Inside Gymnastics: How is your recovery going?
Alyssa Baumann: My recovery is going pretty good. My elbow is doing really well. I got my full range of motion back, which was a big deal. After my elbow surgery, I decided to have a surgery done on my wrist because it had been bothering me for a while. It was an ulna shortening surgery, and I’m currently still in a brace. However, I should be coming out of the brace soon. I’m still doing leg conditioning and all that I can in the gym. When my wrist allows me to, I will have to start with lots of strengthening before I can get back to all my skills. I’m very anxious and excited to start doing some skills again.
Inside: When do you think you’ll be ready to compete again?
Alyssa: At this time, I’m not exactly sure when I will compete again. I’d love to be able to compete before going to college, but I have to be cautious about pushing my elbow and wrist before they are ready.
Inside: What are your goals for 2017 and beyond?
Alyssa: My goal for 2017 is to ensure that my elbow and wrist reach the best condition possible. Once I’m recovered enough, my goal is to get all my skills back that I had leading up to Trials.
Inside: What are you most looking forward to about collegiate gymnastics?
Alyssa: I’m looking forward to so many aspects of college gymnastics. It’s a completely different atmosphere than elite in that it’s always a team event. I can’t wait to compete for the University of Florida and hopefully help my team win a National Championship.
Inside: Do you think you might ever return to elite?
Alyssa: With my injury this summer, my elite career stopped suddenly. Since I don’t feel like I had full closure, I’m not closing the door on elite as of now. However, I’m looking forward to gymnastics at Florida.
Inside: What are some of your favorite competition memories?
Alyssa: There are a few that stick out when I think about all my experiences in competitions. Of course, the moment I landed my dismount off beam during the 2014 Worlds team final was a special moment. Standing on the podium with my closest friends and getting the gold medal for our country was incredible. Also, after P&Gs this year when I found out I was going to the Olympic Trials is a feeling I will never forget because I couldn’t believe I had made it this far. When I was 10, I went to Philadelphia for the 2008 Olympic Trials. Those girls were huge role models for me and I told myself that one day I would be just like them.
Inside: Tell us a little about what it was like to train at WOGA through the years.
Alyssa: I’ve been at WOGA since I started gymnastics at 3 years old. I’m extremely grateful for my coaches, Laurent and Cecile Landi. I’ve had them from age 9 and they have worked day in and day out to make sure I reached my potential. WOGA has created a legacy of World and Olympic champions and it’s very motivating to be at a gym that produces great gymnasts.
Inside: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Alyssa: In gymnastics, like life, there is no straight line to success. Everyone deals with hardships, but it’s how you handle the hard times that defines you.
Anna Rose Johnson writes about women’s artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. She loves Whippets, brownies, and full-twisting double layouts. Her writing portfolio can be viewed at: https://annarosejohnson.contently.com