With my younger sister being a competitive gymnast, I've become somewhat immersed into their world. It's almost as crazy and equally as passionate as equestrians (which is saying something). I love to watch them achieve their goals that they work for some 30 hours a week all year long - as teenagers and younger. This athlete is a only 15 years old and is a Level 10 gymnast, the highest you get before becoming elite (olympic). However, much of them don't dream of olympic gold like many spectators would think - most of these young ladies are focused on becoming collegiate athletes working towards full-ride scholarships.
I wish I had that much dedication as a pre-teen.
This skill that is shown is called a 'tkatchev' - and she is actually moving BACKWARDS (to the left of the frame). So, she launched herself into nothingness relying on pure physics and the angle in which she released the high bar to put her back into position again to recapture the bar. All while making it look skilled and tight. Keep in mind, that high bar is over 8ft high. She is like on a whole 'nother floor than the judges and coach.
Have I mentioned gymnasts are slightly insane?
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