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Dee Dee Foster on Alabama

David Patterson coached the great Dee Dee Foster to become the first Elite gymnast from the state of Alabama, the first gymnast in the State to qualify as a USA national team member.

Dee Foster Worley:

… when I learned Sarah and David were stepping down as one of the most dominant coaching tandems in any sport – and that Dana had been tapped as the new head coach – I cried.

I cried for the 35 years Sarah and David have been in my life, teaching me to properly steward my gifts and my womanhood.

I cried because I know that Sarah’s passionate commitment to the University of Alabama gymnastics program is an eternal flame that will never extinguish.

I cried because David, who is one of the best coaches that has ever or will ever grace the planet, will end his gymnastics coaching career as he lived it: humbly in the background, holding everyone up with his quiet might and taking none of the credit for his immeasurable contribution to their success.

I cried because, although I will miss seeing my mentors at the helm, I am almost airborne with joy because my good friend has earned the opportunity of a lifetime.

I cried because I know Dana will be heavily armed with the beautiful burden of continuing a legacy of – not just excellence – but supremacy.

I cried because I can see what’s ahead for my good friend. And it’s the same thing that’s always been ahead for her: a steady, sturdy, next-level rise and a long, fruitful trailblazing journey.

Roll Tide.

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David, Dee Dee, Sarah

Dee was the 1985 USA National All-Around champion. The first African-American gymnast to compete for the Crimson Tide.

Island Gymnastics Academy Camp

I’m in Charlottetown PEI this week, guest coach at the 39th annual Island Gymnastics Academy Summer Camp.

The founder, Jim Rand, is still standing. Still picking off gymnasts one-at-a-time during the Dodgeball warm-up. :-)

Jim Rand

39yr-old Scott Chandler is back at Camp, one of about 75 gymnasts training week 1.

Scott Chandler at Camp 1988

Scott Chandler at Camp 1988

:-)

Our Nelli Kim – new documentary

Rewriting Russian Gymnastics:

… Nelli is highly respected in her home country, and there is a Nelli Kim Academy of Gymnastics in her town of Chimkent (Kazakhstan). sports.kz has also just released a new video documentary on the great champion …

Our Nelli Kim : a new documentary

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Nelli is not going to be remembered as one of the great FIG WT Chairs. I certainly hope she does not run unopposed again next cycle.

She was a fantastic athlete, however, better than Nadia in many ways. Nadia’s strongest competitor.

Nelli Kim competed once competed in my home town. I still recall how fantastic she was to watch LIVE. And how surprised I was to see her wearing a drab brown leotard. :-)

Russian tribute for Aliya

American Olympic medal sweep

Men’s Rope Climbing

1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles

BassGOLD – Raymond Bass USA
SILVER – William Galbraith USA
BRONZE – Thomas Connolly USA

The event consisted of climbing an 8-meter-high rope, and was contested on time. All competitors were given three tries, with the fastest times determining the placements.

Sports Reference

There were only 5 competitors.

Rope Climbing was discontinued after 1932.

Peter Kormann was the first American to win an Olympic medal in the “modern” Olympics. 1976 Montreal.

It was Peter who alerted me to this USA Olympic medal sweep. We were visiting his Yellow Jackets new gym. The very first day of opening.

Tumbl Trak Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets

Movie night for Gym Momentum Camp kids.

movie night

Gym Momentum training camp

Gym Momentum Camp Boston

Rockin’ and rolling.

Day 1 was excellent.

Gym Momentum 2014

Camp Director Tony Retrosi was pleased.

James Parent and I are leading the Tumbling sessions.

James Parent

Is that blood?

wine

… Might have been spilled wine. At the coaches “meeting” last night. :-)

Thanks to our hosts at Yellow Jackets. It was great to meet club owner Peter Kormann, the 1st American gymnast to medal at the Olympics. He has some great stories from the good ol’ days.

Update from Jim Holt:

Peter is AWESOME…….that said, Frank Kris, 1924 Gold medalist on vault is first USA medalist

I should have said Peter was the first American medalist in the “modern Olympics”. :-)

Gym Momentum training camp

Interview with Vanessa Atler

Like most everyone else, I was a huge fan of Vanessa in the late 1990s. And was disappointed that she did not make the 2000 Olympics for USA.

Vanessa:

Looking back, I’m glad I did not make it. I believe with the frame of mind I was in, I probably would have gotten hurt or done terrible. But don’t get me wrong, to not be able to say I’m an Olympian still hurts me everyday. If the trials were in 1999, then yes I should have gone. But oh what a difference a year makes.

Triple Twist – Moving Forward- An Interview with Vanessa Atler

An excellent catch-up with the first American gymnast to compete Rudi on Vault.

Today Vanessa is a coach, a Mom … and an aspiring children’s book author. :-)

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1970s Cal Men’s Gymnastics

Dave Demanty was an assistant and team photographer at Cal back in the day. He’s been uploading some of his old photos to Facebook. Here are some of the best in a tribute montage.

Dave:

An affectionate look back at some of the scenes and personalities that made my stay at UC Berkeley during the mid-1970s so memorable. Focused on the non-performance dimensions of the men’s gymnastics team, and, in particular, the contribution of Dr. Harold Frey in maintaining high standards in the face of so many different personalities.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Shawn and Gabby 2012

This video posted July 2012 has 400,000 hits, but I’ve not linked to it before now.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Shawn’s The Body Department)

Shannon Miller at GymCon

I really enjoyed Shannon’s Keynote at GymCon 2014.

Amazingly, I had never heard her speech at any time in the past.

 
She spoke very fondly of Steve Nunno. …
 

Courtney Kupets is married

Congratulations. :-)

Courtney is arguably the greatest NCAA gymnast of all time. An Olympic medalist. And former National Champion.

Courtney

pretty Chinese gymnasts

This image was taken at the Chinese National Gymnastics Training Centre in Beijing back in November 2009

… It only took about ten minutes and three takes and we were done. The girls were so accurate in terms of their timing when performing their moves, that the process of coordinating everyone and ensuring no one overlapped was amazingly straight-forward.

KL International Photoawards: The best of Adam Pretty

Pretty CHN gymnasts

Pictured from left to right: Tan Sixin, Sui Lu, Wu Liufang, Chen Shihua, Huang Qiushuang and Huang Huidan. Photo Credit: Adam Pretty)

Blossom

Kacy Catanzaro completes Ninja Warrior

History. :-)

Arabian Punch Front:

Kacy Catanzaro is a former Towson University gymnast that became the first female to complete an American Ninja Warrior qualifying course. Watching the video, it’s clear that her gymnastics background helped her with amazing abdominal strength, agility, and air awareness. …

Watch it on Dailymotion.

Ninja