Little siblings — big potential

Family acts are fairly common in gymnastics. Parents tote all their kids, not just one, to the gym to wrench out energy at a young age, stuff like that.

Seems like good gymnastics runs in families too — one need only look to the Hamms (Betsy Hamm, Paul and Morgan’s older sister, was an NCAA Champion for the University of Florida during the late 90s) and the Roethlisbergers (John’s big sis Marie was a contender for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team) and a few others (the Khorkinas, Svetlana and Yulia, the Dantzchers, Jamie, Jalynne and Janelle, the Mackies, Gael and Charlotte, and on and on) for affirmation.

Here are a few new faces with “old” names poised to make a splash during the coming quad (although whether their splash will be as big as those their siblings have made is TBD).

Dasha’s sis Natalia Joura, International Level 10, Floor Exercise:

Chellsie’s sis Skyler Memmel, 2008 PKI Elite Qualifier, Balance Beam:

The incredible Nailia Mustafina, younger sister of up-and-coming Russian junior Aliya Mustafina, 2008 WOGA Classic, Balance Beam:

On the men’s side, there’s Glen Ishino, Allyse’s younger brother.

Glen Ishino practices parallel bars in the Cal Bears gym:

Missed anyone? Drop me a comment.

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4 Responses to “Little siblings — big potential”

  1. Nik Says:

    How old is Nailia? She looks about 10 and her difficulty is already sky high. I hope so dearly that she doesn’t fall victim to injury due to the craziness of Russian training.

  2. Ian Says:

    Nailyia is 12. She’s age eligible for London 2012! It would be great to see both Mustafinas in the Russian team!

  3. el Says:

    The Postell girls are both awesome

  4. Ali Says:

    Skyler looks to already have quite a bit of difficulity on the Beam like her big sis! Hope she can stay with it!

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