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.