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Trinidadian Gymnast Creates New Move, Lands Spot in the History Books

The one-of-a-kind mount now bears her name in the official Code of Points, a rulebook that defines the scoring system for each level of competition in gymnastics.
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Marisa Dick catapults off the springboard and leaps into the air.

In the splits, she lands on the balance beam, legs extended, toes pointed, arms stretched to the ceiling, perched in perfect balance.

It’s the St. Albert’s gymnast’s signature move, and when she debuted it last fall at the world gymnastics competition in Glasgow, Scotland, it had never been done before.

The one-of-a-kind mount now bears her name in the official Code of Points, a rulebook that defines the scoring system for each level of competition in gymnastics.

“It’s super cool to know that my name will kind of live on in the world of gymnastics,” said the Trinidad and Tobago gymnast, who has dual Canadian citizenship.

 

Dick was repeating her signature move more than 20 times a day in training for the worlds. (Marissa Dick/Instragram )

Dick was repeating her signature move more than 20 times a day in training for the worlds. (Marissa Dick/Instragram )

“It’s really exciting. It was one of my biggest goals going into worlds, to get this move named after myself.”

The 18-year old spent several months perfecting the skill before worlds, repeating the move more than 20 times a day during long training sessions with her coach at the Capital City Gymnastics Centre.

Although this wasn't my best meet due to dislocating my rib the day before in training, I'm thankful I was able to push through and have a pretty great meet. The highlight of my experience at the 46th world championships in Glasgow was getting this skilled named after myself. At my first worlds in 2013 I witnessed @victoriamoors_ , @simonebiles , @silvia_cp17 and a few others achieve and submit a brand new skill into the FIG code of points, what a legacy. Theirs, mine and so many others names will forever be recognized in the gymnastics world. I would like to thank all my friends, family, supporters and most of all, all my coaches that have helped me get to where I am today. Without you guys pushing me and looking up to me I would not have made it this far. I love you guys❤️ Always set dreams and goals for yourself no matter how big or how hard they seem, if you want it bad enough you will achive it. My biggest goal since 2013 was to submit a skill in the FIG code of points ? My biggest dream since I was old enough to know what it was is to go to the Olympic Games ? #rio2016OlympicGames Congratulations to my teammate @themarttt , you had the best meet of your life and what a competition to do that at! You have grown and improved so much as an athlete even in the last few years that we have been teammates. We did this together! Behold….. The Dick

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“We thought, let’s try this, we knew it had never been done before,” said Dick, who finished 74th in the beam event, and  77th all-around out of 192 women at worlds.

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“You mostly have to be flexible and have some guts,” she said said during a Wednesday morning interview on Edmonton AM.

For her next move, Dick hopes to land a spot on Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic team.

Dick and teammate Thema Williams will compete for a spot at the April test in Rio de Janeiro, part of the qualification process for the 2016 Olympics.

“Only one of us gets to go to the Olympics, so it’s kind of a cutthroat time. But it’s exciting.”

Source: CBC News

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