Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Quote #48

"When you make a mistake, there are only three things you
should ever do about it: admit it, learn from it, and do not
repeat it."

-- Paul "Bear" Bryant

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Quote #47

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
-Joe Paterno

Quote #46

It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
-Muhammad Ali

Quote #45

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
-Will Rogers

Quote #44

Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself.
-Shannon Miller

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas and a happy competition year!

Well today is Christmas here in the United States and I just wanted to send a shout out to everyone who reads my blog an say MERRY CHRISTMAS! especially my out of country viewers. Thanks so much for making my blog as big as it is. I also want to thank my Coaches Jill, Lance, and Steph for getting me where I am today. I love you guys! Also, Comp season starts VERY soon so good luck to my competitors and have a HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Quote #43

If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat.
-Herschel Walker

Quote #42

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a mans determination
-Tommy Lasorda

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Quote #41

You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do.
-A J Kitt

Quote #40

The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, thats the day you start to the top.
-O.J. Simpson

Quote #39

"You can take from every experience what it has to offer you.
And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath
followed by another."

-- Oprah Winfrey

Monday, December 20, 2010

quote #38

"When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the

-- Nelson Mandela

or in other words when you are at the peak of your mountain it doesn't mean you have to fall to the bottom.

Quote #37

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they
are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on
in this world are the people who get up and look for the
circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, they
make them."

-- George Bernard Shaw

quote #36

"This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are
given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for
circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in
acting, to live."

-- Omar Bradley

quote #35

"Good, better, best. Never rest until good be better and
better best."

-- Mother Goose rhyme

That goose is quite smart. :)

quote #34

"What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me."

-- Helen Keller

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Make and effort

Make and effort, Not and excuse.

With excuses you will go nowhere with effort you will go everywhere.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Quote #33

"Every situation, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it
is the representative of a whole eternity."

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Look at every Olympic champion. Their life was changed the second they won that gold medal. They will be known for that moment for ever. So every moment towards what you want out of life. Believe in yourself and do your best because you never know what moments will change your life.

January is right around the corner

Competition season is right around the corner so now is the time to push yourself to perfection. Before we know it it will be January, the beginning of Utah Gymnastics (GO UTES!), Competitions, and the push to the US National Championships. My meets start the second week of January with an in-house meet then at the end of January we start our "big meets." good luck to my team and all of the competitors this upcoming year no madder your sport. So remember to have fun during the holidays and  may the odds be ever in your favor!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

USA Gymnastics magizine November/December

Here is the November/December publication of USA Gymnastics magazine! Remember the newest publication of USA Gymnastics will always be posted at the bottom of the blog! And don't forget to check out my new page (at the top) that has past issues in case you missed one and will have all future issues as I get them. ENJOY!

Quote #32

"In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not
to do the next time."

-- Anthony J. D'Angelo

Look at the most successful people in the world and ask them if they have ever failed in there in there lives. You can't do a skill perfect the first time. It just doesn't work that way. So keep trying and it will come.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Quote #31

"We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use
them that counts."

-- Madeleine L'Engle

Quote #30

"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide
your problems are your own. You don't blame them on your
mother, the ecology, or the President. You realize that you
control your own destiny."

-- Albert Ellis

 Great gymnasts make improvements not excuses!

Quote #29

"The sweetest two words are 'next time.' The sourest word is

-- Chi Chi Rodriguez

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New email

I got a new email especially for this blog. It's You can email me any quotes, videos, or "tumbling" stuff that you want me to post. Don't forget Inspiration month next month! send me your inspiration!


quote #28

"The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find
what interests you and that you can do well, and put your
whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and
natural ability you have."

-- John D. Rockefeller, III

Quote #27

"Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?"

-- Dennis and Wendy Mannering

I have noticed in the gym if someone is being really negative it is hard to be enthusiastic about what I am doing. If we all where to act a little more optimistic I think we would have allot more fun.

Quote #26

"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember.
Involve me, and. I'll understand."

-- American Indian Proverb

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


okay so next month is December and competition season starts in January. YAY! I was thinking it would be a cool idea to do inspiration month to help us get ready for comp season. This is for anyone with a dream or a desire to do something but have forgotten it. Who need that push to keep them going. Who need help believing in themselves. Remember If you believe it, ANYTHING is possible.

So send me your favorite quotes, videos, pictures, or anything that gives you a want to achieve in what ever you do whether it is playing a musical instrument, or to get good grades in school, or tumbling (like me!). Send it to me and I will try and post them!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nadia Comaneci Montage

Quote #25

"Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant
it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem
than the person at the bottom."

-- Sandra Day O'Connor

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Quote #24

"Don't reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You
can't have two sets of manners, two social codes -- one for
those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom
you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people."

-- Lillian Eichler Watson

Quote #23

"Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them.
Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can."

-- Norman Vincent Peale

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Quote #22

"Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes
for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be
learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at
least, others can learn from."

-- Al Franken

p.s. I am not suggesting that anyone dyes I just like this quote : )

Quote #21

"Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star."

-- W. Clement Stone

Quote #20

"Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth... Tame the
dragon and the gift is yours."

-- Noela Evans

Quote #19

"Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes
for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be
learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at
least, others can learn from."

-- Al Franken

p.s. I am not suggesting that anyone dyes I just like this quote : )

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Carly Patterson: A Moment Like This - 2004 Olympic AA

Quote #18

"If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up
where we are headed."

-- Chinese Proverb

Friday, October 29, 2010

Nadia Comaneci Tribute - Nadia's Theme

Impossible is Nothing - Nadia


Quote #17

"Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was."

-- Robert Louis Stevenson

Quote #16

"Failure is not reaching your goal, but in having no goal to

-- Benjamin Mays

Quote #15

"Envy can be a positive motivator. Let it inspire you to work
harder for what you want."

-- Robert Bringle

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Quote #14

"Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there except those that sang best."

-- Henry Van Dyk

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Macready's Take #6 - Event Finals - Day 2

Macready's Take #5 - Event Finals - Day 1

Macready's Take #4 - After All-Around

Macready's Take #3 - After Men's Team Final

Macready's Take #2 - After Women's Team Final

Macready's Take #1 - 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Bridget Sloan Interview - After Bars Finals - 2010 World Gymnastics Cham...

Rebecca Bross Interview - After Bars Finals - 2010 World Gymnastics Cham...

Alicia Sacramone Interview - After Vault Finals - 2010 World Gymnastics ...

First two days of event finals for woman Sacramone wins gold and Bross wins bronze

Women's vault
1. Alicia Sacramone, USA/Winchester, Mass., 15.200
2. Aliya Mustafina, Russia, 15.066
3. Jade Fernandes Barbarosa, Brazil, 14.799

Women's uneven bars
1. Elizabeth Tweddle, Great Britain, 15.733
2. Aliya Mustafina, Russia, 15.600
3. Rebecca Bross, USA/Plano, Texas, 15.066
Other U.S. finish
4. Bridget Sloan, USA/Pittsboro, Ind., 14.666

 Alicia Sacramone wins gold in the vault final at the 2010 world championships
"This week, Alicia demonstrated again how much value, leadership, and talent she brings to our program," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "She is very deserving of this fantastic achievement."
"I am glad to be back representing the U.S.," said Sacramone, who was a member of the 2008 Olympic silver-medal team. "To walk away like I did after the Olympics, with so many injuries and being disheartened after the Olympics, it's nice to set my mind to something, work hard and come back and get a big reward for all the work that I've done. It makes it worthwhile. I've got a silver and a couple of bronze (medals) so it's nice to complete my collection of vault medals."
-USA gymnastics

Rebecca Bross takes the bronze medal in the uneven bar final at the 2010 world championships
"It (the finals) wasn't much different from last year's because I was last up on bars then too," said Bross, who won the all-around bronze medal earlier in the competition. "I'm very happy with how I did on bars today. I hit a pretty clean routine."
-USA gymnastics

Bridget Sloan takes fourth in the uneven bar final at the 2010 world championships
"I am very happy with fourth," said Sloan. "Coming up (to fourth) from last year – I was sixth –is perfect for me. Finishing right behind my teammate Becca is incredible. I've been coming back from a few injuries, and I'm so happy to compete on bars at the world level. Coming here and proving myself, that I was ready to go on bars, is a great feeling."
-USA gymnastics

Rebecca Bross wins Bronze medal in the womans all around final

Women's all-around finals
1. Aliya Mustafina, Russia, 61.032
2. Jiang Yuyan, China, 59.998
3. Rebecca Bross, USA/Plano, Texas, 58.966

"Rebecca continues to demonstrate the qualities that make her a true champion," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Her grit and determination today were impressive and we are proud of her achievement."
 "I am very proud of my bronze medal," said Bross, who trains at WOGA. "I am a little disappointed – not because it is a bronze medal but because I made a mistake. And, you always want to go without the mistakes.
-USA gymnastics

Rebecca Bross Interview - After All-Around - 2010 World Gymnastics Champ...

Jonathan Horton Interview - After All-Around - 2010 World Gymnastics Cha...

Jonathan Horton wins bronze medal in the mens all-around final

Men's all-around finals
1. Kohei Uchimura, Japan, 92.331
2. Philipp Boy, Germany, 90.048
3. Jonathan Horton, USA/Houston, 89.864

"Jon has worked very hard for this," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, "and we are extremely proud of this accomplishment for him and the team."
"I am beyond happy, but not satisfied," said Horton. "If you know the real Jon Horton, you know I want to be the best and I want my team to be the best. This is awesome. I have wanted this all my life – to be a world medalist. Right now I am exhausted but I want to keep training. I want to get back in the gym already. I am ecstatic right now."
-USA Gymnastics

US men finish fourth in team finals at the 2010 world championships

 Chris Brooks-Pommel horse

2010 World Championships
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Ahoy Arena
October 21, 2010
Men's team finals

Team rankings
1. China, 274.997
2. Japan, 273.769
3. Germany, 271.252
4. USA, 268.012
5. France, 263.468
6. Russia, 263.170
7. Great Britain, 261.103
8. Korea, 259.952
U.S. men's team's individual scores (in the event order they competed)
Pommel horse
Danell Leyva, 13.466
Chris Brooks, 13.466
Chris Cameron, 13.100
Still rings
Chris Cameron, 13.800
Jonathan Horton, 15.500
Brandon Wynn, 15.533
Chris Brooks, 15.833
Jonathan Horton, 15.500
Steve Legendre, 16.233
Parallel bars
Chris Brooks, 15.116
Jonathan Horton, 15.200
Danell Leyva, 14.700
Horizontal bar
Chris Brooks, 15.533
Jonathan Horton, 15.633
Danell Leyva, 15.833
Floor exercise
Brandon Wynn, 14.300
Jonathan Horton, 14.000
Steven Legendre, 15.266

US women win team silver at the 2010 world championships

Team standings
1. Russia, 175.397
2. USA, 175.196
2. China, 174.781

U.S. women's event scores (in order they were competed)

Uneven bars
Mackenzie Caquatto, 14.666
Bridget Sloan, 14.566
Rebecca Bross, 14.833

Balance beam
Alexandra Raisman, 14.333
Alicia Sacramone, 14.600
Rebecca Bross, 14.866

Floor exercise
Mattie Larson, 12.533
Rebecca Bross, 14.633
Alexandra Raisman, 14.500

Mackenzie Caquatto, 15.000
Alexandra Raisman, 15.066
Alicia Sacramone, 15.600

SHAWN JOHNSON!! tribute to the best gymnast in the world! :P

A video of my favorite gymnast to my favorite song. How could it get any batter than that?

The World's Greatest - Shawn Johnson

Quote #13

"Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where
you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become
an overnight success."

-- Diana Rankin

Monday, October 25, 2010

Quote #12

"I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't
accept the fact that I can do something else."

-- Dolly Parton

Quote #11

 "Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams."

-- Anonymous

Quote #10

 "Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star."

-- W. Clement Stone

Quote #9

"Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health;
nothing is worse for your health than boredom."

-- Mignon McLaughlin

Quote #8

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live,
remember that."

-- Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

p.s. I know it says Philosopher's Stone but that's what it said on the email. I believe it should be sorcerer stone. But I don't know

Thursday, October 21, 2010

World Championships

Four U.S. gymnasts will compete in all-around finals at Worlds
Jonathan Horton, Danell Leyva, Rebecca Bross and Alexandra Raisman will represent the USA in the men's and women's all-around finals on Oct. 22 at the 2010 World Championships at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

World Championships


 The women finished prelims in third behind China in third and Russia in first, with Romania in fourth, and Great Britain in fifth. Here are the prelim scores.
Team Results
1. Russia, 234.521
2. China, 233.778
3. USA, 233.643
4. Romania, 228.495
5. Great Britain, 224.921

In addition to team finals, the U.S. will have the following competitors in the all-around and event finals:
  • All-Around: Rebecca Bross and Alexandra Raisman
  • Vault: Alicia Sacramone
  • Uneven bars: Bross and Bridget Sloan
  • Balance beam: Bross and Sacramone
  • Floor exercise: Raisman
Mackenzie Caquatto of Naperville, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics, and Mattie Larson of Los Angeles/All Olympia, are also members of the U.S. Team. Chelsea Davis of Austin, Texas/Texas Dreams is the alternate.

The men are also in third for prelims and will also be advancing to finals.
1 CHN China 362.482
2 JPN Japan 361.400
3 USA United States 357.029
4 GBR GreatBritain 357.033
5 GER Germany 355.383

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Artistic world championships started yesterday and the USA kicked off their first competition today with Woman's qualifications. Here is the competition schedule for the next nine days.

(results will be posted after each day - all times are ET)
Sunday, October 17 3 a.m. - Women's Qualifications | Start List
Results: Team | Individual | AA | VT | UB | BB | FX
Monday, October 18 2 p.m. - Men's Qualifications | Start List
Wednesday, October 20 11 a.m. - Women's Team Final
Thursday, October 21 11 a.m. - Men's Team Final
Friday, October 22 10 a.m. - Men's All-Around Final
1:30 p.m. - Women's All-Around Final
Saturday, October 23 7 a.m. - Women's Event Finals: VT, UB | Start List
7 a.m. - Men's Event Finals: FX, PH, SR
Sunday, October 24 8 a.m. - Women's Event Finals: BB, FX | Start List
8 a.m. - Men's Event Finals: VT, PB, HB
12 p.m. - Closing Ceremony 

Chelsea Davis hurts her left knee during training and probably won't compete here is a USA Gymnastics statement regarding Chelsea Davis...
"ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 15, 2010 – Chelsea Davis of Austin, Texas, injured her left knee during a training session at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Davis, who trains at Texas Dreams Gymnastics, was examined at the training hall at the Ahoy Arena.

According to the team doctor, Dr. Larry Nassar, Davis dislocated her knee cap when she landed a tumbling pass with a bent knee. Her condition is being monitored and treated by Dr. Nassar and the medical staff.

The U.S. women do not begin competition at the World Championships until Sunday, Oct. 17, at 9 a.m. Rotterdam time."
-USA Gymnastics

Hopefully she gets better and good luck to team USA!!!

Quote #7

"The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow.
This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who
is not a champion. That's what most people lack, having the
guts to go on and just say they'll go through the pain no
matter what happens."

-- Arnold Schwarzenegger

Quote #6

"Everything will be all right in the end; if it's not all
right then it's not the end."

-- Unknown

Quote #5 (Shannon Miller)

 Gymnastics has helped me so much, its taught me how to be dedicated to something, how to work hard, how to achieve your goals, also to be organzied and how to try to balance my life out. I think it has helped me in school too because it has kept me organized and I’m always striving for a goal.
-Shannon Miller

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Quote #4 (Mary Lou Retton)

"Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. Our goal in life is to find it and keep it."
- Mary Lou Retton

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Compete against yourself #2

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who
conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self."

-- Aristotle

I got this in an email today and it just so happened that it had a similar meaning to the one I posted earlier today. I guess you could say this is the theme of the day.

Compete against yourself

"I never compete against the competition. The only one I compete against is myself, because one day I will beat the competition and then who will I compete against?"
-Billie Akauola

This is a cool quote that talks about how we should not think about what every body else is doing. This reminded me of a meet I had last year where I had beaten my all time score on the tramp. As you may have read in previous post I am not the best trampolinist. My strengths are floor, and Double-mini. At this meet I beat my all time score and improved my performance by a lot but I was ranked lower than I usually did on tramp. I had to remind my self that I was competing against my self. I beat my self therefor it was a good meet. The competition happened to better that day. But so was I.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gymnastics guide

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USA Gymnastics magizine September/October

This is the USA Gymnastics magazine for September/October. It is also at the very bottom of the blog. I will try to update them as they come. I think this is a cool way for USAG to advertise and a fun way for us to read it. Enjoy!

p.s. If you want past issues leave a comment telling me witch one and I will see if I can get it.

Uneven Bars Mount Guide Gymnastics

These are so cool! I wish we still did round off mounts these days. I love them.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Celebrating Us: 1996 Altanta Olympics - Kerri Strug's Gold Medal V...

Celebrating Us: 1996 Altanta Olympics - Kerri Strug's Gold Medal V...: "I thought I would post the original Kerri Strug vault. I absolutely love this video. It's amazing check it out! p.s. It made me laugh when I..."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kerri Strug - Visa Commercial Olympics 1996

I have found a new love with gymnastics biography's. My friend thinks it's weird but I love them. I have read My Child, My Hero. By Claudia Miller. This book is about Shannon miller and her life in gymnastics. I just finished reading Landing on my feet. By Kerri Strug. She is one of my favorites. I loved her book and it was my favorite out of the two. This is a commercial about her in the 1996 Olympics. And my second or third favorite moment in Olympic history. After Shawn Johnson, and Nastia Liukin in the 2008 Olympics.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

new blog background

Do you guys like the new blog background? I had to change it to make my new 3 column layout fit. This was one of my top choices the first time I was choosing backgrounds but the other one won. The other one didn't have a 3 column version so I used this one. Cute hu? well I like it. That's all from me. AstaLasagna Friends as my sister would say.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Quote #3

"Gymnasts are angels because they are the only humans who can fly."


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tumbling hair do's

This is a post I put on my hair blog and I thought I should put it on this blog because it has to do with tumbling. So enjoy!

As you may know by reading my previous blogs I am a competitive tumbler. These are some of the many hairdo's I have worn at competitions. Some better than others. I'll tell you why and tell you how to do some of them to!

This is from the Utah summer games two years ago and I did not want to let my mom french braid my hair so I just put it in pigtails THIS IS NOT ADVISED FOR COMPETITION! At any normal USA-G sanctioned competition this would not be allowed because they want you to have your hair pulled back tightly and if it is long it needs to be in a bun of some sort. But at summer games they don't care much about that kind of stuff so I was okay.

This was at the Utah Sate Championships last year and my team decided to dye our hair blue to match our leotards. (I am the one turned away talking to one of the competitors.) It was really fun. I decided to use the spray color so that I wouldn't get in trouble at school on Monday. Some of my team that where out of high school actually dyed their hair and kept it for quite a while. All I had to do was make the braids then spray them with the hair dye like I was spraying them with hairspray. I got the hair dye at Clair's but you could get it other places to. But I don't recommend this for anything bigger than state championships because judges can take deductions for it so I would be even cautious at state. At region 1 championships last year they took a 1 point deduction for unnatural hair color. And this is a BIG deduction especially when you are trying to qualify for nationals.

This was at a meet about two years ago. Front twist into bun. I do this one allot because It stays tight (if you use as much hairspray as I do for meets and that's allot!) and doesn't threaten to touch the ground. (A major deduction.) The only downside on this is I use bobby pins for my buns and bobby pins are not allowed anymore at meets because there was a bobby pin on the mat and a girl was tumbling and it went through right through her hand. OUCH! but hey, you have no rules about using bobby pins so it is still a perfect do for you!

 I'm not sure you can see it in these two pictures. I have my hair loosely french braided. It didn't stay in very well and it kept bugging me during the competition. It was only loose because my mom doesn't know how to french braid other peoples hair. So I recommend having someone who can braid OTHER peoples hair do your hair. Or if you are like my mom, do your own. :)

Mind the second picture I don't know what I was doing. To me it looks like I am sneezing but I don't know that's just me. This is an ever popular one I see at meets.  I use this one often. You can do many variations of this hairdo as seen in the three pictures. The first two are what I like to call the diamond or zig zag hairdo. What you do is start by parting one row of hair. Take pieces of that row and secure them with a small rubber band. After you do the first row part the second row. Section this row so the pieces are in between the ones in front of them. (see pictures.) Before you secure with rubber band take half of each of the two sections in front of them. Continue doing this with as many rows as you want. In the third picture I did almost the same thing but I took one large section on the top of my head and split it into two sections horizontally and connected them. Then I sectioned the sides in to sections vertically. And pulled the entire thing back into a bun. Be creative with this one the possibility are endless. 

p.s. I had to tell you about this. In the third picture my little cousin (blond girl in the pink.) had just asked me where my pants where. When I replied they where in my bag she insisted I go get them and put them on. She is so cute and makes me laugh every time I see her. I love you Cami!

As you may have noticed with these pictures It is hard to even see because it is so blurry. This is because I am moving so fast and as you can imagine, It would be hard for my hair to stay in. But mine is staying in just fine. Want to know my secret? Okay so first I always do something with my bangs, either I twist it

or I braid it, clip it, pin it, or pull it back with a small pony tale holder. Then I pull it back into a tight "midish" ponytail. Then I spray it wit a generous amount of hairspray. Then I put a scrunchy in it over the other ponytail holder. The scrunchy helps hold the hair tighter. And it doesn't slip out as easy. So that's my secret to a tight ponytail that stay's in during tumbling.

So these are some of my hairstyles I do for tumbling. I hope you guys like them and can use them for something even though I'm sure most of you aren't competitive tumblers. You can use these for whatever sport you do or you can just do them for fun. Thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Okay this is a follow up on Mondays post. On Thursday I did whip-whip-2-whip-1 and that was HUGE for me. I have not been able to tumble out of whip-whip before. And if I could I would just do one bhs. So that made me really happy. I Luv U guys! even though no one is reading this.


Thursday, August 26, 2010


On Monday, we where doing whip progressions and I finished progression 4 and finally got my 1-whip-1-whip-1 (I think that's what it was it might have also been whip-1-whip-1-whip, which is a likely possibility.) I am so happy!!! It took me forever to get. : )

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Nationals update

okey dokey so on Thursday I did my whip-whip-1 (that's whip whip back handspring for those of you who don't speak tumbling.) Yay!!! that's the next thing I needed to get for nationals. So I now have the two things I have been working on for Nationals. MY full and my tumble out of whip whip. Yay. I am happy about it now I need to connect and put together my passes, then perfect them, then earn about $600-800 (I have saved about $65 in my Nationals fund) Then qualify then I am off to nationals. I have untill January to get my passes ready to compete and until April or may to qualify. And Nationals is around July.

Monday, August 2, 2010

I got my full!!!!!!!!!

Guess what guys, I just did my full!!!!!! I did it on the ground and landed it for the first time!!!!! I am sooooooooo excited!!!!!! It feels amazing! At first I did it and got about 3/4gths around, then my coach told me to only think about pulling as hard as I can. So I did and I turned all the way! but I didn't land it. then I did that again then we where going to go to tramp. but my coach told me I could do one more if I wanted to so I did and I LANDED IT!!!!!! I am really excited!can you tell?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nationals Announced

They Announced where Nationals are going to be this year. They are going to be in San Antonio, Texas! They Don't have dates yet but it should be fun! I have a lot of work to do before then. I need to get my full (almost there) and tumble out of whip-whip. Plus earn like $ 700.00. I've got a lot of work to do but have a lot of people behind me. You guys are amazing!


ability,determination,attitude, (Quote #2)

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation
determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do

-- Raymond Chandler

I found this quote after I got home from open gym today. I have been trying so hard to do my full. This is so true. I have tumbled with kids who have amazing ability but don't care enough to work hard. These kids never progress past whats easy for them. I have also tumbled with kids who have a terrible attitude. They want to, lets say, qualify for Nationals and you can tell they want it really bad but when ever the coach tells them to do sit ups they cry and whine. Those kids are never strong enough to do the necessary skills that's why I always I am determined with a positive attitude.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

my favorite quotes

These are some of my favorite gymnastics quotes. I love them! hope you do to!

# I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. I think if you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done. (Mike Ditka)
# The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well. (Baron de Coubertin, The Olympic Creed)
# A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught! (Thomas A. Kempis)
# You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
# Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity. (Paul Goodman)
# Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. (Samuel Johnson)
# Hard work and togetherness. They go hand in hand. You need the hard work because it's such a tough atmosphere... to win week in and week out. You need togetherness because you don't always win, and you gotta hang though together. (Tony Dungy)
# "I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything: "I will try" has accomplished wonders. (George P. Burnham)
# Success doesn't "happen." It is organized, preempted, captured, by consecrated common sense. (F.E. Willard)
# We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs. (Francois Fenelon)
# A person is only as big as the dream they dare to live. (Unknown)
# The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason. (Marya Mannes)
# There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. (Beverly Sills)
# A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it. (Alistair Cooke)
# Success doesn't come to go to it. (Marva Collins)
# Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. (Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931), Harper's Monthly, 1932)
# It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in the hours. (Sam Ewing)
# People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it. (Howard Newton)
# The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of other; it is in yourself alone. (Orison Swett Marden)
# I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. (John D. Rockefeller)
# Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength. (Anonymous)
# I wasn't too good at vaulting, and I didn't have running speed and jumping power. (Mitsuo Tsukahara, JPN, Intl. Gymnast 11/82)
# The mind is perhaps one of the greatest factors in gymnastics; if one can't control his mind, he can't control his body. (William Meade, USA)
# A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. (Walter Bagehot)
# Every single element, even the most hair-raising, can be improved. (Dmitry Bilozerchev, URS, World Gymnastics 1983/4)
# Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. (William Durant, founder of General Motors)
# Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand. (Bruce Barton)
# After a while, if you work on a certain move consistently then it doesn't seem so risky. The idea is that the move stays dangerous and it looks dangerous to my opponents - but it isn't to me. That is my secret. (Nadia Comaneci, ROM, The Illustrated History of Gymnastics)
# Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for; but, rather something to be achieved. (William Jennings Bryan)
# If you do the best you can, you will find, nine times out of ten, that you have done as well as or better than anyone else. (William Feather)
# Talent alone is not enough. I believe that a really good gymnast is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. (Vladislav Rastorotsky, URS)
# In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. (Albert Einstein)
# Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success. (William J. H. Boetcker)
# One time a French reporter asked me how I could do a cross so easily. I said, 'You just lower your body down until your arms are straight out to the sides, then you stop.' (Albert Azarian, URS, Intl. Gymnast, 05/94)
# The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear. (William Jennings Bryan)
# The price of success is perseverance. The price of failure comes cheaper. (Anonymous)
# We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. (Norman MacFinan)
# I know how to smile, I know how to laugh, I know how to play. But I know how to do these things only after I have fulfilled my mission. (Nadia Comaneci, ROM, Time Magazine 1976)
# Failure is only postponed success as long as courage "coaches" ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. (Herbert Kaufman)
# Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat. (Malcolm Forbes)
# A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner. (English proverb)
# The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear. (William Jennings Bryan)
# Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success. (William J. H. Boetcker)
# If you do the best you can, you will find, nine times out of ten, that you have done as well as or better than anyone else. (William Feather)
# Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. (William Durant, founder of General Motors)
# Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome. (Samuel Johnson)
# Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight. (Helen Keller)
# What you can do, or think you can, begin it. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
# The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. (Joseph Joubert)
# Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)
# Individual glory is insignificant when compared to victory achieved as a team. (Watertown - Mayer Gymnastics Team)
# What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. (William Morrow)
# Aspire, break bounds. Endeavor to be good, and better still, best. (Robert Browning)
# Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself. (F. Hawes)
# One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it. (Knute Rockne)
# The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. (Charles Du Bos)
# One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world – making the most of one's best. (Harry Emerson Fosdick)
# Judgment comes from experience, and great judgment comes from bad experience. (Robert Packwood)
# Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. (Harold B. Melchart)
# Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else. (Henry Ward Beecher)
# No matter who says what, you should accept it with a smile and do your own work. (Mother Teresa)
* Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
* When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy. (Samuel Goldwyn)
* There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. (Colin Powell)
* The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second, which comes with a sort of mastery. (Janet Erskine Stuart)
# The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions. (William F. Scolavino)
# Genius is eternal patience. (Michelangelo)
#The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. (Chinese proverb)
# Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing. (John Stuart Mill)
# The greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fall. (Confucius)
# The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them. (Benjamin Jowett)
# Tough times never last. Tough people do. (Robert Schuller)
# There are many ways to measure success; not the least of which is the way your child describes you when talking to a friend. (Unknown)
# Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it! (Mother Teresa)
# Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. (Anonymous)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

gymnast cursor

don't mind this post I had to do it to get the little gymnast cursor.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Believe in your dreams.

Believe in today.

Believe that you are loved.

Believe that you make a difference.

Believe we can build a better world.

Believe when others might not.

Believe there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

Believe that you might be that light for someone else.

Believe that the best is yet to be.

Believe in each other.

Believe in yourself.

I believe in you.

~ Kobi Yamada

3/4 full

Guess what guys! Today at tumbling I turned my full 3/4ths of the way! I'm so close and so excited! last week I turned it barley 1/2 of the way once. The rest of the time I only turned it about two inches. So this is an improvement. For those of you who don't know what a full is, its a layout (see my skill dictionary. It's my 7th post in June) with a full twist. If you still don't understand look it up on YouTube. Also, My class (Monday) is being extended a 1/2 hour so now I am up to 31/2 hours a week! and counting. I might trade my 1 hour class (open gym) on Thursdays for a 2 hour class by the end of the summer. We'll see.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Olympic week-Friday

USA us China gymnastics Olympics 2008

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Quote #1

"Smooth seas do not make a skillful sailor."

-- African proverb

Olympic week- Thursday #2

Chellsie Memmel

Olympic week-Thursday

Okay, so for Olympic week Thursday-Saturday I am going to do videos on the whole team. Enjoy!

Time Of My Life

Olympic week-Tuesday

Samantha Peszek

Samantha Peszek is 16 years old and a powerhouse gymnast on the USA National Team. She is the first of two daughters to Ed and Luan Peszek, was born on December 14, 1991 in McCordsville, Indiana. As an energetic toddler Samantha took up gymnastics in 1993 at DeVeau's School of Gymnastics in Fishers, Indiana. She progressed rapidly, and at age 9 was a member of the TOPS National Team. A year later, Samantha was on the TOPS team again as a 10 year old. By 2003, it was evident Samantha's talent was developing quickly, and as an 11 year old level 10 she placed 8th at the Regional Championships. That finish was only a small indicator of things to come.
Samantha jumped into the gymnastics scene in 2004, where she made a name for herself as one of the nation's top junior athletes. She placed an impressive second all-around at the 2004 Junior Olympic National Championships at age 12. Weeks later, she went on to qualify to the Visa Championships where she placed third on vault and eighth in the all-around, becoming the youngest member of the 2004 National Team. In 2005, Sam earned a spot on her second USA National Team and became the national champion on vault. She also placed seventh in the all-around and second on floor. Samantha’s season continued to improve as she earned her third international assignment in Mexico, where she won the all-around, floor and vault titles.

In early 2006 Sam competed in the Gymnix International and won the all-around, vault and beam titles. Later in the year, at the 2006 Visa Championships, she won the all-around bronze medal as well as the silver medal on vault and the bronze medal on bars. She also debuted a double twisting double back on floor, a skill that only a few women in the world can do! Samantha earned a spot to compete in the 2006 Junior Pan American Championships where she helped her team earn the gold medal and also won the gold medal on floor and the silver medal on vault.

2007 was a fantastic year for Sam! Samantha and her USA Teammates became World Champions and made history at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, when the USA Team won the title for the first time outside the USA.

The USA was down by one tenth of a point to China after three rounds of competition at the World Championships, but came back strong on the final event, floor, to clinch the team title and bring home the gold medal. The Super 7 appeared on the Today Show a few weeks later to show off their medals and golden smiles.

“It was an awesome feeling to literally be on top of the world,” said Samantha. “I honestly don't think I have ever been happier in my entire life. To work so hard for something, and to have it pay off, was truly a dream come true. And, to win it with such an amazing group of girls made the victory even sweeter!”

Not only did Sam and her teammates win the gold medal at Worlds, but they also won the gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In fact, in 2007 Samantha competed in five major national and international competitions including the Tyson American Cup, USA vs. Great Britain, Pan American Games, Visa Championships and World Championships. In these five events, she won a total of five gold medals, one silver and one bronze. She traveled to Ireland, Brazil and Germany within a six month time period and was also named USA Gymnastics TOPs Athlete of the Year for 2007.


Olympic week-Wednesday

Bridget Sloan

BORN: June 23rd, 1992 (Cincinnati, OH)
PARENTS: Jeff & Mary Sloan
SIBLINGS: Brothers Kyle & Nathan, Sister Kassie
HOME TOWN: Pittsburgh, IN
SCHOOL: Tri-West High School
CLUB: Sharp's Gymnastics Academy (Indianapolis, USA)
COACH: Marvin Sharp
BEGAN GYMNASTICS: Age 4, 1996 (with Coach Sharp)
BEGAN ELITE: Age 10, 2003 (USAG Child Elite National Team)
OLYMPIAN: Age 16, 2008 (Silver Medalist)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Olympic week-Monday

Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin was the all-around gold champion at the 2008 Olympics. That says it all.
was born to Anna and Valeri Liukin on October 30, 1989 in Moscow, Russia. Her mom (Anna) was a rhythmic gymnast and her dad (Valeri) was an artistic gymnast. So I guess it was in her blood. She trains at WOGA gymnastics. And her dad is her coach.

Nastia facts

Name-Anastasia Liukin
Nicknames-Nastia, Nast
Birthday-October 30Th, 1989
Birthplace-Moscow, Russia
Resides-Texas, United States of America
Parents-Anna and Valeri Liukin
Hobbies-Shopping, AIM, Reading, Swimming
Theme song-Super Girl
Favorite movie- Kung Fu Panda
Sponsors- adidas, AT&T, Cover Girl, Secret, and Visa.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Olympic week: Sunday

Shawn Johnson

Shawn's websight-

OK so SHAWN JOHNSON. My favorite gymnast of all time. No wonder I am doing her first.

Born on January 19th, 1992 in Des Moines, Ia, Johnson is the only child of Doug and Teri Johnson. Shawn Johnson won four medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. She won the gold medal on balance beam, the silver in the all-around, silver in floor exercises, and helped the us win the team silver. Shawn Johnson only trains 20 to 25 hours a week instead of the whopping 40 most other elite gymnast train. She attends public high school where she is on the honor roll.

little known facts about Shawn Johnson

Her Favorite Color is turquoise.

In Iowa, October 17th was deemed "Sawn Johnson Day" by Governor Chet Culver.

Her Favorite Band is Rascal Flatts.

Her favorite School Subjuet is English

Her Hobbies are scrapbooking and walking dogs at a local animal shelter.

Her Favorite Gymnast is Kim Zmeskal

She has been pictured on McDonald's Cups and Coca-Cola boxes.

Her Favorite athlete in Another Sport is Lance Armstrong

Her Favorite foods are steak and chicken kabobs, strawberries.

Her favorite book is "You Go Girl", by Kim Doren and Charlie Jones.

Well thats what Shawn for you!

Olympic week

Next week I will start what I will call Olympic week. Every day I will post a new video from YouTube about one of my favorite Olympians. I will also post some info and back ground on that person. Those of you who have looked at my other blog recently all ready know our hard drive is full so I can't upload anything or my computer will crash. So this is my alternative.... Olympic week... and videos from YouTube.

Flipside website link

I just thought I would post a link to my gym website for those of you who are wondering where I take. Like I've said before I take at Flipside trampoline and tumbling in Syracuse. here is the link.


Coaches at Nationals

Hi guys!!! OK so I have no tumbling this week because all my coaches are at nationals at Virginia Beach I wish I could have gone but I'm level 7 and my coach doesn't take us until we are level 8. Next year!!! This year I hit qualification scores at both state and region championships! (on floor) I have qualified every year on floor since level 5. So I am hoping to continue this qualifying streak next year and hopefully it will be somewhere fun! Any way I just wanted to wish my team mates who are at Virginia Beach Luck. Luv You guys!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Utah summer Games

The state games of the west

Last Sunday I got back from St. George where I had my last competition of the season. The Utah Summer Games. This was a fun competition probably because I took gold on all three events. This was a generally small meet compared to State and Regional Championships. but it was a nice way to end the season. Here are some pictures

The long drive down.

having fun in the car.

The beautiful scenery.

our car window paint. Go Flipside!!!

Check in

Havin' Fun at opening ceremonies

Fire works

First time on the podium

On the podium yet again

Still on top undefeated

Talking to friends (the second place girl was in the bathroom when they where calling awards. I think it was kind of funny. Her mom had to go get her.)

my medals

my scores:
Tramp-My goal was to get better than 23.00 I slaughtered it with a 25.30 and got first!
Double-Mini- My goal for double mini and floor was to get gold. I did just that with a score of 25.30
Floor-I got a score of 52.80 and On top of the meadle stand again with first place!
This was one of my favorite meets and we had a blast and my team did very well. Sorry I don't have any video my computer wouldn't let me upload them. I'll post pictures from previous meets during the year.