Category Archives: College Gymnastics
1)The Ancient Greeks prepared their young men for war by doing gymnastics!
2) Women weren’t permitted to compete in gymnastic events until the 1920s.
3) Acrobatic gymnastics, which were once referred to as Sport Acrobatics, are a group gymnastic sport for men and women.
4) In the Olympics only women can compete in the Balance Beam and Uneven Bars.
5) Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson was the winning contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2009.
6) Gabby Douglas is the first African American to win the individual all-around event.
7) Most major gymnasts start their careers as early as two years old!
8) Total Sportek ranked gymnastics the fourth hardest sport,only falling behind Boxing, MMA, and rugby.
9) Trampolining bounced into the Olympics in 2000
10) In 2012 the average age of the USA women’s gymnastics team was 17 while the average age of the men’s was 21.5
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The University of Michigan’s gymnastic team hosted Michigan State on February 14th, and won the meet by a full two point lead. Junior Nicole Artz took the meet by st
orm. The junior had a record high on the beam (9.950) where she took first place, Artz also placed first in her uneven bars routine and won the all-around with an overall 39.500. Her teammates Talia Chiarelli and Lindsay Willaims also had record highs, Chiarelli on the vault with a 9.925 and Willaims on the beam with a 9.900.
The girls’ performances were outstanding but they also wowed the crowd with their support for the recently deceased Chip Hills. Chip is coach Cailee Hills father who suffered from pancreatic cancer, in his honor the girls have adopted a purple theme throughout the year called “Flip for Chip” . The whole team can be seen sporting purple ribbons in their hair!
Michigan is happy with their win and look forward to competing with in Oklahoma on the 26th. Oklahoma University is currently the top-ranked team in the nation scoring an average 197.428 while Michigan scores an average 196.993. Recently, Michigan has been scoring over 197.000 with a 197.225 at the MU vs MSU meet so the competition will be fierce.