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The Gymnastics Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Gymnastics

Category: Book
By (author): Dunn, Claire
By (author): Schlegel, Elfi
Subject:  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Performing Arts / General
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation / General
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation / Gymnastics
Publisher: Firefly Books
Published: September 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 10.00in x 8.00in
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$ 19.95
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From The Publisher*

"An excellent book in every way... Best of all, the book is accessible to early readers. Superb coverage of a popular sport." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

This indispensable guide is simply the best book for beginners to the sport of artistic gymnastics. Illustrated with full-color photographs of gymnasts balancing, tumbling and jumping, The Gymnastics Book features skilled guidance from a medal-winning, record-breaking gymnast who is now a noted instructor.

The topics covered in detail include:

  • Finding a good gymnastics club
  • Qualities to look for in a coach
  • Warm-up and cool-down exercises
  • Entering competitive gymnastics
  • Managing victories and losses
  • The importance of family and friends
  • Nutrition and apparel
  • Financial aspects
  • A typical day of training for competition.

This edition is updated for 2018 with new interviews and updated profiles on the most prominent star gymnasts of today and yesterday, including Simone Biles, Ellie Black, Ragan Smith, Kyle Shewfelt, Emily Boycott and many more. Anecdotes and advice from Olympic stars take beginners behind the scenes and offer a no-holds-barred account of life as a competitive gymnast. Updated profiles on the Olympic greats and gymnasts who have become well-known coaches, gym owners, and gymnastics judges show young gymnasts career pathways beyond the competition.

The Gymnastics Book provides motivation and detailed instruction to young gymnastics students

Review Quote*[Review for previous edition] Colorful photos and pleasing layout ... very eye catching. But there is also plenty of information to go along with the clean design ... An excellent introduction to the sport.
Review Quote*[Review for previous edition] An indispensable guide to the beginner's world of artistic gymnastics.
Review Quote*[Review for previous edition] An informative, visually appealing guide for any child who is interested in this popular sport. Highly recommended.
Review Quote*[Review for previous edition] This timely book certainly provides children with a nice, positive introduction to a sport they can enjoy.
Review Quote*[Review for previous edition] A wonderful way for those interested in the sport to get started. provides a solid beginning to this popular sport.
Review Quote*[Review for previous edition] Getting a child started in a gymnastics program can be confusing for the parent. Terminology, exercises and safety are all concerns and so it is nice to start off with a well-written guide book to familiarize yourself... With colour photographs throughout, the book provides a step-by-step guide to getting started. Accompanying the photographs are descriptions of the warm-up exercises, basic skills, and cool down stretches. Schlegel also discusses competition training and profiles a number of important gymnasts.
Review Quote*[Review for previous edition] [STARRED REVIEW] An excellent book in every way ... Best of all, the book is accessible to early readers. Superb coverage of a popular sport.
Review Quote*[Review for previous edition] Goes beyond basics... proper techniques for basic moves on the balance beam, vault and uneven bars are illustrated with color photographs.
Biographical Note

Elfi Schlegel was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1976 to 1985, won two gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and in 1979 won a team gold and individual bronze medal at the Pan Am Games. Elfi won Canada's only World Cup gymnastics medal, a bronze in the vault, in 1980. As a scholarship athlete at the University of Florida, she was a six-time All-American. Elfi got her start as a gymnastics commentator at the age of 17 and worked for CTV and CBC. For the past 20 years, she has been a sports commentator for NBC Sports, covering 11 Olympics, as well as countless other gymnastics meets, and the sport of curling. Elfi lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Claire Ross Dunn is a journalist and writer for television. In 2014 she was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for best writing in a children's or youth program.