Entries Tagged 'floor (women)' ↓

evaluating dorsiflexion

Dr. Dave Tilley posted a quick and easy method to evaluate dorsiflexion, a range of motion gymnasts need. He uses Bri Guy’s take off position as an example.


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In my personal experience I’ve found that gymnasts with greater dorsiflexion range are less injured, especially on landings. It’s not all that trainable, however.

details – How To Quickly Screen A Gymnast’s Ankle Mobility

Hideous Choreography Montage

This classic edit from 2010 is being shared on Facebook. It’s worth watching again. :-)

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Very few can agree on what’s artistry. But pretty much everyone can agree on what’s not. :-)

Mexico, Lopez win Central American & Caribbean Games

1. Mexico
2. Cuba
3. Colombia

1. Jessica Lopez 55.633
2. Elsa Garcìa 54.898
3. Yesenia Ferrera 54.366

Lauren has full prelim results with commentary:

As expected, Mexico came out victorious in the team final, though it wasn’t an easy task. The Cuban silver medalists finished less than four tenths behind the home squad, an unprecedented result considering their relative lack of experience on the international stage. The team from Colombia earned bronze.

The all-around was a battle between gold medalist Jessica Lopez of Venezuela, silver medalist Elsa Garcia of Mexico, and bronze medalist Yesenia Ferrera of Cuba. …

Mexico, Jessica Lopez Golden at 2014 Central American & Caribbean Games

J Lo competes a lot. And occasionally hits 4/4. I love that a 28yr-old is still working new tricks. Whip to 3 ½, for example.

Eythora Thorsdottir – Floor

Energetic choreography.

5.3 + 8.5 – 0.1 = 13.7

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via Nico on GymFever2012

Viktoria Komova – new FX

Blythe Lawrence:

Proof of life from Viktoria Komova — after sitting out last month’s World Championships, one of the most talented and least lucky gymnasts of the past quad turned up in Mexico for a gala of stars … with a cool new floor routine. …

How Viktoria Komova is closer to fulfilling her potential

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I’m not sure Vika can tumble with the best in the world in 2015, however. This is the era of Mckayla Skinner. Let’s hope Viktoria can add difficulty and stay healthy.

Alexandra Mihai – Floor

Romanian Jr Nationals.

This is one energetic routine. :-)

Erika Fasana – Floor

World Championships Final, Nanning.

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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)