Category Archives: athlete

Here’s To the Girls Not In Rio!

Gymnastics is not traditionally thought of as a team sport. Though those who train gymnasts, especially at the competitive level, understand that great teammates are the secret sauce that makes the journey of a gymnast a little smoother and a lot more fun. At the end of the week the Olympics kick off.  Five women […]

What a Penny Teaches Us About Success

  Suppose a magic genie gives you a choice that you have to make within 5 seconds: $3 million dollars in cash or a penny that will earn compound interest for 31 straight days. Which would you take? Most would choose the $3 million dollars. Unless you have an inherent understanding of the power of […]

July 21

Will it Ever be Good Enough? I Spent too Much Time being Embarrassed by My Bronze.

Originally posted on Get Psyched!:
Back in 1992 my only goal was to make the Olympic Team. When that dream happened my next goal was to hit all my routines during the competition. I didn’t think about medals, or making finals, or even being put on the front of the next Wheaties box. I was…

The Importance of the “Soft” Stuff

Secret: I have a new favorite gymnast. She is 12 year old Jaymes Marshall. I first saw Jaymes when her vault from the 2016 JO Nationals lit up Facebook. And then I recently read this interview she did for Inside Gymnastics. In the interview, this very talented and highly accomplished gymnast was asked, “What’s some […]

6 Things to Remember When an Athlete Switches Gyms

One of the harder things I have dealt with and watched coaches deal with is the departure of an athlete from our club to another club. Sure, sometimes it comes with relief of knowing that a family that caused distress to the coaching staff has moved on to be someone else’s problem. But sometimes it […]

8 Myths We Need to Stop Believing For Kids to Enjoy Youth Sports

There is one definition of success. Success is not a black and white concept and it is certainly not synonymous with winning. There is one path to success. Just as it is not a black and white concept, success does not have one route of travel. If a child struggles with a sport at the […]

The Streetlight Effect

It’s well past midnight and a man is on his hands and knees, underneath the lone light on an otherwise dark street.  Driving by on routine patrol, a police officer stops her car and steps out to ask the man what he is doing. “I’m looking for my keys,” the man wearily replies. “You lost […]

Gymnasts and “Trying”

Don’t tell an athlete that they didn’t try Tell them that they can try harder. Is that splitting hairs? Maybe. But hear me out. “You aren’t trying” puts an athlete on the defensive. It demonstrates to that athlete that you don’t believe they are giving full effort. It tells the athlete you don’t trust her. “I […]

Dominoes and Kips: Building Toward Success in Gymnastics

  This I know is true: There is no such thing as an overnight success, especially in gymnastics. For instance, anyone who has been a part of the sport can tell you this—it takes an enormous amount of physical preparation and carefully sequenced progressions to learn a kip. (Just ask Susie’s coach…) But anyone who […]

Can You Quit and Still Have Grit?

    While a cute rhyming couplet, “quit” and “grit” wouldn’t seem to go together. And yet, they can and do. According to grit expert, Dr. Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, quitting is a critical component of grit for this […]