Brazilian gymnasts suspended

Another “scandal” for the Olympic hosts. Too bad the guys couldn’t work this out themselves. It’s bad for the sport, bad for Brazilian Gymnastics when headlines like this hit the BBC. :-(

Brazil gymnasts suspended for ‘racist’ comments to Angelo Assumpcao

new –

IntoGymnastics is a new site from Juliet Brokken and Pascale Pille in the Netherlands with content in Dutch and some English.

International and College gymnastics, in-depth interviews, reviews of of gymnastics books and much more.

Dutch Gymnastics will feature prominently. They have a database on the Dutch National Team called IntoTalent.

Check it out.

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IntoGymnastics is for anyone who is into gymnastics!


Here’s a sample post in English:

Not all Dutch elite gymnasts tried to win a ticket to the European Championships in Montpellier or the European Games in Baku. Some of the gymnasts were too busy with other things, had troubles with injuries, or tried but had to drop out of the selection.

We asked them how they are doing now. Despite all hurdles the majority is positive and many of them are already preparing for the Dutch Championships in June, or working hard towards the World Championships in Glasgow. …

For every star we see competing for a nation there are dozens of others who tried and did not make the big meet. Very often injury is a factor. For example:

Anthony van Assche – infection before European Championships

Chantysha Natteb – still recovery from October 2013 ACL

Chiara Frisina Fauste – sprained ankle

Dana de Groot – knee ligament tear

Glenn Smink – broken tarsal bone tumbling

Helene Houbraken – stress fracture in a foot

Jeffrey Wammes – knee injury

Jorian Ilbrink – back injury

Julia Bombach – dislocated ankle

Justen Zuidema – shoulder injury

Mara Titarsolej – hip injury

Pien Jansen – serious knee pain

Reina Beltman – unexplained ankle pain

Tisha Volleman – knee injury

Vera van Pol – recovering from ankle surgery

Wendy de Jong – ankle injury

Wyomi Masela – recovering from Achilles

How are the Dutch gymnasts out of the spotlights of Montpellier and Baku doing?

High level Gymnastics is a dangerous sport.

new – Region 5 Insider site

Region 5 Insider has long been one of the best video sites. (Loosely associated with Gymnastike.) I often link to the R5 YouTube channel.

What’s NEW is a completely independent R5 Insider website.

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Region 5 Insider is a media outlet created to showcase and promote our current Region 5 athletes (Elite and JO) as well as former athletes competing in college.

… The Insider will bring meet videos and interviews as well as behind the scenes stories …

For example, here’s a feature on Buckeye Level 10 Makarri Doggette. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Check it out – Region 5 Insider

And LIKE the Region 5 Insider Facebook page.

NCAA home attendance

Season average:

1. Utah 14,858
2. Alabama 12,086
3. Georgia 9,381
4. LSU 9,208
5. Auburn 6,188
6. Florida 5,850
7. UCLA 5,417
8. Oregon State 3,548
9. Michigan 3,032
10. Oklahoma 2,973

The Times

All those Utah fans have more social media to enjoy than any other team.

Greg Marsden:

I don’t know if I found him or he found me, but one of the things I have enjoyed most over the past few years is documenting our team’s journey with Kory Mortensen. He is a savant. His camerawork, editing skills, musicality and creativity come together in a way that uniquely captures the joy and athleticism of these incredible athletes. …

Click PLAY or watch a year end celebration video on YouTube.

Oklahoma’s Unforgettable Season

Over on the open-to-the-public NCAA MEN’S GYMNASTICS ALUMNI Facebook page, there’s some good discussion on how the Championships could be be improved in future.

Coach Sommer feels Men’s teams could do a better job online. Using social media.

I agree.

There are some GREAT stories in Men’s Gymnastics. The 2015 season for OU, for example.

The Sooners completed one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history with their ninth NCAA Team Championship, two NCAA Individual Event Champions and 14 All-Americans.


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Click through. That photo diary of the Championships is a MUST SEE.

NCAA LIVE video improving

In the past I’ve been disappointed. Slow streaming Flash feeds. (Why don’t Collegiate teams use YouTube? USAG, FIG and GBR all use YouTube.)

But the Morgantown Regional had multiple panes of different size open in their LIVE stream. At times with all 4 apparatus. Other times with results showing.

Morgantown Regional pane

It was excellent.


We have standardized rules for everything but NOT live coverage of the 1st round of NCAAs?! So far only @WVUGymnastics is doing it right.

That feed would not work on wifi. But as soon as I plugged into ethernet, every pane was sharp and clear. It was free. And I was watching in Canada so not geo-blocked.

The host team was happy too.

“This whole day was incredible,” said fourth-year coach Jason Butts. “We ended the season as well as we could end a season. I’m thrilled with today’s overall effort and the way the 2015 year as a whole went. I’m glad this program is back on track.” …

West Virgina University Sports

I’d watch more LIVE streaming if everyone did it as well as West Virgina University Sports. :-)

ChalkUP gymnastics app

A FREE gymnastics-only social video sharing and virtual competition app available for iOS and Android devices.

I’m a beta tester. It looks FUN, so far.

Click PLAY or watch a promo on YouTube.

Press Release:

… the ChalkUP app brings a world of gymnastics to the fingertips of iPhone and Android phone users everywhere. It provides gymnasts and coaches a unique platform to share and compare gymnastics skill videos and connect with the global gymnastics community right from their smartphones.

A first of its kind, ChalkUP brings together gymnasts of all ages from all over the world with their friends, family, fans, teammates and coaches and creates a gymnastics-centered, social sharing community. Rather than endlessly sifting through Facebook and Instagram news feeds only to gather bits and pieces of gymnastics- related content, ChalkUP is ‘All Gymnastics, All the Time.”

ChalkUP users will have the ability to upload, share and comment on gymnastics skill videos, follow their friends and favorite users, enter and vote for videos in gymnastics-themed challenges, win virtual awards, create a customized profile and track their personal skill progress within the app.

“With millions of gymnasts worldwide, we wanted to create a unique platform to bring them all together. One of the greatest elements of ChalkUP is the virtual challenge, which allow gymnasts from anywhere in the world to compete with other gymnasts with just a few touches of their screen. It brings the competition right to their smartphones,” said Randy Sikora, founder of ChalkUP.

ChalkUP will be available as a free download in both the Apple App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android devices beginning in February 2015.

Please visit for more information on ChalkUP, including screen shots, video and the opportunity to participate in an exclusive “pre-launch download.”

The ChalkUP app was created by Randy Sikora, owner and founder of USA Competitions in partnership with developers MSI Mobile Solutions in 2014.

If you would like further information on ChalkUP, or you would like to schedule an interview, please contact:

Lindsay LoBue, Project Development, ChalkUP Phone: +1 (954) 303-5124
Email: llobue (a)

I downloaded ChalkUP from the iTunes store as I couldn’t find it in the App Store. Click ChalkUP sports, not Chalkup – Class Collaboration. It’s free if you’d like to try it yourself.