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42-Year-Old Gymnast Competing Level 9

19 Sep

After leaving the sport due to injury as a 14-year-old elite, Tina Wise (nee Rand) found her way back at age 28 and has been doing gymnastics ever since. She is now 42 and competes for Rebounders in Maryland.

There are several things that I love about this woman. She didn’t quit after two serious injuries, the kids in her gym look up to her and  she never let fear stop her. In fact she says, “They couldn’t even get me on the high (balance) beam and I wasn’t doing any bars. I did some floor exercise and vault; that was it.” Instead she slowly but surely kept at it. I’ve seen many adult gymnasts start gymnastics only to have an injury and then quit, citing the injury as absolute proof that “adults should not do this sport” or that they “just can’t do it” because they are “too old.” This infuriates me because it’s a) not true b) has nothing to do with age c) infers that these injuries only happen in gymnastics, when in fact any activity  or sport could cause an injury.

If you love something, you can always find a way to do it, even if it means only doing conditioning and trampoline for the first year. Hats off to you Ms. Wise. Your courage and no-excuses attitude is an inspiration and lesson for us all.

More about Tina Wise.

Painful Experiences Could Turn Info Triumphant Ending; Tina Wise Returns To Site Of Painful Memories As A Teenager To Compete

Oldest Gymnast Competing in Maryland Celebrates Birthday

38-Year-Old Gymnast Defies Odds

Thank you to original source GymnasticsCoaching.com

37-year-old Jen Hansen Says That Her Comeback Isn’t Over Yet

18 Sep

Hansen is a stunt woman, the greatest female gymnast in NCAA history and almost made it back to elite competition this season. In an interview with USAG last week, Hansen said that she  has decided to keep trying to qualify for elite and make it to the Olympics next year. She will be a long shot but if she can get her consistency up and a little more difficulty she could be a dark horse. Either way, what an amazing woman and wonderful inspiration!  Some highlights below, read the full article HERE

USA Gym: When did you decide to start training in gymnastics again and why?
Hansen: I started training again two years ago because I wanted to work as a stuntwoman. It was so much fun getting back into shape and challenging myself again. If the scene called for a big skill, I wanted to be the one to do it. So I got in the gym and just started playing around with old and new skills. On the season finale taping of “Make It Or Break It,” I was asked to do my handspring front with a full. Bela Karolyi was there and encouraged me to try out for the national team. Since then, I’ve been training for elite competition.

USA Gym: What was the most difficult part of your comeback?
Hansen: The hardest part was getting my endurance level back.

USA Gym: How many hours a day did you train when trying to comeback?
Hansen: I train gymnastics four days a week. I’ve learned to listen to my body so if I need a break, I will take it.

Hansen 1994 SEC’s beam routine.

Her routines from the elite qualifier this year.

Her stunt reel.

Jenny Hansen Has Posted Her Routines from Classics Along with a Thank You Note to Her Supporters

20 Jul

Awwww, this makes me love her even more. Watch the great gymnastics (holy vault!) and then read her lovely thank you note. Jenny is in her mid-thirties and making a fantastic comeback to elite after being a stunt double on Make It Or Break It. Very much appreciating the leo choice as well. 

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