The Unlucky 7: 7 Setbacks Most Gymnasts Eventually Face (and How They Can Rebound from Them)



Resilience and grit are the best buddies of any gymnast, but are particularly tested when things go south.

Stick around in the sport long enough and you (or your child/athlete) are likely to encounter many, if not all these ‘unlucky’ seven:

  1. Not Moving Up a Level. Despite your hard work, there remains an element or two that prevents you from moving up. A problem that is compounded when your friends are moving up and geometrically multiplied if that means you are no longer in the same workout group.
  2. Not Qualifying for a Major Meet or Blowing it When You Get There. State, regionals or nationals…it often stings when you don’t make it to the culmination meet of the season, especially when it was supposed to be a sure thing that you would.   Or, if you do make it, having the worst meet of the season at the culminating meet is…

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