Gymnast Marisa Dick creates The Dick move

It was Marisa Dick's dream to have a new manoeuvre one day officially named in her honour.

Now she's done it - and it will have commentators blushing.

The 18-year-old Trinidad and Tobago athlete practiced the move 20 times a day before debuting it on a grand stage at last year's World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow.

It requires leaping off the springboard and landing on the balance beam in the splits position - toes pointed and arms stretched in the air.

The move has now officially been added to the sport's official Code of Points, the rulebook that outlines details the scoring system.

It's official name? "The Dick".

"It's super cool to know that my name will kind of live on in the world of gymnastics," Dick told CBC News.

"It's really exciting. It was one of my biggest goals going into worlds, to get this move named after myself."

Dick said there were two keys to achieving "The Dick".

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. At my first worlds in 2013 I witnessed @victoriamoors_ , @simonebiles , @silvia_cp17 and a few others achieve and submit a brand new skill into the FIG code of points, what a legacy. Theirs, mine and so many others names will forever be recognized in the gymnastics world. I would like to thank all my friends, family, supporters and most of all, all my coaches that have helped me get to where I am today. Without you guys pushing me and looking up to me I would not have made it this far. I love you guys?? Always set dreams and goals for yourself no matter how big or how hard they seem, if you want it bad enough you will achive it. My biggest goal since 2013 was to submit a skill in the FIG code of points ?? My biggest dream since I was old enough to know what it was is to go to the Olympic Games ?? #rio2016OlympicGames Congratulations to my teammate @themarttt , you had the best meet of your life and what a competition to do that at! You have grown and improved so much as an athlete even in the last few years that we have been teammates. We did this together! Behold..... The Dick

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"You mostly have to be flexible and have some guts," she explained.

Dick, who has dual Canadian citizenship, finished 74th in the beam event at worlds but exited from Glasgow all smiles after leaping into the history books.

"We thought, let's try this, we knew it had never been done before," she said.

Her next move will also be challenging as she competes with teammate Thema Williams for a spot on Trinidad and Tobago's Rio Olympic team.

"Only one of us gets to go to the Olympics, so it's kind of a cutthroat time. But it's exciting," she said.


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