BC: Courtney Cheuvront is a junior at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida pursuing her degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching gymnastics since high school. | About the Author
FC: Olivia the Gymnast By: Courtney Cheuvront
1: To Olivia and Amanda Conti. Much Love, Courtney
2: Hi! I'm Olivia and I'm a gymnast!
3: I have a younger sister, Amanda, who is also a gymnast.
4: I've been taking gymnastics since I was 4 years old.
5: I take gymnastics at a gym called Gymnastics Etc.
6: Gymnastics Etc. is located in Lakeland, Florida, where I live!
7: My team at Gymnastics Etc. and I work hard to prepare for our competitions.
8: My coaches are Michi, Jen, and Phil. They help me learn new skills and perfect my routines | Michi | Jen | Phil
9: Someday, I hope to go to the Olympics, like my favorite gymnast, Shawn Johnson.
10: Today, I would like to teach you about gymnastics!
11: The first thing to remember about gymnastics is to dress properly.
12: Gymnasts can either wear a leotard, like Amanda's, or a t-shirt and shorts.
13: After you have the correct attire, the next step to take before beginning any type of exercise is stretching.
14: I'm going to teach you a few stretching positions.
15: The first position is called a pike. In a pike, it's important to keep your legs straight and together. When stretching in a pike, reach as far as you can and touch your toes.
16: The next stretching position is called a straddle. To make a straddle, spread your legs out as far as possible. To stretch in a straddle, reach down to each foot and in the middle.
17: The last stretch is a bridge. Start by lying on your back, then pushing up on your hands and feet to arch your back. Good job! You did it!
18: After stretching, it's time to start gymnastics!!!
19: There are four different events in girls' gymnastics. These events are floor, bars, beam, and vault.
20: Each event requires a lot of strength and flexibility. As a gymnast, it's important to have strong muscles and body control.
21: I'm going to show you the basic skills for each event.
22: On the floor, there are three basic skills; a forward roll, cartwheel, and handstand.
23: On the bars, it is important to learn how to do a front support and a cast.
24: In a front support, hold your body over the bar with straight arms and straight legs.
25: In a cast, push your hips away from the bar with straight arms and straight legs.
26: On the beam, there are different walks... | releve... coupe... and passe.
27: On vault, the main skill to learn is a straight jump.
28: After you have learned all these skills, you have learned the basics of girls' gymnastics!
29: Thanks for joining me today to learn about gymnastics and me!
30: Make sure you look for my friend Aaron's book to learn more about boys' gymnastics!