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I think it is awesome now that so many current and former NCAA athletes are competing at the elite level and in the hunt for Olympic glory. I can hardly count the number of NCAA athletes at Visas, but with Horton, Sender, and Tim McNeill, there were three who just barely finished the NCAA at Trials. Then there was at least Tan, Durante, Spring, and Raj, who were in the NCAA program. I think the value of the NCAA is showing and I believe that it is a great environment for guys to train in to help them progress to the next level. 

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I do agree, the transition from NCAA competition to post-collegiate competition is impresive. It appears to be unique to gymnastics (I'm sure there are others, but my claim still stands) for College athletes to easily function within the elite gymanstics circut, and hold their own. If one looks at the NCAA transition for players into the NFL one finds that star college players need a few years to adjust and be star NFL players, even some fail in the NFL, jumping the shark in their NCAA days.

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I'm impressed myself! But personally as a gymnast, I'm not sure if college gymnasts is... Well i dont know, I mean they have now great programs like GATTACA or Team Chervon that are great places to go and colleges close besides them. But who knows, it is really sad though how male gymnastics has decreased in populatity considering the new scoring system is soo much harder to understand.

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Originally Posted by Gymchamp:

I'm impressed myself! But personally as a gymnast, I'm not sure if college gymnasts is... Well i dont know, I mean they have now great programs like GATTACA or Team Chervon that are great places to go and colleges close besides them. But who knows, it is really sad though how male gymnastics has decreased in populatity considering the new scoring system is soo much harder to understand.

 

Gattaca and Team Chevron are great when you are in great shape and performing in your prime.  What happens when you turn 35 and your body can't handle elite levels of the sport, or if an injury prevents you from doing gymnastics?  In my opinion it is more beneficial to comptete on an NCAA team, and have the time of your life competing in the most exciting competition in gymnastics (NCAA Championships).  Then, if you so desire you may compete for USA Gymnastics in elite competitions while still in school, and afterwards.  With this path, one always has a college degree to fall back on if their gymnastics career ends early.  Just a few thoughts.


Edited by tgent - Sun, 13 Jul 2008 07:24:03 GMT
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I agree. I think college gymnastics is a great tool. You get an education, which will help you tremendously in the future and consistency in training style and real companionship. Gattaca and Chevron guys are split up all over the place and except in a few places where a couple guys train together, my understanding of it is that it is less team oriented. I mean Sender and Horton are on Team Chevron, yet they never see each other except in meets. I think it is great that these two groups can help fund the training of athletes, but I don't know how much they push education. They don't seem to be paths athletes take so they can train and go to school nearby, it seems to be a place so they can train nearby and thats it. But i dont know because I have no experience with it.

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