Kim Zmeskal and Alex Kolyvanov

At J.O. Nationals.

From "the coached" to the coaches…. Then & Now… Alex Kolyvanov & me

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IGHOF 2015

International Gymnastics magazine Hall of Fame Class of 2015:

• Elena Zamolodchikova (Russia): 2-time gold medalist at the 2000 Olympics

• Valery Belenky (Azerbaijan): 1992 Olympic gold medalist and 4-time World gold medalist

• 2-time Olympian and Olympic coach Abie GrossfeldFrank Bare Award for his important contributions to gymnastics in the U.S.

• Philippe Silacci of Switzerland, former FIG Chief Media Operations Officer – AAI International Order of Merit

Johanna Quaas of Germany – Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award


See the honorees on Facebook.

All are well known aside from Philippe Silacci. He’s a class guy. The man who brought FIG from the dark ages to now being one of the very best gymnastics media providers.

IG Hall of Fame 1997

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official FIG statement – Olympics 2020

FIG via email:

The Council also approved with an overwhelming majority the principles of the new qualification system and competition calendar for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Under the approved system, the number of gymnasts in the team competition will be reduced from five gymnasts to four, opening up 24 extra spaces for male and female gymnasts at the Olympic Games.

Up to two gymnasts from countries already qualified for the team competition would be eligible to compete as All-arounders or on their specialities based on a qualification system that includes results from the Continental Championships, World Cup and World Challenge Cups.

So. The additional gymnasts can compete AA or be specialists.


Triple Twist – 2020 Olympic Team Size Reduction: Our Thoughts

WOGYMNASTIKA – How The New FIG Rule Would Have Completely Changed The Results, Had It Been Issued In The Last Three Olympic Cycles

Gymternet – Playing Devil’s Advocate

Gymnastics Coaching – reducing Olympic Team size?

USA Gymnastic’s Steve Penny made a statement, but it was later deleted.

diver Troy Dumais

If you want Troy’s spot on the National Team, beat him.

I recall John Roethlisberger saying much the same thing. He ended up a 3-time Olympian.

At age 35, Dumais has made 20 straight national teams going back to 1996, won 38 national titles and is trying to become the first U.S. diver to compete in five Olympic Games. Dumais won his first Olympic medal, a bronze in men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard with Kristian Ipsen, at the London 2012 Olympic Games. …

DALLAS, TX - MAY 15:  Diver, Troy Dumais, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Dumais
DALLAS, TX – MAY 15: Diver, Troy Dumais, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Dumais

Diver Troy Dumais Still Going Strong At 35

Henrietta Onodi montage

Put together by MunchTheSilivasFan.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via the private Gymnastics – A Golden Era Facebook group)

1965 World Trampoline Tumbling Champs

Trampoline Pundit:

An amazing coincidence: Precisely 50 years later, film of the 2nd World Trampoline and 1st World Tumbling Championships has been discovered. On January 30, 1965 the event was held in London at the Royal Albert Hall and now film of the momentous occasion can be shared with the world.

It was uncovered recently by a retired school teacher who found the film reel in his attic. As an enlisted man in the army, he was given the canister by the base’s film projectionist. The recently retired projectionist wanted to put it in the hands of someone with an interest in trampoline, so he gave it to the future educator, who stored it all these years.

Ted Blake and George Nissen, the competition’s sponsors, had commissioned the 25 minute, 16 mm film to promote the sport of trampoline. …

In the film, you don’t just see the great routines of the Champions of the day – Judy Wills, Gary Erwin, Frankie Schmitz, Wayne Miller, Beverly Averyt and more, but tumbling fans finally get to see the very first World Championship tumblers! …

Film History Uncovered: 1965 World Trampoline & Tumbling Championships

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (25min)

For complete competition information, results, participants and routines go to the Trampoline History Blog.