GymDogs Begin 2021 Season Friday Against Missouri

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GymDogs Begin 2021 Season Friday Against Missouri

Courtney Kupets Carter
Courtney Kupets Carter

No. 10 Georgia vs. No. 16 Missouri

Friday, January 8 | 7:00 p.m. | Stegeman Coliseum | Athens, Ga.
Watch: SEC Network
Live Stream: https://gado.gs/5u1

ATHENS, Ga. — The No. 10 University of Georgia gymnastics team is set to begin its 2021 season against No. 16 Missouri on Friday, January 8 in Stegeman Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, capacity is limited in Stegeman Coliseum this season. Friday’s meet is sold out; however, fans can watch the competition live on the SEC Network. 

The GymDogs will begin the season as the 10th ranked team in the nation.  It’s the 13th time in 15 years that Georgia starts in the Top 10.  

Georgia and Missouri were set to close out the 2020 regular season before the competition was canceled due to COVID-19.  The teams have not met since 2019 at the NCAA Regional in Athens.  ­­

The GymDogs are encouraged by the amount of returners for the 2021 season.  With three gymnasts in both the senior and freshmen classes, the bulk of the team is juniors and sophomores with lots of experience under their wings. 

SERVANT LEADERS                                                                    

Coach Courtney Kupets Carter has encouraged the seniors to be servant leaders for their younger teammates.  With the season, and training in general, looking different than year’s past it is important for them to look out for the underclassmen.  Kupets Carter has praised the servant leadership of Emily Schild for stepping up. 

THE SAVAGE BUCKET                                                                

A spin on the Georgia football team’s “Savage Pads” that are worn by defensive players who make a great play, the gymnastics team’s “Savage Bucket” is used to celebrate the small things.  It does not necessarily have a standard that needs to be met in order to throw the confetti, its purpose is to celebrate the accomplishments of each individual. 

FINISHING RANKS                                                                      

At the end of the 2020 season the GymDogs were ranked 12th, with all four apparatuses also ranked in the Top 25- floor and beam ranked seventh and eighth, respectively.

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