The Gymnast who Lost Her Moves – Bryony Page | Against All Odds

The Gymnast who Lost Her Moves – Bryony Page | Against All Odds


(BRIDGESTONE PRESENTS) Trampolining is jumping against
gravity to get into the air. You’re just completely free and
it feels like you’re flying. When you are jumping
at that height, the impact on the body
and the forces on the body are the same forces experienced
by a Formula 1 driver. I kind of called up my coach
and I said, “Something’s wrong.” I call it a mental block. Some name it
Lost Move Syndrome. It’s not easy for anybody
who’s been good to suddenly be a beginner
again. Once you are in the final,
anything can happen. We wanted to be the history
makers. No-one can help you. In the blink of an eye, you can
make success or failure. (AGAINST ALL ODDS –
BRYONY PAGE) (WRENBURY, UNITED KINGDOM) We had a back-garden
trampoline that I used to jump on. And we had a fence and I used to try to jump over
the fence to say hi to the next-door neighbours
if they were sat outside. When she was like seven
or eight, we took her to a gymnasium. The first thing they asked her
to do and they asked all the children was, Can you climb a rope
to the ceiling? And Bryony just got to the
rope, climbed straight up the rope and then the coach said,
“No, no, no, stop, stop! “Come down!”
She said, “How do I get down?” (HANNAH KENDRICK, BRYONY’S
FORMER TRAMPOLINE MATE) When Bryony first came here, we knew there was something
special about her. She was already great
at gymnastics, which is a fantastic skill
to have. Bryony was so small
but she was fierce. She would put her hand up and
she would say, “Ill do it!” “Ill try. How do I do it?”
You know – give me a go! That was it, I was hooked. She got to a point
where I went, “This is something
very serious,” when she got
into the English squad. And that was saying, well, other people are now noticing
how good she is. She must be very good. But suddenly,
I was consumed by fear. I think her difficulty started
for us when we noticed it first of
all. We were at a national schools
competition. We could see that the warm-up
wasn’t going too well for her. She came out of a few
somersaults strangely for her, and you could just see
she just wasn’t herself. I kind of called up my coach
and I kind of said, “Something’s wrong.” In this sport, you hear about this
Lost Move Syndrome. (MARTIN PERRY, CONFIDENCE
COACH) Fundamentally,
she wasn’t able to access the pattern or sequence of
movements in her own brain, mind and body, to be able to perform them. It’s quite hard to explain when you are not familiar
with the sport. But in trampolining, you learn
each move individually, so you know you have to go up,
you have to spin around, you kind of lose sight
of where you are. It’s all about feeling a
motion. One of the important things is to maintain the relationship
with the trampoline. You’re high on in the air, the trampoline
is on the ground. But sometimes,
you can get on the trampoline and you overthink it
a little bit and you think, “How do I do that move?” If you lose your concentration, you can lose spatial awareness. If you lose spatial awareness, the systems panic. You get on the trampoline
and you’re jumping and all of a sudden
you’re blank. You start to get
that physical reaction. Your heart starts to panic,
you start to panic, you freeze. And then because you’re
upside down in quite a
dangerous situation, when you blank,
you could hurt yourself and that’s when the fear
starts happening. I just was kind of consumed
by that fear of what happens if it
goes wrong? There was a moment where it
just suddenly spiralled out of control and I lost
one skill after the other, and I got it back
but then I lost another one and slowly, slowly,
slowly lost everything. We start getting
emotions involved. Bryony is getting angry,
I am getting angry. Everyone gets frustrated. And I could see the frustration
it was causing her. I couldn’t do a lot to help
other than just be there. The problem was
so extreme that Bryony was on the verge
of giving up the sport. Maybe this is the end. Maybe, for some reason,
we can’t fix this. That’s when I made
the decision – there was no way
I was going to give up. Imagine breaking your legs and then suddenly have
to learn how to walk again. How do you suddenly get
your brain and your body in gear to start walking again? That’s what Bryony had to do. You have to rebuild
the pattern, step by step, bounce by bounce. You almost need to be able
to clear and start again
from the beginning. That’s where methodically you can put back all the
things in places that you’ve already learnt. It’s not easy for anybody
who’s been good to suddenly be a beginner
again. Literally day to day, training session
to training session, she just built and built and
built right up
until the Olympic final. (OLYMPIC GAMES,
RIO DE JANEIRO 2016) Representing Great Britain,
Bryony Page. We wanted to be
the history makers to make sure
that we could show everybody the trampolining in Great
Britain could win an Olympic medal. Ladies and gentlemen,
please welcome the finalists. She was looking confident, she was looking good… ..and you’re going,
“This is it, she’s ready.” Nice height… Beautiful triple. Very strong
through all the twisting parts. A few skills to go here,
double pike. Staying right in the box. Bryony Page gets the routine
nice and central. Then she lands,
and you can see she went… Wow, brilliant. This is just perfect. Bryony Page, 56.040. 3 full points higher
in execution. It was a chance to get
a medal. When the score came up, we knew that
it would be in the medal zone but you can’t guarantee
a medal at that point, and we just had to wait for
every other performance. We have to wait ages. I think she was the second
to perform. I had six more competitors. There was Rosie MacLennan, who was already
an Olympic champion. The Chinese World Champions,
Olympic medallists. So, you know, we knew that it
was going to be a challenge. It was a case of look at all
the other competitors coming through. The first Chinese does a good
routine but it doesn’t beat Bryony’s. So she’s slowly going up
and up. Second place at the moment
and Page is holding on. There is only three to come… And you’ve got Rosie MacLennan,
Olympic champion. From Toronto… It’s good! And she’s done it. 56.465. Rosie MacLennan puts
herself in the medal position with two to go. And then she overtook me
and I had this feeling that I might finish fourth. And my heart was going,
“not fourth, not fourth.” And then Li Dan
competed her routine. We couldn’t watch, we were
like this the whole time, we couldn’t watch. Well! Oh, Li Dan. Near faultless! Now my money is on Li Dan. Bryony Page, you have
to just wonder, is your 56.040 good enough
to get you a medal? Oh, she hasn’t! 55.885. And scores below Bryony. And Page is still in second
place. She’s going to medal. I didn’t know
what to do with myself. I just kind of collapsed
on the floor and started crying. Bryony Page,
the performance of her life. She was obviously the first
person from Great Britain trampoline
to win an Olympic medal. Still can’t believe it! She knew, and I could see
that she knew, she had done the best routine
of her life. All those problems we had
had gone. You know what I mean? That’s bad, isn’t it? I’m getting emotional
about it. It had been… ..a very… ..long journey for her, not an easy one. I’ve overcome everything, I’ve overcome my fears,
I’ve overcome injuries, I’ve overcome my confidence levels, I’ve gone through everything. I couldn’t believe, I couldn’t believe it. And… ..I’ve done it! (AGAINST ALL ODDS –
BRYONY PAGE)

100 Comments on “The Gymnast who Lost Her Moves – Bryony Page | Against All Odds”

  1. To literally forget everything one by one, just to come straight back into Rio and be the first woman of Great Britain to win a medal for trampolining. That's astounding. She has all of my kudos and respect!

  2. This is a strong woman that should be recognized for feats like this. Modern day feminists should use her as an example of strong and independent who fought against all odds.

  3. I can thoroughly relate on the mental block! I find I only experience obvious mental blocks with back handsprings, like I got yesterday after I'd just got my rough foundation of a back handspring back and my mum tells me, 'You're thinking about it too much, just do it' but it's not as easy as that

    Besides, now I know why Bryony was particularly emotional xox

  4. I have had this, but I lost all of my moves in a snap. I was mid air but managed to save myself. If I should describe it, I would call it a temporary brain injury. It is terrifying! It happened when I was only 5 years in so it was not that bad. I managed to catch up again in a couple of years.

  5. Nice to see this vid put together, I coached the 'young Bryony' seen in pink near the beginning. Bryony is a really genuine and kind person and a fantastic role model. Long may her success continue!

  6. One should never smoke weed before a competitive event. Leave that to the judges. They're more experienced than you'll ever be.

  7. My daughter developed a terrible backwards tumbling mental block after an injury in all-star cheer when she was 10 yrs old. She lost everything! She was even scared to do a simple back walkover. It was heartbreaking to watch and sge ended up quitting cheer because of it. She is now 14 and does trampolining and power tumbling at a gymnastics club and is just now 4 yrs later starting to tumble again with confidence.

  8. This happened to my granddaughter. She was doing well. Winning contests. Learned to tumble and do boulders and a full. She was working on a double. Then one day it stopped. We tried everything. Nothing worked. She couldn’t even do a back flip. Finally she dropped out of the sport. So sad. I’ve seen it many times.

  9. I used to be a trampolinist for a bit. I could go from doing Cody’s and lazybacks to not even being able to do a front sum. It’s so easy to overthink and that really got to me.

  10. I do artistic gymnastics and mental blocks are real and incredibly hard and frustrating it's the worst thing in the world. I would do anything for mental blocks not to exist

  11. As someone who did aerial stunts (check out bandaloop on youtube, I did that same sport) as a hobby I get the fear and the mental block. The moment you realize the consequence of what can go wrong suddenly it becomes impossible to do a certain jump. Even though you did it 1000 times perfectly before

  12. I've been going through something really similar lately. I'm a first year level nine and I started feeling more and more nervous about my half out, a skill that I was just starting to grasp. At first it seemed pretty normal to be skiddish, because I had opened early and crashed hard a handful of times, but it got to the point where preparing to do one forced me to fight back tears over a skill that u knew I could do. My air awareness had failed on that skill for whatever reason, and the only reason I could do it was muscle memory. I didnt know where I was in the air, when i was twisting, or even if i would land. All I could see was a blurr. Admittedly, I had one or two breakdowns over the skill before, finally, I figured out what the problem was. At that point we were able to start over with learning the skill, making sure I knew where I was and teaching it in peices once more. I still dont have it back on the land, but after only a few days I've been able to turn them into the foam pit while being confident in where I am and what I am doing.

  13. I blanked out when I tried to do a back full and I landed in my neck cause I didn’t know what to do In the middle of the air

  14. I had a mental block just before Christmas and it took until January to get it all back but now I’m back on it

  15. y’all I’m in Bowling and it’s not super hard to walk and throw the ball but in one of my competitions I experienced mild lost move syndrome. Like I forgot how to do the fluid movements all of a sudden and it’s not life and death for me cuz it’s Bowling but like idk y I just couldn’t walk down the lane and throw the ball. But know I’m good

  16. I'm going through the same thing just now in my trampolining. Lost my back somi a month ago and still haven't got it back. You are an inspiration bryony x

  17. I sometimes get mental blocks during gaming and even in jist casual gaming i get really frustrated. Usually im able to do so well but suddenly i go.. ehhh?? How do i land this skill, this suddenly feels so unfamiliar

  18. i used to teach myself tumbling as a hobby. Eventually I got pretty good for being self taught. I loved it so much. I learnt to do a full and many back flips. One year ago I almost broke my neck doing something. I threw all of my tumbling and it was very dangerous. I still have really bad mental blocks. I took a very long break from tumbling and I am finally relearning my skills but safely. I am not a gymnast, I am a competitive swimmer.Swimming is much more important to me but tumbling eventually became a huge passion and part of my life. This video inspired me and showed me that she was able to regain such advanced skills. I am crossing my fingers that I will one day regain my skills and passion for tumbling.

  19. I’m in gymnastics and I had a mental block for about 1 year and a half. It was on bars and I couldn’t do anything whatsoever except for a cast. I over came it eventually but it was really hard.

  20. a mental block is different from fear, u could rather break your neck than not do the skill, but somehow you can’t do it. Just because you are scared doesn’t mean you have a mental block, she had a real one.

  21. This would make a great true story movie. It would also bring more awareness to the sport. And also how to overcome this mental block. I hope they consider making a movie about this. They already have the title and everything. 😉😍

  22. I thought I was the only one. I am suffering from this same case I think. I had a bad ankle injury few years back and even after recovery I was not able to play badminton as I used to I drifted away from the sport. Lately, I have been trying to get back on the game and this video inspires me. I needed this. What the coach said "to be a beginner again" hit me hard. I shall start from the basics again. So proud of Bryony! Thank you! Wishing her luck for the next games

  23. Such, BS…You don't just lose all your memories for some random reason. She wasn't learning anything from scratch, she was already a pro. So overrated.

  24. I've never heard of this "syndrome ". Sounds like anxiety but within a gymnast. It's not physical. Hope she had a killer psychiatrist. She knows this stuff. It's fear in her head. Anxiety can be crippling, like it was in her case. Glad to see she made a comeback.

  25. That is amazing because when I was in gymnastics I hurt my heal it touch so long to get back up and know I am eight and I am the best and youngest in the grope

  26. I am so sorry but my hole family shares the account so it is actually his sister Méabh Mcgowan I am so sorry I did not tell you it was me

  27. I’m a artistic gymnast, and over the years I’ve had so many mental blocks with skills that I had been doing for years. It’s probably the worst feeling a person can have because it just consumes you. It was always the first thing I thought of when I would wake up in the mornings, before going to bed, and would make me dread going to practice. One of my mental blocks was on a Yurchenko on vault, and I just couldn’t make myself do it for the longest time. Every time I would run down the runway it felt like I would hit a wall, and I wasn’t able to push myself past it to even start the yurchenko. Thankfully I finally got past my blocks, but it’s so difficult. There’s no way to even describe how terrible it feels to have a mental block until you actually experience one because you feel so defeated.

  28. My son is going through this at the moment, he has gone from being NDP british level 4 champion, to not being able to bounce on a trampoline without doing his safety move which is a tuck back. He'll bounce once or twice and then tuck back without warning, we've tried everything and his coaches have been fantastic. He just doesn't want to give in like Bryony, we've tried everything, sports psychologist, hypnotism. His coaches have been amazing patient with him. But after a year of trying we have decided that he needs a break from it for a couple of months to lower his anxiety levels. I'm just hoping it won't make matters worse. Any advice greatly welcomed.

  29. Mental blocks are the worst because your scared to do the skill and my coach just yells at us to just keep trying and you can't do anything no matter how hard you try

  30. I had a similar thing, but as a musician. It took 3 years to shake myself off. Now, I'm getting ready to start gigging for the first time in 4 years.

  31. you should check your video quality… oh no wait forget what I have just said its just my teary eyes

  32. I do competitive swimming and I never get these mental blocks so I guess I am lucky?… anyways someone tell me how it fells to get a mental block

  33. So resilient & inspirational!
    But it’s weird he kept calling them( He Wenna) & Li Dan) “Chinese” , “First Chinese” ( He Wenna) while he called others by name. No matter how implicit it is, it is always just there, they can’t never not let go of white supremacist attitudes.

  34. I met her I didn’t tell her that I was actually the exact same it’s like we’re twins we look alike is well

  35. Being from the intercity after my friend got shot by the police unjustly although he got fired to me that was saying we got away with it the fear I felt when a cop stopped me or looked at me in a wrong way terror is what I felt.

  36. Make a video on PV Sindhu and how she changed bdminton in India by becoming the first Indian to wIn Badminton silver olympic medal in Rio.

  37. Make a video on PV Sindhu and how she united. billion people and contributed to bdminton in India by becoming the first Indian to wIn Badminton silver olympic medal in Rio.

  38. I remember when going through puberty, I had no sense of awareness and things weren't working even though I knew exactly what to do. It was very frustrating.

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