A Highlight of our Senior Athletes attending the 2024 Star's & Stripe Coed Invitational.
ESPN conducted a study of the most 'Difficult' sports. They had all sorts of criteria - speed, balance, overall fitness requirements, strength, mental aspects.... ESPN determined that "Gymnastics" was the #1 Most Difficult Sport!
As a coach / owner, I only know too well that the sport is brutal and not for the light hearted or whimsical athlete. Gymnastics Industry statistics show that only 1% of the Athletes that start Gymnastics ever reach the pinnacle of their career and Graduate as a High School Senior from the Sport. That is an incredible statistic when compared to most other sports!
Many talented children make the initial 'entry levels' of Gymnastics with big hopes. However, as they Master their Level, they are encouraged to enter the next higher Level. Each Level increases in difficulty. This means the athlete has to train more strength, more flexibility, more increasingly complex, scary, and dangerous skills. In order to accomplish this safely, it requires more training, more hours in the gym, more sacrifice....
In addition to the bumps and bruises that come with the sport, the gymnasts face a brutal 'mental' game as well. Obviously there are the challenges of mentally preparing and controlling the fears - to try this new- super complicated skill ! But these athletes also face the mental challenges from their peers at school who don't quite understand the intricacies and nuances of our sport. In order to learn & perfect these insane skills, these athletes have to give up a lot of 'social' activities - School Dances, Parties....
Thus, every gym - every coach - highly respects these 1% - The "Seniors" who completed a goal they set out to achieve 8, 10, 12 years ago as a young girl or boy who had big dreams! Every State, Region, and at USAG Nationals - takes the time to recognize the Senior Athletes and their Achievements at the culminating meets of the season.
For most of the Gymnasts on the list below -- I've personally watched them learn & grow. Many of them came to Star's n Stripes 10 years ago as a Bronze or Level 2 and NOW are some of the most spectacular athletes competing this weekend.
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