There's a reason gymnastics is one of the top three most watched Olympic sports: it's hard as hell, and observers know it. Starting from a very young age, gymnasts push their bodies to the limit in training, and even after years of perfecting their art, only the best of the best make it to the Olympic level. Eighteen-year-old Marisa Dick, a Canadian-Trinidadian Olympic hopeful, knows this all too well. But if her latest accomplishment — inventing a brand-new gymnastics move — is any indication, she won't have trouble making it to the Summer 2016 Olympic competition!
The new move, a tricky transition from the springboard to a balance-beam-mounted split, has officially earned the approval of the gymnastics community — it has been added to the gymnastics Code of Points that is used for judging competitions (including the Olympics). Deservedly named after its inventor, the "Marisa Dick" is a move that you can now expect to see in gymnastics competitions all over the world. However, based on a celebratory Instagram video showcasing the rigorous practice required for Marisa to perfect the move, there will be more than a few flubs! (Practice makes perfect, right?)
Check out Marisa's video below, and remember all the hard work she put in when you finally see the "Marisa Dick" in competition. Girl power!
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