October 26th, 2013 — Gymnastics
After all her travels, Larisa doesn’t look tired to me. She’s training both fulls on Beam.
Click PLAY or watch it on Gymnastike.
Here’s a bad idea.
… Adding to the danger of the already wildly dangerous shoot, Koki was jumping TOWARD the third rail.
“People online have been saying he should’ve come from the other side, so he wasn’t going toward the third rail, but it would have been impossible,” Ying explained to Daily Intel. “We had scouted the subway pretty well. This spot is probably the only one where that was doable.”
According to the NYC Transit Rules of Conduct, it’s a violation just to STAND on a skateboard on the subway. And considering the rather frequent subway fatalities, we wouldn’t recommend any amateur skateboarders try this out anytime soon. …
Dvora Meyers is pretty sure she could clear those tracks, too.
Killer set in podium training.
There might be a more talented gymnast in the competition. But strength and consistency win more often than not in 2013.
December 6th, 2013 — Gymnastics
The fan favourite won the all-around at Espoir British Championships 2013 with a fall on Bar dismount.
1.Catherine Lyons 56.300
2.Teal Grindle 55.650
3.Lucy Stanhope 51.250
Click PLAY or watch the post meet interview on YouTube.
Catherine is astonishingly eloquent for a young gymnast.
BG – Catherine Lyons takes Espoir British crown (results)
Catherine posted an excellent, detailed update on Team China on Beautiful Gymnastics:
China are a little mysterious. A lot of news is closed, the juniors tend to only compete in internal competitions of which videos are hard to find if Piibunina isn’t there…and there is just a general lack of news about them in the public English language domain. …
In my last post but one I detailed China’s new bonus system. Obviously it aims to strengthen areas in which they are weak as a country …
… change has to start somewhere and hopefully they become more accepting in that regard. Huang Yubin is the (still fairly new) head coach and he is starting …
Recently, the MAG and WAG seniors were given a challenge. For the women, they are expected to show a 3.5 twist on trampoline at the end of winter training next spring. …
Shang Chunsong did it immediately, winning an iPhone.
… China do not have much depth this quad. The ‘old guard’ are all at university. The current seniors that would make a team are: Yao Jinnan, Shang Chunsong, Huang Huidan, Tan Sixin, Zeng Siqi (maybe?) and Tan Jiaxin. There is also Lou Nina, a new senior, but she has been injured so is MIA at the moment. …
The quad is far from a write-off though as there is a glut of amazing juniors who will make their debut in 2015 and 2016. …
She has a full list of the current National Team and their coaches. And highlight videos.
Click PLAY or watch Wang Yan’s Vault on YouTube. (Senior in 2015.)
Good vault. GREAT form in the preflight.
Obviously Vault is the weak apparatus for China. It should be their highest priority.
My thoughts are with Fred Turoff and everyone at Temple right now.
I hope they can rally as did Cal.
The Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from Athletic Director Kevin Clark Friday to eliminate seven intercollegiate sports from the university’s Division I sponsorship, effective July 1, 2014.
The following sports will be cut: baseball, softball, men’s crew, women’s rowing, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor/outdoor track & field. Approximately 150 student-athletes will be affected and nine full-time coaches will lose their jobs.
The cuts were described by officials as a culmination of the university’s long history of an underfunded athletic department despite sponsoring a relatively large number of sports. Student-athletes under scholarship are still guaranteed financial aid for the remainder of their academic tenure and will be able to transfer without sitting out a year. …
Temple News – University to eliminate seven intercollegiate sports
LIKE that photo on Facebook.
(via Jeff Robinson)
related – Philly.com – Temple to drop 7 sports, including baseball, rowing
Update via Dvora Meyers:
… The cuts will save just $3 million of Temple athletics’ $44 million annual budget, or not much more than it costs to run one of the FBS’s worst football teams (and run it at a loss). …
Steve Butcher posted details on the job opening.
$60,000 – $65,000 (US equivalent) /yr + benefits and signing bonus of $2,000.
Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
by site editor Rick McCharles
Perfectly normal people in real life sometimes post nasty comments online. Become trolls.
I have no idea.
The worst site was YouTube. It took until Sept 2013 for Google to finally down rate the “poisonous vitriol”.
On Gymnastics Coaching comments have always been hidden from the default view. I spend time moderating those comments. Deleting SPAM comments.
On the other hand, I rarely ban anyone from making (civil) contrary statements.
TKO is still commenting, for example.
By contrast, Brigid McCarthy encourages discussion on her site:
… I love writing about this sport. I love collaborating with lots of people to produce news, stories, features, analysis of gymnastics. I also love the back-and-forth between writers and readers that goes on in the comments. Those conversations/debates/feedback sessions can be fun and handy as so many people are expert and opinionated in all areas of this sport.
I don’t even mind the arguments when people manage to keep it nice and keep it on the topic. I mean, it’s a subjective sport. Sometimes ya just gotta duke it out. And a lot of people seem to know how to do that in a meaningful, non-combative, fun way. …
She recommends some guidelines for online commenting:
1. Think before you speak.
2. Don’t be nasty when you can be constructive.
3. Don’t be narrow minded.
4. Don’t cast big judgements based on little knowledge.
5. Always remember that these people that you sit back, watch and talk about are working their guts out every single day to do what they do. They are also teenagers. And people. With feelings.
6. And most of all, REMEMBER THE LOVE that brought you here.
see the rest on … The Couch Gymnast’s Handy Guide to Commenting
The best place for “discussion” is on forums. They are set up for exactly that.
Elisabet Vasileva, the Bulgarian ex-rhythmic continues to be wonderful (Thanks Sere at Gymfever!)
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Our Olympic Silver medalist skipped Worlds, feeling burned out.
He’s back. Looking physically stronger. One of the lightest guys in the sport, watch Marcel Butterfly on Rings!
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
That was the highest Rings score in the team competition at the Stuttgart World Cup.
To contend for the AA podium in Rio you need both Rings and Pommels. Marcel should be one of the favourites in 2016.
South Africa did not compete at Olympic Games from 1964 to 1988, as a part of the sporting boycott of South Africa during the Apartheid era. The South African National Olympic Committee (NOC) was expelled from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1970. In 1991, as part of the transition to multiracial equality, a new NOC was formed and admitted to the IOC, and the country competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics. …
Another positive step forward brought by Mandela.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (2000)
Gigi Khazback Farid posted a terrific 2-part interview with the wonderful Brigid McCarthy, founder of Couch Gymnast.
Gigi: Tell us about yourself
Brigid: I live in Australia, I am in my mid-thirties and I work in a couple of universities. I am a lecturer in media and communications and in sports media. I love teaching, but I also love my research work. I just finished my PhD on sports journalism and blogging.
Gigi: How did you come up with the blog’s name (The Couch Gymnast)?
Brigid: It was just silly- a play on the idea of the armchair sports fan/expert, as I was never a serious gymnast, but also the fact that every would-be gymnast seemed to be put in classes because they wouldn’t stop flipping off the couch!
Gigi: If you had the chance to design a new CoP for gymnastics, what would you do?
Brigid: Fix how artistry and dance elements are awarded. That I know for sure. But then when I ask myself ‘how?’, within five minutes of thinking it out I feel compelled to put my head down on the desk and shut my eyes and moan ‘too hard’.