Above is a picture of the perennial powerhouse The University of Utah Women's Gymnastics Team.
If you see these guys (and other College Teams) in person, most are ripped, muscular women, who could put a lot of guys on this site to shame with their strength and agility.
Compare them to the pre-pubescent, pixie-like appearing (albeit strong and agile) Olympic Level gymnast, (China appears to have taken it to the extreme);and I began to wonder about the difference in training, approach and differences between the Olympic and College "Levels"?
1) Does one take different "tracts" (College vs. International Competition) with a decision made VERY early in ones career? (the average Olympians age is about 16-18, with the average College Gymnast most likely being too "old" for the Olympics).
2) Is Olympic and International Competition open to any and all; or are you "invited" by the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic governing body to compete for spots on the Team?
(There are literally THOUSANDS of gymnast out there, with many competing on the College Level).
3) It seems to be more than age that accounts for the often "pixie-like" appearance of the Olympian compared to the average College competitor. Is there a difference in training philosophy between the two "tracts"?
Thanks, guys! I hope there is someone familiar with Women's Gymnastics who can give a little insight on this interesting Sport!