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Worlds, Nanning – slideshow

The fantastic lights. Wonderful photos. And a glimpse at the post-competition party. :-)

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Shang Chunsong – missing handstands

Shang Chunsong is my favourite of the current Chinese Senior Team. Right now she’s worried about her future after disappointing performances on Bars in Nanning.

I was shocked to see a Chinese gymnast miss handstands like this.

Shang Bar handstand
photo posted by ALX BLACK

Chinese coaches put very high priority on saving handstands.

related:
Why Can’t Susie Control Her Handstand?
Leonard Isaacs – saving handstand

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Jennifer Beals as Miss Val

BealsJennifer Beals has joined the cast of Sean Cisterna’s Full Out, a inspirational sports movie based on the true story of Ariana Berlin, a California gymnast …

Beals will play UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, who helped Berlin return to her school’s gymnastics team and win an NCAA championship. …

The ‘Flashdance’ star plays a UCLA coach alongside co-star Ana Golja of ‘Degrassi’ fame

Ashton Locklear – Stalder Tkachev

Workin these again? ???? #workwednesday

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Hal Frey dead at 90

Hal Frey was the ‘indispensable man’ for Cal and USA Gymnastics,” said former Golden Bear Ron Bell (’79). “He was a powerhouse coach and motivator, a keen organizer, a visionary inventor and masterful showman and promoter of gymnastics. Dr. Frey, as we liked to call him, was as close as one could come to perpetual motion. He created an environment at Cal where young motivated men could reach their potential and beyond, where champions were inevitable.”

Frey served the Golden Bear gymnastics program for more than four decades, including 27 years as head coach from 1958-69 and 1971-83 …

“Dr. Frey came into the gym every couple of weeks during my first few months on the job,” said Cal head coach Brett McClure. “I could instantly see the joy he had watching the guys train and how proud he was of the team. We will continue his legacy as he had hoped and continue the excellence he created here at Cal. He will be deeply missed by the entire gymnastics community.” …

“Hal Frey was a great example for me,” said former head coach Barry Weiner. “Not only did Hal have an excellent record evidenced by his USAG Hall of Fame career, but his love of Cal was infectious. …

Former Gymnastics Coach Dr. Hal Frey Passes Away

Dr Frey
photo via Dave Demanty

Hal Frey was one of my first Gymnastics Summer Camp directors.

Rest in peace.

P Bars – Arican dismount

I’m loving the trend away from double pike dismount on P Bars. Most of the top guys are training double front, double front half or – biggest double front of them all, so far – the Arican.

Nico found this. Proof that Ferhat from Turkey did compete a new dismount at Worlds.

In training.

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#new#element#ARICAN3 ???????? @umitsamil @ibrhmcolak @aposbas @barisspek @boncukgym @ahmetonder_

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That’s Ferhat Arican from Turkey.

Suleiman the Magnificent‘ is yet another example of how there are fantastic male gymnasts in many lesser known nations. MAG is far more widely developed world wide than WAG.

Dipa Karmakar | Gymnastics in India

India Express – Shrivani Nayak:

‘Dipa is great, but for India to succeed it must look beyond the specifics.”

Jim Holt has coached 7 nations at a fourteen World Championships over the last quarter century, developing gymnastics in far-flung corners. Currently, employed by the Sports Authority of India, the former University of Washington coach has been overseeing the Indian programme. Based out of New Delhi, and frequenting the NIS in Patiala for conducting coaches courses, the American from Seattle puts into perspective Dipa Karmakar’s performances this season, but urges that much more needs to be done if gymnastics has to become a mass-sport that consistently fetches medals for India.

I can state with certainty, given that I’m well connected internationally, and that Dipa Karmakar is currently one of the best-known female vaulters in the world. It is a testimony to her achievement and to coach Nandi’s ambition that she has accomplished a bronze medal at Commonwealth Games and finished 10th (by far highest placing of all gymnasts in India’s history — men or women) at the 2014 World Championships on this event. …

Indian gymnastics is not and should not be Dipa Karmakar and Ashish Kumar. There are a couple thousand kids (in at least 24 or 25 of the states) right now that are India’s future pipeline. …

Personally when I think of Dipa attempting the difficult Produnova, I do not think skills should be competed without achieving mastery of the same.

That said, I only have the highest personal regard, respect, admiration and affection for Dipa. I’ll repeat — I wish she could compete for the men and I’m totally serious about that. Heck, I’d put her on the men’s floor and vault team tomorrow if the rules would allow …

Nandi and Karmakar
Coach Nandi

read more – Vaulting ambition, soaring dreams

Click through to see how and why gymnasts from developing nations like India are the ones, so far, risking the dangerous handspring double front vault.

Click PLAY or watch her Commonwealths double front on YouTube. (15.1)

Click PLAY or watch her Asian Games qualifier on YouTube. (15.2)

Click PLAY or watch her Asian Games Final on YouTube.

So that’s a vault that either scores 0.0. Or 15+. :-(

Nonsensical, in my opinion. That kind of deep, dangerous landing must be deducted more.

Simplest solution is to ban the skill. Next best would be to devalue significantly.

Lords of the Rings

bat Svilko has updated his montage of “the most impressive and legendary routines in the history of still rings!”

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo. (32min)

Ragan Smith – standing pike 1/1

Got my standing pike full ????????????

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Keisuke Suzuta – Ri Se-Gwang

Ono tells that Suzuta has been competing this vault for a while.

Cabriole sends these links.

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Would somebody please tell these guys that this vault is not humanly possible. :-)

This makes 3 who have competed it successfully.

6.400 + 9.400 = 15.800

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Longines Award problems

Update – Nora, in the comments, clears up my confusion:

The media doesn’t vote for the winner. The jury decides the winner. The media can win a Longines watch if what they write on their ballot paper matches the decision the jury comes up with. That’s all.

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Every year I’ve voted there’s been confusion, this year more than ever.

I’m never sure of who’s eligible. Never sure of the deadline. Am forced to vote before the AA competition.

@obgymblog:

Yao Jinnan on winning the Longines elegance prize:

“I am not one of the (all-around) medalists so that made me a little uncomfortable.”

Longines

I voted for Oleg Verniaiev and Georgia-Rose Brown.

Unbeknownst to me as a voter, the list of eligible athletes seems to have been, this year, shortened to:

WAG: Larissa Iordache, Simone Biles, Bai Ya Wen, Yao Jin Nan

MAG: Kohei Uchimura, Lin Chao Pan, Kenzo Shirai, Zhang Cheng Long, Den Shu Di, Max Whitlock

How? Why?

I have no idea. That’s the list I found posted in the main press centre the day after the voting concluded.

Yeesh, Longines. Get your act together on this. :-(

circus Bar act – Tournik

Eight artists cross paths in the Tournik Act from Corteo which marries horizontal bar techniques with circus arts. The artists perform on a central cube-shaped structure, with two additional bars on each side of the cube. The various parts of the structure turn, sometimes all in the same direction, sometimes in opposite directions… just to keep everyone on their toes!

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Good and crazy Bar workers, male and female, are pretty much constantly in demand by Cirque du Soleil. If you coach such an athlete, contact Casting for more information.

Beam – Teramoto v Mustafina

One of the more controversial decisions at Worlds 2014.

Who should have won the Bronze medal in the Beam final?

Aliya Mustafina missing a 0.5 EGR or Asuka Teramoto?

Click PLAY or watch Aliya on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Asuka on YouTube.

3 MUSTAFINA Aliya RUS 5.500 + 8.666 = 14.166
4 TERAMOTO Asuka JPN 5.600 + 8.500 = 14.100

Aliya:

“I knew my beam routine was not the most difficult one and I had no expectations to make it to the podium today. It was sheer luck.”