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Simone – double lay 1/1-out

Tumbling is so easy for our World Champ. She could compete this tomorrow.

Working for upgrades. #wcc #gymnastics @simonebiles

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Podkopayeva – ’96 Compulsory Floor

An example of excellent execution and artistry, here’s what we lost when FIG got rid of compulsories.

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Compulsories had problems, of course. But I do miss them.

Vladimir Zaglada and others have been sharing that on Facebook.

Tweddle on Podkopayeva

London 2012 bronze medallist Beth Tweddle discusses her Olympic hero; Lilia Podkopayeva and her memories of watching the Ukrainian win gold in the all-around event at the Atlanta 1996 Games and the inspiration Podkopayeva proved to be on Tweddle’s own career.

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Simone Biles – Floor

Undeniably the World Champion. Sky high, difficult tumbling. Decent leaps. Energetic and interesting choreography.

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Some people like to complain about this routine. But nobody can claim Simone should not have won the title. :-)

Worlds Women’s Floor Final


A fantastic final. Respect for these ladies. They showed comparatively harder tumbling than the Men.

1. BILES Simone
2. IORDACHE Larisa Andreea
4. SKINNER Mykayla
5. FERRARI Vanessa
6. MILLER Larrissa
7. FASANA Erika
8. FRAGAPANE Claudia

full results

Claudia is my favourite routine of the group. Unfortunately she had a very strange fall on full twisting double layout mount.

Simone and Larisa were clearly Gold and Silver. The Bronze will be much debated.


Pink Panther. So retro. I love it.

Here’s one of our Longine’s Elegance candidates. At age-27, Marta‘s savvy enough to dance out of a deep landing at the end of this routine.

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13.900 (Difficulty : 5.800, Execution : 8.100)

Worlds prelims Apparatus ranking


Top 8 compete in each apparatus Final. Maximum 2 / nation.

VAULT results:
1 BILES Simone USA 15.450
2 HONG Un Jong PRK 15.354
3 SKINNER Mykayla USA 15.349
5 MORENO MEDINA Alexa Citlali MEX 14.816
6 PHAN Thi Ha Thanh VIE 14.800
7 FRAGAPANE Claudia GBR 14.716
8 STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI 14.700

IORDACHE Larisa Andreea ROU 14.649
KARMAKAR Dipa IND 14.483
BLACK Elsabeth CAN 14.483

BARS Results:
1 YAO Jinnan CHN 15.666
2 HUANG Huidan CHN 15.333
3 LOCKLEAR Ashton USA 15.233
4 MUSTAFINA Aliya RUS 15.166
5 DOWNIE Rebecca GBR 15.166
6 SPIRIDONOVA Daria RUS 15.100
7 HILL Lisa Katharina GER 15.100
8 HARROLD Ruby GBR 14.733

MILLER Larrissa AUS 14.666
ROSS Kyla USA 14.650
Lopez VEN 14.433

BEAM results:
1 BILES Simone USA 15.133
2 IORDACHE Larisa Andreea ROU 15.066
3 YAO Jinnan CHN 14.900
4 BAI Yawen CHN 14.800
5 BLACK Elsabeth CAN 14.466
6 ROSS Kyla USA 14.391
7 MUSTAFINA Aliya RUS 14.308
8 TERAMOTO Asuka JPN 14.266

NEDOV Emma AUS 14.266
DOWNIE Rebecca GBR 14.200
MILLOUSI Vasiliki GRE 14.100

FLOOR results:
1 BILES Simone USA 15.366
2 IORDACHE Larisa Andreea ROU 14.933
3 SKINNER Mykayla USA 14.700
4 FERRARI Vanessa ITA 14.566
5 MUSTAFINA Aliya RUS 14.500
6 FRAGAPANE Claudia GBR 14.400
7 FASANA Erika ITA 14.233
8 MILLER Larrissa AUS 14.166

POPA NEDELCU Roxana ESP 14.166
SHANG Chunsong CHN 13.966
Pihan-Kulesza POL 13.900

Simone qualified 1st in 5/6 finals. I’d call that a strong prelim round. :-)

day 1 Worlds Apparatus ranking


Some of the top scores from preliminaries, so far. (Maximum 2/nation)

Half of the competitors have competed.

Vault Results:
1 BILES Simone USA 15.450
2 SKINNER Mykayla USA 15.349
4 MORENO MEDINA Alexa Citlali MEX 14.816
5 PHAN Thi Ha Thanh VIE 14.800
6 STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI 14.700
7 KARMAKAR Dipa IND 14.483

Bar Results:
1 LOCKLEAR Ashton USA 15.233
2 MUSTAFINA Aliya RUS 15.166
3 SPIRIDONOVA Daria RUS 15.100
ROSS Kyla USA 14.650
ADLERTEG Jonna SWE 14.100
POPA NEDELCU Roxana ESP 14.033

Beam Results
1 BILES Simone USA 15.133
2 BLACK Elsabeth CAN 14.466
3 ROSS Kyla USA 14.391
4 MUSTAFINA Aliya RUS 14.308
WEVERS Sanne NED 13.933

Floor Results:
1 BILES Simone USA 15.366
2 SKINNER Mykayla USA 14.700
3 MUSTAFINA Aliya RUS 14.500
4 POPA NEDELCU Roxana ESP 14.166
CROKET Julie BEL 13.900

USA got the job done. Most likely qualified the finalists they wanted. But something tells me Marta is not going to be all smiles and giggles. She will want better in the Team Final.

Chen Siyi – Floor

Many liked the “Moon River” routine. So I went back to look again.

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When she opened with triple twist punch front, I assumed it was Shang (who uses the same combination). It’s risky. Potential Achilles injury.

1/1-in and double pike are weak, obviously. This Floor is hard, a disadvantage for the lightest girls in the competition.

Overall I was very disappointed with China on Floor. Their plan to compete 3 ½ twist as their BIG trick has not panned out. Only Shang warmed one up, separate from the routine.

When Wang Yan joins Senior ranks next year, she’ll be their most important gymnast. Preparing Floor/Vault specialists is highest priority for Rio.

MyKayla Skinner – Floor

#FIGWorlds2014ART podium

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Possible silver medal at Worlds 2014. But she has some built in deductions.

Asiad Finals – day 2

1. KIM Unhyang PRK 6.3 14.700
2. PHAN Thi Ha Thanh VIE 6.2 14.433
3. SHANG Chunsong CHN 6.8 14.300

The media in North Korea will be thrilled with this gold medal.

1. YAO Jinnan CHN 5.7 13.966
2. SHANG Chunsong CHN 6.0 13.800
3. YUN Narae KOR 5.6 13.700

Bea Gheorghisor has full results and commentary.

1. Shek Wai Hung
2. Yang Hak Seon
3. Huang Xi

Ri Se Gwang was 4th despite having far higher start values. Hong Kong’s Shek Wai-hung is suddenly a superstar, defeating the Olympic Champion in his own nation. :-)

… “This is a do-or-die situation for us,” Hong Kong Gymnastics Association Chairman Cheung Siu-yin told the South China Morning Post about the possibility they could lose their centralised funding next March if they did not win any medals in Incheon. …

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P Bars
1. Yuya Kamoto 15.800
2. Anton Fokin 15.475
3. Dinh Phuong Thanh 15.416

Vietnamese gymnasts were 3rd and 4th. Impressive.

H Bar
1. Zou Kai 15.800
2. Yusuke Saito 15.533
3. Masayoshi Yamamoto 15.491

see more on IG – Yao, Zou Golden Again as Asian Games End

After 2 gold medals, don’t be surprised to see Zou Kai moved from Worlds alternate on to the team competing in Nanning.

Zou Kai

Shallon Olsen – tumbling

JAO round-off drills

I love JAO videos on YouTube, best on the web for new young gymnasts.

Here’s Jason’s latest.

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My preference is to teach beginners a straight leg hurdle, with late lunge. Tammy Biggs talks about the pros and cons of straight leg vs bent leg hurdle here.

Straight leg is cleaner, for sure.

My two favourite round-off drills could be added to Jason’s list.

“cartoff” (cartwheel to run backwards)

fly round-off on trampoline (feet together round-off)

Both are easy for beginners. Neither allows the kids to pike down.