St. Albert gymnast creates new move, lands spot in the history books

Marisa Dick runs, catapults off the springboard and leaps into the air. In the splits, she lands on the balance beam.

Marisa Dick has been perfecting her patented move for years

Dick mounting the balance beam during the Women's All Round Artistic Gymnastics event at the Pan American Games. (KLC fotos)

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.

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

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

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.

"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.

"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."


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