The Gymnastics Book The Young Performer's Guide to Gymnastics by Elfi Schlegel, Claire Ross Dunn


The Gymnastics Book The Young Performer's Guide to Gymnastics by Elfi Schlegel, Claire Ross Dunn

This indispensable guide is simply the best book for beginners to the sport of artistic gymnastics. Illustrated with stunning full-colour photographs of gymnasts balancing, tumbling and jumping, The Gymnastics Book features skilled guidance from a medal-winning, record-breaking gymnast who is now a noted instructor. The topics covered in detail include: - Finding a good gymnastics club. - Qualities to look for in a coach. -Warm-up and cool-down exercises. - Entering competitive gymnastics. - Managing victories and losses. - The importance of family and friends. - Nutrition and apparel. - Financial aspects. - A typical day of training for competition. The book is also !lled with anecdotes and advice from Olympic stars, taking beginners behind the scenes and offering a no-holds-barred account of life as a competitive gymnast. New gymnasts featured include: - Shallon Olsen: At just 11 years old she ranked first overall in her age category. She now has the 2016 Olympics games in her sights. - Kyle Shewfelt: To date, Kyle is the only Olympic Gold Medallist (2004, Athens) from Canada. - Emily Boycott: A Special Olympics athlete and 27 years old, her team took home !ve gold medals from the 2007 Beijing Olympics.


Getting a child started in a gymnastics program can be confusing for the parent. Terminology, exercises and safety are all concerns and so it is nice to start off with a well-written guide book to familiarize yourself... With colour photographs throughout, the book provides a step-by-step guide to getting started. Accompanying the photographs are descriptions of the warm-up exercises, basic skills, and cool down stretches. Schlegel also discusses competition training and profiles a number of important gymnasts.--Terry Peters North Shore News (04/07/2013)

About the Author

Elfi Schlegel was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1976 to 1985, won two gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and in 1979 won a team gold and individual bronze medal at the Pan Am Games. Elfi won Canada's only World Cup gymnastics medal, a bronze in the vault, in 1980. Elfi got her start as a gymnastics commentator at the age of 17 and worked for CTV and CBC. For the past 20 years, she has been a sports commentator for NBC Sports, covering 11 Olympics, as well as countless other gymnastics meets, and the sport of curling. She will be covering the Games for NBC again in 2012. Claire Ross Dunn is a journalist and writer for television.

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128 pages


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Publication date

15th November 2012



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