you would in a swimming pool, as the foam blocks are an obstruction. PHOTO 8: To help maintain alignment, foam blocks can be used as stabilization devices. (Next page) PHOTO 9 - 12: Once the athlete has been





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PHOTO 8 securely strapped onto the spine board, extraction from the pit can begin. Be sure to have an adequate number of people on the edge of the pit to pull the spine board onto a stable surface. Lifting the spine board overhead is dangerous to both the athlete and medical personnel because of the unstable foundation. Sliding the spine board on a mat to the edge and then lifted out onto a stable surface is effective.



PHOTO 13: ADDITIONAL ACCESS METHODS: Cervical Stabilization via Ladder. The majority of fire trucks have a standard 16 foot ladder onboard. The ladder can be used to span the width/length of the pit and provide an initial stable surface to work from for the ATCs or EMS personnel. The ladder should be placed near the athlete’s head, so the cervical spine can be stabilized. Once the C-spine is stabilized and a C-collar is placed on the athlete and additional medical personnel enter the pit, the ladder should be removed. The athlete will begin to sink as people enter the pit. The person on the ladder stabilizing the head, can have a fall risk onto the injured athlete as their arm length has to compensate for the distance between the edge of the pit, the ladder height and how far the athlete sinks. PHOTO 14 - 15: ADDITIONAL ACCESS METHODS: Spine Board Extraction via Ladder. In some cases where there are a limited number of medical personnel to assist with a pit extraction, a ladder can be of assistance to extract the athlete from the pit. Hoist the spine board onto the ladder and then slide it up or across the ladder onto a stable surface. IN CONCLUSION: A foam pit extraction is unlike any “athletic environment” that ATCs or EMS personnel encounter or are routinely trained on and practice. It is imperative to collaborate with local EMS as they will most likely be the first responders on-site to most gymnastic facilities; particularly outside of the collegiate level. It is important to practice





different methods of extraction, direct entry into the pit, the use of different mats and the ladder, as each emergency situation will require thinking “outside of the box.” If you are an ATC working with gymnastics at any level, a gymnastics facility owner or gymnastics coach at the professional, collegiate, high school, or recreational club level, it is highly recommended to develop a Foam Pit Extraction Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to include all community Fire and Rescue and EMS personnel who would be responding to a foam pit emergency. Special Thanks to:


Gymnastics Inc, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Jazmin Kimber, Level 7 Gymnast, Horry County Fire and Emergency Rescue Crews, South Carolina, The Certified Athletic Trainers with McLeod Regional Medical Center Sports Medicine: Joe Cauble, Jon Ekhoff, Anita Fleming, Paul John, Jessica Kendall, Brian Lowe, Jessica Lowe, Heidi Mehlman, Adam Ploeg, Valencia Oxendine-Rose, Andrea Rubalcaba, Lisa Wood-Sanders, Dave Stoklosa

USA Gymnastics sells a Guide to Safety & Training in the Gym (2-disc DVD set).



This 2-disc DVD set includes Olympians Shannon Miller and John Macready, along with 2007 National Champion David Durante, and American Gladiator Beth Horn, taking you through the sections of useful information for clubs, parents and athletes. Information includes safety orientation videos, parent tips, the benefits of gymnastics, communication tips, safety posters and handouts, and much more. Disc two shows various examples of extricating an injured athlete from a foam pit. Use the first DVD in your lobby to promote your program and use the second one for educational purposes with staff. Provided complimentary to USA Gymnastics Member Clubs. Item Number: 6111 Price: $25.00



Shoulder Flexibility:

What are you really stretching? By Bree Simmons, MD & David Harsha, MD


ttaining what is called in gymnastics an ‘open shoulder angle’ is imperative to the success of both male and female artistic gymnasts. Judges look for it at an early stage in skill development, i.e. the ‘tight arch’ position in a back swing on rings and the relation of the arm pits to the wrists in a bridge position on floor. This flexibility is needed not only for proper technique, but also is an important part of injury prevention. Poor shoulder flexibility has been linked to chronic pain and injury from the wrists through the shoulders and into the spine in gymnasts as well as other athletes. Unfortunately, and quite possibly to the surprise of many readers, gymnastics training generally creates a closed shoulder angle and shoulder inflexibility! Add this to the slouched disposition of many teenagers, and you have even more favoring of a closed, tight position. Tween and teenage gymnasts training competitively at the optional level for any amount of time can develop the sloping, rounded shoulders of a relaxed posture, called kyphosis or kyphotic posture in medicine. This position is further encouraged by your hard work on hollow body position, supports and presses. The rounded shoulder posture may improve strength in the lats (latissimus dorsi) and pecs (pectoralis muscles), but it is a detriment to overall shoulder and thoracic spine range of motion. Are you stretching these muscles and working on shoulder flexibility in your warm-ups? There are two common stretches of the shoulders consistently used in both male and female warm-ups: the bridge and the seated stretch with arms in a German-giant position with the body sliding forward. The bridge is an excellent stretch for the abdominal muscles and improves extension of the thoracic spine. However, if shoulder flexibility is poor, the bridge is an extraordinary stress on the wrists and lumbar spine. The German-giant stretch can lengthen the



biceps muscles of the arms and the front of the shoulders (anterior deltoid muscles), but is unlikely to improve flexibility in the pectoralis or latissimus muscles of most gymnasts. It is important to use a stable chair or gymnastics apparatus to avoid injury from this stretch. If these are the only stretches your gymnasts do for shoulder flexibility, they are missing out! See figures 1 and 2.

Figure 1 - Bridge Stretch

Figure 2 -German Giant Stretch

The pectoralis muscles help to keep a gymnast’s arms narrow in either a support position or overhead. They are stretched or lengthened when the arms are brought out to the sides and then behind the body. If thumbs are pointing down while the arms are brought back, the biceps and anterior deltoid muscles are likely to feel most of the stretch. Turning

Figure 3 - Pec Stretch

Figure 4 -Foam Roller Pec Stretch

Figure 5 - Doorway Pec Stretch 14


the thumbs up while bringing the arms back can help to focus the stretch on the pectoralis muscles. Other variations of pec stretching include the doorway and foam roll stretches. See figure 3, 4 & 5. The latissimus muscles are responsible for much of the upper body flexion or rounding in the hollow body position as well as all support positions on the apparatus. They pull the arms down from an overhead position as well as into the body from out at the sides. To stretch these large and well-developed muscles in gymnasts, the arms need to be extended overhead and pulled behind the body, and/or the arms need to be extended above the head and the upper body flexed in a sideward bend. See figures 6 & 7.

Figure 6 - Lat Stretch

Figure 7 - Doorway Lat Stretch

Modifying the bridge can help to focus the stretch on the thoracic spine and reduce the stress on the wrists and lumbar spine. This is easily done by elevating the gymnast’s feet while in the bridge position. See figure 8.

thought of as a major stabilizer for the shoulder. Keeping these ‘outer shoulder’ structures limber and the ‘inner shoulder’ stabilizers strong will develop your gymnasts’ flexibility while helping to prevent injury. Balancing the strength and flexibility of gymnasts is a difficult but necessary component of smart and healthy training. Be proud of your gymnasts’ strong hollow body positions, but use these exercises to keep that shoulder angle open. References:

Figure 8 - Modified Bridge Stretch Gaining shoulder flexibility by stretching these three main areas, the pectoralis muscles, latissimus muscles, and thoracic spine, can open that shoulder angle without relying on the laxity or looseness of a gymnast’s rotator cuff – an inner muscular structure that needs to be

“Injury prediction in female gymnasts” Br J Sports Med. 1986 March; 20(1): 31–33 “The influence of somatotype, strength and flexibility on injury occurrence among female competitive Olympic style gymnasts – a pilot study” Journal of Physical Therapy Science Vol. 10 (1998) , No. 2 87-92 Am J Sports Med. 1990 Jul-Aug;18(4):366-75. Patterns of flexibility, laxity, and strength in normal shoulders and shoulders with instability and impingement. Warner JJ, Micheli LJ, Arslanian LE, Kennedy J, Kennedy R. Journal of Physical Therapy Science Vol. 10 (1998) , No. 2 87-92 The Influence of Somatotype, Strength and Flexibility on Injury Occurrence among Female Competitive Olympic Style Gymnasts —A Pilot Study

Business Tips for your Club

Expanded 1099 Reporting Requirements for 2012

By Marian Dykes, CPA


here is a small provision in the health care reform bill that impacts all companies, but particularly small businesses. Yearend reporting for payments made in 2012 to a wide range of suppliers and vendors will be significantly increased. While 2012 seems like a long time away, businesses will have to start making modifications to their systems starting in 2011. The new requirement will make businesses issue an IRS Form 1099 to venders and suppliers that are paid a total of $600 or more for the calendar year. This will include individuals, partnerships and corporations. Payments made by debit cards, credit cards and payments to non-profit organizations will be exempt from this requirement. Business owners will have to track their purchases by vendor, amount and payment method to determine if a Form 1099 is needed and issue the appropriate reporting form to the supplier and the IRS. This new law will require a business to issue Form 1099 to suppliers of equipment, inventory, office supplies and even restaurants where business meals total $600 or more for the year. To give you examples of how this provision can impact your small business: • If you need a new computer for your gym and you purchase a computer from Office Depot for $600, you will have to complete a form 1099, mail one to Office Depot, one to the IRS and keep one for your file. • You are hosting a meet and are looking for a small



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item to give each gymnast. You could purchase from your usual source for $650. This $650 is added to other amounts paid during the year to your usual supplier and you will issue them a 1099 for total purchases for the year. Or, you may find a new vendor that will only cost $630. While this will save $20, you now have to get information from the new vendor including their legal name, address and tax payer identification number before you can make a payment to them. This will also need to be entered into your accounting system. Is the $20 saving enough to justify this additional paper work? Businesses need to be considering now if their accounting system will provide the data needed to meet this requirement. Set up a system to get legal names, addresses and TINs for all of your vendors and suppliers. Redesign payment vouchers to include a spot to record the needed information. Check to see if software is able to identify transactions by vendor and expense. Can the software print the Form 1099?

A penalty of $50 per form may be assessed for each Form 1099 that is not issued or is incorrect. If the IRS feels the action was intentional, the penalty can be increased to $100 per Form 1099. Start now to modify your system and gather information to be ready for this new requirement.

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“My Kid Has Talent? So What, She’s Only 5!” By Julie Cross, Recreational Gymnastics Program Director for the Champaign County YMCA and author of the forthcoming young adult novel, Tempest. Photo by Dean Capelotti

As a gymnastics instructor, if you are faced with this situation, make a copy of the article and pass it on to the parents. This may help the parents to realize the importance of helping their child be the best he or she can be.


s a teacher I have to know each of my little gymnasts. I have to learn what they need from my class and figure out creative ways to harness energy. I need to know that for some kids, even the simplest skills are a challenge and maybe I need to find a new way to break it down. And then there’s a rare few like Emily. Emily is the star of my story. On a Monday morning, at age 5, she began her very first gymnastics class. A day that, no doubt, could have changed the entire course of her life. I noticed during warm-ups she performed every stretch to perfection. Eyes glued to me, she paid no attention to the other children. During bars, I assisted with forward rolls over the bar. She learned it on the first try. So, I asked her to attempt something more difficult. She does a perfect pullover, on her own. Not only was Emily flexible, she’s strong. I made a mental note of this as she headed to the next station. As the class continued, I added more difficulty to Emily’s skills, and she could do everything. I was shocked and appalled by her talent (yes, I’m using the scary “T” word) but what intrigued me more than any of the skills she had mastered was her face. Her expression told me everything I needed to know. The entire 60 minute class her face was set, serious, she didn’t smile, not even once. This girl was serious about gymnastics! As the class came to a close, I was thrilled to have witnessed this great moment for Emily. I couldn’t wait to talk to mom. “Are you Emily’s mom?” I asked the woman



standing beside the child. “Yes, is there a problem?” she asked, obviously not looking at my excited face as she scrounged under the bleacher for shoes. “If you have a minute, I’d love to talk to you about a few different programs we offer that might be great for Emily.” I knew immediately I was going about this the wrong way, sounding more like a pushy salesman. She finally looked up at me and said politely, “Sure.” I took a deep breath, attempting to make the best choice of words this time. “Emily did a fantastic job today, but I think this class might be a little too easy for her.” Mom smiles kindly, like she’s letting me off the hook. “It’s ok. We just want her to have fun. You do a great job with the kids.” Again, she’s misunderstood me. I wasn’t looking for compliments. I knew I’d have to use the “T” word. The one that sends many parents running.

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“Emily has a lot of talent. She has the potential to go far in gymnastics.” Mom raises her eyebrows, now skepticism crossing her face. I continue anyway, “We have a pre-team group of girls ages 4 to 6. The group meets three days a week for two hours and I think Emily would be perfect.” My voice trailed off because mom’s hands were in the air, her head shook back and forth slightly as she backed away from me. Shoot! I scared her off. “That seems like too much for a 5 year old.” True. It probably is, but not for a kid like Emily. I sighed to myself, my spirits sinking as I decided on a compromise. “Well, what about a more advanced recreational class, it meets only two days a week for 90 minutes.” “Is that in the evenings?” Mom asked. “Yes.” “It’s too difficult with my other two children and I really like my family to have dinner together. It’s much easier to come in the morning while the other two are in school.” Of course, she would throw the dinner excuse at me. I’m all about family time, but why is it always dinner? Why not have breakfast together, play Twister before bed, why dinner? Doesn’t she realize how incredible her child is? No, I think to myself as they walk away. She doesn’t get it. Most parents don’t get it. Does that make her a bad mother? Absolutely not. She’s an incredible mother who manages the lives of three little people. A mother who values every minute she spends with her children, including dinner time. So, Emily continued in my class and I provided her with skills three levels or more above her current class. But it wasn’t enough. What Emily got from my class, was like a single drop of water when you’re dying of thirst. It left her disappointed and unsatisfied. Not at first, but eventually it did because every child wants a real challenge. What’s the moral of my story? If your little one shows talent in a sport (whether it be gymnastics, swimming, or archery), really consider giving them every opportunity to go as far as they would like to. Imagine if Michael Phelps’ mother had told him he couldn’t train in swimming because she didn’t want him to be late for dinner or because one of his brothers had soccer practice at the same time. The sacrifices you make to provide a dream for your child will mean just as much to them in years to come as the sport itself.

USA Gymnastics’ 2011 initiatives 2011 is bringing some exciting changes to two popular initiatives, fitness and National Gymnastics Day. Read below for the latest and greatest information so you can start planning for incorporating these initiatives into your club’s plan for this year. USA Gymnastics Fitness Program The USA Gymnastics Fitness Program is a yearround fitness program that incorporates gymnastics’ basic fundamentals. This program uses gymnastics to help kids become more physically fit and teaches the importance of health and nutrition in a fun and energetic way. Incorporating the four fundamentals of fitness – cardiovascular exercise and movement, strength training, flexibility and nutrition – the program is geared toward getting youth ages 6-16 off the couch and physically active. Newly created online materials and poster-size wall charts measure each participant’s progress and track each club’s success. The program, which was previously a part of the Tyson Fitness Challenge, promotes gymnastics clubs as safe and entertaining environments where kids can learn healthy lifestyle habits that can last a lifetime. To learn more about the program, go to National Gymnastics Day Each year, USA Gymnastics celebrates National Gymnastics Day to raise exposure of our sport. Since 2001, gymnastics clubs across the country have raised more than $1.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network. This year, on Sept. 17, 2011, gym clubs across the country will participate in a nationwide handstand world-record attempt on National Gymnastics Day as a show of strength for the sport and to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network. The monies raised are distributed to each gym club’s local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, which helps children around the country who are fighting illness. The Year of the Handstand To celebrate National Gymnastics Day, gymnasts across the country will participate in an attempt to set the world record for the most people simultaneously doing a handstand on Saturday, Sept. 17, and raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. A handstand training plan is part of the USA Gymnastics Fitness Program. The handstand world-record attempt is a fun and engaging way to demonstrate the physical strength each participant gains through gymnastics and help the gymnastics community continue to support Children’s Miracle Network.



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Interested in hosting a Preschool Fundamentals Hands on Training course at your gym? Here’s how… The H.O.T. course is a great follow-up to Part 1 (online portion) of the Preschool Fundamentals course. The Part 1 online course focuses on child development theory in the context of gymnastics movement education. Part 1 is not required prior to Part 2, but is highly recommended. Please note: both portions of the course provide a

certificate of completion, however both must be completed in order for an individual to receive USA Gymnastics University credit. The Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training workshop is a great contribution to the education of gymnastics professionals and a convenient way to bring education to your staff!

The following is all the information you need to get started. Preschool Fundamentals: Hands on Training (H.O.T.) Course This course is a must have for preschool instructors and teachers as well as other recreational gymnastics instructors. H.O.T. Course Host Club Overview Course Requirements • The H.O.T. course is scheduled 4.5 hrs. • Access to the gym equipment/apparatus, especially the floor exercise area and preschool equipment is necessary. • Host Club should provide the following equipment: Computer (laptop preferable), LCD projector (if possible) and screen or wall space for projection, CD player, white board or flip charts and markers. • A classroom setting is not necessary, as lectures and demonstrations will take place in the gym. • It is best if the course can take place at a time when there are no other (or few) activities in the gym. Course Fees • There is no charge to the host club to hold a course in their facility! • Each participant will pay a registration fee to attend the course. Registration fees are as follows: • Members (professional, jr. pro, instructor, and athlete) - $70, save $5 by registering online. • Other member types and non-members - $120 • Onsite or late registrations - $25 (in addition to above cost) • For hosting a workshop, your gym will receive one complimentary registration with a minimum of 10 paid participants and two complimentary registrations if your gym is a Member Club.

The host club is responsible for transporting the course instructor to and from the airport, hotel and course, if necessary.

Registration Requirements • USA Gymnastics must receive a minimum of six paid pre-registrations in order to conduct a H.O.T. workshop, but 10 or more pre-registrants are preferred. • If there are less than 6 pre-registrations for the course, the course will be cancelled. Cancellations will be determined following the online registration deadline, which is Monday of the week of the course. • USA Gymnastics will work with the course instructor to help promote the course. We also need your help in promoting the workshop among your staff and with other clubs in your area. • Pre-registration is important to ensure the course can be held! • All attendees MUST pre-register with USA Gymnastics. The registration deadline for faxed and mailed registrations is two weeks prior to the workshop and online registration closes one week prior to the course. Payment for the course is due at the time of registration. Pre-registration is also REQUIRED for any free registrants that you might receive for hosting a workshop. Just send in their registration with “Free for Host Gym” written in the payment section. USA Gymnastics will NOT honor “free” registration to anyone not pre-registered. If your course does not reach the required participation level, you will be billed after the course for remaining expenses. • Onsite or late registrations: $25 (in addition to cost of course) • Minimum age for participation is 15.

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Jacobson joins USA Gymnastics as T&T program director


SA Gymnastics announced that Susan Jacobson of Penryn, Calif., has been named the program director for trampoline and tumbling. Her announcement coincides with moving the program’s administrative functions to the USA Gymnastics headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. “Susan brings a wealth of experience and a passion for trampoline and tumbling to the position,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “As a trampoline and tumbling coach and club owner, she has a solid understanding of what is involved in the development of athletes and building awareness of the sport. We think she has the right combination of skills and commitment to direct the program toward the Olympic Games in London and beyond.” “I am excited about this wonderful opportunity to continue the growth and development of trampoline and tumbling in the USA,” said Jacobson. “I am proud and honored to have been chosen to lead the program, and I look forward to working with the staff and members of the trampoline and tumbling community collaboratively to increase participation and opportunities in the sport, as well as excel in the international arena.” Jacobson replaces Ann Sims of Brownfield, Texas, who has directed the program since trampoline and tumbling joined USA Gymnastics in 2000. Although retiring, Sims will continue as a

consultant to assist with the management transition. The office in Brownfield, however, has been closed. “Ann Sims and Kathy Tyler have done a tremendous job overseeing trampoline and tumbling for almost two decades,” added Penny. “Their support of the athletes, coaches, volunteers, and families involved has meant a great deal for many years, and we are grateful for their leadership.” Currently, Jacobson is the owner of American Powerhouse T&T, where she also serves as the program director and head coach. Jacobson has developed a successful trampoline and tumbling team of up to 70 athletes and placed athletes nationally on the Jump Start National Team, Olympic Development Program, World Age Group Team and U.S. Junior National Team. Due to her new position with USA Gymnastics, she is in the process of selling American Powerhouse T&T.

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Dates: June 2-5, 2011 Site: HP Field House ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Lake Buena Vista, Florida What is the USA Gymnastics Open Championships? USA Gymnastics is hosting a nationwide invitational for Women’s Levels 4-8 and Rhythmic Levels 4-6. We have partnered with Disney Sports at the newly re-imagined ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to combine an outstanding competition experience in a family-friendly atmosphere. This competition will feature both individual and club team champions, and will crown an overall 2011 Club Team Champion for both women and rhythmic. A women’s artistic National Elite Qualifier will also be conducted in conjunction with this event. How do I enter? Register at Note: You will need to register for the team competition in each level separately. The team fee will be applied to the first registered coach for each level. Tentative Schedule: Thursday, June 2 Artistic – Prep-Op (Division C and above; will follow Region 8 Prep-Op Rules), and Level 4 Rhythmic – Future Stars Test Friday, June 3 Artistic – Levels 4-5, Rhythmic – Level 4 Saturday, June 4 Artistic – Levels 6-7, Rhythmic – Level 5 Sunday, June 5 Artistic – Levels 8 & Elite Qualifier, Rhythmic – Level 6 The above is a tentative schedule only. Depending on your competition draw, we recommend you arrive Thursday morning and plan on departing Sunday/Monday morning, to allow you to take full advantage of Walt Disney World vacation package options. A finalized meet schedule will be available in April, 2011. Equipment: AAI

Awards and Club Team Competition: Individual awards will be given for each age group in each session. Age groups will be established by dividing the athletes in each session into four approximately equal groups (determined by actual birth date). Club teams will be comprised of a minimum of three (3) gymnasts per club. The top three club team champions will be awarded in each session. Team scores will be determined by adding the top three scores in each event. The top three overall club team champions will be named at the conclusion of the event. Points will be awarded based upon the Team rankings per level in each session (1st place = 5 pts.; 2nd place = 3 pts. And 3rd place = 1 pt.) Entry Fees: $50.00/gymnast – Artistic Prep-Op, $75.00/gymnast – Artistic Levels 4-8 $150.00/gymnast – Rhythmic Levels 4-6 $15.00/club team per level – Artistic $30.00/club team per level – Rhythmic Deadlines: Entry deadline is March 1, 2011. Late fee is $25.00 per gymnast. Refunds will be granted minus a $25.00 administrative fee per athlete. No refunds will be permitted after May 1, 2011. Accommodations: A variety of accommodation and vacation packages are available through National Travel Systems at 888.603.8747 or Website: © Disney

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Liukin is featured in NASA video 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, who mastered gravity through her gymnastics, is featured in one of a video series that is associated with NASA’s “Spaced Out Sports” program. Liukin’s video is part of the “science behind the game” video series. She talks about how Newton’s Laws of Motion and microgravity apply to gymnastics and some of the astronauts’ movements in space. The video is included on the NASA website. To watch the video, go to http://education.ssc.nasa. gov/sos_nastia_video.asp.

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USA Gymnastics 2010 Survey of the Member Clubs Conducted and reported by David Holcomb, Owner, Buckeye Gymnastics and Chair, Member Club Task Force


he 2010 USA Gymnastics Survey results are in. More than 300 gyms from across the USA responded to at last one part of the three part survey. More than 100 gyms responded to all three-parts of the survey providing the most comprehensive and in-depth look at the state of the gymnastics club industry since this type of surveying began in 1996. On behalf of USA Gymnastics, I would like to thank all the gym owners and managers who took time out of their busy schedules to share information about their clubs and to contribute ideas on approaches that have worked to improve the financial situation in their gyms during this time of economic weakness. If you completed a section, you were sent full results from that section. We’ve pulled together a condensed version of the survey to post on the Member Club website. So, if you are a USA Gymnastics Member Club go to the website ( resource section, to read the majority of the survey. Because of the length of responses, not all answers are included in the report on the website. The survey starts with basic demographic information such as gym owner statistics (sex, age, education, background, how they spend majority of time, etc.). Then it moves to information about the gym including location, size, type, programs offered, enrollment, income per sq. foot, information on

marketing, etc. The survey asked the club owners their feedback on USA Gymnastics and its services including educational programs, background screening, Congresses, Publications, JO routines, Olympic Teams, etc. The survey then moved into more specifics on the gym’s programs and asked questions about team hours, fees, ratios, 401 K plans, bonuses, etc. Next the survey asked questions about the economy and how it has affected your business. The survey asked about club enrollment and how it compared to the past and if club owners have raised or lowered fees. The survey wraps up with some of the best comments/ideas from club owners across the USA. Here’s a sample of some of the comments: In response to the economic situation facing your gym, what is the most effective thing you have done to increase revenue in the past two years? • We have expanded the types of classes that we offer. We added more extras like cheer, trampoline class and fitness class rather than strictly gymnastics training. We have also added more lower-level teams so more children have the opportunity to make team. • We put in a huge ball pit in our play area.

Survey Continued It’s especially a hit with birthday parties. We advertise every month in our local parent magazine with lots of colorful, happy pictures of children in the gym. • We increased our advertising spending. We also increased our participation in community events and performances. We are keeping our classes a little smaller in size and giving more time options for classes. • We have been very creative in using our existing space. We have a small classroom for our Academic Preschool and last summer we expanded our educational programs to include Foreign Language. We offer Spanish, Chinese and French because that’s what instructors were able to teach. • Instead of having new students try an established class, we give them a free “new student orientation” which is basically a miniprivate lesson. That way we can assess what class, would be the best fit, make the child feel comfortable and answer all the parent’s questions. Our enrollment rate for children who do the NSO is over 90%, whereas it used to be 50%-70% when we simply put kids in an established class. The regular classes do better as well. The coach can focus equally on all the students, instead of trying to make a “sale” with the new student. • We started an after-school pick up program. People can live without gym, dance and cheer, but not childcare. We have more moms going back to work in our area. I purchased used vans and each van I’ve purchased (considering gas, insurance & vehicle payment) is covered by three after-school attendees. We are currently driving four vans and picking up 65 students at seven schools. This has brought in about $150,000 in increased revenue in the last school year. It fills up my classes and helps the community with quality childcare and fitness. • We do a few things: 1. Keep the gym clean 2. Keep classes organized. 3. Set up lesson plans for parents to view. 4. Administer quarterly evaluations. 5. Provide parents with quarterly progress reports. • We looked at our demographics and have offered

USA Gymnastics 2010 Survey of the Member Clubs some different classes. For instance, we made an 8 & up Boys-only “Wave Flips and Beach Tumbling” class. The boys that signed up all have trampolines in their backyards and the parents wanted them to learn the RIGHT way to flip. Recently it became obvious that we had boys ages 5-7 who were in with girls and who could benefit from a boys-only environment, so we created a younger version of it. They are having a BALL! Especially because we have two men coaches – we call it: men, men, men, men! They love it. • Key staff retention is one factor in our healthier more stable income. Staff that is mature, vested and accountable have stabilized the flow of income. Our staff has improved its ability to communicate to our clients about the benefits of our well-designed, structured, progressive-based curriculum. We have improved our staff ’s ability to effectively sell multiple products to our customers. Our staff is the key to our business success. Even though

we have only been at our current location for five years, I do believe our physical location is a reason we have endured the economic downturn. • We have been hosting outside events in Gymnastics for All. We have developed a partnership with a number of Amusement parks, with Disney being the most productive. • We started doing parent/teacher conferences, like those done at school. We do them in the spring when everyone is getting ready to decide what they are going to do for summer. In the conference we go over their child’s progress from the year, their attendance, strengths and weaknesses, and what class we recommend for the summer. If they are going to move up to a new class, we also remind them that if they are not enrolled in the summer, they will have to re-enter in the fall at the current class level. We also have a chance to go over the Summer Flexi-schedule with the parents. We have

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found that by allowing the parents to pick how many weeks they will attend in the summer, we can retain more students. Our summer classes run 9 weeks long and they need to sign-up for at least 4.

• We donate at least 60 birthday parties every year. This is one of the most effective advertising we’ve done.

• We’ve kept our low prices. We’ve eliminated registration fees and encouraged customers to buy a nice leotard for a similar price.

What other actions have you taken that have also worked well as far as increasing revenue is concerned?

• For the summertime, we have unlimited make up/ freedom to choose from different days (no set class night).We’ve started offering promotional deals such as: coupons for a free registration on a new student enrollment, refer a friend and receive a $10 discount on your enrollment, early bird discounts on summer camps, $25 off birthday parties booked during the month.

• Our summer camps have really grown. The camp enrollment is actually equal to our summer class enrollment. We made a decision to really push camps this year as we know so many families like to avoid committing to any one activity for a length of time over the summer. We still offer a flex-schedule for our summer classes.

• We do “free” field trips. We pick all the 4 and 5 year olds in the gym and ask their parents if they’d like a field trip, class party, anything for this age group. I get so many gymnasts from

• We raised our prices. Yep, you heard that right! We raised most all our programs, as we normally do. We believe that the difference is not significant as long as what we offer is quality.

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• At Christmas time, after our Christmas show, we give each student a t-shirt that has the gym name on it. The kids love them and wear them all the time. They think we are great for giving them a t-shirt and we get advertising out of it. The bang for the buck is way better than a newspaper ad. Did you try anything that did not work? Explain what you tried and why you think it didn’t work. • For the past few summers, we have offered too many options of mini-camps, theme camps, boys, girls, pre-school camps in addition to our regular evening camps. What we have received is a smattering of enrollment here and there with not even enough kids to form a class. So this year we are just keeping our schedule mostly the same and moving competitive kids to the a.m. time slots. Our enrollment is up over the past few summers somewhat. In response to the economic situation facing your gym, what is the most effective thing you have done to save money in the past two years? • We’ve done a few things 1) Replaced sodium halide lights with T8 lights in gym. 2) Added a new devise to electrical panel to reduce energy consumption.3) Got county to reduce our property bill. 4) Clamped down on extra cheer practices. 5) Increased the coach to student ratios in cheer.

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• We keep wage cost as low as possible while paying our best people well. Incentive compensation so those who produce more than they consume are rewarded. It changed the environment and created an atmosphere where everyone chips in to make our gym run smoothly (for example if a coach sees something that needs to be done instead of reporting it to me they know they are expected and authorized to take care of it themselves). • We have cut back on our willingness to “overstaff classes with extra teachers” since our numbers have decreased. So we have been sticking much closer to our 1:8 ratio when in good times, we had extra teachers on hand for assistance.

member services Update Attention, USA Gymnastics Member Clubs: USA Gymnastics is committed to providing the highest standard of care for our members and expects its Member Clubs to adhere to the same principles. Since November 2010, USA Gymnastics has required all Member Clubs to adopt these standards by signing the Standard of Care Agreement. Therefore, upon becoming and/ or renewing a club membership, the Standard of Care Agreement must be signed by the club owner and returned before an application will be approved and club benefits are available. The new Member Club application includes this agreement. The Standard of Care Agreement states that the club agrees to: • Promote a safe environment for its members, participants, coaches, officials, volunteers and staff in all gymnastics disciplines. USA Gymnastics has adopted a Participant Welfare Policy detailing this commitment, which includes recommendations for Member Clubs. The Participant Welfare Policy may be viewed at • Certify that no persons permanently ineligible for membership in USA Gymnastics are, or will be associated with, the club or its activities in any way during the club’s membership period. A list of permanently ineligible members is available at • Acquire associate liability and associate comprehensive insurance plans that are active during the club’s membership.

who holds a current, certified Professional Membership or as a recreational-only club, at least one staff member who holds a safetycertified Instructor Membership for the entire period of the club’s membership with USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics has also adopted the following polices for Member Club memberships: • Club memberships that have been expired for more than 30 days must submit an application via fax or mail. • All changes to the Club’s information (name, contact information, email, etc.) must be submitted in writing on company letterhead and sent via fax/mail. • Any club membership application that fails to meet the requirements will be given Pending Status. Clubs have 60 days to fulfill the requirements. After 60 days, the application will be considered null and void, and the club will receive a refund, less a $30 processing fee. • Pending clubs may still use the club number and password to register/renew athletes and staff; however, any other club benefits are not available and the use of the USA Gymnastics logo or banner is prohibited until the member club requirements are met.

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August 17-20, 2011 • Saint Paul River Centre, Saint Paul, MN


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Visa Championships Ticket details GOLD: $305 – first 5 rows on sides. public price $375 – Save $70 Includes free event program and commemorative gift SILVER: $180 – rows 6-10 on sides. public price $280 – Save $100 BRONZE: $105 – rows 11 and up on sides and low ends. public price $190 – Save $85

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Individual registration fee includes: 1. Credential for entrance to Congress sessions, Aug 17-20. Credential available at check-in Aug 17. 2. Access to USA Gymnastics’ Hospitality Center for pre & post event activities. 3. Trade show admission 4. Complimentary transportation to St. Paul River Centre from the following hotels: Hilton Garden Inn, Embassy Suites, BestWestern Kelly Inn and Holiday Inn East. 5. Complimentary admission to the Rhythmic events held at the Roy Wilkins auditorium.

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Save the Date! 47th ANNUAL USA GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CONGRESS and TRADE SHOW Held in conjunction with 2011 Visa Championships, August 17 -20, 2011

Saint Paul, MN

Who should attend? All USA Gymnastics Professional, Instructor and Introductory Coach Members; coaches, judges and instructors of all levels; recreational and preschool teachers, business managers, administrators, and club owners; high school and college coaches. What is offered? Three days of education with more than 170 sessions. Lectures given by top individuals in the field. Sessions are provided on coaching, judging, business, preschool, recreational, sports science, fitness, and cheerleading. The opportunity to learn from leading experts in all six disciplines: Women’s, Men’s, Rhythmic, Acrobatics, Group Gymnastics and Trampoline and Tumbling. Along with sessions, the Trade Show exhibit hall will feature 200 booths of products and information from more than 90 different Industry Member vendors. Special events, such as the USGSA Mega Raffle, take place in the exhibit hall daily.

Congress: August 17-20, 2011 Where: Saint Paul River Centre, Saint Paul, Minn. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. Five sessions offered per day. Registration: Please visit Special discounted group registration for Member Clubs. Special Early Bird Pricing available for a limited time. Hotel/Travel Reservations: National Travel Systems: 888-603-8747 Email: Website: Visa Championships: August 17-20, 2011 Men’s and Women’s Artistic events at the Xcel Energy Center. Rhythmic competition at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium



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Sacramone’s Successful Comeback


By Luan Peszek

licia Sacramone is 23 years old and has successfully completed her comeback to gymnastics by winning the world title on vault at the 2010 World Championships, qualifying to beam finals and helping her team earn the silver medal. Sacramone has a long list of accomplishments in the sport. Since retiring after the 2008 Olympic Games, Sacramone decided to give it another shot in 2010. Her first event back was the 2010 Covergirl Classic, where she competed vault and beam and showed everyone she was definitely back on track by winning both events. At the Visa Championships, she won the vault gold medal to become the first U.S. woman to have five career U.S. vault titles, as well as finished second on beam. Sacramone earned a spot on the USA World Championships team, where she completed her successful comeback with her first world vault gold medal. When asked if it was worth coming back and putting in all of the hard work it required, Sacramone said without hesitation, “Absolutely. It was definitely worth it.” When asked about her experience at 2010 World Championships, Sacramone said, “World Championships was great. It was a struggle to get there, but I’m glad I did it. My 2010 was a year of highs and lows for me, but it was worth all of the hard work and sacrifices!” This Winchester, Mass., native trains at Brestyan’s American Gymnastics with her coaches Mihai and Silvia Brestyan. Sacramone has won nine world medals, which ties the U.S. women’s record also held by Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin. Not only did she win the vault title and the silver medal in the team competition, but she also made beam finals at the 2010 World Championships, her first international comeback competition. Sacramone contributed to the USA’s winning the team silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, and just missed an individual medal when she placed fourth on vault. At the 2007 World Championships, she helped the U.S. women win just their second world team title in history, and the first held at a World Championships outside the United States. At her first World Championships in 2005, Sacramone won the world floor exercise title and the vault bronze. Her next goal? “I want to upgrade my vault and beam and get floor back in the picture. I plan to



go to CoverGirl Classic and Visa Championships in 2011 and see where I am. The Olympic Games are just a year and a half away, so I will continue to train, and if it works out, great, that’s wonderful. But if not, then I’ll be happy with what I’ve accomplished.” Sacramone is the daughter of Fred, an orthodontist, and Gail, a salon owner. She has one older brother, Jonathan. She competed on Brown University’s gymnastics team during her freshman year, where she set school records in the all-around and vault, as well as became the first gymnast to win all five events at the Ivy League Classic.

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Technique - Feb. 2011 - Vol. 30 #2  

Technique - February, 2011 - Vol. 30 #2