What a perfect tribute to Martha Karolyi!

The U.S. Women crushed it today in the Team Final Event in Rio. This group of ladies has the most outstanding teamwork and it is so fun to see them push each other to success.  They seem to be having a blast as well!

The Final Five started off really strong on Vault. The next event was Uneven Bars and Simone Biles had a little bit of a scare in the beginning of her routine almost missing a couple of her skills. I feel like any other gymnast would have fallen but Simone is so incredibly strong and was able to muscle through and continue her routine. Gabby Douglas had an amazing bar routine and Madison Kocian sealed the rotation with a stuck dismount.

Other teams had some troubles on beam but not the United States. Aly Raisman started the Beam rotation with a solid routine and completed it with a stuck Arabian Double Front dismount. Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles got the job done on Balance Beam as well giving the Americans a comfortable lead going into the final rotation.

Floor Exercise is where the Final Five really shine and what a great event to end on!

Laurie Hernandez was first up and her routine is absolutely adorable and I love how much sass she has. What a performer! She really gets the crowd into it.  Aly Raisman had the best floor exercise I have ever seen her do and it felt like Deja Vu watching her hit her routine just like the 2012 Olympics. Simone Biles clinched the Gold medal for The United States with her powerful, through the roof floor routine.

What an exciting moment for these ladies. You can really see that they work together to accomplish their goals. It was cute that they waited until the official results came in to release their team name. In an interview with Bob Costas, it was revealed that at the next Olympics there will only be four athletes selected for the team. This along with the fact that this was Martha Karoyli’s last team is what lead them to “The Final Five.”

This was a great day for U.S. gymnastics and there is still a lot more to come. Stay tuned for the Men and Women’s All-Around and Event Finals this week.

Congratulations to Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman on winning Team Gold!

 

Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy
Founder/Principal
GymnasticsTracks.com

One of the most memorable sporting event moments in history occurred 20 years ago when the Magnificent Seven won the first ever team gold for the United States. It was a heated competition between the U.S. and Russia throughout the Team Final event. In a very dramatic ending, Kerri Strug landed her Vault after falling and injuring her ankle on the first one in order to seal the deal for the gold medal. It was an amazing moment in Olympic history.

If you have never seen the 1996 Team Final competition, you will definitely want to check it out on YouTube.

Click on the link below to catch up with the Magnificent Seven 20 years later.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/magnificent-seven-gymnasts-reunite-20-years-after-winning-olympic-gold-atlanta

 

Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy
Founder/Principal
GymnasticsTracks.com

The suspense is over… the 2016 Olympic Team has been chosen by the committee and it was announced live last night on NBC. The five ladies representing the United States in Rio will be Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman.  The three alternates are Mykayla Skinner, Ragan Smith and Ashton Locklear. This team is the favorite to win Gold in Rio and I cannot wait to see all of the events and how many medals these ladies bring home. Congratulations to the members of the 2016 Olympic Team!

 

Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy
Founder/Principal
GymnasticsTracks.com

I just finished watching Day 1 of the Olympic Trials for Women’s Gymnastics. The Olympic Team will be chosen and announced live on NBC on Sunday July 10th.  I cannot wait to see who will be representing the United States in Rio next month. The Committee has a very difficult decision.

I am always impressed by Aly Raisman and she really rocked it on her first event, the Floor Exercise. She is such a solid performer and is a team leader.  I think there is no doubt she will be one of the five gymnasts going to Rio.

Simone Biles had a huge vault on her first event and even though she had a huge step on the landing, she still scored a 16.0 out of a 16.3 start value.

I absolutely love Laurie Hernandez!  She has so much energy and is so happy all the time.  I really think she could bring a lot of positive vibes to the team if she is chosen. I really hope she is selected. She has such a sassy personality when she performs her floor routine.  She puts a smile on everyone’s face when she shows off her adorable dance moves and powerful tumbling.

Ragan Smith has the cutest floor routine I have ever seen!  Her dance is so unique and fits her personality so well.

The battle between Madison Kocian and Ashton Locklear continued on Bars after they once again tied their scores.  In the end Madison hit her beam routine which really helped increase her chances of earning a spot on the Olympic Team.

Don’t forget to check out NBC tomorrow night to find out who will be chosen for the Olympic Team for the U.S.

 

Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy
Founder/Principal
GymnasticsTracks.com

USA Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Team Announced The U.S. National Championships in St. Louis was the last chance for the Men gymnasts to impress the Olympic Team Selection Committee and show why they should be a member of Team USA in Rio. After the conclusion of the competition, the committee had twelve minutes to make their final decision on who will be representing the United States. It is so exciting when they announce the team live and the anticipation is intense! The 2016 US Men’s Olympic Team members are Chris Brooks, Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton, Alex Naddour and John Orozco. I am so excited for them and I can’t wait to see them compete in the Team Final in Rio. Go get ’em boys!

 

Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy
Founder/Principal
GymnasticsTracks.com

It was an exciting weekend of competition for the NCAA Gymnastics Championships.  The Oklahoma Men and Women’s gymnastics teams both took home the trophy which is pretty amazing. This is the second championship win for the Lady Sooners.

Here were the final standings for the Women’s team final…

  1. Oklahoma 197.675
  2. LSU 197.45
  3. Alabama 197.375
  4. Florida 197.35
  5. UCLA 196.825
  6. Georgia 196.8125

Bridget Sloan rounded out her tremendous career on top of the podium three times including the All-Around title.  I remember watching Bridget competing for the US Women’s Olympic team in 2008 where they took home the silver medal.  She also won the 2009 World Championship All-Around title. I was so excited to hear she was going to continue her career as a College gymnast.  She helped the Florida Gators win 3 Team Championships along with many individual titles. What a way for her to go out. Her Winning All-Around score for the NCAA Championships this year was 39.7.

9.95 was the score to get in order to win an individual event title.  Here are the results.

  • Vault- Brandie Jay (Georgia) & Katie Bailey (Alabama)
  • Uneven Bars- Bridget Sloan (Florida) & Brittany Rogers (Georgia)
  • Balance Beam- Bridget Sloan (Florida) & Danusia Francis (UCLA)
  • Floor Exercise- Nina McGee (University of Denver)

Congratulations to all of the NCAA All-Americans this season!

 

Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy
Founder/Principal
GymnasticsTracks.com

I was watching the UCLA vs. Oregon State gymnastics meet and felt inspired to highlight Sophina DeJesus and her incredible hip hop floor routine. Sophina’s floor routine has gone viral with millions of views.

It is amazing what a difference it makes when you put some sass into your routine

If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to check it out.

No matter what genre of gymnastics floor music you have or your dance ability, you really need to put some personality in your performance.  It is amazing what a difference it makes when you put some sass into your routine. The judges and the crowd want to see you having fun out on that floor.

An unforgettable floor routine starts out with fantastic music paired with fun, unique choreography that is expressive. Sophina gives everything she’s got during her routine and it really pays off. Her face is so expressive and she really uses her head to give her choreography some extra attitude.

Put some extra sass in your routine!

 

Christina Tardy Gymnastics Coach

Christina Tardy
Founder/Principal
GymnasticsTracks.com