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Kaz 2 1/2 (Tsuk 3 1/2)

Our Olympic Champion lands his NEW Vault at home in Korea.

Matt Beck on GymFever:

Fell on the handspring triple but threw the Kaz 2 1/2 (Tsuk 3 1/2)…madness

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You need slow-mo to count the twists.

Of course those two vaults are almost identical. FIG needs to change the rules to require two true different vault families.

Watch just the new vault starting here.

Espen Jansen injured

Bad news. :-(

He had been hoping to give it one more hurrah.

Jansen, who turned 45 on Dec. 13, is the oldest competitor competing at the international level. He has competed in 14 world championships and 14 European championships, and won 10 Norwegian national titles dating back to 1988. …

Jansen Eyes 15th and Final Worlds, Europeans

Aliya Mustafina – Unbreakable Stride

… a legacy that is among the greatest the sport has ever seen.

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Hall of Fame gymnasts

Six individuals, representing four different gymnastics disciplines, comprise the 2014 class of inductees for the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

The five athletes and coach are: long-time University of Illinois men’s gymnastics head coach Yoshi Hayasaki of Champaign, Ill.; 2002 World uneven bars champion and two-time Olympic medalist Courtney Kupets of Gaithersburg, Md.; 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin of Plano, Texas; three-time U.S. rhythmic gymnastics all-around champion Lisa Wang of Libertyville, Ill.; and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Blaine Wilson of Worthington, Ohio. Acrobatic gymnastics judge and administrator Jola Jones of Fair Oaks, Calif., is the final member of the Class of 2014, receiving a Lifetime Achievement honor. …


Hall of Fame

Meanwhile, …

Gymnastics legends Li Yuejiu (China), Klaus Köste (Germany), Natalia Yurchenko (Russia), and Jackie Fie (USA) will be inducted into the International Gymnastics (magazine) Hall of Fame on May 17 in Oklahoma City.

Renowned ABC Wide World of Sports television commentator Gordon Maddux will receive the Frank Bare Award for his contributions and promotions of gymnastics. …

Yurchenko, Li Among 2014 IGHOF Class

related – Catching up with Blaine Wilson

Michigan, Mikulak defend NCAAs

The University of Michigan and U.S. national champion Sam Mikulak … won back-to-back titles tonight at the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships inside the Crisler Center on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. …


Michigan 445.05
Oklahoma 441.65
Stanford 436.30
Illinois 435.35
Ohio State 433.50
Penn State 429.80


1. Sam Mikulak 91.100
2. Akash Modi 89.200
3. Sean Melton 88.400


Sam Mikulak is the most decorated gymnast in school history.

gymnastics in Africa?

I attended the 12th African Championships to gain better perspective on the potential of FIG gymnastics disciplines in Africa.

I’ve led coaching clinics in Senegal, Nigeria, Mozambique and South Africa and need a better answer to this question:

Bread, not circuses?

Should international sport truly be a priority for African nations?

Shouldn’t resources be spent on health and education?

Martin Luther King

South Africa and Egypt have proved they can compete with the rest of the world. The Algerian men are world class, too. What about the other African nations?

I’m not willing to deny any African the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

young gymnasts

If sport is your passion, I’m willing to volunteer to help.

My hope is that sport and arts can bring the nations, religions and tribes of Africa together. Indeed, I cannot report a single incident of racism at this competition. Athletes were judged only on their gymnastics, so far as I can see.

Gymnastics in Africa!



In 1986 a football team that lived on a small island in Thailand called “Koh Panyee“. It’s a floating village in the sea that has not an inch of soil. The kids here loved to watch football but had nowhere to play or practice. But they didn’t let that stop them. …

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That was put together by Thai Military Bank. :-)

Inspired by the 1986 FIFA World Cup, children built the pitch from old scraps of wood and fishing rafts. After making it to the Semi-final on an inland tournament, all the village were inspired to take up the sport. They Built a brand new pitch, although the wooden one still remains and is popular among tourists. As of 2011, Panyee FC is one of the most successful youth soccer clubs in Southern Thailand, and the boys who built the pitch back in 1986 are now grown men.

(via Jamie Ellacott)


• Angolan Youth and Sports minister, Gonçalves Muandumba, met the Rhythmic Team on return from the airport. Wants to prioritize basic training in gymnastics.

12th African Gymnastics Championships a great success!

South African gymnastsHold Their Breath” awaiting decisions of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. Are their scores good enough for approval to Commonwealth Games and/or Youth Olympic Games.


17 March 2014

Steve Butcher:

The FIG MTC has made the following interpretations, text corrections, and decisions regarding the MAG Code of Points for this cycle at the 2013 World Championships and subsequent MTC meetings. The information below is separated into three distinct sections.


(Effective Immediately)

(Effective 20 September 2014)

download the MAG_NL_27_en PDF with video links

Yurchenko with 3/1 is named for both SHIRAI and KIM Hee Hoon.

Backward layout on FX with 4/1 twists was named for both SHIRAI (JPN) and Tuan Dat NGUYEN (VIE).

Click PLAY or watch Tuan Dat NGUYEN’s quad on YouTube.

Trudy McIntosh at age-29

Catching up with the “inventor” of the McIntosh vault. (Handspring front layout with 1/1.)

She’s won Commonwealth Games gold and performed across the globe with Cirque du Soleil. Now former Lara gymnast Trudy McIntosh is embracing a new challenge, writes JENNA MEADE …

Trudy was visiting family having just wrapped up a successful five-year career with Cirque du Soleil, one which whisked her away to 46 different countries across the globe.

But now, the former golden girl of sport is about to embark on an exciting new chapter.

Trudy will next week fly to Denmark to be reunited Danish partner and fellow circus performer Lars Kristensen as they await the birth of their first child — a little girl, due in three months. …

Trudy’s personal triumph

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Trampoline history


Uploaded to the YouTube account of Samuel Castro is a video called “Trampoline Best Legends.” It’s been making the rounds on social media networks. There are many outstanding performances on the video, including clips of trampoline gymnasts at Cirque and on the winter slopes. I don’t know where he got all the clips and I’m not sure who all the performers are or where they are performing. However, I did bear witness to a few of the performances in person.

Galimbatoviski is the most talented gymnast you probably never heard of. At minute 2:25 is a clip of him performing an historic record-breaking routine, the first competition routine with 5 triples in a row, and the first with a rudi-out triffis. He performed two of them: rudi-out triff tuck, 1/2 in rudi-out triff tuck, triff pike, 1/2 in triff tuck, triff tuck – solid, on an ancient 1/4? bed. …

I did not witness Canada’s Jason Burnett perform his world-record DD routine of 17.7 in a 2007 World Cup, but his routine is included in this compilation of Trampoline greats at 5:30.

Trampoline Pundit – Best Trampoline Legends Video

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related – 1964 (December) A Year of Trampoline Champions & the Nissen News

Shushunova – YDT – 1985

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Did anyone compete Yurchenko Double Twist before 1985?

Gurova at DTB Cup 1984?

(via International Gymnast forum)

gymnastics at Yale 1973

The girls are wearing socks, using resin to stay on those slippery wooden Beams.

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Thanks Brett.

why save Temple?

Tom Gibbs, Temple University Men’s Gymnastics Volunteer Coach explains. In a history of the Team.

THE ALL AROUND – Guest Editorial: Temple Men’s Gymnastics:

… remarkable 88-year legacy is one that is too proud to ignore or forget.

The names that follow are merely a microcosm of the richness of Temple men’s gymnastics. It reflects not only their character but also their pride in Temple men’s gymnastics and Temple University. The list could easily be multiplied two hundred times or more. A quick read will show that it has been money well spent. …

read more …


related – Dwight Normile – An Interview With Temple Coach Fred Turoff (Jan 17th)

go to TempleGymnastics.com to see what you can do to help.

He’s the Miller

Dagmar Nissen Munn:

Sometime in 1963-64, Wayne Miller, a young talented trampolinist from Louisiana, with the outstanding coaching of Jeff Hennessy, was the first person to successfully perform a triple twisting double backward somersault on the trampoline. Since he was the first, it became known as “The Miller.”

Wayne’s coach Jeff Hennessy did film it with a 16-mm camera and sent the footage to Jess Robinson for his column in the Modern Gymnast magazine. The sequence of frames from the original film were published in the 1964 July/August issue. …

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(via Trampoline Pundit)