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)

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