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HUVr Hoverboard a hoax

Have you seen this?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

If only it was real.

Tony Hawk:

I was recently invited to participate in a prank video “revealing” the reality of -. It seemed harmless and fun, but the video spread and it was wildly misleading. This was not a promotion for a new movie or -, nor did I get paid …

related – HUVr Tech ‘Real Hoverboard’ Is a Hoax: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

Arnold meets Team Canada

Hugh Smith sends greetings from the former Austrian gymnast.

Arnold Team Canada

At the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Gabby Douglas Story – review

Slate’s culture critic Meghan O’Rourke, a former gymnast, posted the best review I’ve seen so far in The New Yorker:

The Gabby Douglas Story” is not a good movie, but its flaws suggest what a great gymnastics movie would be. …

There is a great film to be made about the special challenges that élite female gymnasts face today, when the sport is continuing to evolve at lightning speed. Women’s gymnastics continues to be a sport of incredible paradoxes—a crucible for both sheer athleticism and delicate grace, in which gymnasts who can do full-twisting double-backs can also be penalized for having messy hair. …

… a better movie than “The Gabby Douglas Story” would have gotten at more of the texture of the everyday, the draw of the sport itself. There’s disappointingly little footage of Douglas learning new moves, practicing or perfecting routines, being given the small corrections that lead to mastering a big new skill like an Amanar vault. Anyone who has done gymnastics seriously, at any level—any girl who once had the bug—knows that the delights of competitive gymnastics are unmatched. Nothing approximates the discipline, control, clarity, grace, and focused play that gymnastics can bring into your life when it’s going well. One can dream of a film about an Olympic gymnast that captures some of the focus it took for her to realize her dream.



related – Variety – TV Review: ‘The Gabby Douglas Story’

If those strike you as too serious, check @SpannyTampson’s hilarious and profane recap – The Gabby Douglas Story.

Thanks @a_picazo

Sydney Townsend documentary

“Perfect Balance” Episode 2. Training leading up to Nationals 2013 last June.

A show dedicated to Elite Canadian Gymnastics and the delicate balance between dreams achieved and lives lived to the full.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (19min)

Elite Canada 2014 for Men and Women is coming up Feb 7-9th, Gatineau, Quebec.
Elite Canada
(via Manjaks)

Chalk It Up – the movie


In a stroke of good fortune, Maddy Curley and Brooke Buffington have received the financial backing they need to create the “next great gymnastics movie” Chalk It Up. …

MCSMaria – Chalk It Up Movie Is A Go

Gabby Douglas Story

The Gabby Douglas Story” premieres on Lifetime on Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

related interviews & clips – Beam DreamsThe Gabby Douglas Story Roundup

Feb 1st – Gabby Douglas movie

The biopic will air Feb 1st, 2014.

Lifetime celebrates Black History Month in February with the original movie, “The Gabby Douglas Story,” starring SAG Award nominated actress Regina King, Golden Globe and Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkerson, Imani Hakim, Sydney Mikayla and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas. …



(via MCSMaria)

“Perfect Balance” Episode 1

The online documentary featuring Canadian gymnast Sydney Townsend is LIVE.

A show dedicated to Elite Canadian Gymnastics and the delicate balance between dreams achieved and lives lived to the full.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (21min)

Gymnastics documentary from Ukraine

Some errors. Some mis-translations.

Fairly hyperbolic about the dangers of the sport.

Still, it’s well worth watching. English sub-titles.

Podkopaeva, Zakharova and Omelianchik are interviewed.

Click over to Olesya Sazonova’s official website to watch it.


Thank Alan Owen for getting that translation done. He’s now living in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Hard Way To Success – Summary

I’ve been a big fan of the Sports2Visuals documentary series launched May 2013 by Lisa Deen & Carolien Visser.

It’s not easy to reach a high level in acrobatic sport
. THWTS tells the stories.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The very last segment is inspiring. :-)

LIKE the Sports2Visuals Facebook page.

People are awesome 2013

I’m a sucker for these videos. It’s a guilty pleasure.

There are a number of acrobatic stunts I’ve never seen before in this edit.

The highlight for me is the very last stunt. So simple. So terrifying.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Gabby Douglas biopic

Another one. :-)

actressLifetime has officially greenlighted a biopic on legendary gymnast Gabby Douglas, and Douglas herself will make an appearance in the film.

The film, which is being produced by Sony Pictures TV, is using the working title, “The Gabby Douglas Story.”

It stars Imani Hakim (“Everybody Hates Chris”) and Sydney Mikayla as Douglas during different phases of her life. “Southland’s” Regina King is set to play Douglas’ mother.

read more on the L.A. Times

The real Gabby seems to have no coach yet in L.A.

via GymFever

Gabby Douglas – the movie

Seems that made-for-TV-movie project is moving forward:

Casing call from Alchemy of Acting in Atlanta, Georgia:

Email: CastingGabby2013@gmail.com

Call: (310) 244-3720 office

CASTING: GABBY: 8 to SMALL 12yr Old.FEMALE, African American,
VERY Petite, Great Smile, Great Eyes, Gymnastic & Dance Ability a
PLUS! Takes Direction Well GABBY:13-16 yrs old (VERY PETITE) FEMALE, African American, Very Petite (No taller than 5′ 2′)
Gymnastic & Dance Ability Important and a Plus, Great Smile,
Great Eyes. Great Acting Ability

The movie starts shooting September 9th all the way through the end of October

Project Casting


via GymFever