Getting Rio Ready Means a Trip to Indianapolis
posted on 10/01/2015

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 1, 2015 - All six members of the U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Senior Group visited St. Vincent Sports Performance (SVSP), USA Gymnastics’ official healthcare provider, to receive complete movement and performance mechanics evaluations to assist them in their training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. St. Vincent Sports Performance is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and not-for-profit health system.

The SVSP team of experts provided intensive movement and performance mechanic assessments, as well as corrective evaluations and performance psychology sessions for the athletes.

“We’re excited to apply our expertise in support of these impressive athletes as they pursue Olympic dreams,” said Ralph Reiff, executive director of St. Vincent Sports Performance. “Their bodies and minds endure tremendous demands, and these evaluations are a critical part in achieving optimal performance.”

The U.S. Rhythmic Group earned a spot for Team USA to the 2016 Olympic Games at the 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. On Sept. 12, the U.S. group finished 13th all-around, and as the highest finishing group from North, Central and South America, qualified as the Americas continental representative to the Games. This is the first time the USA has qualified for the Olympics in rhythmic group gymnastics.

The members of the U.S. senior group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Kiana Eide, Alisa Kano, Natalie McGiffert, Monica Rokhman, Jennifer Rokhman and Kristen Shaldybin.