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    Inside the Chalk Box: Freshman Ellen Marion
    Ellen Marion
    Ellen Marion

    Oct. 25, 2010

    Freshman gymnast Ellen Marion talks about reaping the benefits of difficult fall workouts in this week's "Inside the Chalk Box"...

    Competition season is less than three months away and things are really starting to come together for our team. We are in great physical shape (thanks to lots and lots of conditioning), our routines are being perfected (thanks to awesome coaches), and most importantly we are a united team. I think that is what will give us the edge in competitions. 

    There are so many teams filled with talented gymnasts around the nation, but I think we have that something extra that is needed to make a good team great! I'm so excited to be a part of a group that pushes each other, supports each other, and genuinely likes each other.  This has helped us get through practice and conditioning when we wanted to give up, but instead pushed one another to give our personal best for the team. It is so much easier to do this when you have your friends cheering you on. 

    Since the start of mandatory practice, the team has progressed so much. Now, we are doing routines under pressure to get back into the feeling of a meet atmosphere. Everyone is starting to hit their routines and look awesome. 

    The upperclassmen have been so supportive. They give advice, help with routines, and have always made us freshmen feel welcomed and supported. This has made the transition to college gymnastics so much easier and so much fun. We really do have fun together, which is very important when you spend so much time around one another.

    I am proud to be a part of this team and cannot wait until competition season when everyone will get to see what a great group of talented and dedicated athletes I get to be with everyday!



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