Maryland’s Beam line-up

On twitter. :-) Cool.

Isabela Onyshko – Beam

2016 Elite Canada. Bella added 1/1 series.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

This meet is very early in the season. Not many of the gymnasts are yet close to 100% ready.

related – Elite Canada Senior All-Around Medalist Playlist

MyKayla Skinner – Beam 1/1-in

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

teaching walkovers

Best practice is starting from forward walkover to a soft elevated surface.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Progressively lower the surface.

The same process should be used for the forward limber to kick backward walkover.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Start young. Do not rush. The gymnast must be strong enough at the end range of the shoulder flexion / upper back extension – with straight legs – before lowering the target surface. Psychological confidence is as important as physical preparation before moving to low Beam.

Happily, almost every girl on every team can achieve this drill. If they work it enough. This range of motion is trainable :-)

prosthetic leg, competes Beam anyway

Katherine Foster competes with one leg. Show this to your (complaining) gymnasts. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Katherine competes for Gymnastic Academy of Rockford.

… Katherine was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia back in 2011. The gymnast and avid CrossFitter needed her leg amputated after doctors discovered an infection in her knee joint. Since then she’s been through remission, relapse and is now once again in remission. …

HuffPo

A discussion on Chalk bucket.

Oksana – Beam front pike mount

Click PLAY or watch it on Instagram.

Step by step RoadToRio continues… @oksana2016 ???

A video posted by SvetlanaBoguinskaia (@svetlanaboguinskaia) on

Katelyn Ohashi is tough

A do-over was allowed after Katelyn’s foot knocked out the Beam end cap.

UCLA freshman Katelyn Ohashi stood tiptoe on the balance beam in Arizona’s McKale Center. With one more dismount, her debut as an all-around competitor in college gymnastics would be complete. …

“The end of the beam came off,” said coach Valorie Kondos Field. “Her foot stepped on that, and (she) had a very scary fall, landing on her neck.” …

Ohashi, though, was quick to stand on her feet again and Kondos Field said afterward that the freshman was uninjured.

The judge panel ruled that the failed dismount was caused by an equipment malfunction and, to ensure fairness of play, Ohashi was allowed another go on the beam.

“I was definitely not expecting that at all,” Ohashi said. “But they asked me if I wanted to do it again. And I was like, yeah, of course.” …

Kondos Field was not enthusiastic about pushing the freshman to the front line. She told Ohashi that she didn’t have to go and that she could also do an easier dismount. But Ohashi refused both offers, insisting on completing a full routine. …

The judges gave Ohashi a 9.825 – a new career best for the freshman. The beam score was added into the individual total of 39.375 that won Ohashi the all-around meet.

Gymnast doesn’t let fall throw game off balance, leads UCLA to win

Click PLAY or watch the second routine on YouTube.

The NCAA is super cautious when it comes to medical issues. I’m surprised medical let her back on the Beam so quickly.