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Fragapane – layout or piked?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I’m not contesting Claudia’s Gold medal. Simply pointing out that WAG judges are very inconsistent on what’s awarded layout.

The way they deduct landings is worse. There’s very little reward for landing safely and with complete control. :-(

Vault – Fragapane, Black, Karmakar

Vault Final results
1. Claudia Fragapane ENG
2. Ellie Black CAN
3. Dipa Karmakar IND

Ellie was superb. She could hardly do either vault better. :-)

Karmakar is only an average international vaulter. Her first Vault (Kaz) was poor technique. (Compare with Black and Chant.)

Yet she’s gutsy enough to chuck a double front, holding the tuck until some fairly random contact position with the Floor. This time it worked. That’s the best landing since Produnova in 1999 FISUs. But it was luck.

FIG again rewards a gymnast for that dangerous vault. More coaches, especially those in the developing world, will decide that’s the best route to get famous. Sooner or later we’ll see a catastrophic injury. FIG will be partially to blame.

I strongly feel FIG WTC should ban the vault.

Aliya training Yurchenko uphill

From a Tumbl Trak.

Kenzo training Yurchenko 3 1/2

If anyone could compete this, it’s Kenzo.

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Thanks Steve.

port-a-table vs T Trainer

Tumbl Trak loaned equipment to the HPTC Camp in Idaho last week.

The most popular new piece of equipment was the T-Trainer.

Port-a-Table T-trainer

That’s it on the left.

We were able to compare the pros and cons of the T Trainer vs the apparatus it replaced, the port-a-table on the right. (no longer available).

Both are great.

The T Trainer starts at $764.15 right now.

… help train skills for vault, tumbling AND bars. Shaped like a vault top, springy like a Mini Tramp and as useful as a vault board …

The removable Suede Cover (sold separately), attaches by Velcro to the top, making it look and feel more like a traditional vault top. …

Aly Raisman tumbling

Looks strong. :-)

Maroney is out for the season due to injury. She mentions it on this video.

That might make room for Skinner on the Worlds 2014 team.

Sam Oldham injured

Gymnastics is a dangerous sport.

Many gymnasts who qualified for Commonwealth Games were too injured to compete. When I heard Sam had been injured, I assumed it was on Vault landing.


We have more major injuries on Vault landing than anywhere else. FIG needs research that landing mat. What does the FIG Sports Medicine Commission do, by the way? We never hear of anything they are working on.

Sam injured


Smith and Thomas helped him on to the podium to collect his Team gold medal.

via GymFever

Dipa Karmakar – Produnova

As I feared, here’s yet another gymnast from a developing nation competing another dangerous Handspring double front.

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What does FIG do with those?

Vault 1 – 13.200
Vault 2 – 14.400
Total Score – 13.800

They reward the gymnast by putting them into the Final. :-(

Women’s Vault qualifiers:
1. Claudia Fragapane, ENG, 14.453
2. Ellie Black, CAN, 14.149
3. Kirsten Beckett, RSA, 14.000
4. Kelly Simm, ENG, 13.966
5. Maegan Chant, CAN, 13.950
6. Georgia Rose Brown, AUS, 13.849
7. Dipa Karmakar, IND, 13.800
8. Emma White, SCO, 13.73

via GymFever

England, Australia, Wales

Canada ranked only 4th after half the apparatus. That’s a disappointment. Isabela Onysko and Victoria-Kayen Woo had misses on the team’s weakest event, Bars.

Here’s a GymCan post on Facebook.

Congratulations to Wales. :-)


All Around Qualifications, after two events:

1 G.R. Brown VT 14.133/ UB 14.083
2 R Harrold VT 14.733 / UB 13.400
3 C Fragapane VT 14.641 / UB 13.333
4 E Black VT 14.233/ UB 13.333
5 E Beddoe VT 13.900 / UB 13.533
6 M.A. Monckton VT 14.000 / UB 13.333
7 K Beckett VT 14.300 / UB 12.966
8 R Theaker VT 13.866 / UB 12.700
9 M Chant VT 14.000/ UB 12.700
10 H Whelan VT 14.300 / UB 12.333
11 E White VT 14.033 / UB 12.466
12 O Vivian VT 12.533 / UB 13.800

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Vault Finalists – prelim scores

1. Claudia Fragapane, England – 14.453
2. Ellie Black, Canada – 14.149
3. Kirsten Beckett, South Africa – 14.000
4. Kelly Simm, England – 13.966
5. Maegan Chant, Canada – 13.950
6. Georgia Rose Brown, Australia – 13.849
7. Dipa Karmakar, India – 13.800
8. Emma White, Scotland – 13.733

Bar Finalists – prelim scores

1. Becky Downie, England – 14.683
2. Larrissa Miller, Australia – 14.433
3. Georgia Rose Brown, Australia – 14.083
4. Elizabeth Beddoe, Wales – 13.533
5. Ruby Harrold, England – 13.400
6. Ellie Black, Canada – 13.333
7. Raer Theaker, Wales – 13.300
8. Kirsten Beckett, South Africa – 12.966

Australia’s women gymnasts are right in the thick of the battle for Commonwealth Games gold going into day two of the artistic teams event in Glasgow.

Flawless routines on the uneven bars by Georgia-Rose Brown and Larrissa Miller propelled the Aussie into second place behind England following two of the four apparatus in the teams event at a packed Hydro on Monday night. …

Miller, Brown lead Aussie gymnastics surge

The best commentary I’ve seen so far is by Lauren Hopkins on her new site, The Gymternet – 2014 COMMONWEALTHS: QUALIFICATION DAY 1 RECAP

Courtney McGregor out

Bad news for New Zealand. Courtney looked to be a lock for the Vault final, a podium contender.


15-year-old vault specialist Courtney McGregor has pulled out of the gymnastics after suffering a knee injury at training two days ago.

McGregor suffered minor soft tissue and ligament damage. …

News Talk

CWG Athlete Profile: Courtney McGregor

related older article – Gymnast going to Commonwealths against all odds

Yamilet PEÑA – Vault

Good news. She did not compete the (dangerous) Handspring double front at Pan-American Sports Festival 2014 Finals.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 1 on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 2 on YouTube.

the Mykayla Skinner story

She has a 6.8 start on FX.

Our next Beyond the Routine series features senior national team member Mykayla Skinner. Everyone who knows Mykayla describes her as a daredevil for her lack of fear and willingness to throw the big skills. While Mykayla has struggled with form, she has been working hard on her flexibility and it has paid off. Martha Karolyi is recognizing her as one of the best of Team USA and Mykayla is ready to prove that to the world.

Episode 1 premieres Tuesday, July 29.

Click PLAY or watch the free trailer on Gymnastike.

Watch more video of Mykayla Skinner on gymnastike.org

via @GymCastic


The AA winner from Cuba of the Pan American Olympic Festival 2014 is an incredibly power vaulter. As powerful as the best in the world.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 1 on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 2 on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch her difficult Beam routines on YouTube.

As you’d expect, her tumbling is HUGE. Surprising, however, is the amplitude of her leaps. Excellent.

Click PLAY or watch Yesenia’s FX on YouTube.

I previously posted her Bars.

Yesenia FERRARA would certainly qualify to the AA Final at Worlds 2014, … IF she competes.

Will Cuba send her?

Thanks for the links Yazaira. :-)