Gabriel is a 16 year-old autistic high school student. He is undoubtedly a very talented gymnast, shown here showcasing his ability at the 2011 Quebec Championship. It is thought by some autistic athletes, as well as coaches and parents, that autism may serve as an advantage in technical sports such as gymnastics and martial arts, as well as technical positions such as a baseball pitcher or a hockey goalie. This is due to autistics’ (and those on the spectrum’s) ability to overfocus on these technical aspects of athletics,  hyperfocus for longer periods of time, and remain more calm than non-autistics in similar high-stress competition situations because emotions are experienced differently between autistic and non-autistic athletes.