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NCAA Road to Nationals

Downriver Gymnastics murder-suicide?


News – 2 people found dead inside Downriver Gymnastics in Southgate in apparent murder-suicide (UPDATED)

Malmedy Junior – Belgium

Junior Men
1. Joe Fraser 78.950 (GBR)
2. Hamish Carter 78.800 (GBR)
3. Bernard Pire 78.350 (BEL)

Junior Women
1. Sydney Soloski 52.332 (CAN)
2. Andreea Ciurusniuc 51.549 (ROU)
3. Sydney Laird 50.716 (CAN)

One of two big competitions for up-and-coming juniors in Belgium each year, Malmedy precedes the much anticipated Top Gym in Charleroi by a weekend. The competition features a Junior Men’s and Women’s competition, as well as Espoir (under-14) division and an under-12 competition.


A sign of things to come? Joe Fraser (GBR), Sydney Soloski (CAN) win Belgium’s Coupe Avenir

Sydney and Sydney train at Calgary Gymnastics Centre, one of the most up-and-coming gyms in the nation.

JAO – clear hip progressions

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related – my presentation on free hip progressions including a 9min VIDEO of progressions. I lean towards safety strap drills.

Worlds montage


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(via Arabian Punch Front)

27 things parents of gymnasts should avoid

Tony Retrosi:

I cannot remember the first time I read this but I remember being a VERY rookie coach handing this out to all the parents of my current team. It was written by J. Howard, Professional gymnastics coach since 1980, Tumbling, Double mini and Trampoline coach since 1986, gymnastics author of 26 books …

Here are 27 things parents of gymnasts should avoid doing so they don’t interfere with the positive benefits:

1 Don’t compare your gymnast’s progress with that of other gymnasts.

2 Don’t become overly ego-involved with your gymnast’s success or lack of it.

3 Don’t take judge’s scores too seriously, especially at the lower levels.

4 Don’t forget the need for fun in gymnastics.

5 Don’t stand for unacceptable behavior from your gymnast during practice or competitions.

read the rest

Kelli Hill – kip cast handstand

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook. The YouTube version is geoblocked for some nonsensical reason.

8 essentials for Gymnastics success

John GeddertDesire
Support System

John Geddert explains – THE ESSENTIAL 8

Rio Olympic mascots

The organizing committee is yet to name them.

Here’s one.

… a mixture of different Brazilian animals, blessed with their many qualities: the agility of the cats, the sway of the monkeys, the grace of the birds. With his keen sense of smell, he can sniff out exciting adventures. His incredible hearing allows him to find the most enthusiastic fans. He can imitate the voice of any animal. …

Born out of an explosion of Brazilian joy… the Rio 2016 mascots – magical creatures with super powers

Rio mascot

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

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(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. :-)

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