By Tim Lima
---- — Newburyport native and University of Utah junior Georgia Dabritz looks to better her team’s prominence by improving her already reputable gymnastics ability.
There isn’t much that Dabritz hasn’t accomplished. Despite competing in national meets, earning a full scholarship to one of this country’s best gymnastics programs and excelling at nearly every facet of her craft, growth remains her focus.
“I think gymnastics is a sport where you are always motivated,” she said. “I think that as a team we are very good at keeping ourselves motivated.”
For Dabritz, the will to move up is helped by an ability to move on. When things go wrong, the ability to put it in the past is something that keeps her focused on the task at hand while helping to retain her team’s positive outlook.
“I think one of my strengths is that I’m really good at letting go of past mistakes,” she said. “That’s how I can help the team. I may mess up but I can let it go and come back to help the team by performing better next time.”
Along with a short-term memory that keeps the focus on the positive and the task at hand, Dabritz is known best for a unique and rare feature of her routines. Dabritz has chosen not to use hand grips since a very young age, something that is nearly unheard of in United States gymnastics.
“I have never actually used grips on bars, and I was concerned that when I got (to Utah) they’d make me use them,” she said. “When I was younger my hands were too small and didn’t fit in grips so I got used to not wearing them. In the United States it is pretty rare, because everyone here uses grips.”
If it isn’t broken, why fix it? Without hand grips, Dabritz has earned two all-around state championships, a spot on the Junior Olympics National team, five All-American nods and an array of Pac-12 Conference honors including two First Team All-Pac-12 Conference nominations.
This unique feature of her talent has led to her being given the nickname “No Grips Dabritz” by her Utah teammates.
“We had great team chemistry but we were just missing that one thing,” Dabritz said, talking about last season and what her team hopes to improve upon. “Our overall goal is to work better as a team this year.”
Chemistry likely will not be an issue for the Utes, who are returning all but one member of their team this season. Dabritz will begin this year’s campaign with a preseason meet this afternoon. The regular meets will begin on Jan. 11 in a competition with BYU, Southern Utah and Boise State, something that Dabritz says her team is very excited for.
“We are as motivated as we have ever been,” she said.
The Georgia Dabritz Report Before College Competed in the 2009 and 2010 USA Visa Championships 2009 and 2011 Massachusetts all-around champion 2011 Junior Olympic all-around champion (1st in bars and floor) Qualified for the Junior Olympic National Team College 2013 NCAA Championships Uneven Bar Runner-Up 5-time All-American Placed 7th in the all-around in the 2013 NCAA Championships 3-time Regional champion 2-time First Team All-Pac-12 Conference 2-time Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week Pac-12 Specialist of the Week 39.7 all-around score is 8th in school history Led Utah in victories as a freshman and sophomore Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2012 Utah's Co-MVP last season Pac-12 and NCAA Regional bar champion