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** NeverLiveItDown: In Season 2 episode 6, most of the jokes are about the time Kaylie got absolutely plastered at a party and did a keg stand all the way back at the beginning of Season 1. This winds up being lampshaded by Kaylie herself.


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* OnceDoneNeverForgotten: In Season 2 episode 6, most of the jokes are about the time Kaylie got absolutely plastered at a party and did a keg stand all the way back at the beginning of Season 1. This winds up being lampshaded by Kaylie herself.


* TeamDad: Sasha cares deeply for his gymnasts: he threatens to ruin Carter's career if he [[OverprotectiveDad makes a move on one of his girls]]; he wonders if Lauren has someone to talk to ''the moment he sees her''; when Emily's trust issues are revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments he promises her he's not going to leave]]; he [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome punches Marty]] when Kaylie tells him Marty had an affair with her mother; he works closely with Payson in regards to her back injury, her rejection of her femininity, and her switch to an atristic gymnast; and he tends to go PapaWolf if the girls' merits aren't recognized...

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* TeamDad: Sasha cares deeply for his gymnasts: he threatens to ruin Carter's career if he [[OverprotectiveDad makes a move on one of his girls]]; he wonders if Lauren has someone to talk to ''the moment he sees her''; when Emily's trust issues are revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments he promises her he's not going to leave]]; leave; he [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome punches Marty]] Marty when Kaylie tells him Marty had an affair with her mother; he works closely with Payson in regards to her back injury, her rejection of her femininity, and her switch to an atristic gymnast; and he tends to go PapaWolf if the girls' merits aren't recognized...

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** NeverLiveItDown: In Season 2 episode 6, most of the jokes are about the time Kaylie got absolutely plastered at a party and did a keg stand all the way back at the beginning of Season 1. This winds up being lampshaded by Kaylie herself.


* Payson Keeler: TheDeterminator and former top girl at the gym, rival to the current national champion and likely to overtake her.
* Kaylie Cruz: daughter of the gym's owner. She was in a SecretRelationship ([[NoSexAllowed dating is forbidden at the gym]]) with male gymnast Carter before he cheated on her with Lauren. Now in a relationship with Austin Tucker
* Lauren Tanner: the AlphaBitch, oh, so very very much. DaddysGirl, SpoiledBrat, cheater, does {{Blackmail}}... never stops with the troublemaking, really.
* Emily Kmetko: NewTransferStudent, whose previous gym was the Fresno YMCA. Her family lives in PerpetualPoverty, forcing ScholarshipStudent Emily to maintain a job at the local Pizza Shack (also forbidden at The Rock) while still training 8 hours a day. She meets a lot of cute boys there. PutOnABus (literally) towards the end of season two.

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* Payson Keeler: TheDeterminator and former top girl at the gym, rival to the current former national champion and likely to overtake her.
her... that is, before a back injury at Nationals nearly ends her career.
* Kaylie Cruz: Current National champion and the daughter of the gym's founder and owner. She was in a SecretRelationship ([[NoSexAllowed dating is forbidden at the gym]]) with male gymnast Carter before he cheated on her with Lauren. Now in a relationship with Olympic gymnast Austin Tucker
Tucker.
* Lauren Tanner: the AlphaBitch, oh, so very very much. DaddysGirl, SpoiledBrat, cheater, does {{Blackmail}}... never stops with the troublemaking, really.
really. Enters a relationship with Kaylie's boyfriend Carter, causing the two of them to break up and destroying her friendship with Kaylie.
* Emily Kmetko: NewTransferStudent, whose previous gym was the Fresno YMCA. Her family lives in PerpetualPoverty, forcing ScholarshipStudent Emily to maintain a job at the local Pizza Shack (also forbidden at The Rock) while still training 8 hours a day. She meets a lot of cute boys there. PutOnABus (literally) towards the end of season two.two due to becoming pregnant.



* AlphaBitch: Melissa of course. Faith Abbot as well.
* ArchEnemy: Kelly Parker, current national champion.

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* AlphaBitch: Melissa Lauren, of course. Faith Abbot as well.
Ronnie Cruz also shows some shades of this in regards to the condescending way she can treat Emily and Payson's mothers.
* ArchEnemy: Kelly Parker, current former national champion.



* CheatersNeverProsper: Kelly badmouths Payson for taking cortisone shots (which technically are legal and not cheating), implying that they are cheating. [[spoiler: And after listening to her, Payson forgoes one last shot and breaks her back.]] And in the final season [[spoiler: Wendy tries to sabotage Kaylie's bid for the Olympics team by giving her drugged smoothies and ''almost'' succeeds. In the series finale Wendy is disqualified]].

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* CheatersNeverProsper: Kelly badmouths Payson for taking cortisone shots (which technically are legal and not cheating), implying that they are cheating. [[spoiler: And after listening to her, Payson forgoes one last shot and breaks her back.]] And in the final season [[spoiler: Wendy tries to sabotage Kaylie's bid for the Olympics team by giving her drugged smoothies and ''almost'' succeeds. In the series finale finale, Wendy is disqualified]].disqualified]].
** In the pilot episode, Lauren changes the height on the vault in an attempt to take Emily out of the running for the National Team. While Emily does get injured at first, she manages to flawlessly execute her routine on her second try, beating out Lauren for the third spot on the team - something Kaylie rubs in Lauren's face.
* CoolBigSis: Emily is one to Brian, her younger half-brother.
* ChildhoodFriends: Kaylie and Lauren have known each other since they were six and been on the same team since they were eight. Payson became friends with the two of them when she was twelve and her family moved to Boulder.



* DatingServiceDisaster: fixes up Chloe Kmetko with Steve Tanner. Their old/fake photos didn't help any. Surprisingly, they actually seem to hit it off.

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* DatingServiceDisaster: An online one fixes up Chloe Kmetko with Steve Tanner. Their old/fake photos didn't help any. Surprisingly, they actually seem to hit it off.



* DisappearedDad: Emily's father. And Brian's.

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* DisappearedDad: Emily's father. father, whom she describes as "not the type who sticks around." And Brian's.Brian's.
* DisporportionateRetribution: Lauren seems to be a huge fan of this.
** She changes the equipment settings on Emily's vault out of feelings of jealousy, not seeming to care that Emily could get paralyzed due to this. Later on, she gets her father to hire a private investigator to try and get Emily kicked out of the gym for the same reason.
** She nearly exposes Kaylie's relationship with Carter and nearly gets the two of them expelled from the gym after Kaylie points out that Emily beat Lauren fair and square on the vault.
** She steals Emily's dress in the fashion show because she was angry at Summer for not letting her wear whatever she wanted to wear.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin [[spoiler: especially after Payson "breaks it."]]

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin [[spoiler: especially after Payson "breaks it."]]it" at Nationals.]]



* [[spoiler: ICouldaBeenAContender: Payson after breaking her back.]]

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* [[spoiler: ICouldaBeenAContender: Payson after breaking her back.]]]] Ronnie Cruz also acknowledges this, especially when her OneHitWonder comes up in the conversation.



* KarmaHoudini: Lauren always seems to bounce back somehow even when everyone is mad at her.
** As of Season 2, Lauren has gotten away with changing the equipment settings before Emily's vault and risking her getting paralyzed, breaking up Chloe and her father's relationship, manipulating Summer, getting Emily benched in France so that she could compete, stealing Kaylie's boyfriend, humiliating Payson and Sasha, ruining Emily's custom leotard, just to list a few. She does something every episode that in RealLife would almost certainly make her friends openly wonder why they hang out with a complete sociopath.

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* KarmaHoudini: Lauren always seems to bounce back somehow even when everyone is mad at her.
somehow, no matter how atrocious her behavior is.
** As of Season 2, Lauren has gotten away with changing the equipment settings before Emily's vault and risking her getting paralyzed, breaking up Chloe and her father's relationship, manipulating Summer, Summer into breaking up with Steve and Sasha, getting Emily benched in France so that she could compete, stealing Kaylie's boyfriend, boyfriend and lying about it, stealing the necklace Carter gave Kaylie (a gift from his deceased mother), deliberately exposing Kaylie's relationship with Carter to Marty and Kaylie's parents, humiliating Payson and Sasha, ruining Sasha's career by sending the kissing video to Ellen Beals, ruining Emily's custom leotard, stealing Emily's dress in Season 1, and stealing Emily's floor routine in Season 2, just to list a few. She does something every episode that in RealLife would almost certainly make her friends openly wonder why they hang keep hanging out with a complete sociopath.



** Finally subverted in the middle of Season 2 when Carter not only starts calling her out on these things, but eventually has enough of her horrible behavior and breaks up with her.



** A slight one with Kaylie/Austin/Emily, though it's pretty clear that Austin's had his eye on Kaylie from the get go.



* MissingMom: Lauren's mom is a drug addict who abandoned the family years ago. Lauren claims she's in Darfur.

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* MissingMom: Lauren's mom is a drug addict who abandoned the family years ago. ago [[spoiler: due to Steve threatening her with an arrest if she kept trying to see Lauren]]. Lauren claims she's in Darfur.Darfur.
** Carter's mother passed away due to unknown circumstances when he was still a kid.



* ParentalSubstitute: Summer tries her best to do this for Lauren, who is totally ungrateful 95% of the time.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Summer tries her best to do this for Lauren, who is totally ungrateful 95% of the time.time... until Summer has news about the whereabouts of Lauren's biological mother. Then she spends most of Season 2 trying to get Summer and her father back together.



** Kaylie gives Lauren a very short but scathing one when she finds out about her and Carter having sex at the keggar. It drives her to tears.
** Lauren's grandmother gives Lauren one in Season 2 after she tries humiliating Emily and her mother during the dinner Steve Tanner was hosting. Like with Kaylie's, it drove Lauren to tears, especially when her grandmother ended it by saying that she'd "be doing you a disservice if I didn't tell you how disappointing I am in you."



** While Emily, Payson and Kaylie's mothers are very down to earth and supportive, both Kaylie and Lauren's fathers are stageparents. Kaylie's father especially wants to relive some of his glory days through his daughter.

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** While Emily, Payson and Kaylie's mothers are very down to earth and supportive, supportive (but even Kaylie's mother has her moments sometimes), both Kaylie and Lauren's fathers are stageparents.stageparents to the max. Kaylie's father especially wants to relive some of his glory days through his daughter.



** Summer Van Horne pretty much all the time. Special mention to "Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Supermodel" where Summer criticizes Steve for not telling her the truth about Lauren's mother, while keeping her own relationship history from him in return.

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** Summer Van Horne pretty much all the time. Special mention to "Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Supermodel" where Summer criticizes Steve for not telling her the truth about Lauren's biological mother, while keeping her own relationship history from him in return.



* TeamDad: Sasha cares deeply for his gymnasts: he threatens to ruin Carter's career if he [[OverprotectiveDad makes a move on one of his girls]]; he wonders if Lauren has someone to talk to ''the moment he sees her''; when Emily's trust issues are revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments he promises her he's not going to leave]]; he [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome punches Marty]] when Kaylie tells him Marty had an affair with her mother; he tends to go PapaWolf if the girls' merits aren't recognized...

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* TeamDad: Sasha cares deeply for his gymnasts: he threatens to ruin Carter's career if he [[OverprotectiveDad makes a move on one of his girls]]; he wonders if Lauren has someone to talk to ''the moment he sees her''; when Emily's trust issues are revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments he promises her he's not going to leave]]; he [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome punches Marty]] when Kaylie tells him Marty had an affair with her mother; he works closely with Payson in regards to her back injury, her rejection of her femininity, and her switch to an atristic gymnast; and he tends to go PapaWolf if the girls' merits aren't recognized...



** Payson starts out as this to the girls in Season 1 before her injury, something that's lampshaded by Kaylie.
** Then once Season 2 starts, Kaylie takes over.



* TrainingFromHell: While this sort of thing is threatened frequently (everyone has to practice from 5 a.m. on! With no days off!), it doesn't seem to happen. In the real world the gymnasts would be training instead of standing around the gym talking.

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* TrainingFromHell: While this sort of thing is threatened frequently (everyone has to practice from 5 a.m. on! With no days off!), it doesn't seem to happen. In the real world the gymnasts would be training instead of standing around the gym talking. But then again, Sasha does get very pissy if he catches the girls standing around and talking.
** It winds up happening on the fourth episode of Season 1. As a punishment for going to the keggar, the girls wind up spending all day training and cleaning the mats. And if any of them get caught talking, they have to start all over again.



* WildTeenParty
* YourCheatingHeart: when they're both pissed at Kaylie, Carter and Lauren have TheirFirstTime (or at least it's Lauren's). Carter regrets the hell out of it, Lauren, ah... wants to make sure everyone knows about it eventually. Then later regrets it.
** Ronnie Cruz also cheated on her husband with Coach Marty.

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* WildTeenParty
WildTeenParty: Two, in fact.
* YourCheatingHeart: when When they're both pissed at Kaylie, Carter and Lauren have TheirFirstTime (or at least it's Lauren's). Carter regrets the hell out of it, Lauren, ah... wants to make sure everyone knows about it eventually. Then later regrets it.
** Ronnie Cruz also cheated on her husband with Coach Marty.Marty Walsh, the coach at The Rock before Sasha.


* TeamDad: Sasha cares deeply for his gymnasts: he threatens to ruin Carter's career if he [[OverprotectiveDad makes a move on one of his girls]]; he wonders if Lauren has someone to talk to ''the moment he sees her''; when Emily's trust issues are revealed [[HeartwarmingMoments he promises her he's not going to leave]]; he [[MomentOfAwesome punches Marty]] when Kaylie tells him Marty had an affair with her mother; he tends to go PapaWolf if the girls' merits aren't recognized...

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* TeamDad: Sasha cares deeply for his gymnasts: he threatens to ruin Carter's career if he [[OverprotectiveDad makes a move on one of his girls]]; he wonders if Lauren has someone to talk to ''the moment he sees her''; when Emily's trust issues are revealed [[HeartwarmingMoments [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments he promises her he's not going to leave]]; he [[MomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome punches Marty]] when Kaylie tells him Marty had an affair with her mother; he tends to go PapaWolf if the girls' merits aren't recognized...


* TalentDouble: Very obvious use of doubling since none of the actors are gymnasts. Not only that, the skills the ''talent doubles'' are doing are usually much simpler than what they're stated to be onscreen, as anyone actually capable of doing those tricks is going to be busy competing on the ''actual'' US National Team, not talent doubling for a TV show. The routines are shot to hide this, but it's obvious to anyone who actually knows gymnastics. But at least they let ballerina Ayla Kell do her own dance routines.

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* TalentDouble: [[ObviousStuntDouble Very obvious obvious]] use of doubling since none of the actors are gymnasts. Not only that, the skills the ''talent doubles'' are doing are usually much simpler than what they're stated to be onscreen, as anyone actually capable of doing those tricks is going to be busy competing on the ''actual'' US National Team, not talent doubling for a TV show. The routines are shot to hide this, but it's obvious to anyone who actually knows gymnastics. But at least they let ballerina Ayla Kell do her own dance routines.

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* LeotardOfPower: Lots of teenage girls walking around in leotards every episode. This is pretty much TruthInTelevision for competitive gymnastics.


* ArtisticLicense:

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** The show exaggerates the difficulty of quite a few tricks. For instance, Kaylie's triple twist from "Worlds Apart" is actually a standard level of difficulty for international competition[[note]]there is no way she would have become national champion without a similarly difficult dismount[[/note]], while Emily's Yurchenko 1.5 is today barely adequate at the elite level -- to compete and win on the international stage, a double-twisting Yurchenko or similar difficulty is the ''minimum''[[note]]Except for the Chinese, who rarely challenge for vault medals but make up for their low difficulty on the event in the all-around with truly astronomical bars and beam scores[[/note]].
** The chances of ''anyone'' being able to teach themselves elite-level skills without an experienced coach is only a hair above zero. Emily would have been ''far'' more likely to put herself in the hospital even trying those skills than to get a scholarship to a gym like The Rock.



* TalentDouble: Very obvious use of doubling since none of the actors are gymnasts. Not only that, the skills the ''talent doubles'' are doing are usually much simpler than what they're stated to be onscreen, as anyone actually capable of doing those tricks is going to be busy competing on the ''actual'' US National Team, not talent doubling for a TV show. The routines are shot to hide this, but it's obvious to anyone who actually knows gymnastics. ''And'' the show exaggerates the difficulty of quite a few tricks. For instance, Kaylie's triple twist from "Worlds Apart" is actually a standard level of difficulty for international competition[[note]]there is no way she would have become national champion without a similarly difficult dismount[[/note]], while Emily's Yurchenko 1.5 is today barely adequate at the elite level -- to compete and win on the international stage, a double-twisting Yurchenko or similar difficulty is the ''minimum''[[note]]Except for the Chinese, who rarely challenge for vault medals but make up for their low difficulty on the event in the all-around with truly astronomical bars and beam scores[[/note]].
** But at least they let ballerina Ayla Kell do her own dance routines.

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* TalentDouble: Very obvious use of doubling since none of the actors are gymnasts. Not only that, the skills the ''talent doubles'' are doing are usually much simpler than what they're stated to be onscreen, as anyone actually capable of doing those tricks is going to be busy competing on the ''actual'' US National Team, not talent doubling for a TV show. The routines are shot to hide this, but it's obvious to anyone who actually knows gymnastics. ''And'' the show exaggerates the difficulty of quite a few tricks. For instance, Kaylie's triple twist from "Worlds Apart" is actually a standard level of difficulty for international competition[[note]]there is no way she would have become national champion without a similarly difficult dismount[[/note]], while Emily's Yurchenko 1.5 is today barely adequate at the elite level -- to compete and win on the international stage, a double-twisting Yurchenko or similar difficulty is the ''minimum''[[note]]Except for the Chinese, who rarely challenge for vault medals but make up for their low difficulty on the event in the all-around with truly astronomical bars and beam scores[[/note]].
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But at least they let ballerina Ayla Kell do her own dance routines.


* ArtisticLicense: Floor music is not under any circumstances allowed to have lyrics, particularly not at the World level. This rule is blatantly broken at Nationals and Worlds due to RuleOfCool. Additionally, for the sake of their own timelines, the writers take a lot of a artistic license when it comes to the gymnastics calendar, such as the lack of 2010 Nationals in Season 2.

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* ArtisticLicense: ArtisticLicense:
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Floor music is not under any circumstances allowed to have lyrics, particularly not at the World level. This rule is blatantly broken at Nationals and Worlds due to RuleOfCool. Additionally, for
** For
the sake of their own timelines, the writers take a lot of a artistic license when it comes to the gymnastics calendar, such as the lack of 2010 Nationals in Season 2.2.
** Apparently, in this universe, no one had ever performed a triple back dismount off the uneven bars before Jordan Randall. In real life, Svetlana Kozlova of the Soviet Union debuted the skill in ''1990''. Brenda Magana of Mexico performed the dismount at World Championships in 2002 and got it named after her as a result[[note]]in order to have a skill named after you in the Code of Points, it must be performed at World Championships or the Olympic Games[[/note]], and Shantessa Pama of the United States also successfully competed it several times.


* Emily Kmetko: NewTransferStudent, whose previous gym was the Fresno YMCA. Her family lives in PerpetualPoverty, forcing ScholarshipStudent Emily to maintain a job at the local Pizza Shack while still training 8 hours a day. She meets a lot of cute boys there. PutOnABus (literally) towards the end of season two.

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* Emily Kmetko: NewTransferStudent, whose previous gym was the Fresno YMCA. Her family lives in PerpetualPoverty, forcing ScholarshipStudent Emily to maintain a job at the local Pizza Shack (also forbidden at The Rock) while still training 8 hours a day. She meets a lot of cute boys there. PutOnABus (literally) towards the end of season two.


* TheObiWan: Sasha Belov.


* PutOnABus: Constantly happening to various love interests, particularly those who love Emily. First Razor leaves Boulder to go work as a roadie. Then Damon who leaves to go tour in Europe and also Nicky who leaves to train at another gym. [[spoiler: Then [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Emily gets pregnant]], much drama ensues and she takes a bus herself near the end of season 2.]]
** In fact, the Male gymnasts at The Rock seem to be on a bus for a good portion of the season, only showing up when needed to cause drama.

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* PutOnABus: Constantly happening to various love interests, particularly those who love Emily. First Razor leaves Boulder to go work as a roadie. Then Damon who leaves to go tour in Europe and also Nicky who leaves to train at another gym. [[spoiler: Then [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Emily gets pregnant]], much drama ensues and she ''literally'' takes a bus herself near the end of season 2.]]
** In fact, the Male male gymnasts at The Rock seem to be on a bus for a good portion of the season, only showing up when needed to cause drama.

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* BitchinSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Wendy]]


* AsHimself: In the season two episode "All or Nothing", Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin appears as a commentator at the meet the Rock girls attend in France. Apparently, she doesn't [[StickIt compete]] anymore.

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* AsHimself: In the season two episode "All or Nothing", Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin appears as a commentator at the meet the Rock girls attend in France. Apparently, she doesn't [[StickIt compete]] compete anymore.

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