My wife was asked to give a presentation during the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, China on how to train artistry for the balance beam.
“… is very possible to create an elegant, beautiful, pleasing routine with well timed accents, rhythm, and exclamation points!
I don’t use a cookie cutter system to design routines for my gymnasts. I have always had different girls with varying abilities and physical qualities that I must work with instead of trying to make every athlete look the same. It’s important that every routine be unique to the individual. …”
Ri Se Gwang (PRK)
Danell Leyva (USA)
Denis Ablyazin (RUS)
Petro Pakhnyuk (AZE)
Jossimar Calvo (COL)
Zhang Chenglong (CHN)
For once a Chinese gymnast who’s exciting to watch on high bar! How many years has it been?
He won many points from me for finally being interesting, so I hope he keeps doing what he’s doing. In fact, I even felt sorry for him in the high bar final when his grip broke during his routine. A hit routine from him could’ve shaken up the medal standings and perhaps made Epke Zonderland a little nervous. I still haven’t figured out the messy handling of the time rule.
We are over-flooded with news from Romania these days …
… Octavian Bellu was interviewed “Things get more complicated next year and I don’t want to think that the Romanian team will be for the first time in history in a position to not qualify for the Olympics. The objectives, beyond the excitement of the moment created by the Worlds, are very clear to me and they remain clear: Romania must not fall from the podium in the team competition …
A new head coach will be appointed … Lucian Sandu, Lacramioara Moldovan and Cristian Moldovan were the interim team for Nanning and are also among the front runners for the permanent position. …
Nicolae Forminte, former head coach of the Romanian Seniors, is now a coach at Deva, for the Junior team …
… Larisa Iordache was everywhere … doing TV, radio and newspaper interviews …
When pressed to predict who would finish 2nd to Kohei in Nanning I named Sam Mikulak.
I felt his NCAA success would give him consistency under pressure. And that his relaxed psychology would help in that loud arena in Nanning. If Sam hit 6 for 6, he would score high.
My confidence in Sam’s consistency is not holding up, however. In the training hall we heard Sam was having problems, especially on P Bars.
He fell on P Bars in the AA Final and shouldn’t have been allowed to continue as he took longer than 30sec to resume his routine.
(Later Zhang was allowed to resume his H Bar routine after breaking a grip, even though it took longer than 30sec to get a new one. A new rule on that has been discussed by FIG MTC, but it had now been implemented by Nanning.)
Sam’s still a podium contender for Rio. But don’t bet the mortgage.