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An Olympian Who Moves Like No Other – Gabby Douglas

11 Sep , 2016  

As the inspiring 2016 Rio Olympic song words it, “…you can be the greatest, you can be the best… standing in the hall of fame, and the World’s gonna know your name…” Meet the amazing gymnast who made it, gave it, and proved that she deserves to belong to the Olympics hall of fame.

USA have their heads up high and proud for Gabby Douglas, born 1995, and an artistic gymnast, first obtained her gold Olympics medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics and recently won the gold medal in the team competition of the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has become a public figure for being the first American gymnast in Olympic history to have obtained both the individual all-around and the team competition gold medal. She truly brought honor to her country and race.

They say she “moves like no other”. Watch her as she throws a double off beam. Her beam routines are notorious. Awesome balancing act. She earned favor in the eyes of the national-team coordinator because of her effortless but breath-taking height on the uneven bars.

High-Flying Flips

These acrobatic moves involve rotating one or more times while airborne. Apparently, Gabby took the breath of the audience when she performed effortlessly such almost-impossible stunts.

The Crazy Combo

This happens when one flawlessly combines a difficult move with another breath-taking stunt, typically a combination of tumbling stunts and a flip, a totally dangerous move that requires strength, coordination and talent.

The double-twisting vault

Imagine a vault consisting of a half turn off the springboard on to the vault table, then a push backwards, usually into a back salto or layout. It’s just too risky to try but our hall of fame gymnast was not scared to show it off and defy gravity.

The Double Arabian is the dizzying pass that includes half twist and two front flips, truly amazing! A front flip is an advanced gymnastics move. It takes much preparation that involves much stretching and practice.

The flying squirrel is her popular moniker, earned for her outstanding aerial performance.

We are sure Gabby never fails to do her essential stretching routine. Here are some great stretching warm up routines to help you get ready for a legit gymnastic move.

  • Stretch your neck and shoulder. Rolling your shoulders forward and backward then your head clockwise and then counter clockwise in circular motion will give your neck and cranial muscles a good warm up.
  • Stretch your wrists. With your hand held out in front, gently stretch your fingers back toward you. Feel the carpal muscles get that much-needed stretching before a difficult workout.
  • Stretch your hamstrings. On a standing position, fold on leg up until your ankle reaches your butt. Pull your foot back as long and as far back as you can.
  • Stretch your ankle. Sit down. Cross one ankle over the knee of the other and move it in a circular motion. Switch and do the same to the other ankle.

Simple stretching techniques are great warm up routines for optimal performance and to avoid injuries. Always include them in your workout for great results and lesser risk of injuries.


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