Ashley Priess at five, and others

Ashley PriessEver wondered what your favorite gymnasts looked like when they were really, really young? Up until now, we’ve gotten snippets. Brief home videos can be seen in fluff pieces networks put together at competitions.

There was Shawn Johnson doing a handspring vault at a competition maybe eight years ago when she was profiled as ABC News’ person of the week last fall. NBC showed us Vanessa Atler doing backhandsprings and press handstands at age four when they profiled her for the 1997 American Cup. Limited footage of Lilia Podkopayeva, Elena Zamolodchikova, Dominique Moceanu, Dina Kotchetkova and Shantessa Pama training and competing as youngsters is also available.

But this Youtube generation will likely provide us with a lot more than that. We have, for the first time, the opportunity to follow a gymnast basically from level five onwards — if, of course, videos are posted. So we’ve been introduced to the likes of Yevgenia Ugretsova and Nica Hults.

The first example I saw of this was actually Ashley Priess, shown here in the gym at age five, working on her basics, in what must have been 1995 or 1996.

One Response to “Ashley Priess at five, and others”

  1. leonel Says:

    te amo shawn
    yamame 3518519

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