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Champion Gymnast to Circus Performer | Athlete to Artist | Mystère by Cirque du Soleil

Champion Gymnast to Circus Performer | Athlete to Artist | Mystère by Cirque du Soleil


I know I can be a good gymnast, but can I be a good performer? Hi, my name is Jeffrey Wammes. I competed in 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Being there and being in the atmosphere with all those different athletes from all over the world was just an amazing experience. There’s one thing to get a great score, there’s another thing to have a connection with the audience and do something that’s so moving and
inspiring that it evokes emotion. I’ve been doing gymnastics for 25 years but now it’s just like a totally different world. On one hand, it’s, it’s great and
it’s a new experience and on the other hand it’s quite scary as well, like ‘Can I
do this?’ you know! The process of integrating a new athlete to artist into a show is quite interesting and unique. Mainly because there’s a whole
palette of skill set that they’re learning for the first time: makeup, music, artistic abilities. When I first came here I thought I would
be doing like a lot of stuff on the ground but then I was taken up in the
air. I’m not afraid of heights but when you’re up there, trust me, you know you will feel the jitter. But now, I’m training for a couple of
weeks and it feels good. Feels nice to be in the air and just feels freeing.

3 thoughts on “Champion Gymnast to Circus Performer | Athlete to Artist | Mystère by Cirque du Soleil”

  1. Something I never thought of – Olympic athletes moving into Cirque life! Love it! (Mystere is still my most favorite show and most favorite soundtrack!)

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