Tall gymnasts

This blogger is 5’9″ and her little girl has expressed an interest in gymnastics.  The blogger thinks her little girl will never be good at gymnastics because she will be tall.  

I can already read the comments to this post:  Relax, she will find her niche.  She’s only three years old, why are you so worried? You are over-analyzing the situation, chill out and let her enjoy whatever sport she wants.  So what if she is not an elite anything, let her follow her passion. She’s going to have a million interests over the next 20 years.

Well, I’m not going to say that.  What I’m going to say is that tall gymnasts can be good at gymnastics.  What matters most is the coaching.  There’s actually A LOT of gymnastics coaches out there that barely know what they’re doing.  Get one of those and it doesn’t matter if you have the “perfect” body type for the sport.  With a bad coach, you’re unlikely to be successful unless you’re uber talented.  

Here are a few tall elite gymnasts.    

Sophie Hindermann is about 5’7″.  Here she is in the bar final at 2007 worlds.  

Ashley Miles is also 5’7″.  She was on the 2001 world team for the USA. She went on to compete for Alabama and was a sensation on floor throughout her college career.  There’s plenty of tall gymnasts competing in college on scholarship.  

Gymnastics is also a great base for other sports.  Many former gymnasts have switched to Diving.  Two time Olympic Gymnast, Amy Chow, switched to Pole Vault.  Laura Gerraughty competed in gymnastics up until level 10 when she was 5’9″.  She then switched to shotput and became an Olympian in 2004.

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