Name: Nate Clingman
Parents Names: Geoff and Cindy Clingman
High School: Loudoun County High School
How many years have you been at APEX: 14 years
Your first coaches: Marty Newsom and Vladimir Shamenko
Your current coaches: Vladimir Shamenko and Denise Rowell
Favorite memory from your years at APEX:
It is hard to pick just one. However, I do fondly remember the time that Marty challenged me to do a fly away on the pit high bar and said, “If I made it, he would do one also.” For some reason, the challenge made my fear disappear and I did it, despite never even trying one before! Everyone in the gym watched Marty have to follow thru on his part of the bet.
I also have very fond memories of building forts with the mats during Apex sleepovers.
Your favorite Meet & Why: My favorite meet was the Brian Babcock Invitational in Allentown, Pennsylvania when I was a level 5. Although it has been many years since, this particular meet stands out for me because I did a “come from behind” finish, winning 1st place All- Around by nailing my routine on pommel horse. This was a huge personal victory for me because pommel was my most difficult apparatus at the time and the entire outcome of the meet was riding on how well I performed this last event. I am proud whenever we go back to Allentown and I see my name displayed on the “Banner of Champions”.
Which skill was the toughest for you to learn? Suk on vault
What are your plans for next year? Next year, I plan to go to college and pursue a degree in Computer Science. I am applying to 6 schools in the state of Virginia. Two of the colleges (The College of William and Mary and James Madison University) have gymnastics programs and depending on where I am accepted and which school I ultimately choose, I will decide if I will continue to train as a gymnast.
Do you have any words of advice for younger gymnasts? Emotional hurdles are sometimes the toughest to overcome. My motto is, “Believe. Achieve. Receive.” If you believe that you are capable of doing something and that your coach is not going to let you die (LOL), you can eventually achieve the courage to try it over and over again until you receive the reward of conquering it. Also, if you mess up in the middle of a routine at a meet, don’t ever let the judge see you upset. Just move on and pretend that it never happened. This shows good character and mental toughness.
APEX Gymnastics is beginning it’s eighteenth year of operation. APEX began as an idea in January of 1997. When the existing Virginia Gymnastics decided to close it’s doors, APEX became a reality. Marty Newsom and Melanie Cuozzo became owners in September, 1997 and APEX Gymnastics, Inc. was born. Today we are proud to have over 1000 young gymnasts in our APEX programs.
At 28,000 square feet, APEX is currently the largest and most equipped gymnastics facility in Loudoun County and one of the largest in the state of Virginia. APEX serves gymnasts not only in the Loudoun County area, but we have members from Manassas, Maryland, Centreville, Winchester, West Virginia and Pennsylvania that attend our facilities.
APEX is proud to have three olympians, five former elite gymnasts, former NCAA coaches, certified judges, high school coaches and public school teachers on our staff.
We hope you will come see our facility and become part of the APEX family.
If you like more information about APEX Gymnastics, please contact us by by phone : 703-777-5344 or email at email@example.com