Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Kristy Powell Update

Kristy Powell is one of those gymnasts who just sort of disappeared but would pop up in newspaper articles every now and again. Kristy landed a role as a trapeze artist in La Nouba from 2003-2008.

Recently, Kristy's been popping up at gymnastics camps and clinics, where she whips out her 'tissue' and teaches young gymnasts some Cirque tricks.


If the gymnasts have any questions about coaching changes, they should definitely ask Kristy Powell. She and her mother have the dubious distinction of coach hopping more than anyone else in recent memory. Beginner Gym(s)------Karolyi's--Cypress--Colorado Aerials--Cincinnati---Charter Oak Gliders---Colorado Aerials...and that is only from the time she was a level 10 training elite. Kristy also suffered from a similar ailment to Tessa Virtue, where her muscle casing began constricting her actual muscle. After being accepted into Cirque, there were several articles about Kristy's wait to be given a spot in an actual production. She wanted a role just as badly as she obviously wanted to land her Yurchenko 1 1/2 when sprinting down the vault runway with her infamous grimace.

Kristy put on a tissue demonstration at Woodward last month.

17 comments:

  1. Wasn't she the one who's mother sold weird hair accessories and called them "Kristie's twisties?" or am I thinking of another athlete? In any case I have so much respect for people who do silks, the amount of arm strength you need is unreal.

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  2. Good for her! A lot of gymnasts who come that close to Olys kind of fall apart. I'm glad she is doing something positive with her life.

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  3. I always thought that Kristy was the worst national champion we ever had in the usa. Even worse then Jennifer Sey. At least Jennifer could do compulsories. Kristy only won because she competed at a time when everyone was dead retired or out of town.

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  4. Is that her in the black!? I didn't know she was that tiny.

    Yeah, Kristy was never really in the running for an Olympic team. Her achilles tear before the 2000 Olympics was sad, but she wasn't top 6 in the country after 1997 anyway.

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  5. I hated this bitch.lol and I still do. Girl has issues in real life and she has not gotten over them.

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  6. MsJess, while silks do take a lot of arm strength, in some ways the abdominal strength required is even more unreal. Though I imagine it's not much of a stretch for someone who's done elite gymnastics.

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  7. Thank you for this wonderful update.

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  8. Kristy was one of the sweetest and most talented young girls in the USA, a good student, loved her brothers, her family and her mom did a super job raising her and always tried to do what was right for her daughter. It is never easy traveling the country from city to city, never staying long enough to put down real roots. I have always thought she was a super star.

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  9. Don't hate on Kristy... I met her this week and she is REALLY graceful and kind, I bet you cant do anything even close to what she can do, and you have no right to call somebody a bitch that you haven't even met.

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  10. Kristy is my first cousin . :-) Always proud of her.

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  11. What is she up to these days? I knew her when she lived in Cincinnati.

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  12. Looks like a real success story - personally & professionally!

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  13. As her former stepmother, I can tell you what a wonderful sweet person she was growing up and still is. her strength and determination to achieve is a lesson to all those today who expect life to be handed to them on a silver platter

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  14. So sad to read the negative, sour grapes kind of comments. When my daughters ( and my son) were competing in gymnastics, they looked up to Kristy who was at the pinnacle of her gymnastics career. This was even before my father told his grandchildren that Kristy was his cousin's daughter. So I am happy to see that years later she is doing well and I wish her the best always.

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