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Zoltan Jordanov talks to the Academy
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Zoltan Jordanov

To be a good gymnast you need to be determined and have a tough character.

All international gymnasts have to make big sacrifices if they want to reach the Olympics.

This means spending hours in the gym, working to achieve the goals they want.

To be an Olympic gymnast, you have to be physically very fit and have good co-ordination with plenty of artistry.

A gymnast gets ready to tumble
Speed and co-ordination are a must

All the skills in gymnastics are creative, they are not natural movements. The body has to perform skills many people would consider dangerous.

For example, to stay upside down in a handstand and turn your body around, that's not natural!

But gymnastics isn't just physical strength.

Mentally, you have to be able to concentrate for long periods of time. You also need to be strong in your head too.

A lot of gymnasts are spotted very early in their lives, some as early as five or six.

But whether they'll become an Olympian or not depends entirely on their character.

Svetlana Khorkina in action on the parallel bars
Svetlana Khorkina is the world's top female gymnast

Will they be able to work hard, will they make the sacrifices needed and will they be patient enough to reach the top?

There is a lot of talent out in the world, but there can only be one Olympic champion.

Gymnastics need lots of perseverance. They have to be able to do the same routines every day and not get bored.

Every day you have to try to perform to your maximum ability.

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Did you know?
Gymnastics is a huge tradition in Zoltan's family
Both his parents were gymnasts, his father was a gymnast at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki
Both Zoltan and his wife are also former gymnasts
Their son Krisztian was a Hungarian champion who competed in the 1996 Games in Atlanta

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Zoltan Jordanov
GB gymnastics coach

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