Simone Biles – 2 Vaults

The best vaulter in the world right now, I’d say.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 1 on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Vault 2 on YouTube.

Maggie Nichols – Amanar

Linked by Beam Dreams – Secret Surprises, A Look At Senior Podium Training and Upgrades

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Brittany Rogers training Elite

Canada added both UCLA’s Peng Peng Lee and Georgia’s Brittany Rogers to the list of gymnasts eligible to try out for Rio. Brittany has been training Elite this summer at Calgary Gymnastics Centre with David Kenwright and Janna Ball.

Looks like she’s enjoying it. :-)

(via College Gymnastics Board)

Grishina – ACL and dislocated patella

Translator: Lauren Cammenga

Article Author: Natalia Plekhanovaya, All Sport:

“I injured my knee at the end of February during the verification training before the Russian championship,” said Anastasia Grishina. “I was executing my vault, a double-twisting Yurchenko, underrotated, and landed badly. My kneecap was dislocated …

At the Central Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics (CITO) I was told that I had a an anterior cruciate ligament tear and would require surgery. My operation was on April 6th at CITO. I was in the hospital for two weeks. …

Today, July 13th, I will already be able to jump and slowly begin working on the apparatus. I’ll be able to load my knee, but not fanatically …

Anastasia Grishina: Despite everything, I’m going to try to make a second Olympics!


It sounds very much like what happened to Peng Peng Lee just before the 2012 Olympics. Same apparatus. Same skill. Competition landing mats.

Pan Am Finals day 2

1. BLACK Ellie – CAN 15.050
2. SKAGGS Megan – USA 14.050
3. WOO Victoria – CAN 13.650

Beam podium

Lauren Hopkins – Beam & Floor commentary

1. LARDUET Manrique – CUB 15.125
2. WHITTENBURG Donnell – USA 14.962
3. SOUZA Caio – BRA 14.925

There’s no limit to Manrique’s potential on this apparatus. He can twist like Kenzo. And has tons of power.

1. BLACK Ellie – CAN 14.400
2. HUNDLEY Amelia – USA 14.200
3. GOMEZ PORRAS Ana – GUA 14.150

I really like Desch who finished 4th.

1. CALVO Jossimar Calvo – COL 15.700
2. LARDUET Manrique – CUB 15.650
3. Mikulak Sam – USA 15.450

Fantastic final. I wouldn’t have had Calvo 1st on P Bars, however.

1. CALVO Jossimar – COL 15.700
2. LYTWYN Kevin – CAN 15.475
3. RUGGERI Paul – USA 15.450

Yamilet Pena – Vault

Once again, FIG rules reward a Handspring Double Front vault where the competitor’s feet only barely touched the mat before her butt. :-(

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Yamilet is a great athlete. An excellent vaulter. It’s hard to blame her coach for taking advantage of this loophole in the rules.

Nellie Kim was in Toronto. Again handing a medal to an athlete who fell badly in the Final. She and her WTC committee must disagree with the majority of coaching experts who feel this ranking is unfair. This is the second Code under her watch where this marginal performance has been over rewarded. :-(

Lauren Hopkins:

Here’s the problem with vault…the entire difficulty comes from one single skill. Who cares if you chuck it and fall? You can still get a medal at many competitions above gymnasts who all hit.

But throw a skill you can’t do on bars or beam or floor and the risk doesn’t outweigh the cost. For an E-rated skill, you’re only getting 0.5 for your difficulty on that single element, 0.6 for F, 0.7 for G, and so on so a point for a fall actually matters there because none of these elements are worth over a point. But for vault, what’s the big deal about a full point off when your entire skill is worth 7 points?!

Gymternet – Pan Am Games Vault and Bars Finals

This is a case where the FIG Executive and/or Medical Commission should schedule a meeting with WTC.

Pan Am Finals

1. VEGA LOPEZ Jorge GUA 15.150
2. WHITTENBURG Donnell USA 14.975
3. MIKULAK Samuel USA 14.925

POMMELS … a very strong Final!
1. CALVO MORENO Jossimar COL 15.025
1. KIMBLE Marvin USA 15.025
3. CORRAL BARRON Daniel MEX 14.825

1. Marcia Videaux CUB 14.737
2. Yamilet Peña DOM 14.250
3. Ellie Black CAN 14.087

If FIG wants greater audience appeal for the sport, have the Awards ceremony follow the actual athletic contest. How many general fans want to sit through all these National anthems?

1. Arthur Zanetti BRA 15.725
2. Donnell Whittenburg USA 15.525
2. Manrique Larduet CUB 15.45

1. Rachel Gowey USA 14.725
2. Jessica Lopez VEN 14.70
3. Amelia Hundley USA 14.65

detailed WAG Final scores