Farah Ann Abdul Hadi – cover girl

The Malaysian gymnast won six medals at the last SEA Games. And became a National sports hero.

The media attention drew critics, as well, unhappy that a Muslim girl was wearing a Gymnastics leotard in public.

Many defended her.

Farah Ann’s personal position was made clear in this cover story:

In her interview with the Malay-language online magazine “Pepatung”, the sports star, who was featured wearing a midnight-blue dress, said she has not wavered from her goal. …

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… criticisms will not dampen my spirits to achieve my aims and dreams in this field,” Farah Ann, 21, told Pepatung in an interview published today.

Click PLAY or watch it her Floor on YouTube.

(via GymCastic)

Happy 4th of July USA

USAG has had another excellent year. Congratulations. And happy birthday. :-)

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Click on the t-shirt for details.

sponsor a Muslim gymnast

Breaking. Alan Owen is trying to launch a charity where people can sponsor gymnasts in developing nations for about $35 a month.

Nations include Peru, Nicaragua, Chile and Honduras.

I’m hoping it will include Islamic nations, as well.

Opportunities for girls to do gymnastics in Muslim nations are limited. Surprisingly, there are at least two sports centers in Kabul, Afghanistan offering the sport and activity for girls.

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

That program is sponsored by the Alzahra Cultural and Sport Association. They could use help.

related – Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Had was a star at the SEA Games. Predictably some Muslims criticized her for wearing a leotard.

Personally, I feel female gymnasts should be allowed to wear bike shorts over their leotards, if they prefer. Does FIG already allow leotards with built-in shorts?

cool Cheer video

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

Nfinity sell Cheer shoes.

Holmes fitness apparel

Holmes Athletics Canada is a fitness apparel company that promotes gymnastics as the best cross training for all sports and all athlete, young and old.

Click PLAY or watch their new 2015 promo video on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch their 2014 promo video on YouTube.

style your hair for a gymnastic meet

I’m astonished at the popularity of the SevenGymnasticsGirls YouTube channel.

452,000+ subscribers and 137,000,000+ views since Aug 17, 2011. Most of those views are by young female gymnasts.

Some of their edits are charming. This one, for example.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Lisa Mason – Floor

Very cool choreography. And only a 33yr-old gymnast should be rocking leotards like this one. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.