Oklahoma the team to beat at NCAAs

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Laura Jurca – Bars

Coach Lucian Sandu often seems to touch the gymnasts while spotting in competition. I appreciate his caution, but any brush should be a deduction. This is not the first time this issue has come up.

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via @theliukin

Bridgeport 7th Div II title

The University of Bridgeport tallied 195.225 points on the way to capturing its seventh consecutive ECAC Division II Women’s Gymnastics Championship on Saturday afternoon at Southern Connecticut State University. The Owls placed second with 191.875 points, while West Chester University finished third with a mark of 190.600.

Senior Sasha Tsikhanovich (Marysville, Ohio) was named the 2015 ECAC Gymnast of the Year for the Purple Knights after capturing first place finishes on bars, floor and the all-around. Tsikhanovich put together top scores of 9.875 on bars, 9.975 on floor and a total of 39.325 in the all-around. …


195.225 would beat a LOT of Division I teams. :-)

I couldn’t find Sasha’s 9.975 Floor routine on YouTube.

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Jonna Adlerteg – Bars

The Swedish superstar at Cottbus.

1st 6.3 – 14.675 final

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how NOT to learn Shaposh

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Learning shaposh on bars! Ya know, because high bar was such a good event for me…

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Next time stack up the “cheese” mats sloping towards the low bar. Use 2 spotters.

(via GymCastic)

on hand rips

The first time a child rips it’s a big shock. For the gymnast. And Mom.

hand rip

Gym Gab posted a discussion on the topic.

Rips are injuries. To be prevented as much as possible. Smarter gymnasts and coaches suffer fewer rips than the average gym.

Training Bar in a circuit is recommended. The hands cool off during the stations NOT causing friction on the rail.

Using Safety Straps is recommended. More reps, less distress.

Wearing grips is recommended. Gymnasts can start as young as age-7 or 8.

Leave a comment if you have a strong opinion on this topic.

Kelly Simm – Tkachev Tkachev

If you want to see interesting Bars, look to the U.K.

Click PLAY or watch Kelly’s awesome release series on YouTube. English Championships. (13.750)

Coach M reminds that it was the great Elise Ray (USA) who first competed 2 Tkachev skills in series.

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That’s the kind of connection that should be rewarded more. :-)

Kelly was 3rd AA, 2nd on Vault and 1st on Floor. :-)

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