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)

Comments 100

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Bryony I loved meeting you also I had that happen to me

  • Much respect for her. I felt emotional watching her cry.

  • She have Ed's? Proprioception issues?

  • 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!

  • this gave me anxiety

  • Oml i'm struggling with this too…i thought i was the only one…

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

  • Wow. Now this is dedication.

  • If bad problems happen good stuff will come out of it

  • It's a amazing history!!

  • Is it just me or does she looks a little like betty from Riverdale

  • 😮 wow

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Could it be some Kind of ''Yips'' she was suffering ?!

  • Soo inspiring
    Hats off to her

  • Perseverance!

  • I love this video!! I have seen this sooo many times!

  • 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.

  • It's 4am and I'm ugly crying here instead of getting enough sleep

  • It's 4am and I'm ugly crying here instead of getting enough sleep

  • 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

  • Very bizarre

  • Iv got mad respect to these athletes. Its amazing. 😊

  • This was really well done 💛💛💛

  • Her coach teaches in my uni….

  • I had mental block during my final exam,I know what it felt like,it is so bad but people can't see it

  • What a great story. I'm ready for the Games now!!!! Lol

  • 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

  • sansa stark

  • Hero!!!

  • I felt that when i was 10-11 and stoped with gimnastics… I lost 360° moves in one night??

  • This sounds like Dystonia.

  • 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

  • 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

  • How many days she worked on till she went to the 2016 Rio game

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Omg, this happened to me.

  • I want to do this really bad but my mom says it is dumb and makes me do baseball

  • Bryony page💕 motivational to me 💖🇮🇳

  • So inspired and moved by her story. ❤️

  • she looks like lili reinhart

  • 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.

  • I have met her coach
    Paul

  • And my mom is good friend

  • 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.

  • 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. 😉😍

  • This happened to me.. when I studied so well and forgot everything during exam..

  • 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

  • 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.

  • I am going to meat her

  • 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.

  • maybe make a movie out of this story? its really inspiring

  • why does the start of this video looks like a horror movie trailer like first 5 min

  • 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

  • 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

  • Exceptional!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Very free up

  • It’s called the Yips

  • Whats the song?

  • I get mental blocks on my bike, doing jumps and tricks, thats how i sprained my ankle last monday

  • 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

  • literally took me until the end of the video to realise some of it was shot in my school

  • I cried again

  • I cried watching this

  • I cried watching this

  • So proud of Bryony. True Olympic spirit.

  • 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.

  • I love you bryony page😙😙😙👍👍👍

  • Pssh she didn’t even win gold… Haha jk great story..

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

  • Im crying

  • 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

  • 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.

  • And this is where her Inspiration turns into our tears and that's where we inhale another Motivation.
    Keep it up Girl!

  • 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

  • I cried

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I would like to know if you think that diet might have had an effect on your ability to focus any?

  • I almost forgot that there was Andy Murray waving the Union Jack 😍 Hope to see him in Tokio 2020

  • Amazing! Such a beautiful story.

  • that’s what happened to me at urban air, i jumped at the 6”ft gravity trampoline
    and i ended breaking up all mah bones.

  • We practice the same moves over and over again so that it becomes muscle memory. People use to ask what I was thinking when I would tumble and the truth was nothing. If I really thought about it that’s when it didn’t make sense and you forgot the rhythm of what your doing

  • Totally crying with her as she sees that she is going to medal and a sliver at that! Bravo

  • I really thought Li Dan would win when I watched

  • Yes..its not bad to be emotional..you work very hard for this.. 👏👏👏

  • She's an inspiration. It just goes to show that we can overcome just about anything and achieve our goals if we work hard.

  • I am a high level trampolinist and I totally know this feeling of fear. If you lose concentration, it could all be over. People don’t understand until they are in the situation, but you have to push through and never give up !

  • I love you

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