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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.

34 Year-Old Tsukahara Competes at Australian National Championships

19 Jul

International Gymnast reported that Tsukahara competed at the Australian National Championships last weekend. Apparently, he won.  That makes three years in a row that he has “unofficially” won while he awaits his Australian citizenship. Great to see a man in his thirties competing at the elite level. Here is a video of his vault from the 2010 championships.

I’d love to know his training secrets…and if he is bottling his Super-Olympian family genes for distribution to the rest of us gym-mortals.

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