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Sat, Jan. 10th, 2009, 10:12 am
haleiwatown: Hello.

Hello, I'm new here.

I've never done gymnastics, but my daughter is a gym addict. She is a Level 7 who just turned 10. She started gymnastics at the age of 6 in a recreational program and started competing when she was 7 years old. She won Level 5 States & Level 6 States. She had her first optional competition yesterday and it was a big day for her. She took 3rd, which is not that great for her, but it seems like a good place to build from, since the season just started. Sometimes she gets panicky about new skills, and I know nothing about that kind of thing, so I was wondering if any of you have some coping techniques. She doesn't want to quit, and is so obsessed with gymnastics that sometimes it scares me, but I suppose that's a good thing. I was just wondering if any of you have words of advise or wisdom to pass along, since the skills are getting harder and I can tell she is starting to be a little bit worried about whether or not she will get hurt. If I were her, I would have been worried a long time ago! Her back walkover back handspring series on beam is giving her a little bit of grief. I'd appreciate any input you have to offer!

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Mon, Jan. 19th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)

I would have to say I know where she is coming from. The older you get, the more aware you are of what could happen. However, I found (when I was a gymnast) that it was much easier to do giants on bars and other "scary" things if I didn't think much about it. The more you stand there and worry, the more worrisome it is. Hope I helped!