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6 to 10yr-old Chinese divers

For once one of these articles on intense Chinese youth sport schools does not include photos of children crying.

In Anshan city of Anhui Province, a group of children aged from 6-10 years old are committed to diving practice for a whole 2 years. At the end of the training, they either get selected into the official diving regiment, or go home. …

spotting diving

diving physical prep

read the article – Life in a youth diving camp

(via Thomas G Trapp)

another Cuban defection

Luis Oquendo is in Miami. He defected from Pan Ams in Toronto.

via Nico on GymFever2012

McKayla Skinner wins Floor

Will be applying for her Chinese visa soon. :-)

#PanAmGym FX
1. Skinner (USA) 14.750
2. Lopez (VEN) 14.475
3. Ferrera (CUB) 14.400

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This might be her best Moors, yet.

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As you can see, this site is not boycotting Gymnastike.

I don’t blame Becca from Gymnastike for the stupid post approved by Joe Battaglia from Flocasts.

I’ll be very surprised if Becca’s not mortified over that decision.

Gymnastike’s doing a great job at Pan Ams. THANKS. :-)

… On the other hand, Tsuk the Pain lays out the argument for boycotting Gymnastike altogether.

Gymnastike responds. Finally.

And the response was the wrong one. :-(

If you missed the twitter gymternet blowing up last night, MANY are very upset with Gymnastike for this post, reprinted by Bekah so as not to give Gymnastike any additional page views:

McKayla Maroney Victim of Nude Photo Leak

Bekah is as angry as anyone. Here’s her take on the issue, so far.

Joe Battaglia is an ass, that’s clear.

The leadership at Gymnastike should show him the door.

Don’t blame everyone at Gymnastike for the one A-hole. That would be unethical.

Update. @Region5Insider clarifies that nobody at Gymnastike can override Joe Battaglia. He’s a non-gymnastics overlord from Flocasts responsible for Wrestling, Track and Gymnastics.

Track & Field blogger Chris Chavez @Chris_J_Chavez seems to have actually authored that post. It was then published by Battaglia.

Perhaps Gymnastike should quit Flocasts.

Otherwise, we need people to step up and launch a Gymnastike competitor. Something like sports2visuals.com THWTS.

I’d be happy to contribute.

This site condemns Joe Battaglia’s decision but will not boycott Gymnastike posts by those we respect. For now.

Cuban defector gymnast with Yin

That was quick.

I’m assuming they had a plan in advance. Ernesto would be a terrific training partner for Danell. Just sayin’.

Ernesto Vilas Sarria met up with Danell Leyva after defecting de los Panamerican gymnastics Championships in Toronto Canada hace 3 dias ago. Here they are having lunch juntos at Reys Pizza in Miami.

Ernesto was the gold medalist on floor at the 2010 youth Olympic games …

via Nico on GymFever2012

Ashton Locklear – Bars

Ashton Locklear won gold with this gorgeous routine. She was originally awarded a 6.1 difficulty score but after an inquiry, it was raised to a 6.4. Her final score was a 14.975.

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Ashton’s been astonishingly consistent. Her ticket to Worlds is pretty much a lock at this point.

She’s improving, as well.

Recall her 9.1 over-scored execution routine from the Secret? (VIDEO)

Today’s Final is far cleaner, though she still has conspicuous deductions.


Let’s assume there are 2 Chinese gymnasts and 2 Russian gymnasts in the World’s Bar final.

Four spots are left open?

Will Ashton get one of those?

It’s certainly possible. There will be quite a few gymnasts with the goal to qualify for the Bar final in Nanning. The top 2 American routines will be in the fight.

But … sooner or later judges are going to stop rewarding routines composed mostly of Shaposh variations and Stoop Stalders. Truly harder routines will be scored higher, IF the gymnasts hits. Two somersault releases or more. Rebecca Downie (VIDEO), for example.

Gymnasts who use a wide variety of types of skills to achieve their start score should be rewarded. Nastia in Beijing, for example.

FIG WTC should count only 1 Shaposh variation in the next Code. Perhaps devalue the Stoop Stalder, as did MAG years ago.

Jason MacDonald had an important comment:

As she keeps performing the way she is and gaining that confidence in her routine I think she could be a major player on bars at worlds. In terms of difficulty she has skills she is not using and this routine probably will be different come 2015. Check out her Ricna at 3:38 of Everest’s Workout Wednesday.

Jason tells that Ashton trains plenty of routines with the 2nd release. I’m hoping she’ll use that when she needs it. Possibly in the Worlds Bar Final. :-)

Cuban Ernesto Vila defects

The Cuban gymnast who competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010 defected in Canada.

YOG Floor 2010

YOG Floor 2010

He’s not the first to do so.

Ernesto Vila told his father, who lives in Spain, of his plan to defect.

It sounds like he’s already in the States.

Cuba has one of the great gymnastics traditions in the world, but rarely competes internationally. They did not register for Worlds 2014, for example.

Finances is the claim. Fear of defection must be a factor, as well.

via Nico on GymFever

Minnesota’s Meg Stephenson resigns

University of Minnesota women’s gymnastics head coach Meg Stephenson, who had been with the program for almost two decades, resigned on Thursday amid an investigation of sexual harassment within the program.

A University investigation in the spring found that the former coach had violated the school’s anti-retaliation policies following an investigation into her husband and former volunteer assistant coach Jim Stephenson’s behaviors with team members. Jim Stephenson resigned last fall. …

Jim Stephenson held the title of head coach for 17 years and soon after, Meg Stephenson joined as an assistant coach. From 1999-2009 the couple led the program as co-head coaches. …

The program’s two assistant coaches, Jenny Hansen and Louie Johnson, will keep their current positions as the athletic department conducts a coaching search, the University said in a release Thursday. …

Meg and Jim

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Biles is Uchimura

I’m not sure anyone in the world has a chance to compete in the all-around. This tumbling is so EASY for her. :-)

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WAY over-scored on execution. People are getting swept up in Biles fever.

Score : 15.500 (6.4, 9.1)

At least that panel is being consistent. Over-scoring Ross and Skinner, as well.

“@jaredvgoad: Simone’s D-score is .1 lower, split leap 1.5 was credited as a full #PGChamps”

Chellsie on parenting gymnasts

Chellsie Memmel is soon to be a Mom. I think she’ll be a great one. :-)


I first want to thank the parents who put their kids in our great sport! Without parents, we wouldn’t be here or have any of the amazing opportunities that we do. With that said, I believe there should be boundaries in parental involvement in sports.

MemmelsDo watch practices….but only once and a while. If you just can’t stay away, don’t bring up things that happened or any trouble they may have had in practice that day. Let your child talk to you. If they want to vent, listen. If they would rather leave their bad day behind, let them. If they had a great day and are super pumped to tell you about it, be excited and happy about it.

Don’t set your own goals for them…

Tumbl Talk – Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Participation by Chellsie Memmel

That’s the Tumbl Trak blog. If at Congress Pitsburg, be sure to stop by and say hi to everyone at the Tumbl Trak both. I’m going to miss the P&G Championships. I’m presenting at the Gymnastics B.C. Congress instead this year.

misguided Gymnastics parents

One skill set many coaches lack is the ability to communicate well with parents.

If you don’t educate them on the very complex sport of Artistic Gymnastics, don’t be surprised if they arrive at some of these wrong conclusions.


With tuition that can approximate a car payment each month, missed family dinners and weekends lost to travelling to remote locations to sit inside a gym or hotel convention center eating over priced hot dogs and too many brownies, no one can doubt that gymnastics parents are among the most dedicated sports parents. …


Here are a dozen dangerous ideas that can plague even the best-intentioned gym parents:

1. If my child fails to make consistent progress it is her coach’s fault and we should change gyms.

2. For all the money I am paying, there better be results

3. The more time in the gym, the better.



Commonwealth Games wrap-up

Though I followed the competition closely online, I still learned a lot from the most recent GymCastic podcast.

Jessica, Blythe, Emma and Jamie chat about:

Did Australian head coach, Peggy Liddick’s controversial plan to take potential event medalists and leaving their all-around champion at home (work).

Our fears that the British media are portraying Fragapane as the next world champion and will set her up for unreasonable expectations. …

Dipa Karmakar’s double front vault. Was it worthy of it’s namesake, the great Produnova? …

The most anticipated pommel horse show down since the 2012 Olympic Games. …

Ellie Black vs. Claudia Fragapane in the vault finals–we discuss whether or not the outcome was fair. …

episode 108: The Commonwealth Games

___ related:

Let’s Talk Gymnastics posted some entertaining AWARDS from CWGs:

WAG Winner: Olivia Vivian (AUS)
MAG Winner: Adam Cox (SCO)

WAG Winner: Team Wales
MAG Winners: David Bishop (NZL)-floor and Wah Toon Hoe (SIN)- vault


WAG Winner: Farah Ann Abdul Hadi (MAS)
MAG Winner: Nile Wilson (ENG)


2014 CWG’s Awards Part 1

2014 CWG’s Awards Part 2

2014 CWG’s Awards Part 3

Those certainly are the happiest major Games. :-)

Mia Hamm runs like a girl