Simone’s 6.9 FX D-score

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Compare with Gabby and Aly.

Manrique Larduet – unsportmanlike?

Manrique is young and inexperienced. But when I saw what he did at the end of his fantastic Parallel Bars in prelims my reaction was … DEDUCTION.


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Personally I like seeing the guys emotional. Many were at Pan Ams. Love the passion.

But my gut feeling was that Manrique went too far this time.

I doubt he’ll do it again. Seems the coaches informed him (after that incident) that he risked loosing points. I was disappointed with the showboating after his fantastic H Bar dismount in AA too. Though likely wouldn’t have deducted that time.

What do you think?

Victoria Woo v Julie Kim Sinmon

Pan Am Games Beam Final. It’s not easy being a judge.

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improve form with Sticky Toes

I recall the first time (decades ago) when we glued Velcro on to a pair of socks. For Pommel training.

You can now buy something much better.

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I’m testing a pair now. They are great for drills on TumblTrak. Back handspring series, for example.

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related – Home-made “Sticky Toes”

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. :-(

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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

Yamilet Pena – Vault

Of the 3 international gymnasts who have competed this vault in recent years, Yamilet is the most powerful. And the best. This time her feet legitimately hit first.

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