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How to Stick the Landing

Gymnastic greats have showed us how to finish off a gold-medal performance with a flourish. But why limit it to gymnasts -- life is full of opportunities to stick the landing.


  • Step 1: Arrange for a landing Arrange for a landing. Leap off a step, a curb, or just jump in place.
  • Step 2: Bring your feet together Land with your feet together. Steady yourself, and bend your knees until they reach a 90-degree angle, or until your thighs are parallel with the floor.
  • Step 3: Extend your arms Spread your arms, and extend them over your head.
  • TIP: If necessary, imagine that you're the "Y" in the "YMCA" dance.
  • Step 4: Pop up and snap your head As you land, keep your head bowed down, with a sense of gravitas. As you straighten your legs and pop up, snap your head up to the sky and smile. Success!
  • Step 5: Express excellence Now that you can stick the landing, use this powerful Olympic gesture to highlight your own personal victories.
  • Step 6: Celebrate failure with grace Or use it to add a sense of class and elegance to your highly public moments of defeat.
  • Step 7: Do not abuse the landing However you choose to stick your landing, it is a privilege. Do not abuse it.
  • FACT: In 1976, at the Montreal Games, Nadia Comaneci made Olympic history by becoming the first gymnast to receive a perfect score. She was 14 years old.

You Will Need

  • Coordination
  • Shamelessness
  • The ability to laugh at yourself

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