Amanda Turner and others on the Gymnastics – A Golden Era Facebook page have a thread discussing the most flexible Artistic gymnasts ever.
Amanda named Canadian Jacki Bender. I’d agree. No other Artistic gymnast ever had this much active flexibility control.
____ original post from Aug 2010:
This video was taken at a clinic at (one of my former clubs), Can-Am in Saskatoon. It was the early 1990s. Her handstand coach was Mr. B (Vladimir Bereschnoy), an “acrosport” specialist. The clinician at this event was Yuval Ayalon.
She has the perfect name – Jacki Bender.
Click PLAY or watch Jacki on YouTube.
Clearly Jacki had the skills of an Acrobatic gymnast. … We should look for Beam specialists in future with this skill set.
related – Jackie Bender interview (updated 2007)
(via 80sgymfan on IG forum)
December 21st, 2014 — Gymnastics
FIG is running a series of 2014 retrospective posts.
The first includes Louis Smith’s comeback, Rhythmic judges sanctioned, Simone Biles leaves Bannon’s Gymnastix, Elizabeth Price and Sam Mikulak dominate American Cup, Gymnix, Karen Cockburn comeback, Cottbus, Jesolo, African Championships, Junior Pan Ams, Doha …
According to Jay Deverett, the total budget for the film is approximately $1.5 million, which he said is “higher than average productions by independent film standards, but it’s not a lot.” The producers hope to eventually sell the movie rights to a major U.S. television network.
$1.5M gymnastics movie filmed this week at Oakville club
… As she zoned in on her Olympic goals, 14 year old Ariana Berlin’s life took a sharp turn when she was involved in a debilitating car accident.
Gaining her confidence and movement back through learning hip hop dance, she unexpectedly found herself called back to the gymnastics world thanks to world renowned UCLA Coach Valorie Kondos Field. With Val’s help, Ariana was eventually able to secure a spot on the UCLA gymnastics team and win an NCAA championship …
(via Christy Ann Linder)
December 21st, 2014 — humour
— Max Whitlock (@maxwhitlock1) December 20, 2014
THESE ARE NOT MY HANDS!!! #ThankfulThursday! Every time I think my rips are bad, I take a step back and thank god I'm not a rower! Can't complain to anybody once you've seen the hands of @david_watts_ !! ???????????? #RowersHands #TheseAreNotMyHands #Crikey #Ouch #ComplaintDepartmentClosed ????????????????
This can’t be real.
Possible Christmas present for your coach.
Sun Frog Shirts $39
December 20th, 2014 — Gymnastics
December 19th, 2014 — Gymnastics
Gymnastics Canada has confirmed dates and location of Nationals. This is way, way late compared with normal.
Artistic Nationals –
Gatineau, Quebec – May 19-24, 2015.
NOPE. It’s now May 26-31 in Gatineau, Quebec.
related – MAG and WAG Elite Canada 2015 will be held in Trois-Rivères, Quebec from January 29th to February 1st, 2015.
via Karl Balisch email
December 19th, 2014 — Gymnastics
Season preview of the athletes coached by Genadi Shub at U.S. Gymnastics Development Center in Suffern, NY.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
December 19th, 2014 — reality TV
I’m a big fan of Donald Trump … his hair, anyway.
Shawn Johnson will be one of the Donald wannabes on this season’s “Celebrity Apprentice”.
Recall that Nadia was very briefly on the reality TV show.