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Im now 17 and i did gymastics from the age of 7 to 11. I quit because i had a fall on the vault and it scared me. I now want to do it again, and i have so much mental strength i can push myself to the limits im just wondering will i get anywhere in gymnastics from being so old?

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Natalie,

I can tell you that your goal will not be easy.

Will it be possible? Only with the utmost commitment and desire.

Your body has likely changed somewhat since you were 7. You will need to relearn all new techniques that take into account your new body dimensions.

You will have to put in an inordinate amount of time building your strength and flexibility just to work on the basic skills.

It is likely you will have to give up all social interaction with friends and family to achieve your goal.

Since you wrote this letter has your goal diminished even slightly? The reason I ask is that your goal will need to burn stronger and brighter each day if you choose to take this path.

Is your goal possible? Yes, I have seen it done before by other gymnasts. Will it be easy? It will likely be one of the hardest things you ever do. Will it be worth it? Only you can answer that question.

Regards,

Coach Rik

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I can answer questions regarding all levels of the sport of women's gymnastics, the business of gymnastics, and the marketing of gymnastics programs.

Experience

I am the author of "Gymnastics: A Guide for Parents and Athletes" currently being published by McGraw-Hill. I am also a ghostwriter and co-author of the Gymcert series of books "Levels 1-3 Gymnastics Coaches Certifications Manuals" for recreational gymnasts, and the "Levels 4 - 6 Skills and Drills" books as well as Safety Basics for Gymnastics Instructors. I have written several other books on the sport of gymnastics for Richardson Publishing, the latest of which is titled, "Back Handsprings: The Secret Techniques." Oh, and by the way, I was a competitive gymnast through high school and college (Temple University), gymnastics club owner for 10 years, and women's gymnastics coach for 30 years working with gymnasts at all competitive levels

Organizations
USA Gymnastics National Writer's union Florida Writer's Association

Publications
USA Gymnastics magazine Technique magazine International Gymnast magazine several newspaper articles

Education/Credentials
Temple University - Health Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Norwich University - Bachelors of Arts in Writing & Literature

Awards and Honors
Several state and national level gymnastics champions in different systems of competition.

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Gymnasts, coaches, and club owners nation-wide.

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