Kyle Voissem: Jack Of All Trades
Nov. 9, 2011
All-around is a term used to describe a gymnast who competes in every event. This athlete participates in six events, including floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and high bar.
UIC men's gymnast all-arounder Kyle Voissem surpassed typical expectations by perfecting not one or two events, but all events.
Voissem was the all-around 2010-2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) champion. He attempted to go above and undoubtedly went beyond.
In the 2011 ECAC Championship, held at the Physical Education Building (PEB) in Chicago, Ill., Voissem placed first in rings, scoring 14.900. Although rings would be the only even he place first in, his other event scores remained strong. He ranked fifth overall when competing vault, with a 14.350 effort, and placed fifth in the floor event, scoring 14.400.
"I competed in five event finals on Sunday," Voissem said when reflecting upon the 2011 ECAC Championship. "I tried to just focus on fighting for each tenth and relying on my endurance."
Endurance is an aspect present in the UIC gymnastics program made evident by their three consecutive ECAC Championship titles. Voissem and the gang plan to keep this streak active.
"We know we are capable of winning the ECAC title again," Voissem said. "We just continue to work on our consistency."
While Voissem plans to defend the title, he also strives to achieve other individual goals. He intends to make a mark during postseason, aiming to achieve All-American accolades.
"I am going to upgrade my routines," Voissem said. "I need to make them more difficult in order to stand out."
Voissem discusses how he plans to conquer the pommel horse this season by "trusting his strength in his arms and core."
The first milestone in his attempt to become an All-American is a Mixed Pairs intersquad meet held in the PEB. The team competes against each other to master their routines for the upcoming 2012 season.
"I enjoy competing against my teammates," Voissem said about the annual meet. "It's a challenging, but fun meet and it lets freshmen know what a collegiate meet feels like."
While having fun, Voissem prepares for Mixed Pairs by continuing to practice hard.
"We all aim to get the least amount of deduction," he said. "It's a meet that really puts our training to the test."
The typical gymnast attempts to perfect one, or two events. Gymnasts like Voissem attempt to perfect six.
Voissem all-around exceeds all-expectations.