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NCAA Road to Nationals

evaluating dorsiflexion

Dr. Dave Tilley posted a quick and easy method to evaluate dorsiflexion, a range of motion gymnasts need. He uses Bri Guy’s take off position as an example.


Click PLAY or watch the test on YouTube.

In my personal experience I’ve found that gymnasts with greater dorsiflexion range are less injured, especially on landings. It’s not all that trainable, however.

details – How To Quickly Screen A Gymnast’s Ankle Mobility

LSU’s upgraded training facility

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via College Gymnastics Board)

Mongolia hosts FIG Academy

The Gymnastics Federation of Mongolia hosted this Olympic Solidarity Course/FIG Academy on November 3-10, 2014. By hosting this Academy, Mongolia became the 60th FIG member federation to host an Academy. … in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. …

Mongolia ART L1 participants 2014_600x419


20 MAG and 25 WAG coaches. Now that’s impressive.

when girls competed Rings at Olympics

Dvora Meyers in 2012 posted an interesting and entertaining article on the history of Women’s Gymnastics:

… I spoke with Laddie Bakanic, 88, who had been a member of the 1948 U.S. women’s gymnastics team that won a team bronze medal at the Olympics and performed on the “flying rings” as they were known in her day.

“When I was on the flying rings and I had to leave go I was scared cause there was nothing there but a cotton mat on the ground,” she recalled, adding that there were male spotters hovering nearby just in case. …

Boys Club

Female Gymnasts Used to Compete on the Rings, But the Game Changed

Late 1970s at Santa Monica Gymfest in California, girls and guys were still training the long defunct Swinging Rings.

And Rings is NOT at all the only historical surprise. Here’s Olympic medalist and USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame artistic gymnast Clara Schroth Lomady, Captain of the 1948 U.S. Women’s Team. On the Parallel Bars.


related – Swinging Rings World Record 2011

Hideous Choreography Montage

This classic edit from 2010 is being shared on Facebook. It’s worth watching again. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Very few can agree on what’s artistry. But pretty much everyone can agree on what’s not. :-)

feats of gymnastics strength

American Gymnast posted a few.

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triple triple

Veracruz Finals

Central American and Caribbean Games Mexico 2014

1 Yesenia Ferrera Cuba 14.825
2 Dovelis Torres 14.425
3 Nicolle Vazquez Puerto Rico 14.300

1 Jessica Lopez Venezuela 6.1 8.000 14.100
2 Ana Sofia Gomez Guatemala 5.7 7.800 13.500
3 Bibiana Velez Colombia 5.6 7.750 13.350

Gymternet and Arabian Punch Front


1 Jessica Lopez Venezuela 14.250
2 Ana Lago Mexico 13.850
3 Yesenia Ferrera Cuba 13.525

1 Yesenia Ferrera Cuba 14.100
2 Jessica Lopez Venezuela 13.600
3 Dovelis Torres Cuba 13.425

Lopez and Ferrera win Beam and Floor Gold in Veracruz

J Lo

male gymnasts better than female at landing

Male gymnasts are, as a group, far more skilled at landing.

That’s partly strength. Partly technique.

Uchimura STICK

Compare Uchimura’s soft-as-a-cat landing to this surprisingly typical WAG landing.

Aliya landing

What Aliya did on that Beam dismount was to “punch’ on landing, instead of bringing impact forces to zero. She had no controlled landing. WAG judges are far too lenient on landing deductions (aside from the stupid ‘chest low’ rule). WAG gives very little reward to excellent landings.

Dr. George advises the gymnast see the landing as soon as possible. Reduce forces to zero by absorbing over time and distance.

open on landing
Leg Impact and Landing

USA WAG has added a 0.1 “stick” bonus for 2014. Let’s see if that helps. Gummi points out that the stick bonus may also result in more injuries in competition, especially on twisting landings like Amanar.

related – Coaching Youth Gymnastics by USA Gymnastics: SAFE landings

(via wogymnastika)

___ Update:

Here is Aliya landing that dismount in the Olympics. Quite a bit better.

Aliya Beam dismount

(via wogymnastika)

Trampoline WAG Daytona Beach

The 2014 edition was a big success. Especially for the hosts.

With seven titles apiece, Russia and the host country United States were the most successful nations at the World Age Group competitions, which began just after the 30th edition of the World Trampoline Gymnastics Championships ended.

FIG – 32 new champions crowned as FIG Trampoline World Age Group competitions draw to a close

Catherine Tracy from UBC Gymnastics in Vancouver posted the best online coverage I saw. Here’s her wrap-up of the “WAG” competition.

Welcome to the 2014 World Age Groups in Daytona Beach!

655 athletes from 37 countries are competing here for the title of World Champions in their age group. Trampoline, Double-mini, Synchro and Tumbling are contested in four age groups- 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18. …

2014 World Age-Group Trampoline & Tumbling Championships: Part 1

Part II: 2014 World Age-Group Trampoline & Tumbling Championships, Day 3 & 4

FIG microsite

Click PLAY or watch one more FIG super edit on YouTube.

Bart Conner NEVER in the NBA



… All three men are on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International. …

Yao Ming 7’6″. Dikembe Mutombo 7’2″. Bart Conner 5’5″.

Mexico, Lopez win Central American & Caribbean Games

1. Mexico
2. Cuba
3. Colombia

1. Jessica Lopez 55.633
2. Elsa Garcìa 54.898
3. Yesenia Ferrera 54.366

Lauren has full prelim results with commentary:

As expected, Mexico came out victorious in the team final, though it wasn’t an easy task. The Cuban silver medalists finished less than four tenths behind the home squad, an unprecedented result considering their relative lack of experience on the international stage. The team from Colombia earned bronze.

The all-around was a battle between gold medalist Jessica Lopez of Venezuela, silver medalist Elsa Garcia of Mexico, and bronze medalist Yesenia Ferrera of Cuba. …

Mexico, Jessica Lopez Golden at 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games

J Lo competes a lot. And occasionally hits 4/4. I love that a 28yr-old is still working new tricks. Whip to 3 ½, for example.

2017-2020 MAG Code of Points

At Worlds FIG MTC Chair Steve BUTCHER facilitated a committee round table to brainstorm ideas to improve the Men’s Code.

I include here a few samples of the discussion.


Are there a set of “first” or fundamental principles that underlay the Codes and by which the TCs frame discussions regarding specific issues or decisions, and if so, what are they?

Safety, Fair Play, Universality


Can we move from 5 to 4 element groups per exercise?

Idea for P Bars:

Combine the Long Swing and Underswing element groups (the Long Swing group is very difficult for taller gymnasts)

Idea for H Bar:

Add a requirement for flight elements with salto over the bar

Download a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation to see the rest.

I’m happy to see the committee so open minded. Let’s wait and see what changes end up being made. The rules for Horizontal Bar and Floor Exercise are dreadful now. Almost any change would be for the better.


… The WTC and MTC both met in sunny and warm Cancun (MEX) for their final meetings of the year from 5-10 November. Each committee met individually, as well as jointly …

Let’s hope they jointly came up with ways to IMPROVE the Codes.


via Nico