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Gymnastics Lessons: Performing Under Pressure

Gymnastics is a sport about delivering under pressure. Even though you can make it a team sport by aggregating scores and swapping out players, there is actually not interaction between your teammates outside of them cheering for you and helping you prepare for your performance, or even between you and

Gymnastics Lessons: Performing Under Pressure
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What Gymnastics Taught Me About Facing Fear

Most competitive gymnasts would consider pain and fear our twin companions. I certainly did. Gymnastics requires that athletes constantly challenge themselves to do more, much more. Routines that were performed in the Olympics in 2000 are being done by 15 year-olds in 2011. To learn new skills, you have to

Chinese gymnast completing straddle somersault on floor exercise
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What Gymnastics Taught Me About Acquiring and Mastering Skills

In 1996, Men’s Health published an article where they used some ridiculous mathematical formula using variables such as fitness, skill, pain, brains, etc to figure out the toughest sport in the world. Gymnastics came up number one. Here’s what they said: Male gymnasts may wear tights, but they

What Gymnastics Taught Me About Acquiring and Mastering Skills
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How I Blew Out My Knee and Came Back to Win a National Championship

On January 19th, 2007, while competing for Stanford Men’s Gymnastics at the UC Berkeley, I suffered a total knee dislocation while performing a double-twisting Yurchenko. My ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL and meniscus were instantly torn. It hurt a lot. I underwent multiple surgeries, required the use of crutches for

How I Blew Out My Knee and Came Back to Win a National Championship