campus rape documentary

From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.

Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Mashable – Young women are the heroes of campus rape doc ‘The Hunting Ground’

National Injury Database

Dr. Bill Sands as put up some preliminary data from his proposed crowdsourced national injury database for gymnastics.

Only 103 injury reports, so far, but here’s a sample graphic showing the kind of visuals that can be produced.

sample data

See other graphs like this here.

The more injury reports submitted, the better. If you’ve got some injury stats from your club, please click over to and contribute. It’s completely anonymous. This could be very valuable.

Elena Mukhina documentary

MissLyra has improved her English subtitled version. And uploaded the new version to YouTube.

Elena Mukhina … features Natalia Shaposhnikova and Maria Filatova while training and also contains a talk between Mukhina and her coach Mikhail Klimenko. …

Soviet coaches were feeling pressure after being beaten by Nadia. They wanted to add new and revolutionary elements to their routines.

Mukhina and Klimenko are shown in the edit to have problems. But the story ends before Elena was paralyzed in a training accident (Thomas salto) 2 weeks before the opening of the 1980 Summer Olympics. (Klimenko was not present at the time of the accident.)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

be a HAPPIER Gym parent in 2015


1. Enjoy watching your child’s joy in doing gymnastics, not in your child’s achievement within gymnastics.

5. Stop nagging.

7. Spend money on experiences not things.

8. Write a note or email of gratitude to your child’s coaches, the front desk worker or gym owner.

11. Ignore others’ expectations.



related – be a HAPPIER coach in 2015

Chenglong Zhang – ripped grip

In the Horizontal Bar final at Worlds 2014 Zhang broke one of his grips. Then was allowed to continue well after his 30 seconds was over.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

We’ve heard FIG MTC plans to allow gymnasts time to get a new grip in the future. But that rule change was not in effect for 2014.

Has anyone heard any follow up from FIG on this incident?


I glanced at this post by Gym Jag …

They have the ability to damage, devastate and even destroy. They can stay forever taunting and torturing. They possess the power to obscure light and obliterate hopes. They can annihilate those they touch.

They have the ability to guide, grow and give affirmation. They can stay forever enriching and encouraging. They posses the power to ignite passions and instill greatness. They can change the world.

They begin wars. They bring peace. …


Of course I assumed we were talking about GYM MOMS. :-)

Nope. I was wrong.

Click through to the full post to see the real answer.

not my circus, not my monkeys

Good advice.

not my circus

In fact, these are not my monkeys. :-)

Simien - Rick baboons 600

Gelada baboons, Ethiopia.