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Another day, Another meet from gymnasticszone.com

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gymgymgymnast08

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I found this on www.gymnasticszone.com and thought you guys would want to read it.

Another Day, Another Meet?

We were at a huge Optional Invitational meet and in the same rotation with one other team. We were starting the meet out on beam. Our three Level 8 girls were last in the rotation and were already warmed up. Five girls from the other team had already gone and scores were running about average.
The next girl stepped up, saluted the judges and prepared to start her mount. She was doing a running approach toward the end of the beam and had been warming up a step-on mount.
She started her run aggressively but on her last step and she accidentally stubbed her toe into the board. She tripped on the board and stumbled, falling hard and hit her face right on the end of the beam.
She got up off the board and apparently decided that she couldn’t repeat her mount and got immediately up on the beam to finish her routine. She was on the verge of tears and very shaky.
What followed was one of the worst series of falls and errors I have ever seen in a meet.
She went to step into her split leap and partially missed her footing. Her foot slipped off the beam and she straddled the beam and fell on her head again – not hard but enough to shake her up even more..
She fell on her back handspring series, a back tuck and her jump series and wobbled on every skill she didn’t fall on.
She fell on her full turn and got up facing the wrong way. You could see that blank lost look gymnasts get when they have completely forgotten where they are in a routine. Finally she figured it out, turned around and got her routine back on track.
By that time, the bell indicating that time had been called had rung and she was nowhere near done with her routine. She even fell one more time before her dismount, got back up and threw a cartwheel back dismount which was way short on the landing.
She gave a kind of half-hearted salute to the judges and started walked over head down to where her coach and teammates were. We were all sitting by the bleachers where mostly team parents from the other team were sitting to watch the beam routines
The only way the judges were going to give this routine a 3.0 was if they, like everyone else, couldn’t bear to watch the embarrassing display and missed some of the deductions.
In this time of coaches so concerned with how what their gymnasts do makes them look to other coaches, we were all sure that this girl was in for it now and was going to hear about it from her coach. She came walking over with that look in her eye that she knew what was coming.
We have all heard coaches scream at, be sarcastic to and to even refuse to acknowledge gymnasts who had done far less wrong than this girl. What was going to be the coach’s reaction?
She was already punishing herself you could see just from the look on her face. She was embarrassed, hurt, dejected and almost ready to cry. She walked up right in front of her coach and stood with her head hung down.
He took one look at her, put his arm around her and turned to the rest of his team and the parents sitting there.

You could tell which parents were Jenny’s by the way they sat up, proud now of their daughter that they saw in a new light. Her teammates crowded around her, hugging her and you could just feel the smile coming back onto her face.
 

gymgymgymnast08

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Someone asked me if I had a boyfriend.
I said, "Yes."
They asked his name.
I said, “Gymnastics. I am very committed.”



haha thats so true though.
 
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That is an amazing story--I really wish more coaches would be that coach. At that moment in time the coach remembered (and reminded the girls) that gymnastics isn't about winning, but instead it is about courage, determination, and never giving up.
 

lannamavity

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That is an awesome story. It's hard to see the silver lining in that mess of a routine, but it does take guts.

Not to take away from that story, but in all my years of coaching, one of my proudest moments was when an 11 year old Level 5 peeled off the high bar, flipped upside down and landed on her back hard under the low bar while warming up at the State Meet. I carried her off so the others could finish (when I knew she was okay), and when it was time for her to compete, I asked her if she was ready to go (as she was still catching her breathe), and she said yes, and got up and did the routine of her career.

She wasn't a great gymnast, and she quit that next Summer, but that kid stands out in my mind as one of the toughest, most dedicated kids I have ever coached. She struggled to shine even as it seemed like giving up was so easy.

That's what it's really all about.
 
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Not to take away from that story, but in all my years of coaching, one of my proudest moments was when an 11 year old Level 5 peeled off the high bar, flipped upside down and landed on her back hard under the low bar while warming up at the State Meet. I carried her off so the others could finish (when I knew she was okay), and when it was time for her to compete, I asked her if she was ready to go (as she was still catching her breathe), and she said yes, and got up and did the routine of her career.




that's almost my exact Level 6 state. ha. i feeled off high bar doin tap swings
and flew back under the low bar, and jammed my heel in the corner of the spring board, which my coach had failed to move. and i was first to compete.
the judges saluted while i was still crying. and the same, did the best L6 bar routine EVER. lol.
 

Monkeygirlsmom

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I love that story! I Think we have coaches like that! (well Id like to think)
yes they do tell the kids what they need to workon etc (as theys should)
but The other day I was hearing the coach talk to the level 5 girls and I loved how she told them what they need to work on but never did I feel as tho she
criticised them she just said you are soo close now try to keep your feel straighter! just tthe tone and all made me proud of the gym we are at!

its all about the effort they put in and yes sometimes they need to be more stern etc but to me its more for saftey then anything!

thanks for the story
 
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