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Beam – who do you love?

Click PLAY or watch Lindsey Cheek on YouTube. (9.90 – tied for 2nd)

Click PLAY or watch Taylor Spears on YouTube. 9.925 (1st)

related – Balance Beam Situation LIVE blog

Vault – who do you love?

NCAA Vault Final 2014.

Click PLAY or watch Rheagan Courville on YouTube. 9.975 (T-1st)

Click PLAY or watch Katherine Grable on YouTube. 9.975 (T-1st)

LIVE I preferred Haley Scaman. Insanely great early opening.

Click PLAY or watch Haley on YouTube. 9.9667 (3rd)

You could wake Haley up in the middle of the night. She’d stick this vault first time, no warm-up.

I blame the ONE Judge who threw a 9.0 on that vault, going low, dropping Haley to 3rd. Same score as that judge gave many inferior vaults in the final. :-(

Best vault?

Haley or Katherine?

no 10s at Championships

Much cursing and hand wringing on the Gymternet, as always, following the Super 6.

There were several routines that might well have scored 10 a couple of weeks ago … but did not tonight. Lindsey Cheek, for example.

I assume the Judges were told to cool it after a far too enthusiastic season.

This tends to hurt the teams with those potential 10s. Reward the teams with safer, easier routines.

Vault judging was a joke both days, so far as I’m concerned. There’s no logic at all.

NCAA Apparatus finalists

Brandie Jay (UGA)
Lindsay Mable (Minnesota)
Lindsey Cheek (UGA)
Ashleigh Gnat (LSU)
Rheagan Courville (LSU)
Sachi Sugiyama (Michigan)
Maileana Kanewa (OU)
Haley Scaman (OU)
Kat Grable (Arkansas)
Olivia Courtney (UCLA)
Bridget Sloan (Florida)
Georgia Dabritz (Utah)

Lindsey Cheek (UGA)
Kristina Vaculik (Stanford)
Rheagan Courville (LSU)
Joanna Sampson (Michigan)
Taylor Spears (OU)
Shona Morgan (Stanford)
Samantha Shapiro (Stanford)
Bridget Sloan (Florida)
Kim Jacob (Bama)
Macko Caquatto (Florida)
Alaina Johnson (Florida)
Sam Peszek (UCLA)

Taylor Spears (OU)
Hanna Nordquist (Minnesota)
Maddie Gardiner (OSU)
May Beth Box (UGA)
Lindsey Cheek (UGA)
Sydney Ewing (LSU)
Chayse Capps (OU)
Kristina Vaculik (Stanford)
Kim Jacob (Bama)
Sarah DeMeo (Bama)
Alaina Johnson (Florida)
Macko Caquatto (Florida)
Hollie Blanske (Nebraska)
Jamie Schleppenbach (Nebraska)
Jessie DeZiel (Nebraska)
Emily Wong (Nebraska)

Joanna Sampson (Michigan)
Maileana Kanewa (OU)
Haley Scaman (OU)
Brandie Jay (UGA)
Jessica Savona (LSU)
Lara Albright (OU)
Kat Grable (Arkansas)
Kim Jacob (Bama)
Emily Wong (Nebraska)
Lauren Beers (Bama)
Diandra Milliner (Bama)
Becky Tutka (Utah)
Nansy Damianova (Utah)

The surprises:

VT – no Milliner, Mable, Delaney or Wilson
UB – no Davis or Dabritz
BB – no Nush, Peszek, Sloan
FX – no Hall, Mable, Dabritz, Hunter, Peszek or even Sawa.

ohalia on College Gymnastics Board

It’s time for the annual moaning about idiotic NCAA judging that tries to rank hit routines between 9.80 and 10.00.

John Roethlisberger on Facebook:

No one loves collegiate gymnastics more than I do, but until collegiate women’s gymnastics starts using legitimate scoring, you all are going to be beating your head against the wall. Don’t get me wrong, I am still a fan and I enjoy watching but if I had a vested interest I would be frustrated. For example, on Floor, there is .2 separating 1st and 41st.


In real gymnastics terms, with real deductions, do any of you think there is really only .2 separately 41 people? I like seeing 9.9′s and 10.0′s as much as the next guy, but there needs to me more separation. And I’m not even saying the results are wrong, I honestly have no idea, but if real deductions were taken, it would be more clear. …

I’m less unhappy with the final rankings than usual. I’d say Nebraska truly did deserve to move on ahead of Utah and UCLA. That was one incredible Beam rotation for them. Utah gave it away on Vault.

Biggest problems I saw in prelims:

Vault judging does not reward the best vaults.
Home court advantage makes a big difference. Alabama should not have matched Florida.
Big name gymnasts gain as much as 0.05 / routine
“safe” routine construction is too much rewarded. e.g. Oklahoma

With so much parity now between the top teams, it is time to make more differentiation between the highest scores.

Vault should have (relative to gymnast size) increased height and distance requirements. Yurchenko 1/1 scores should be lowered, perhaps lowered to a 9.95 start.

On Bars, overshoot not taken to handstand should be deducted 0.05 as should a squat-on, jump to high. Those transitions look out of place.

I’d like them to continue the emphasis on landing, actually. These young women are at high risk of Achilles and ACL injury. The more attention paid to landing, the safer.

Sloan landing

For some reason even the very best WAG “landers: are less skilled at it than any average MAG.

A more realistic solution would be to allow judges to award increments of 0.05 at major competitions like Regionals and Championships.

imperfect 10s

Lauren Hopkins:

Over the 2014 season, judges awarded 27 perfect 10s while roughly 60 routines earned a score of 9.975, meaning a score of 10 was awarded by one of the two judges present. …

… about 64% of regular season 10s happened on home turf, and that number jumps to 77% when you include the neutral Metroplex Challenge meet, where crowd-pleasing is the name of the game. …

For NCAA gymnastics, the word “perfect” has to be redefined. At this level, it’s as subjective as the scoring, dependent on everything from an athlete’s spot in the lineup to the reaction of the crowd. …

“Perfect” 10s the NCAA Way

Here’s one “perfect” 10 from this season.

perfect 10

There were too many 10s this season. But they are great PUBLICITY for the sport.

life / gymnastics BALANCE

Tony Retrosi is a philosopher.

His advice:

As a gymnastics club owner and coach coach as well as a gymnastics consultant I have a great deal of experience trying to find and maintain balance and I am not just talking about on a beam. Balance between business and personal life. Balance between my “gym family” and my “home family”. Maintaining balance in my life enable me to be more fit, have better overall health and embrace a better attitude toward life. …

• You’ll wake up excited and happy for the day.

• You’ll have time for others. You’ll be in harmony with the outside environment.

• There will be less worry in your life, and you’ll feel motivated more often than not.

• There will be measurable improvement in fitness and health.

• More people will LIKE you and want to be LIKE you

• You will be more efficient at work …

Here is my #1 piece of advice. UNPLUG at night. …


Finding Balance

Hope to see you at Tony’s GYM MOMENTUM CAMP BOSTON June 26-29 at Yellow Jackets Gymnastics.

Court of Arbitration – Rhythmic

I’m surprised.

In the litigation between the FIG and the Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee stemming from an intercontinental judges course in December 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeals of the six members of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee implicated in the proceedings.

The decision, and sanctions pronounced by the FIG Disciplinary Committee on July 8, 2013 have been lifted. Additionally, the decision of the FIG Appeals Tribunal on December 10, 2013 has been nullified. The FIG has taken note of the CAS’s decision.

The disciplinary decisions of the FIG concerning the cancellation of brevets awarded at the course mentioned above, and the sanctions pronounced against the former TC President are maintained. …

FIG via email

perfect 10s at NCAAs?

27 perfect 10s have been awarded at NCAA Championships.

Will there be more in 2014?

perfect 10s

NCAA – Perfect 10

Pumped for Newfoundland Provincials

Painfully funny. :-)

Kenny Budge-twostep cheats his way to victory in the florentine division at the 2014 provincials and learns a hard lesson.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

What the H is that all about you ask?

Michele Soucy:

We had a “Pumped for Provincials” challenge where we invited kids to send in a video on why they were excited for Provincials.

… the men’s coaches unfortunately beat the women’s this year. :-)

Vault judges at Pac Rims?

The Gymternet is outraged.


Bailie Key’s vault was fantastic. No complaints regarding her 9.5 execution score.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Now … what would you score this vault?

Click PLAY or watch Kyla Ross on YouTube.

A panel of expert international judges awarded that 9.50, as well.


It’s almost as if they were judging her by reputation, rather than by the vault as performed at the time.


class, dignity and sportsmanship by this incredible 10 year-old girl.

She might not have gotten to stand on the podium this time around, but this I know for sure: Zoe is a champion. …

Zoe, her teammates, coaches and me in a group hug after the meet.


To protect her privacy, I won’t say which child she is. But I will tell you, she is smiling!



Inspirational story from coach Charlie Amerosa

Swakopmund Gymnastics, Namibia

Via GYMNAST CROSSING … weighing in on the topic with this post — Character Counts

gymnastics in Africa?

I attended the 12th African Championships to gain better perspective on the potential of FIG gymnastics disciplines in Africa.

I’ve led coaching clinics in Senegal, Nigeria, Mozambique and South Africa and need a better answer to this question:

Bread, not circuses?

Should international sport truly be a priority for African nations?

Shouldn’t resources be spent on health and education?

Martin Luther King

South Africa and Egypt have proved they can compete with the rest of the world. The Algerian men are world class, too. What about the other African nations?

I’m not willing to deny any African the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

young gymnasts

If sport is your passion, I’m willing to volunteer to help.

My hope is that sport and arts can bring the nations, religions and tribes of Africa together. Indeed, I cannot report a single incident of racism at this competition. Athletes were judged only on their gymnastics, so far as I can see.

Gymnastics in Africa!



In 1986 a football team that lived on a small island in Thailand called “Koh Panyee“. It’s a floating village in the sea that has not an inch of soil. The kids here loved to watch football but had nowhere to play or practice. But they didn’t let that stop them. …

Click PLAY or watch a reenactment on YouTube.

That was put together by Thai Military Bank. :-)

Inspired by the 1986 FIFA World Cup, children built the pitch from old scraps of wood and fishing rafts. After making it to the Semi-final on an inland tournament, all the village were inspired to take up the sport. They Built a brand new pitch, although the wooden one still remains and is popular among tourists. As of 2011, Panyee FC is one of the most successful youth soccer clubs in Southern Thailand, and the boys who built the pitch back in 1986 are now grown men.

(via Jamie Ellacott)


• Angolan Youth and Sports minister, Gonçalves Muandumba, met the Rhythmic Team on return from the airport. Wants to prioritize basic training in gymnastics.

12th African Gymnastics Championships a great success!

South African gymnastsHold Their Breath” awaiting decisions of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. Are their scores good enough for approval to Commonwealth Games and/or Youth Olympic Games.

Sport for Development and Peace

There’s MORE to sport than winning medals.

April 6th.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is a day to celebrate and encourage the power of sport for social change (or community development and well-being) in all corners of the world, and 2014 will mark its first ever worldwide celebration.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) builds on the work that is being carried out around the world by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Olympic Committees, International and National Sports Federations, sports clubs, governmental and non-governmental organisations, neighbourhood associations and all other entities and volunteers who believe in sport as a tool for social change. …

UN Olympics

The annual event offers a new opportunity to promote sport and physical activity as a universal language that can address a wide range of needs related to education, health, social inclusion, youth development, peace building and sustainable development. It also provides a notable platform to advocate among governments for more investment in sport, related infrastructure and quality physical education.


Thanks CA.