UCLA Gymnastics

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UCLA

A Look Inside The Bruin Bubble


MeEt The

EdiTOrS:

Hi Readers! As you may know

already we are both

gymnasts. We go to the same

gym and we go to the same

school as well. We weren’t

very close friends until we

realized that we had lots in

common together and now,

here we are. Both of us

started out at different gyms

but we both moved to the

same gym about a month

apart. At school though we

were getting really close. We

both have a love for UClA

gymnastics so that's why we

decided to make this

magazine about UCLA. We

both follow the gymnastics

team and see how they do at

meets and we both know

pretty much all of the

gymnasts on the team. We

both had a favorite gymnast

on the team and it just

happened to be the same

person! We wrote about her

on page 28. We also wrote

about another one of our

favorites on page 8. We hope

you really enjoy our

magazine.


Table of

contents

1. UCLA Bruins ad

2. Rhythmic Gymnastics vs. Artistic Gymnastics

3. If Our Hands Could Talk

4. Plum Practicewear ad

5. Madison Kocian To The Top Cover Page

6. Madison Kocian To The Top Cover Page

7. Madison Kocian Feature Article Page 1

8. Madison Kocian Feature Article Page 2

9. Madison Kocian Feature Article Page 3

10. 10-0 Chalk ad

11. A day In The Life

12. Gymnastics Bracket

13. Underestimated Gymnasts

14. Powerade ad

15. Background of UCLA cover page

16. Background of UCLA cover page

17. Background of UCLA Feature Article page 1

18. Background of UCLA Feature Article page 2

19. Skills Gymnasts Don’t Do Anymore

20. Gymnastics Word Search

21. Gym Supply ad

22. UCLA Poster

23. UCLA Poster

24. Raising The Bar With Peng Peng Lee Cover Page

25. Raising The Bar With Peng Peng Lee Cover Page

26. Peng Peng Lee Feature Article Page 1

27. Peng Peng Lee Feature Article Page 2

28. Tiger Paws ad

29. Ten-0 Grips ad

30. G.K. Leotard ad


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RhYtHmiC ArTisTIc

GyMnaStICs V.s. GyMnaStICs

● Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport in which

individuals or groups of five manipulate

one or two pieces of apparatus

● Rhythmic gymnastics has 6 different

apparatus, rope, hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon

and freehand

● Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport that

combines elements of ballet, gymnastics,

dance, and apparatus manipulation.

● Rhythmic gymnastics routines are all

donte on the floor.

● Rhythmic gymnastics focuses on the

grace and hand eye coordination with the

apparatus.

● An individual routine is performed by one

gymnast with one apparatus for 1–11/2

minutes

● a group routine is performed by six

gymnasts with six pieces of apparatus for

21/2–3 minutes







Artistic gymnastics has five different

events: Vault, uneven bars, balance

beam, and floor exercise.

Artistic gymnasts compete short routines

on the different events, with less time for

vault.

Artistic gymnastics focuses on the

strength and power on vault and floor

exercise, and the grace on the balance

beam and the uneven bars.

Artistic gymnastics was introduced at the

very first Olympic Games in 1896 in

Athens

Gymnastic uniforms are made up of a

leotard which is form-fitting, comfortable

and provide ease of movement.

Gymnasts use chalk to improve their

grip, absorb sweat, and keep their hands

dry.

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If

our

Hands

Could

Talk

On Bars

Ow! Tat hurts! Can you stop

rubbing me against that

rough piece of wood,It hurts!

Sto ripping skin off of me! I

need that to stay healthy!

On Beam

Stop putting so much

pressure on me! I'm going to

break! Ow! Where you

ripped the skin off of me

really hurts! Stop!

On Floor

Ow. Ow. Ow. If you are

going to slam me into

the grund, at least keep

me there! Stop pouncing

on me, It Hurts!!

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To The

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Madison

Kocian

Top

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At 5ft 3 madison

kocian might just be

the toughest person

you ever met. She is

small but she is

powerful. She

competed in the 2016

olympic games in

Rio. A gold and silver

medalist. She retired

her elite gymnastics

career and is now at

UCLA as a junior in

2019.


When she

was little

Madison Kocian

began her career

at age six. Her

parents put her in

the sport of

gymnastics

because when she

was little she used

her crib to use as

a bar. Later on she

started climbing

things so they

decided to put her

into the sport of

gymnastics. She

was enrolled in

WOGA (World

Olympic

gymnastics

Academy). She

wasn’t very

flexible but that

was okay because

with work she got

better.

Throughout her

training and

competitions,

she's excelled in all

disciplines but

took to the uneven

bars in particular.

At the age of 12,

she was named to

the Junior US

National Team.

She closed out her

Junior career in

2012.

Injuries

Every

gymnast has

different

injuries. And

different

stories to tell.

In 2016

Madison

fractured her

tibia. (Your

shinbone).

They were

afraid she

might not be

able to

compete at

the upcoming

olympic trials,

which means

shut down

from the

olympics

as well. While

her foot did

heal, during

the olympic

trials she

experienced a

dislocated

shoulder. She

still pushed on

and pushed

through to

get her way to

the olympics.

Later on

though after

the olympics

and during her

freshman year

of college they

found she had

tore her

Labrum. They

tried as many

ways as

possible but

they finally

resulted on

surgery. That

sidelined her

for most of

her Freshman

year but she

did

compete some

meets on beam.

Also in 2012 she

broke her wrist

doing a back

handspring. She

had dislocated it

as well. That

sidelined her for

most of the

season with a

long painful

recovery as well.

But she did push

through all of

these injuries

and still is

someone who

has thousands

of kids looking

up to her.

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Olympic

Trials &

Olympics

In the

olympic trials

there are

several

sessions and

days to them. In

the first round

you compete

for the top 15

athletes who

are olympic

hopefuls.

Everyone else

who didn’t make

that specific

team is

eliminated from

the olympics

altogether. It’s

a heartbreaking

moment if you

don’t make it. In

the following

rounds they

pick the five

gymnasts plus

three

alternates in

case one

person is sick

or gets injured.

There are

several days to

this process in

which you are

competing all

the events. On

vault Madison

did a full

twisting

yurchenko

which for elite

level gymnasts

is pretty easy

because she was

coming back from

her tibia injury. On

bars she got a 15.9

which is a very

good score for

2016 gymnasts.

Her hardest skill

was a Chow ½

which is an E skill.

(The letters of the

skill go up, A being

the easiest E being

the hardest.) On

beam she did fall

but she fell on a

very hard skill. An

arabian half. This is

a hard skill

because you have a

blind landing so you

if are just the

slightest bit off

then you will fill of

completely miss

the beam with your

feet. On floor at

the olympic trials

she got a 14.7

which is probably

an average score

for a gymnast. Her

fist tumbling pass

is an arabian double

which is an E. Her

last pass is a double

pike which is a D.

Her last skills are

very consistent with

her first skills. But

she did make the top

15 which is good. In

the olympics Maddie

did the individual

finals on bars and

got a silver medal.

On the team day

they won first place.

Maddie competed

with a torn shoulder

muscle which later

resulted in surgery.

Did you

Know?

Madison

Kocian

actually

considered

quitting her

Elite career.

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As you prepare for a back handspring you didn’t know that this one skill

was going to take you out of gymnastics for most of the season. As you

throw the skill your wrist dislocates and breaks. This would require

surgery to repair the wrist. But that wouldn’t be the end of the injuries.

Where she is

now and

where will

she be?

Madison

Kocian

resulted to

compete in

college

after the

olympics.

She got a

scholarship

to UCLA

before the

olympics but

she put her

scholarship

on hold and

went to the

olympics

instead. But

Kocian was

never

officially

pro. She

decided not

to take the

money that

would pay

her to do

competition

s or go to

the

olympics.

She paid for

all the

competition

leos and all

of the meet

funds. She

did this

because she

still wanted

to compete

at a college

level after

the

olympics. So

once the

olympics

were over

she

accepted

her spot on

UCLA as a

freshman. In

the 2018-19

year she is a

junior.

Madison

Kocian will

finish her

four years

of college at

UCLA. She

will

hopefully

continuing

her

gymnastics

college

career too.

She is

studying to

be a

Pediatric

Orthopedic

Physician’s

Assistant.

Madison showing off her floor routine at a

UCLA home meet

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A Day In the Life

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of an Elite gymnast would be?

Well this is what it is like.

Typically when you wake up

on a saturday morning you

laze around the house. But

have you ever considered

what it’s like for an athlete?

When Aly Raisman wakes up

in the morning she can’t just

go to her family room and

watch t.v, or play on her

phone. She wakes up and

eats her breakfast, which

normally consists of toast

or cereal with skim milk.

Then she jumps in the car

and drives to gymnastics.

Then at which point it is

almost 8:30 am which is

when her practice starts.

From 8:30-11:15 am she is

working out and doing

gymnastics. Finally. She is

done with round one of

gymnastics.

When simone Biles comes

home around 12 she eats her

lunch. Normally high protein

like chicken or fish. Then she

lazes around the house until

about 1:00 pm and she eats

a quick healthy snack.

Protein shake, Power Bar,

Banana, etc. Then it's back

to the gym.

When Aly Raisman gets up

and goes to practice she

has a hard grueling practice

which lasts 4 hours and 40

minutes. She then comes

home and eats a healthy

dinner. Chicken, fish

anything healthy pretty

much. Then she takes care

of her body. If you don’t

take care of your body then

“Hard work makes great people and great

accomplishments.”

you probably won’t be

doing gymnastics very

long. She normally

does an ice bath.

Then after that it’s

Shower, and getting

ready for bed. Around

10:15 she normally

goes to bed. Sleep is

very important for

people working about

six hours and day on

hard grueling

equipment.

“A dream doesn’t become Reality through

magic; it takes sweat, determination and

hard work.” -Colin Powell

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University of California,

Los Angeles, Ucla for

short, was founded in

1881, but became a

university in 1919. Ucla

is the largest campus in

California.

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UCLA Head

Co ach Miss.

Val

History

We all know

about UCLA.

A college in

Los Angeles.

UCLA’s

gymnastics

team coach

Valorie

Kondos is

retiring after

the 2019

season. She

has been

their head

coach for 28

years. Valorie

Kondos was a

dancer. Miss.

Val, as the

girls call her

was hired for

a gymnastics

coach in

1991. The

first year

however, was

not what they

wanted it to

be. Nor did

the second.

She even got

to the point

where she

wanted to tell

the athletic

director Judith

Holland that

the decision

to move a

dancer with

no experience

to gymnastics

as a head

coach was a

big mistake.

Miss. Val had

spent 8 years

as an

assistant

coach, but

strictly for the

choreography

purposes. “I

couldn’t fake

being a

gymnastics

coach

because I

didn’t know

anything about

gymnastics. I

had to be true to

me. Who is me?

I know what it’s

like to work

through pain. I

know what it’s

like to set a goal

and prepare

mentally,

emotionally and

physically. When

I was standing in

the wings (before

dancing), I was

calm and

confident. Isn’t

that what I’m

needing to do

with these

gymnasts?”

Miss. Val said in

an interview with

seattle times.

After that she

carried through

almost 3

decades of

excellence.

Miss. Val also

made the

decision to step

away 2 years

ago. She barely

told anyone.

She did let in to

Katelyn

Ohashi, who at

that time was

having a hard

time

transitioning

from elite to

college level

gymnastics.

Miss. Val’s

saying “come

here and let’s

have a good

time.” It’s no

secret that they

have former

olympians on

the team. Miss.

Val said the

whole thing

1991

1997 20

Valorie Kondos Field, the

head coach of the UCLA

gymnastics team, first

came to the college in

1991

UCLA gymnastics won

their first national

championship in 1997.

UCLA is the

university to

NCAA team

champions

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Had been

turned

upside

down. the

whole thing

has gotten

turned

upside

down

because of

money,

because of

winning”

she once

said. “Here

we have

fun.” Miss.

Val

embodies

everything

that

someone

would want

a coach to

be. She

builds

fantastic

relationship

s with the

gymnasts

Not only

with

themselves

but with her

too. As a

survivor of

breast

cancer she

has to get

on with her

life.

Scho ol

History

UCLA is one of

the most well

known

colleges in the

world. UCLA

became a

university 100

years ago, in

1919. In 1927,

the UCLA full

name

University

of

California,

Los

Angeles,

was

adopted.

UCLA s

also the first

university to

have won

over 100

national

championsh

ips. Also,

UCLA's

athletic

program

has

produced

261 olympic

medals!

UCLA has

over 31,000

undergradu

ates in their

campus. In

state tuition

is a little

over

$13,000 a

year, . and

out of state

tuition is

about

$41,000.

Students

must have

good

grades and

test scores

to be

considered

for UCLA.






Fun Facts!

Ucla is ranked as one of the top

colleges in the world for academics,

research, and community impacts!

There are 44,947 students, including

30,873 undergraduates and 14,074

graduate students at UCLA.

UCLA has won 116 NCAA team

championships.!

UCLA was a university during World

War 2!

On July 29, 2014 a century old water

main burst, sending twenty million

gallons of water rushing into building

like Pauley Pavilion, and the Wooden

center in a time of about 4 hours.

● At the UCLA Medical Center, the first

open-heart surgery in the western half

of the United States took place in 1956.

07 2018 2019

first

win 100

hips

UCLA won their last

national championship

with coach Valorie

Kondos Field.

Valorie Kondos Field

retires and leaves the

UCLA gymnastics team.


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National

Champions

UCLA has won many NCAA

championships, these are

just some of the

championships they have

won.


Skills Gymnasts

Don’t Do

Anymore

The korbut flip is when you

stand on the bar, do a

backflip off the bar and re

grab the bar again. Its is a

very dangerous skill

because you could easily

smash your face or neck

and end up paralyzed or

just broken.

A roll out flip is when you do a flip in

the air and then instead of landing

on your feet you tuck and roll out of

it. This is a very dangerous thing to

do because if you do it even the

slightest bit wrong you could give

yourself a concussion or hurt your

neck. If you land on your neck you

can damage nerves or even

become paralyzed.


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Raising

Twisting with Christine

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The Bar

Peng Peng Lee!

If you like college gymnastics,

this article is for you! Learn about

one of the most well known UCLA

gymnasts in history, Christine

Jennifer Lee (Peng Peng Lee)her

struggle with injury setbacks

keeping her from the Olympic

games, and her journey to

become one of the greats in UCLA

history.

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Would you be disappointed if you were in your last competition

before getting to go to the Olympics and having an injury

restricting you from competing? This is what Christine Jennifer

Lee ( Peng Peng Lee) had to go through Right before the 2012

Olympics.

Olympic

Disappointments

Christine Peng Peng Lee was

podium training before a major

competition and tore her ACL.

She was not able to compete at

the 2012 Olympics but she was

able to go with the Canadian

team to London as team

captain. According to ESPN "I

was initially bummed out that I

didn't get to compete, but I took

being named the team captain

and traveling with the team to

London as such an honor," she

said.” (9).

The next came. Rio De

Genaro. In the preseason of

2016, Peng injured her thumb

and had to have surgery. While

she was recovering she

competed beam at the first

couple of meets. A few weeks

into the season Peng heard a

pop in the knee she had

previously had her surgeries on.

An MRI revealed it was a torn

meniscus. She had to have yet

another surgery to fix it. Peng

injured her thumb and had to

have surgery. While she was

recovering she competed beam

at the first couple of meets. A

few weeks into the season Peng

heard a pop in the knee she had

previously had her surgeries on.

An MRI revealed it was a torn

meniscus. She had to have yet

another surgery to fix it.


Pengs Time at UCLA

Injuries

Peng Peng Lee has had dozens of injuries

through the years. She has undergone multiple

surgeries on her knees. Peng Peng Lee had a

broken hand in 2013 at UCLA. When the cast got

removed a couple weeks later, she passed out

from a muscle atrophy. According to the Los

Angeles Times, “That made the back pain she

soon felt even more of a concern. She couldn’t

stoop to pick up a pencil she dropped in math

class. Using the bathroom felt like her back was

being branded. She cried when she sneezed.”

(30). Lee went to a specialist and she saw that

Lee’s spine was unstable. This condition

addressed could have lead to paralysis. Lee had

to take a year off of gymnastics with no physical

activity. This was another setback for her. In Mat

2011, Peng dislocated her knee while preparing

for Olympic qualifying. She recovered just in time

for world championships.

Peng Peng Lee sat out the 2013 and 2014

seasons due to multiple knee surgeries to

hopefully help and get her back into the

sport. Since Peng Peng Peng Lee sat out

and didn't compete in 2013 and 2014 she

was allowed to compete in UCLA for four

years, so she was on the gymnastics team

since 2012, that was the year she has gotten

injured. Her high scores were a 10.0 on

beam and bars and a 9.925 on vault. She

never competed for the floor because of her

knee injuries. Her signature Peace signs in

the middle of her beam are something most

people will remember her by. At her last

competition at UCLA, all of the girls in the

floor lineup fit Peng’s peace signs

somewhere in her routine. At UCLA they

have a competition for all of the seniors. It is

considered “senior night.” Since Peng was

not able to compete floor, The head coach of

UCLA Valorie Kondos-Field let peng perform

a Senior sendoff routine to show to the

crowd at Pauley Pavillion. At the national

championships in 2018, Peng ended her

gymnastics career with Two perfect 10’s on

bars and beam, and her team being the

NCAA National champions.

Fun Facts!

When Peng Peng Lee was 10, she

could do a quadruple twist on the

trampoline- and land it.

Peng’s name is Christine Jennifer Lee

and adopted the name Peng Peng

almost by accident. When starting at the

elite level, a coach asked Peng what her

Chinese name was, and she told her

"Peng Peng," because that's what her

grandmother called her. 28


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