“Gold medals are made out of sweat, blood, and tears”
Gabby Douglas, our Gymnastics golden girl! Two years ago, if you said the name Gabby Douglas, even the most influential people in the USA Gymnastics world would have had no idea who you were talking about.
Gabby had a dream in 2010, but her home town coach wasn’t quite what she needed anymore. She needed someone who had trained Elite gymnasts before. She needed to branch out in order to accomplish her biggest goal. Attending the Olympic Games for Gymnastics. So she begged her mother to let her move from her home in Virginia Beach to train alongside Shawn Johnson in Iowa. She immediately climbed to the top, but was never considered an Olympic Contendor until the 2012 Visa Championships where after the first day, she held strong in the first place spot… Only to fall on the Balance Beam in the first routine of Day 2. She still walked away that day with the 2nd place national title…. As an ALTERNATE. That is nearly unheard of. It was the bar routine that day that had me in awe. I knew, then and there, this was the girl to watch. She had improved more over the last year than any gymnast I’ve ever seen before.
Over the last year, I have watched Gabby grow from an incredibly talented Elite gymnast, to a world class National (and now Olympic) Champion.
I literally cried on Thursday, watching her nail routine after routine. Maintaining all of her focus on beam (which she has said is her weakest link. She has a problem with losing her focus on beam, resulting in wobbly execution)
Gabby Douglas is the gymnast I always wanted to be. Her incredible height on every event is astounding. You can tell from the leap before her sprint down the vault runway, that she is going to pound that table with unbelievable force. Her lines, flawless, long, gorgeous lines literally take my breath away!
But it doesn’t end there! My love for this girl comes from all aspects. Her huge, gigantic grin just eats me alive. She is so adorable. The sass she has in her moves on Floor always leave me with a smile, always leave me wanting to clap along with the audience. She really pulls you in. A true Artistic Gymnast in every sense of the term.
She re-sparked the huge flame for gymnastics that was never extinguished, but hasn’t been burning this bright and this strong since I was a competitive gymnast myself. The last time I felt a flame this big for the sport, was while training for the National Qualiier… Then I proceeded to blow my knee out during day one of competition….
So, I decided to take the plunge and do something, that from the ages of 6-17 I was certain I was going to do. I’m starting the process of becoming a USA Gymnastics Certified Jr. Olympic Team Coach. Once I finish that I have every intention of getting my National Coaching Certification. For financial reasons, and the fact that since I’m under 26 and not yet married, my dad makes too much money for me to get financial aid — I’m unable to go back to college this semester (don’t start. Have shed too many tears over this) So instead, I’m still going to be learning and doing something I’m passionate about.
Sent in the registration form for classes and will begin my first course the beginning of September! Taking it back to the basics with U100 Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction which is broken down into 6 units
Unit 1: Introduction to Gymnastics
Coaches Clinic: Floor Exercise & Tumbling
Unit 2: Your Role as a Coach or Instructor
Coaches Clinic: Uneven Bars & Balance Beam
Unit 3: Gymnastics Safety
Coaches Clinic: Vault & Trampoline
Unit 4: Class & Practice Management
Coaches Clinic: High Bar & Parallel Bars
Unit 5: Athlete Development
Coaches Clinic: Pommel Horse & Still Rings
Unit 6: Teaching Gymnastics Skills
Coaches Clinic: Rhythmic & Acrobatic Gymnastics
To be 100% honest, I could care less about rhythmic or acrobatic gymnastics. I’m all about the competitive Artistic gymnastics. Sorry… But, it’ll be interesting to learn more about the two sports.
I’m so PUMPED for this new journey! I’m not sure if I’ll coach for the rest of my life, or if it will be a full time job. But — I do want to get back in the gym and teaching (I used to teach…. without a certification…. At my old gym… SHHHH ) and hopefully inspire and grow some awesome gymnasts!