2004 Inside Glimpse No. 3

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 06, 2004

Just like the revamped SoonerSports.com, Inside Glimpse, which chronicles the happenings of the Oklahoma women's gymnastics program through the eyes of assistant coaches Nilson Savage and Jenny Rowland, is back with a new look.  The Inside Glimpse, which has been a regular feature on OU's athletics website for the last year, focuses on news and issues that the sporting public does not usually have access to.

Inside Glimpse No. 3
Oct. 6, 2004

NORMAN, Okla.--
 This group of athletes has come together much earlier than we all expected.  If the workouts we had this last week is reminiscent of our competitive season, then we should be on the way to rewrite the history books at OU.  I know it is too early to tell but this team is focused and willing to take on any challenge. 

We are quickly upgrading the skill level on all events.  The freshmen class has brought enthusiasm, charisma, and excitement to all of us.  We are going to highlight each one of our freshman in the upcoming weeks, so we can get to know the new faces in the gym. 

Nilson Savage
Women's Gymnastics Asst. Coach
University of Oklahoma

Stephanie LoPiccolo is the first of the many newcomers and offered this entry below:

 I am from Melbourne, Australia.  I recently moved to Oklahoma to study in college and be a member of the OU gymnastics team.  The University of Oklahoma is absolutely beautiful and the people here are really friendly.

Over the past seven weeks that I have been here, I have experienced a number of things.  First of all, I am not used to people driving on the right side of the road.  I keep looking in the opposite direction when I cross the roads and forget that I am not in Australia anymore. 

Attending my first football game was also an experience to remember.  I was amazed to see the number of people that turn up to watch the game.  The atmosphere is amazing.  I have absolutely no idea about the rules of the game, but it seems as if it lasted forever.  My legs got really tried of standing and unfortunately, I ended up leaving at halftime.  Hopefully, when I learn the rules of the game, I will be able to enjoy watching the games more.

So far, one of the best experiences I had is meeting heaps of people.  I absolutely love the American accent and the people are amazing here.  Gymnastics workouts have also been fun.  It is great to see all the girls cheer and support each other.  We have all become really close friends in the last six weeks and it feels like we are one big family.

I am really enjoying the college life and I am having heaps of fun.  My time spent here at OU will definitely be an experience to remember for a lifetime.

Boomer Sooner!  

Stephanie LoPiccolo
Women's Gymnastics
University of Oklahoma



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