All her life, Zoie Pelfrey has been ahead of the curve. She started walking at just 10 months; she completed both seventh and eighth grade in a single year; and with just six years of gymnastics experience she’s already a level 10.
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.
“When I started cheer, I couldn’t do anything,” Ella says with a laugh. “I didn’t even have a backbend. I couldn’t do anything more than a cartwheel.” Fast forward five years to the present and Ella is now on two competition cheer teams within the All Star Federation, providing a sense of just how far her hard work has carried her.
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.