Entries Tagged 'ethics' ↓

minimum age for Olympics?

Age 16. Right?

Actually, no.

Not for MAG.

@sbregman87 tweeted the regs:

age regs

How do you justify a difference between the Olympic disciplines?

There should be no age restrictions for Olympic competitors.

great coaches …

1. Cherish the child over the athlete.

3. Communicate with parents.

5. Connect before they direct.

10. Make the boring interesting.

21. Understand interpersonal relationships of the team are important.

26. Understand child development.

30. End practice on a positive note.


Click through to read the rest. Some great reminders there. :-)


Indian Men to Commonwealths

The Indian men’s artistic gymnastics team can finally heave a sigh of relief. …

… The GFI managed to put behind the controversy, which had marred the selection trials, and made the official confirmation with less than four days left for departure.

Leading the way in Glasgow would be 2010 Delhi Games silver and bronze medallist Ashish Kumar from Uttar Pradesh. He will be accompanied by Odisha’s Rakesh Patra, Jharkhand’s Partho Mandal, UP’s Siddharth Verma and Indian Railways’ Aditya Singh Rana. …

New Indian Express

Ashish Kumar

Pakistan is sending gymnasts, as well.

two Dutch gymnasts killed when Malaysian airliner shot down

GymPower reports that Milia van de Mortel and her parents were killed. :-(

GymPower reports that Sem Wels and his parents were killed. :-(

I see the names on this passenger list.

Send your very best thoughts to both families.

Thor is a woman

… This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. …


Slate XX

Gabby leaves Chow again

The gymnastics reunion between Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and coach Liang Chow lasted less than three months.

Chow confirmed that Douglas has left the gym to search for a new coach. …

“I think we worked hard together,” Chow said. “We achieved our goal. I think Martha (Karolyi, U.S. national team coordinator) was happy at the camp, physically and with her gymnastics skills.

“We made good progress.” …

Des Moines Register

Chow and Gabby

via Nico on GymFever

Mallakhamb competitors

Indian pole gymnastics.

Over 270,000 hits.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Why do these kids have to wear bathing suits to compete?

Thanks Vadim.

new book – Grip

Has anyone see this book?


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details on iauthor or iTunes. ($9.99)

A 500lb gymnast?

Now that’s a story.

#LikeAGirl (empowering girls)

We’re kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.

“In my work as a documentarian, I have witnessed the confidence crisis among girls and the negative impact of stereotypes first-hand,” said Lauren Greenfield, filmmaker and director of the #LikeAGirl video.

“When the words ‘like a girl’ are used to mean something bad, it is profoundly disempowering. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

learning at your own pace


Thank Thomas Hamblin for the link.

Happy Olympic Day

Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic teams dance to Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

… With special appearances by Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi …

Steve Butcher:

Olympic Day is a celebration for youth around the world to observe the Olympic values of Fair Play, Perseverance, Respect and Sportsmanship. It is also a day to celebrate the International Olympic Committee’s 3 pillars: Move, Learn and Discover. It is held annually on every June 23rd.

(via FIG)

Gymnastics in Saudi Arabia

FIG posted the official write up of our week long MAG Academy Level 1:

For the second time, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) organised a joint Olympic Solidarity-FIG Academy in close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Solidarity Programme (OS). The Gymnastics Federation of Saudi Arabia hosted this event on June 4-11, 2014, in the capital city Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia became the 57th FIG member federation to host an Academy. …

Twenty-one coaches attended the Academy. Twenty were from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen. …

Saudi Arabia MAG L1 participants 2014

The highest results were shared by Hashem Alhashem of Saudi Arabia and Ebrahim Alabdali of Yemen. The third best result was achieved by Maki Almobireek of Saudi Arabia. …

read more – Saudi Arabia joints list of FIG Academy host countries

The exam in Academy Level 1 is challenging, including detailed anatomy and biomechanics. Half the course is Theory, half Practical.

Gymnastics lecture

Saudi Tsuk

The National Training Center in Riyadh is an excellent facility. Men’s Artistic Gymnastics only, however.

I was pleased to be asked to assist course leader Chris Evans of Great Britain at this one. He’s done many Academies in many disciplines going all the way back to Academy #2.

Chris and Rick

In the Kingdom everyone stops 5 times a day for prayer. Conveniently in the Riyadh gym, coaches and gymnasts use the Floor Exercise mat.

Saudi prayer

a few more photos

throwing a cheater off the bridge

Must watch.

(via Amanda Turner)