Muskego gymnast learns carry out with out arms, goes to state


Muskego’s Therese Missiaen makes all of it look simple, however there is a catch. Missiaen, a senior on the Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall co-op gymnastics staff performs with out the complete use of her arms.

“I feel it is cool that I’ve type of discovered my very own method of doing issues with out my arms,” stated Missiaen. “That is not one thing lots of people may do.”

Throughout the summer time main as much as her eighth-grade yr, every part modified. 

“My elbows began to harm fairly dangerous,” stated Missiaen.

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Missiaen was recognized with OCD, in any other case often called Osteochondritis Dissecans, a joint and bone situation that affected her elbows. 

“I used to be actually unhappy,” stated Missiaen. “I positively went dwelling and cried. I needed to go and inform my entire membership staff and my coach and like, it is simply laborious to consider as a result of like, my entire life was gymnastics. I did not know what else there was.”

Surgical procedure was inevitable, so Missiaen ended up getting three whole surgical procedures on her elbows. 

“They instructed me I would not have the ability to do gymnastics anymore,” stated Missiaen. “They initially stated like, ‘Oh what’s she going to do in highschool with out her arms?’ They’re like, ‘If you may make that work, I suppose so.'”

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Stopping gymnastics wasn’t an choice. Missiaen has been within the sport all her life, together with her two older sisters and youthful brother, so she turned from membership to highschool gymnastics and took on the problem of coming again. 

“I began on the tumble monitor as a result of it is lots safer, and simply messing round with a bunch of various passes,” stated Missiaen. “Ultimately, it obtained to a set level. 

As a result of she can not bear weight on her arms, her solely occasions are flooring and beam. After an adjustment interval, Missiaen was in a position to swap up components of her routines to make it doable for her to compete. 

“On flooring, most ladies begin with a roundoff, so it is mainly like, a cartwheel with two ft virtually, and a few even do a again handspring, however I am unable to do both of these expertise,” stated Missiaen. “I do, it is like, a roundoff with no palms.”

The identical goes for the stability beam. 

“Now, I can do a handstand,” stated Missiaen. “That is probably the most I can do, so I do a handstand right into a backflip.”

Via all of it, her resilience has been inspiring. 

“It is simply been enjoyable to observe her discover methods to succeed and to beat what may very well be a career-ending harm in gymnastics, for positive,” Katie Moore, coach.

Regardless of the challenges, Missiaen has completed greater than succeed, qualifying for state her first two years with the staff. This season, she even made it to the Women Gymnastics Particular person State Match for beam. 

“I feel it is so cool that I can do it this manner and get the identical scores,” stated Missiaen.

“I positively impressed myself,” stated Missiaen. “I did not assume I would have the ability to come this far, so it is simply cool to see that.”



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