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FutureStarrAA Future Stars Gymnastics 2015
Summer may be winding down, but your two-year-old’s gymnastics season will keep getting better and better as the weather cools and she learns new skills. Here are 5 fun things to try (and six to never, ever do) with your gymnast.
Márta Károlyi headed the program after the 2000 Olympics, ushering in an era of success for the US as they became one of the most dominant countries in women's gymnastics. The US has medalled in every Olympics and Worlds since 2000. They won their first World gold medal in 2003. At the 2004 Olympics, they won the team silver, and Carly Patterson became the second American gymnast to win the individual all-around. The US continued their success in the next quad. They won another Olympic silver medal in 2008. Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson were two of the best gymnasts of their era and finished first and second in the 2008 individual all-around.
Alpha Track is the first step for most potential future team members. Candidates are selected from pre-school classes with the purpose of placing together children who have similar abilities and a natural propensity for the sport. These are kids who appear to have the greatest potential for achieving a high skill level as they develop further in their gymnastics. At such an early age it is impossible to identify which gymnasts will become the future stars in the sport, but by placing exemplary students with other students who also show similar promise, it becomes easier to monitor how they learn, listen, respond to adversity, and push each other to do their best in a controlled environment more similar to a competitive team environment. In our school we have several teams with different time commitments and ability requirements. Once a child is in alpha track, we can analyze which team program would be the best fit for them and make recommendations for the next step in their gymnastics development. Alpha Track does not guarantee a placement in our USAG or XCEL programs, but has the goal of providing them a jumpstart on the skills, form, and techniques that they will need to join a team program in the future if they demonstrate the ability and interest to do so. Alpha Track is two hours in length during our regular season and gymnasts do not perform in competitions. (Source: ikgym.com)