Carly Patterson: What Makes A Champion?

Written by Murray Hughes

If you have been following gymnastics for any length of time, odds are you have heard of a particular gymnast byrepparttar name of Carly Patterson. You probably also know that she is one ofrepparttar 140904 youngest female Olympic gymnasts ever - and that she has stunnedrepparttar 140905 world of late with her astounding abilities. In 2004, she becamerepparttar 140906 first all-around Olympic champion forrepparttar 140907 United States in more than two decades, and was alsorepparttar 140908 first to win forrepparttar 140909 US inrepparttar 140910 past two games, an amazing feat indeed, considering these past Olympic games were fully attended! The last female all-around gymnastics champion forrepparttar 140911 United States won in 1984, whenrepparttar 140912 Soviet Union had boycottedrepparttar 140913 Olympics entirely.

Carly was born on Februaryrepparttar 140914 fourth, 1988, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to a pair of loving parents - her mother, Natalie, and her father, Ricky. She isrepparttar 140915 first of a pair of girls (her younger sister is Jordan). Currently, she lives with her mother, her sister, and her pets in Allen, Texas. A straight-A student, she is almost a normal teenager when it comes to taste in music, boys, and shopping. However, one thing sets her apart fromrepparttar 140916 rest ofrepparttar 140917 crowd, even beyond her academics: she spends more than thirty hours a week training in her Texas academy. Of course, she could not have gotten to where she is currently without help. This logically leads torepparttar 140918 question -- what makes a champion?

Carly started early on with her gymnastics career. In 1994, she began taking classes after attending a friend’s birthday party at Gymnastics Elite, a gym facility in Baton Rouge, and meetingrepparttar 140919 head coach there. After five years of training, what began as a sport became a true career: she won her first state title in 1999 for Louisiana.

Then, she and her family moved to Texas, which gave herrepparttar 140920 chance to train at some ofrepparttar 140921 best gymnastics gyms inrepparttar 140922 United States. She worked with Evgeny Marchenko and his team atrepparttar 140923 World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, Texas, and within a year completedrepparttar 140924 Top Gym Tournament in Belgium in second place, takingrepparttar 140925 bronze medal inrepparttar 140926 beam event, and wonrepparttar 140927 all-around gold atrepparttar 140928 American Team Cup. Thus began her rise to super-stardom inrepparttar 140929 world of gymnastics. She took dozens of titles, national and international, competing acrossrepparttar 140930 globe. Then, of course, she competed inrepparttar 140931 2004 Olympics…andrepparttar 140932 rest, as they say, is history.

3 Easy Golf Tips to Shave Strokes from Your Game

Written by Kent Smith

Here are 3 easy golf tips that will immediately give you a better swing and improve your hitting! It did for me almost instantly once I gotrepparttar feel of it.

I went from hitting maybe one fairway per round and not being able to hit my driver to hittingrepparttar 140868 vast majority of fairways offrepparttar 140869 tee while still enjoyingrepparttar 140870 extra distance of using my driver. This is exciting stuff for a mid to high read on.

Golf Tip #1 - Be certain that you are takingrepparttar 140871 club back by turning your shoulders NOT picking up your hands.

By takingrepparttar 140872 club back in a "one piece" takeaway, which only means that your shoulders startrepparttar 140873 turn back and your arms, hands and thus club follow in one piece - by doing this you will automatically putrepparttar 140874 golf club onrepparttar 140875 proper swing plane. So long as you do not try to helprepparttar 140876 club do its job, you will be well downrepparttar 140877 path to a more solid swing and consistent hits with this tip alone.

Practice this in front of a mirror with or without a club, making sure that your head stays solidly in place and that your three body parts mentioned above go to at least parallel as one unit.

Golf Tip #2 - Don't overswing and swing easy. They engineerrepparttar 140878 clubs to dorepparttar 140879 hitting - gettingrepparttar 140880 ball offrepparttar 140881 ground and a certain distance no matter how hard you swing. As a matter of fact,repparttar 140882 harder you swingrepparttar 140883 lessrepparttar 140884 club can do what it is supposed to do and you will sacrifice both distance and accuracy.

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