- May 15, 2012
I hear/see that a lot of girls do college gymnastics as "event specialists", where they only compete on one or two events, and I even see it in the Olympics...girls who only do 2-3, or even 1, event... I'm wondering at what level, what point, etc. that transition to an event specialist happens? Like does the gymnast eventually get to the point where they stop training the other events altogether, like not even at practice, or are they always "capable" of doing their non-specialist events, they just don't compete them at meets? Are there USAG rules around this event specialization? I never really hear about USAG girls who don't do all 4 events around me, but I guess w/ my daughter only being a L6, I don't have much exposure to the higher levels yet... Is event specialization something that really only starts at the college or Olympic level, and you have to be capable on all 4 events up to at least L10 so you can "make it" into the systems where you're able to specialize? Sorry if this is a silly question...I'm just trying to learn how things work ... Thanks.