For a while there, it seemed to be all bad news out of Spain.
Couch Gymnast posted the best summary so far of what’s happening there:
… Carballo is hoping to make some major improvements to the state of Spanish gymnastics, a nation which hasn’t achieved what it was threatening in some impressive performances back in the 1998-2000 period.
“I practically live at the Federation (…) I go there at 8.30am and go away at about 9pm. On weekends I try to move around Spain visiting clubs and autonomous federations. I also meet marketing and publicity companies (…) We can’t live only off grants, which is now eighty percent of our budget. We need to make gymnastics financially profitable. I’d like to take gymnastics to more sectors, for it to have more visibility”.
In the same interview, Jesus Carballo Senior (National WAG coach) talked about his expectations for Tokyo 2010 and the Olympics. He disputes the fact that Spain’s economic situation is the primary reason for their lack of recent success in the sport.
“Crisis? The National Sport Council has good facilities and we won’t run out of resources to go to the Olympics. If we don’t classify it won’t be because we have less money”. …
read more on Couch Gymnast – Spanish Gymnastics: Changes Ahead
That post links to an article on farodevigo.es (Google translate)
… In another recent article, Carballo also claimed that Spain has 8,000 licensed gymnasts (most of them from WAG), in comparison to Germany, where there are five millon gymnasts. …
Click over to American Gymnast to see one of the skills named after Carballo, on H Bar.