Yamilet Pena – Vault

Once again, FIG rules reward a Handspring Double Front vault where the competitor’s feet only barely touched the mat before her butt. :-(

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Yamilet is a great athlete. An excellent vaulter. It’s hard to blame her coach for taking advantage of this loophole in the rules.

Nellie Kim was in Toronto. Again handing a medal to an athlete who fell badly in the Final. She and her WTC committee must disagree with the majority of coaching experts who feel this ranking is unfair. This is the second Code under her watch where this marginal performance has been over rewarded. :-(

Lauren Hopkins:

Here’s the problem with vault…the entire difficulty comes from one single skill. Who cares if you chuck it and fall? You can still get a medal at many competitions above gymnasts who all hit.

But throw a skill you can’t do on bars or beam or floor and the risk doesn’t outweigh the cost. For an E-rated skill, you’re only getting 0.5 for your difficulty on that single element, 0.6 for F, 0.7 for G, and so on so a point for a fall actually matters there because none of these elements are worth over a point. But for vault, what’s the big deal about a full point off when your entire skill is worth 7 points?!

Gymternet – Pan Am Games Vault and Bars Finals

This is a case where the FIG Executive and/or Medical Commission should schedule a meeting with WTC.

Chinese diving training

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Thanks Brett.

Cliff Diving World Series – Copenhagen

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Gary Hunt top score in Denmark.

diving – reverse double 5 twists

La Rochelle, France

75.000 spectators – a brand new most difficult dive and a moment of shock

A reverse double somersault with five twists in only 3 seconds, these are the facts of the most difficult dive ever seen during a Cliff Diving World Series event.  The former Olympian Blake Aldridge made this incredible dive, got 460.35 points and finished second.

It was Gary Hunt who took an impressive win

One of the guys hits his head on the platform. Super dangerous. He got lucky this time.

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diver Troy Dumais

If you want Troy’s spot on the National Team, beat him.

I recall John Roethlisberger saying much the same thing. He ended up a 3-time Olympian.

At age 35, Dumais has made 20 straight national teams going back to 1996, won 38 national titles and is trying to become the first U.S. diver to compete in five Olympic Games. Dumais won his first Olympic medal, a bronze in men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard with Kristian Ipsen, at the London 2012 Olympic Games. …

DALLAS, TX - MAY 15:  Diver, Troy Dumais, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Dumais
DALLAS, TX – MAY 15: Diver, Troy Dumais, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Dumais

Diver Troy Dumais Still Going Strong At 35

US$ 1.6 million prize money in Diving

CALENDAR 2015

March 13-15 Beijing (CHN)
March 19-21 Dubai (UAE)
April 24-26 Kazan (RUS)
May 1-3 London (GBR)
May 22-24 Windsor (CAN)
May 29-31 Merida (MEX)

Fina TV

From March to May about 70 divers exhibit their prowess … The 2015 edition features for the first time 2 mixed events, 3m and 10m synchro. A total prize money of US$ 1’590’000 is distributed in the Series.

This prestigious and exclusive event invites internationally-recognised divers, mostly medallists from previous Olympics, World Championships and World Cups.

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Thanks Tom.

5m Diving Springboard

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(via Thomas G Trapp)