R.I.P. Jeff Hennessy

Trampoline was invented and first popularized in the U.S.A. This man was one of the main builders of the Olympic Sport.

Jeff Hennessy of Broussard, La., a noted trampoline coach whose athletes won a total of 26 World medals and former chairman of the International Trampoline Federation’s Technical Committee, passed March 24.

“Jeff was a genuine man and a pioneer for the sport of trampoline,” said Steve Penny, president and CEO of USA Gymnastics. “His legacy is evident in the program’s leadership today and how far the sport has come.” …


His last book is available for $11.95.

A Successful Guidebook of Twisting Single and Multiple Somersaults

Science of Gymnastics Journal

“With this issue (17th) we cross the threshold of 100 published articles which is quite a significant number for a highly specialized journal,” editor Ivan Cuk writes …

Cuk, who sits on the Faculty of Sport at the University of Ljubljana (SLO), has been the editor-in-chief of the journal since its first publication in 2009 …

The February 2015 edition of the journal includes six articles on varying topics, including “Low Back Pain and the Possible Role of Pilates in Artistic Gymnastics” and an analysis of “Landing Characteristics In Men’s Floor Exercise at the 2004 European Championship” as well as historical notes on Larissa Latynina (USSR), Vera Caslavska (CZE) and Viktor Cukarin (USSR). …

Download the entire Journal on the publication’s website here.


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Damian Jeraj and Thomas Heinen

(via FIG)

Conquering Fear (1996) by Scott Moore

Scott Moore, who was one of the first African-Americans to compete in gymnastics at University of Michigan in the 1980s, wrote a book about conquering fear.

… the boys program director and girls option vault coach at GTC Gymnastics in Rochester Hills, Mich. …

“When I won my two Big Ten titles I was the only African American in the Big Ten competing [in] gymnastics at that time,” said Moore.

When Moore represented Team USA at the 1987 World Cup in sports acrobatics, he was the only African-American tumbler competing. …

Moore inspires others to conquer fear

The only way to buy the book is directly from Scott – stmoore357 (a) yahoo.com

Shannon Miller – It’s Not About Perfect

New autobiography available April 21st, 2015.

Not About Perfect


Mary Lou Retton:

“Shannon Miller is a champion both on and off the mat. She is not only one of the greatest gymnasts in the history of the sport, she is a great person. Her courage to win as a gymnast shines through just as it did in her battle against cancer. Through and through Shannon is not only a winner but a friend as well.”

Don Tonry Invitational today

… The Yale gymnastics team will host the first Don Tonry Invitational at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 …


The invitational is named in honor of the former U.S. Olympian (1960) and Yale gymnastics coach, who served as an instructor and inspirational mentor to generations of student-athletes. …

Awards bearing Tonry’s likeness will be presented by his long-time friend and U.S. Olympic teammate Abie Grossfeld

Yale News – Don Tonry Invitational honors late gymnastics coach

related – Don TONRY (1935-2013) in the U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame – inducted 1980

Vanessa Atler – 1998 Floor

With the publication of Vanessa‘s new children’s book – – her name is back on the gymternet.

Full Twist linked to her very impressive Floor routine from back during the run-up to the 2000 Olympics. At this time many, including me, assumed she’d be competing in Sydney. It was not to be.

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book – Coaching Youth Gymnastics

By USA Gymnastics

Coaching Youth GymnasticsCoaching Youth Gymnastics covers all the basics of coaching and gymnastics in a concise style that is customized for entry-level gymnastics coaches. Techniques and skills for bars, floor, balance beam, and vault are presented …

Chapter 01: Stepping Into Coaching
Chapter 02: Communicating as a Coach
Chapter 03: Understanding Rules, Apparatus, and Equipment
Chapter 04: Providing for Gymnasts’ Safety
Chapter 05: Making Practices Fun and Practical
Chapter 06: Teaching and Shaping Skills
Chapter 07: Gymnastics Basics
Chapter 08: Floor Skills
Chapter 09: Vault Skills
Chapter 10: Bar Skills
Chapter 11: Balance Beam Skills
Chapter 12: Coaching on Meet Day
Chapter 13: Developing Season and Practice Plans

272 pages © 2011Book or eBook – $19.95

I’ve not read this one. Leave a comment if you have an opinion.