The first day that US Glove Brand Ambassador Karissa Brown tried gymnastics, her mom practically had to drag her out of the gym, she loved it so much. That launched an eight-year journey with gymnastics that allowed Karissa to travel, build friendships, and create memories. Now she is charting a new course forward.
A few years ago in Ohio, Ann’s experience at nationals was limited by ongoing wrist issues. Preparing for her solo backstage, she realized the pain she endured for months had escalated to the point that she was unable to do a warmup back-walkover. In the end, Ann was forced to scrap her tumbling-intensive routine to prevent further injury. “One of my friends owned a pair of Tiger Paws and they seemed really cool,” said Ann, who at last found the elusive relief. “Ever since I tried them, I was able to tumble more and my wrists don’t bother me. I’ve even been able to tumble on concrete, which I was never able to do before,” she added.
Charlotte-native Miriam Posse, whose gymnastics career began at the age of five, points to bars as her favorite event. Miriam loves to cook and bake, and hopes to one day become a gymnastics coach for the special needs community.
At the age of five, Luca Marz followed in the footsteps of his sister and entered the world of dance. Nearly a decade later, the Chicagoland-native has forged his own identity within the sport—all while teaching himself how to tumble on the side.
Since germs spread incredibly fast, gyms and athletes should always be careful about keeping their equipment clean. As you return to practice, there are few changes you can make to your routine that will help.