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Claudia Fragapane is fantastic

I was shocked and surprised to see some negative comments about Claudia several places online.

Claudia Fragapane is fantastic.

What’s not to like? :-)

I can hardly wait for Floor tomorrow. Hers is my favourite routine in the world right now.

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Fragapane – layout or piked?

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I’m not contesting Claudia’s Gold medal. Simply pointing out that WAG judges are very inconsistent on what’s awarded layout.

The way they deduct landings is worse. There’s very little reward for landing safely and with complete control. :-(

Vault – Fragapane, Black, Karmakar

Vault Final results
1. Claudia Fragapane ENG
2. Ellie Black CAN
3. Dipa Karmakar IND

Ellie was superb. She could hardly do either vault better. :-)

Karmakar is only an average international vaulter. Her first Vault (Kaz) was poor technique. (Compare with Black and Chant.)

Yet she’s gutsy enough to chuck a double front, holding the tuck until some fairly random contact position with the Floor. This time it worked. That’s the best landing since Produnova in 1999 FISUs. But it was luck.

FIG again rewards a gymnast for that dangerous vault. More coaches, especially those in the developing world, will decide that’s the best route to get famous. Sooner or later we’ll see a catastrophic injury. FIG will be partially to blame.

I strongly feel FIG WTC should ban the vault.

Dipa Karmakar – Produnova

As I feared, here’s yet another gymnast from a developing nation competing another dangerous Handspring double front.

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What does FIG do with those?

Vault 1 – 13.200
Vault 2 – 14.400
Total Score – 13.800

They reward the gymnast by putting them into the Final. :-(

Women’s Vault qualifiers:
1. Claudia Fragapane, ENG, 14.453
2. Ellie Black, CAN, 14.149
3. Kirsten Beckett, RSA, 14.000
4. Kelly Simm, ENG, 13.966
5. Maegan Chant, CAN, 13.950
6. Georgia Rose Brown, AUS, 13.849
7. Dipa Karmakar, IND, 13.800
8. Emma White, SCO, 13.73

via GymFever

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

The world’s newest “Fittest Woman on Earth” is a 25-year-old chemical engineering student from Richelieu, Que. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet placed first at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif., in the women’s individual competition Sunday.

Ms. Leblanc-Bazinet, who is 5-foot-2 and weighs 130 pounds, is a student at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec and started CrossFit training five years ago. The sport involves a combination of weightlifting, gymnastics and high intensity interval training. …

Quebec student Camille Leblanc-Bazinet crowned ‘Fittest Woman on Earth’ at 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games

No surprise. She’s a former gymnast.

Click PLAY or watch a profile on YouTube.

She eats 200gms of protein a day. 5 eggs for breakfast.

related – Outside Online is in a bit of a war with CrossFit – CrossFit, Your Insecurity Is Showing

Yamilet PEÑA – Vault

Good news. She did not compete the (dangerous) Handspring double front at Pan-American Sports Festival 2014 Finals.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 1 on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 2 on YouTube.

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.

30 SECRETS OF BRILLIANT COACHES

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

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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. …

Thor

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.

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

Thanks Vadim.