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Teen Gymnast Invents New Move (Video)

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Marisa Dick, an 18-year-old gymnast, invented a new move that has been officially named after her (video below).

Dick successfully bounced off a springboard, switched her legs and landed in a split position on a balance beam during the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, last fall.

The competition serves as a qualification for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"It takes a long time, I was doing 20 a day every day in practice," Dick recently told Refinery29. "You only have one shot to make it count and make it named after yourself."

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"It was incredible," Dick added. "As soon as I landed on the beam, I was like, 'Oh my gosh, yay!' But then I was like, 'Wait, I have a full routine to do still.' I was just really excited that it worked out."

The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique, which governs the sport, told the website that Dick's move has been added to the sport's official Code of Points.

Dick finished 77th at the championships, and posted a video montage of herself practicing the move on Instagram with the caption: "Although this wasn't my best meet due to dislocating my rib the day before in training, I'm thankful I was able to push through and have a pretty great meet. The highlight of my experience at the 46th world championships in Glasgow was getting this skilled named after myself."

Dick, who has dual citizenship in Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, is second in line for a spot to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Sources: Refinery29, Instagram / Photo Credit: Marisa Dick via YouTube

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