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Teen Gymnasts

Could I Quit Gymnastics?

Amanda Dai | Posted 01.08.2013 | Teen
Amanda Dai

Last spring, I seriously contemplated a "normal" life -- one without gymnastics. I pictured all the advantages: enough sleep, no over-exhaustion, more time to see my friends.

Rhythmic Diaries: Gymnastics Boot Camp

Elaine Dai | Posted 12.24.2012 | Teen
Elaine Dai

Every summer marks the beginning of three months of gymnastics camp, or what I affectionately term "rhythmic boot camp."

Slow and Steady Improvement

Elaine Dai | Posted 09.10.2012 | Teen
Elaine Dai

The 2008 Massachusetts State Championships pops on, and I see 13-year-old Elaine enter the carpet. Her raven black ribbon spirals to life as the music, a tango, marches on. My jaw drops.

Rhythmic Diaries: It's Regionals Time!

Elaine Dai | Posted 07.25.2012 | Teen
Elaine Dai

It's three days before Regionals. With one training left and a handful of papers and tests to tackle before then, I nearly live and breathe one word: panic.