Trinidad and Tobago Gymnast Creates New Move, Eyes Rio Olympics

Marisa Dick 
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It's a move that had never been done before, but Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick has perfected it and made it her own.

The 18-year-old leaps off a springboard to a split, landing on the balance beam, with legs extended, toes pointed and arms stretched up in artistic flair, pefectly balanced. 


It's Dick's signature move, CBC News reports, and she debuted it at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, last fall. It was the first time it had ever been done.

And now the daring, one-of-a-kind mount has her name and is in the official Code of Points, which defines the scoring system for each level of competition in gymnastics, the news site notes. 

"It's super cool to know that my name will kind of live on in the world of gymnastics," Dick, who has dual Canadian citizenship, said. "It's really exciting. It was one of my biggest goals going into [the] worlds, to get this move named after myself."

According to the report, Dick spent months perfecting her skill, repeating the move more than 20 times a day during her long training sessions with her coach at the Capital City Gymnastics Centre in Alberta, Canada. 


"We thought, 'Let's try this'; we knew it had never been done before," said Dick, who ended up finishing 74th in the beam event and 77th all around out of 192 women at the competition, according to CBC News. "You mostly have to be flexible and have some guts." 

Guts, the gymnast does have, and now she's eyeing a spot on Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic team at Rio de Janeiro. Dick and her teammate Thema Williams are competing for a spot at the April test, which is part of the qualification process for the 2016 Games. 


Read more at CBC News

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