Mike Squires – Rings

The defending NCAA Ring Champion is not getting any weaker. He’s going to be tough to beat this season.

Alex Diab – POV Rings dismount

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Iordan Iovtchev history

Follow the incredible Olympic journey of Bulgaria’s gymnastics icon Iordan Iovtcev as he wins 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals appearing at 6 editions of the Olympic Games.

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6 Olympics

(via Coach Christopher Sommer)

Chenglong Zhang – ripped grip

In the Horizontal Bar final at Worlds 2014 Zhang broke one of his grips. Then was allowed to continue well after his 30 seconds was over.

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We’ve heard FIG MTC plans to allow gymnasts time to get a new grip in the future. But that rule change was not in effect for 2014.

Has anyone heard any follow up from FIG on this incident?

Oldham – Guczoghy to triple back

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WS van Wijk notes that Dimitri Karbanenko competed that sequence. (VIDEO)

via Nico on GymFever2012

Brazil’s Zanetti honoured

Brazil’s Olympic Committee announced the nation’s Olympic sports athletes of the year Tuesday, another indicator of host nation athletes to watch at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Gymnast Arthur Zanetti won the men’s award, while sailors Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze shared the women’s honor. …

Zanetti became Brazil’s first Olympic gymnastics medalist in 2012 when he won still rings gold. He won silver at the World Championships this year behind China’s Liu Yang. …

Olympic Talk

Brazil Olympics 2014 Awards Ceremony

Zanetti is the short honouree. :-)

when girls competed Rings at Olympics

Dvora Meyers in 2012 posted an interesting and entertaining article on the history of Women’s Gymnastics:

… I spoke with Laddie Bakanic, 88, who had been a member of the 1948 U.S. women’s gymnastics team that won a team bronze medal at the Olympics and performed on the “flying rings” as they were known in her day.

“When I was on the flying rings and I had to leave go I was scared cause there was nothing there but a cotton mat on the ground,” she recalled, adding that there were male spotters hovering nearby just in case. …

Boys Club

Female Gymnasts Used to Compete on the Rings, But the Game Changed

Late 1970s at Santa Monica Gymfest in California, girls and guys were still training the long defunct Swinging Rings.

And Rings is NOT at all the only historical surprise. Here’s Olympic medalist and USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame artistic gymnast Clara Schroth Lomady, Captain of the 1948 U.S. Women’s Team. On the Parallel Bars.

Lomady

related – Swinging Rings World Record 2011