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Rhythmic Diaries

Reflecting on the Past and Diving Into the Present

Elaine Dai | Posted 05.23.2013 | Teen
Elaine Dai

As I head into my last months of rhythmic,I've been constantly impugned with questions like: "Why are you still doing gymnastics? Don't you have other things you would rather be doing?" Well, if you're asking this, you obviously don't understand me.

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."

Rhythmic Diaries: The Road to Recovery

Amanda Dai | Posted 10.23.2012 | Teen
Amanda Dai

Here I am, out of gymnastics for an unknown time, doing conservative treatment -- resting and confined to crutches -- even though it may not improve the condition.

Rhythmic Diaries: Why Rhythmic Deserves its Spot in the Olympics

Elaine Dai | Posted 10.06.2012 | Teen
Elaine Dai

What saddens me is that rhythmic gymnastics is being judged by its appearance. Rhythmic is so much more than leotards and make-up.

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: Finding my Focus

Amanda Dai | Posted 09.08.2012 | Teen
Amanda Dai

I practice my routine with forced optimism, smiling even though I'm shaking on the inside. When I make a mistake, I push myself to continue and keep my focus on what I'm doing.

Rhythmic Diaries: Learning to Just Have Fun

Amanda Dai | Posted 07.28.2012 | Teen
Amanda Dai

My routine wasn't even close to perfect, but what matters is I tried my best and enjoyed myself. No regrets.

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.

Rhythmic Diaries: 'Quitting Made Me Realize my Love of the Sport'

Elaine Dai | Posted 06.17.2012 | Teen
Elaine Dai

On the first day of school I remember being asked to share something unique to me, and I immediately blurted out "rhythmic gymnastics."

Rhythmic Diaries: 'I Can Do it if I Just Focus'

Amanda Dai | Posted 06.15.2012 | Teen
Amanda Dai

My practice is messy and unfocused, as I have not completely shaken off the memories of my last toss. However, as time progresses, I start to feel less crushed and more determined to do my best.

Rhythmic Diaries: 'Let The Competitions Begin'

Elaine Dai | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home
Elaine Dai

I instantly snap into performance mode, salute the judges, and assume my pose. Everything goes flawlessly for a few moments, and then my ball routine transforms into a game of cat-and-mouse.