College Gymnastics novel – ‘Perfect 16.0’

J is considering writing a novel based on College Gymnastics. The working title is ‘Perfect 16.0’.

Cailee Hilton is an 18-year old Level 10 gymnast and recent high school graduate. After a turbulent start to life; being raised under single mom, Amanda, Cailee has finally found the errors of her rebellious ways and has realized her dream: doing college gymnastics at a Division I school. …

After being ranked #1 in the Nation in the Preseason Coaches Poll, the team have a lot of pressure to remain consistent through the regular season and eventually, go on to try and capture the program’s first ever NCAA National Championship! Battling through several injuries and problems throughout the season, the Tigers team are nowhere near their original prowess come Nationals. After squeezing into the Super Six in sixth place, the Tigers are almost certainly ruled out of contention for the title. …

Perfect 16

Perfect 16

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No Excuses: Aimee Walker-Pond

No-Excuses-Front-homepageNo Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond traces the gymnastics career of a girl born deaf and blind in one eye. Despite challenge after challenge and setback after setback, Aimee rose in the gymnastics world to compete for UCLA and BYU and at the level of International Elite — a feat no athlete with comparable disabilities has accomplished in the history of the sport.

This biography describes how Aimee overcame her health struggles, learned American Sign Language, succeeded in gymnastics, enjoyed social activities, acted in movies, traveled to Hawaii and Russia, worked hard in school, competed in college, and found romance.

Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation, said, “Aimee has filled our hearts with the fire of warmth and love and inspired us all to become better.” Valorie Kondos Field, head women’s gymnastics coach at UCLA and winner of six NCAA National Championships, said, “Aimee’s not deaf. She just can’t hear. Why would she need two eyes, when she has one? She has no excuses.”

Impact Publishing $16.95

related – No Excuses: The story of elite gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond

G.S. George – “Accelerating the Rotation”

Close your eyes while coaching tumbling. Can you hear the acceleration?


See this article excerpted from Championship Gymnastics and edited by Dwight Normile of International Gymnast Magazine.

Eileen Langsley photos 1976 – 2003

The great U.K. photographer has published a book of her best photos. Multi-sport.

Sport – My Way – A journey through the Art of Sport. Ebook, Apple iPad format £8.99.

The cover of the new book published July 2015 - 'Sport - My Way' by Eileen Langsley
The cover of the new book published July 2015 – ‘Sport – My Way’ by Eileen Langsley

(via Where Sport Meets Art)

Ariella Käslin – new book

Ariella Käslin (anglicised Kaeslin, born 11 October 1987) is a former Swiss artistic gymnast. Käslin swept all five gold medals at the 2007 Swiss National Championships. She has also represented Switzerland at the World Championships in 2007, 2006 and 2005 and was a medalist on the World Cup circuit. Käslin represented Switzerland at the 2008 Olympics, where she placed 18th in the individual all-around final and 5th in the vault event final. …

In 2008, 2009 and 2010, Käslin was voted by the Swiss public as “Swiss Sportswoman of the Year” …

book coverI was in Switzerland on July 11, 2011 when Käslin announced her retirement from competition. It was a shocker for the local Press.

She’s published her story in German.

via GymFever2012

Eileen Langsley – European Championships

A colourful photographic souvenir of a memorable Gymnastics event, with 96 pages and 352 colour images. Available as a soft back and a hardback edition as well as an e book. The book is designed around themed sections covering the competition action, the winners and medallists, the artistry and emotions on show as well as images from training and ceremonies. the text is in both English and French.


£9.49 – £36.00

details on Eileen’s blog

Shannon Miller’s new book – a review


St. Martin’s Press sent me a review copy of It’s Not About Perfect: Competing For My Country and Fighting For My Life by Shannon Miller with Danny Peary.

It’s available today – April 21, 2015 – in hard cover, Kindle, audio and MP3 CD.

not about perfect

It’s Shannon’s life story, so far. An autobiography. Inspirational. Ideal for teenage gymnasts and fans of women’s Gymnastics.

Shannon Miller … the winner of a combined total of 16 World Championships and Olympic medals between 1991 and 1996, Miller ranks as the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history. …

Rather than dwell on the many successes, one of the greatest in the history of the sport spends more time detailing when things went wrong. And how she reacted to those setbacks.

“Don’t judge me by my successes but rather how many times I fell and got back up again.”


I enjoyed reading of her childhood. The used $100 backyard trampoline. Her first coach, Jerry Clavier. How Gary Goodson failed Shannon on her first USAIGC testing. Her first USAIGC and Karolyi camps. The first time Shannon ever flew on a plane. It was to Russia. At age-9.

Steve Nunno was on that trip, as well. Later Shannon moved from her non-competitive gym to Dynamo. Steve later hired Peggy Liddick.

Steve Nunno was a very controversial coach. Loud, arrogant and egotistical. But I’ve never heard Shannon Miller say a bad word about him. For her he was the ideal coach. This book is filled with stories of her many wonderful experiences with him and Peggy.

As an young gymnast, Shannon had very few injuries. But she did dislocate her elbow after hitting her feet on a flyaway full twist.

Astonishingly, Shannon once had a balking problem on flyaway. And later a balking problem on Tkachev. If it can happen to Shannon Miller, it can happen to anyone.

She competed the 1992 Olympics on a broken foot. Yet hit 16/16. Her goal.

After returning to Oklahoma from the Barcelona Games she enjoyed 3 days off. She’d only expected 1 day rest.

“I never considered myself the most talented or exciting gymnast but I could outwork anybody.”

By the 1996 Atlanta Olympics she had grown six inches, gained thirty pounds. Though still a tiny person, the sport was more difficult.

She looks back on her career as having two peaks: 5 medals at the 1992 Olympics and her success at the next two World Championships.

“The other peak was at the 1996 Olympics, when I won gold medals as part of the team and on balance beam. The two peaks corresponded to the two separate parts of my competitive career, based on my having two distinct body types and there being two different Codes of Points.”

Click PLAY or watch her Beam from the 1994 Worlds AA on YouTube.

One day a long retired Shannon Miller walked into Steve’s office at the Dynamo Gym and asked: “Do you want to train me for the 2000 Olympics?

That third failed Olympic run was perhaps the most interesting of the three for me. She’s proud of the effort. Shannon’s philosophy:

• Set goals.
• Put in the work if you want results.
• Utilize mistakes as a way to learn and grow.
• Eliminate negative thoughts (and, when possible, negative people).
• Search for the positive in the negative.
• Don’t place limits on yourself.
• Accept help from others.
• Never give up and, most of all, believe in yourself.

She only very briefly mentions her failed first marriage in 1999 to Christopher B. Phillips. He was the second man she dated, a medical student at the University of Oklahoma.

Her second husband is John Falconetti. They married August 25, 2008. They have two children.

The Shannon Miller Foundation, dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, launched in 2007.

Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women launched July 4, 2010.

Someone so healthy getting cancer was a shocker for me and everyone who knew Shannon Miller. It was a rare kind of ovarian cyst.

She had surgery in January 2011. In March 2011 began a 9-week regimen of chemotherapy.

In July 2011, her doctor gave a clean bill of health. She was cancer-free.

Like many celebrities over the past few years, Shannon documented her progress fighting cancer online. Her hope is that more people will schedule all their recommended medical treatments.

Bottom line. I recommend this book.


Shannon’s other books

Anna Rose Johnson interview with Shannon on the book: “I hope it’s something that will inspire others”