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Norbert’s Beam Dock

… enables coach to easily spot roll-offs and dismounts. 6″ thick dock mat, with cutout for beam, rests on top of blocks to provide a padded surface that is level with beam top. …

Complete Norbert’s Beam Dock Mat Set is available as a set of 5 pieces (Beam Dock Mat, 2 each CB-212 and CB-224): Beam Dock Mat may also be ordered separately for use with your existing mats (correct configuration requires 2 each CB-212 & 2 each CB-224 Grand Canyon Bar Block or equivalent).

Norberts Beam mats

details $1,995.00

China – age group compulsory Beam

boys on Beam

I’m often surprised how easily a brave, strong male gymnast can do advanced Beam tumbling.

For example, Dom Palange, a coach at UCLA coach Chris Waller’s Gym Jam.

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To see more of Dom’s skills, click over to mcsmaria – Because Real Men Do Beam

Elite Gym Massilia 2014

Master Massilia Team
1. Italy 162.067
2. Russia 161.900
3. Belgium 160.867

Master Massilia All Around
1. Daria Spiridonova (RUS) 54.167
2. Giorgia Campana (ITA) 53.833
3. Nina Derwael (BEL ’16) 53.700

Open Massilia Team
1. Belgium 2 159.033
2. Canada 158.767
3. Germany 156.100

Open Massilia All Around
1. Giada Grisetti (SUI) 53.767
2. Rose-Kaying Woo (CAN) 53.200
3. Florine Harder (GER) 53.167

Arabian Punch Front has Apparatus results and commentary.

Couch Gymnast links to videos:

Elite Gym Massilia: Master

Elite Gym Massilia: Event Finals

Click PLAY or Claire Martin’s winning Beam on YouTube.

Ragan Smith – Beam Patterson

Just one of the upgrade videos included in a post by Arabian Punch FrontThis Week in Training: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

slacklining Victoria Falls

After two years of preparation, 26-year old economic science student Lukas Irmler from Germany and 34-year old journalist and author Reinhard Kleindl from Austria, achieved their sought-after goal: balancing on a one-inch wide webbing in a height of 100 metres, right in front of the unique setting of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

judging artistry – neither reliable nor valid

Research study out of University of Ljubljana, Slovenia:

Due to its nature and relatively poor definitions in the Code of points, judging of artistry may suffer from serious flaws in reliability and validity.

We have used the balance beam artistry evaluation forms given by 5 execution judges at World Championship in Tokyo 2011 to analyze reliability and validity.

Data on 194 competitors was gathered. Deductions were received by a highly variable number of competitors from separate judges in the same components of artistry.

The variability of average total artistry deduction was relatively large, ranging from 0.18 to 0.39 points.

The average correlation coefficient in total artistry deductions between all judge pairs was 0.6±0.06 and average correlation coefficient in total deductions from execution score was 0.73±0.04, p < 0.001.

Vika on beamKendall’s coefficient W revealed significant systematic over- or under-rating of judges in the components of artistry of presentation, sureness of performance and variation in rhythm, but also in total artistry deductions (W values ranged from 0.05 to 0.53, p < 0.001 for all W coefficients).

We conclude that neither reliability nor validity of artistry judging was satisfactory in this analysis. Further thorough evaluations of judging performance in artistry are needed to guide accommodations and hopefully improvements in this field. …

Authors are grateful to Nelli Kim, FIG Women’s Technical Committee President who supported this study during and after the World Championship in Tokyo 2011.

Open the study as a PDF.

That was using the rules of the last quadrennial. Still, it’s my belief that different people cannot judge artistry consistently.

Instead, FIG judges should simply apply the Code as written now, deducting for errors in form, body position and rhythm. The most artistic will be rewarded. Consistently.

(via Science of Gymnastics Journal)

Style Rope on Beam

Make the tiny mighty. :-)

Click PLAY or watch Donna Culp on YouTube.

That Style Rope is available from Deary’s Gymnastics Supply.

(via Swing Big – Working Presentation with Young Gymnasts)

Armine Barutyan on Beam artistry

Armine was a fantastic gymnast in the strongest era of Soviet gymnastics. Her life story is fascinating.

As co-Head Coach of GAGE Gymnastics, Armine has been one of the most successful Beam coaches in the world.

Al Fong:

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. …”

Armine Barutyan’s Presentation to the International Judges of the World!

That links to videos of Armine’s training program.

Eythora Thorsdottir – Beam

Original. Interesting.

You can’t define artistry, but you know it when you see it. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Eythora is a fan favourite of GymFever2012 and many others.

Ragan Smith – standing pike 1/1

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

A video posted by Ray-Ray (@ragansmith) on

via GymFever2012

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


“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.”

Worlds Women’s Beam Final


1. BILES Simone USA 15.100
2. BAI Yawen 15.033 CHN (from Nanning)
3. MUSTAFINA Aliya RUS14.166 (-0.5 EGR)
4. TERAMOTO Asuka JPN 14.100

full results

The audience was shocked that Teramoto with a hit routine scores lower than Mustafina missing an Element Group Requirement – Acro series.

I booed. The score may be correct, but it seems wrong. Like winning with a fall.

home town girl medals

home town girl medals

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