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“I want to inspire…show there can be longevity in gymnastics” – new Jenny Hansen Interview

29 Nov

Yes, we’ll just admit it now. We are her biggest fans. I mean, how can you not love her? Try, we dare you!

…”My ultimate goal would be to make the Olympics but I really want to remind everyone the sport brings so many opportunities. I want to inspire people and show there can be longevity in gymnastics. It should be fun regardless if you compete internationally or just learn a back tuck again. Staying healthy is also one of my top priorities.”

“Which skill came back the quickest? Which was the hardest? … Ironically, the skills I’ve never done were easier to do- like Arabian double fronts. It sounds odd, but because I’d never done them before I didn’t have any bad habits to break and I could visualize the trick in my head. Cast handstands on bars were one of the hardest things to get back.”

Read more of Amy Van Deusen’s interview with 38 year-old gymnast, Hansen 

Hansen posts often and communicates directly with her supporters on Twitter and Facebook. Fans can support her by contributing to her training fund.

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35 Year old Marina Moskalenko of US Competes in Tumbling Worlds

21 Nov

Marina used to compete in Artistic gym and now is on the national Trampoline & Tumbling team. Check out her crazy pass and stuck landing! Love her salute  too – so confident, so sassy.

42-Year-Old Gymnast Competing Level 9

19 Sep

After leaving the sport due to injury as a 14-year-old elite, Tina Wise (nee Rand) found her way back at age 28 and has been doing gymnastics ever since. She is now 42 and competes for Rebounders in Maryland.

There are several things that I love about this woman. She didn’t quit after two serious injuries, the kids in her gym look up to her and  she never let fear stop her. In fact she says, “They couldn’t even get me on the high (balance) beam and I wasn’t doing any bars. I did some floor exercise and vault; that was it.” Instead she slowly but surely kept at it. I’ve seen many adult gymnasts start gymnastics only to have an injury and then quit, citing the injury as absolute proof that “adults should not do this sport” or that they “just can’t do it” because they are “too old.” This infuriates me because it’s a) not true b) has nothing to do with age c) infers that these injuries only happen in gymnastics, when in fact any activity  or sport could cause an injury.

If you love something, you can always find a way to do it, even if it means only doing conditioning and trampoline for the first year. Hats off to you Ms. Wise. Your courage and no-excuses attitude is an inspiration and lesson for us all.

More about Tina Wise.

Painful Experiences Could Turn Info Triumphant Ending; Tina Wise Returns To Site Of Painful Memories As A Teenager To Compete

Oldest Gymnast Competing in Maryland Celebrates Birthday

38-Year-Old Gymnast Defies Odds

Thank you to original source GymnasticsCoaching.com

37-year-old Jen Hansen Says That Her Comeback Isn’t Over Yet

18 Sep

Hansen is a stunt woman, the greatest female gymnast in NCAA history and almost made it back to elite competition this season. In an interview with USAG last week, Hansen said that she  has decided to keep trying to qualify for elite and make it to the Olympics next year. She will be a long shot but if she can get her consistency up and a little more difficulty she could be a dark horse. Either way, what an amazing woman and wonderful inspiration!  Some highlights below, read the full article HERE

USA Gym: When did you decide to start training in gymnastics again and why?
Hansen: I started training again two years ago because I wanted to work as a stuntwoman. It was so much fun getting back into shape and challenging myself again. If the scene called for a big skill, I wanted to be the one to do it. So I got in the gym and just started playing around with old and new skills. On the season finale taping of “Make It Or Break It,” I was asked to do my handspring front with a full. Bela Karolyi was there and encouraged me to try out for the national team. Since then, I’ve been training for elite competition.

USA Gym: What was the most difficult part of your comeback?
Hansen: The hardest part was getting my endurance level back.

USA Gym: How many hours a day did you train when trying to comeback?
Hansen: I train gymnastics four days a week. I’ve learned to listen to my body so if I need a break, I will take it.

Hansen 1994 SEC’s beam routine.

Her routines from the elite qualifier this year.

Her stunt reel.

How to Run a Successful Adult Gymnastics Program for Over 30 Years

1 Sep

Rick McCharles from Altadore Gymnastics (home of FX Olympic Champion Kyle Shewfelt) gave a presentation called Building and Maximizing an Adult Rec Gymnastics Program last weekend at the B.C. Gymnastics Congress. If you are a coach, gymnast, owner or manager this is a must read/watch.  If you are a gymnast who wants to keep your adult program for a long time, consider passing this on to your gym’s manager. Your vigilance matters. Show that you care and will help keep your class safe and will help build the program.

 Here are some of the points from his presentation that I strongly agree with:

  • keep former gymnasts, coaches involved / “detraining” phase for retiring competitors – I agree! Don’t lose your gymnasts. Keep them involved for life.
  • overconfident young men are the main risk in offering drop-in [open gym]  – I’d add former high level competitors with some ego, long retired who feel they can still “throw” a trick
  • great way to recruit potential coaches
  • offer speciality training for Parkour / Free Running, Capoeira and CrossFit athletes
  • all adults should be required to attend a group warm-up (15min)
  • Offer the class as late in the evening as possible – amen

Today Show goes to Chelsea Piers Adult Gymnastics Class

21 Jun

What a great program they have at Chelsea Piers in NYC! Check out the full video here . Check out our Find a Gym page to see info on Chelsea Piers program.

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