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Marisa Dick, Alberta Gymnast, Makes History With New Move

02/05/2016 12:43 EST | Updated 02/05/2016 12:59 EST
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An 18-year-old Albertan has made gymnastics history after a move she debuted at the World Gymnastics Championships in last fall has now been entered into the sport's official rulebook.

Marisa Dick's move involves jumping into the air off a springboard, then switching legs mid-air to land on a balance beam in a split — and she executed it perfectly at the Glasgow, Scotland competition.

"It was incredible! As soon as I landed on the beam, I was like, 'Oh my gosh, yay!' But then I was like, 'Wait, I have a full routine to do still...' I was just really excited that it worked out," the St. Albert athlete told Refinery 29 during a break from training at Edmonton's Ortona Gymnastics Club.

The move, named after her, can be found immortalized in the Code of Points, the sport's official rulebook, according to Global News.

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

Her next step is to train with teammate Thema Williams for an April qualifier event in Rio de Janeiro in lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The teen told the St. Albert Gazette she hopes to be chosen to represent Trinidad and Tobago, where she has dual-citizenship.

Dick spent months practicing the move, often repeating it more than 20 times per day.

Watch below to see her hard work pay off:

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