Oleg Verniaiev – P Bars

Hits and wins. Again. Does this guy ever train? He’s always competing. :-)

Click PLAY or watch Cottbus on YouTube. 16.250 = D 7.10 / E 9.150

breaking a Parallel Bar rail

Have you ever seen or heard of this before?

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That’s Devy Dyson from Richmond Gymnastics Association in B.C.

Gem sends a link to Aljaz Pegan breaking the Bars at the 1999 Glasgow Grand Prix.

(via Dave Copeland)

USA defeats GBR

At a “friendly” in England.

1. USA
2. GBR #1
3. GBR #2

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(via Yin)

new Men’s skills announced

FIG MTC NEWSLETTER #28 was posted.

BRETSCHNEIDER gets the H value double twisting Kovacs. Congratulations.

You might ask why. He didn’t compete it at Worlds 2014.

Here’s why.

MAG Naming of New Elements:

Any new element performed at an FIG registered competition with an official FIG TD or FIG MTC member participating in an official role (local TD, continental TD, Superior Jury, Apparatus Supervisor, or Jury of Appeals) is eligible for new element recognition in the Code of Points. A video of the completed element must be given to the TC member in attendance for later review and evaluation at the following MTC meeting.

Ferhat’s amazing new dismount from P Bars (G value) was not given name credit because of his bent knees. I dunno. It looks pretty good from this angle. (VIDEO)

They aren’t as straight as the new vault – RI Se Gwang 2. Double front pike with half twist.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (6.4)

Horizontal Bar

• Yamawaki ½ will need to have all turning continue in the same direction for the increase in letter value. If the element turns in two different directions, the element will not be recognized by the D jury.

We’re praying that Yamawaki will be devalued next Code. And that releases catching in mixed grip will be the same skill. One crappy Yamawaki is bad enough. Two is twice as ugly.

Next newsletter will finally address these issues:

• Exceeding the allowable time for a fall (Sam Mikulak on P Bars)

• Broken handguard (grip) rule (Zhang Chenglong)


FIG MTC broke their own rules at Worlds 2014 with those two athletes. It’s about time they answer for that.

Sam Zakutney – P Bars

Winner in apparatus finals at Canada Winter Games.

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For this meet Juniors were allowed to compete Peach twice in a row for credit.

Honma layout on P Bars?

gymnastikfabriken asks whether or not this is a new skill?

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It’s typically done piked. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Oleg Verniaiev interview

Oleg Verniaiev is our current World P Bar champion. One of the main challengers for the AA podium in Rio. Ukraine’s problems are too numerous to list. We’re hoping he can continue to train well there though to the Olympics.

Q. Who’s had the most influence on your achievements?

A. Probably my current coach [Gennadiy Sartinskiy]. He’s helped me prepare for competitions so that I don’t travel abroad as a “tourist” as he calls it.

Q. What’s the situation with the national training facilities in Ukraine?

A. Nothing’s changed. Everything’s the same as it was at least 10 years ago. It sucks. The equipment is outdated, and the medicines, pharmacies, and rehab centers are in bad condition. We train in a dangerous environment, which is why we have a lot of injuries. It shows in our results as well. Just look at teams like China, Japan, and the United States. We’re still training in the last century.

Q. Would you like to be a coach in the future?

A. No, probably not. I think being a coach is a thankless job. I thought about it, but you need to have nerves of steel. It’s commonly believed that great athletes don’t make great coaches.

Q. Are champions born or made?

A. Made. The greatest gift an athlete can have is the ability to work hard. Work your hardest and you’ll see results. You can look great in training, but everything changes once you’re in the competition hall in front of an audience. Nerves can get the best of you. But you can overcome them if you work at it.

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