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FIG worried about Rio

International Gymnastics Federation:

“We have many meetings, the same meetings, but nothing happens. That is probably due to the lack of full-time competition directors on site. We are very worried about our test event, about accommodation and the type of apparatus to be used. We have still not heard anything on this side. We are in a period where those details now should be decided.” …

Over half of Olympic sports cite major concerns over Rio 2016, with calls for IOC contingency plans

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Brazilian authorities unveiled an infrastructure budget of 24.1 billion reais ($10.76 billion) for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 25 percent more than planned, as they try to reassure the world they can deliver facilities on time.

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Gabby Douglas returns to Iowa

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

via @GymCastic

WS van Wijk – MAG Olympic highlights

Aussie Rock legends AC/DC are ending their 41 year career. :-(

In tribute I repost my favourite Men’s Artistic montage.

Thunderstruck. Brilliant editing.

Some of the best moments during the mens artistic gymnastics competition at the london 2012 olympics.

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

Mens Gymnastics Best of London 2012: Thunderstruck from WS van Wijk on Vimeo.

JPN, CHN, UZB – Jr Asian Championships

A very important competition. Part of the selection process for Youth Olympic Games.

1. Japan 164.050
2. China 163.800
3. Uzbekistan 154.600

1. Wang Yan 15.000 13.250 13.200 13.950 55.400
2. Aiko Sugihara 14.000 12.800 13.250 13.900 53.950
3. Sae Miyakawa 15.050 11.950 12.200 14.450 53.650

The medals were distributed identically to Thursday’s men’s competition, with Japan winning the team title over China and Uzbekistan, and a Chinese gymnast taking the all-around title over two Japanese gymnasts. …

Amanda Turner – Japanese Women, Wang Win Junior Asian Championships

CHINA – photo via Blossom

Is China slipping?

Or are the coaches taking a strategy to reach a bigger goal in the future?

1. Ta Yinga 13.750 13.850 13.600 14.400 13.150 13.750 82.500
2. Yuto Kato 14.200 14.300 13.800 14.050 12.950 13.100 82.400
3. Hibiki Arayashiki 14.200 14.100 13.400 13.850 13.700 13.100 82.350

Japan, Ta Take Titles in Tashkent

Flávia Saraiva – Floor

Great potential for Rio. :-)

Brazilian newcomer Flavia Saraiva won the all-around title over teammate Rebeca Andrade and Canada’s Rose-Kaying Woo. Saraiva, who turns 15 on Sept. 30, had the top scores on balance beam and floor exercise. …

IG – Saraiva, Stretch Strike Gold in Aracaju

Click PLAY or watch her Floor on YouTube.

1st Place 14.100 (5.500-8.600)

via GymFever

Sport for Development and Peace

There’s MORE to sport than winning medals.

April 6th.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is a day to celebrate and encourage the power of sport for social change (or community development and well-being) in all corners of the world, and 2014 will mark its first ever worldwide celebration.

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) builds on the work that is being carried out around the world by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Olympic Committees, International and National Sports Federations, sports clubs, governmental and non-governmental organisations, neighbourhood associations and all other entities and volunteers who believe in sport as a tool for social change. …

UN Olympics

The annual event offers a new opportunity to promote sport and physical activity as a universal language that can address a wide range of needs related to education, health, social inclusion, youth development, peace building and sustainable development. It also provides a notable platform to advocate among governments for more investment in sport, related infrastructure and quality physical education.


Thanks CA.

Rhythmic Champion Grace Legote

Though she only “narrowly outscoredSara Rostom of Egypt, most felt Grace Legote from South Africa was the star of the African Rhythmic Championships.

Legote, at 21, was the eldest Rhythmic competitor. I’m predicting you’ll see her at Olympic Championships Rio.

Click PLAY or watch the making of that photo on YouTube.

FIG is rolling out the Age Group Development Programme for Rhythmic by summer 2014.

Nadya Alexandrova and Eunice Lebre are working with Hardy Fink on that.

related – Legote takes gold for SA at African Championships

Gabby going back to Chows

USA TODAY Sports has learned that the Olympic champion and coach Liang Chow have agreed to work together again, eight months after she left to rejoin her family in Los Angeles. Douglas is expected in the gym Monday, said a person close to the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Chow and the gymnast are trying to temper expectations. …

Olympic champion Gabby Douglas headed back to Iowa

Chow Gabby

(via GymCastic)

British Championships – Men’s Finals

Men’s Gymnastics Perspective has a superb wrap-up. By far the best post I’ve seen (of many) on the competition.

A few highlights from their detailed report:

The British is a slightly unique format, in that Senior apparatus titles are handed out on the Saturday to the top scorers on each event, but the real final is on the following day, when the top 8 from all age groups fight it out in a traditional apparatus final to become the Masters champion.

After day 1, the Senior apparatus champions were not a great surprise, based on recent form:

Floor: Max Whitlock 15.25
Pommel Horse: Max Whitlock 15.85
Rings: Daniel Purvis 15.0
Vault: Kristian Thomas 14.875
Parallel Bars: Daniel Keatings 15.45
Horizontal Bar: Sam Oldham 14.6

The main talking point of Saturday was the tightly spaced 1-2-3 of Max Whitlock (15.85), Daniel Keatings (15.8) and Louis Smith (15.75) on Pommel Horse. … What a pleasure to have 3 world class pommel horse performers in the GB camp, competing at the top of their game in front of a packed venue!

The Masters format promised to deliver an interesting mix of Junior vs Senior. …

Day 2 – The Masters

Max Whitlock is a class apart in terms of start value, and only needed a clean performance to finish ahead of the rest of the field. His mix of multi-bonus complex twisting combinations and high value non-acrobatic elements (including his new spindle to air-flair) give him a 6.8 start which is well ahead of his British rivals.

Under-16 Champion Giarnni Regini-Moran was the only junior in this final, but his powerful tumbling was comfortably of senior standard. …

Click PLAY or watch Giarnni’s FX on YouTube.

Pommel Horse
The strength in depth in British Pommel Horse is great to see. In this final, the bottom 5 of Wilson, Wise, Purvis, Watson, Hall all scored in the range 14.666 to 14.266. Many world gymnastics nations (USA, Germany anyone?) would love for their top level Pommels workers to be able to provide those scores! …

Daniel Keatings hit his “hard” routine (with Busnari) in a final! Daniel’s execution has always been immaculate, and this combined with the 7.2 start value gave him a 16.133 total

Ok, we admit it, GB has some way to go to become a nation recognised with any real depth on Rings. …

This final was one of the less exciting points of the weekend. …

Parallel Bars
Suddenly GB has a group of parallel bar workers capable of threatening for medals on the world stage. After Pommel Horse, this was the most anticipated final of the day …

Horizontal Bar
This is another apparatus where GB is getting stronger with each event. The trio of Kristian Thomas, Sam Oldham and Ashley Watson stood out here. They presented three very different, but equally exciting 6.5 start value routines. …

Ashley Watson was clearly disappointed not to be in the Parallel Bars final, and jumped up on the High Bar with a determined and aggressive demeanor. His routine construction is probably our favourite of these 3 …

Click PLAY or watch Watson’s H Bar on YouTube.

British Championships: First Reactions – Apparatus & Masters Finals

Click through for much, much more.

One final excerpt:

What more to say about Daniel Keatings at this year’s British?

He was simply immaculate all weekend – excluding a fall on High Bar in the All Around – this was a flawless 2 days of competition. Hats off to anyone that can deliver 16+ scores in two finals on the same day! Suddenly we feel extremely positive about Europeans and Commonwealths prospects for Dan. Rio looks a real possibility …

apparatus for Rio?

FIG and IOC have not decided as yet.

SPIETH Gymnastics … announce an important deal with Brazil.

Director Henning Hauser informed that his company was chosen to supply Brazil with Gymnastics competition equipment until the end of June.

“This enormous assignment is also an important step towards Rio 2016,” Hauser said. “It is our goal to supply the Gymnastics equipment for the Rio Olympic Games.” Rio de Janeiro would be the 11th Olympic Games to be supplied by SPIETH Gymnastics.

FIG partner SPIETH Gymnastics inaugurates new headquarters

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Greece cancels National Championships


Amanda Turner:

The Hellenic (Greek) Gymnastics Federation announced Tuesday it has cancelled the upcoming national championships, leaving its top stars shocked and frustrated with the decision.

“All I can say is that everything seems to go from bad to worse,” rings specialist Eleftherios Petrounias told Greek media on Tuesday. … Seriously we didn’t ever expect that we wouldn’t even have the chance to compete at the Greek championships, even traveling at our own expense.”

The federation cancelled the event after the Greek Olympic Committee urged a boycott Monday of all national sports competition from April 12-13, to protest the Greek government’s actions amid the nation’s ongoing financial crisis. …

IG – Greece Cancels National Gymnastics Championships


my DD future Olympian


(via Debbie Broderick Rodriguez)

Jr Pan-Am Results

AMANDA TURNER has the best results summary I’ve seen.

Flavia Saraiva (Brazil) and Martin Stretch (United States) captured the all-around titles at the 2014 Junior Pan American Championships, held Friday and Saturday in Aracaju, Brazil. …

The 2014 Junior Pan American Championships serve as one of five continental qualifiers for this summer’s Youth Olympic Games, taking place in August in Nanjing, China.

The top placing gymnasts each earn one berth for their respective National Olympic Committees. Nine women and eight men can earn berths to the Nanjing through the competition in Aracaju. …

IG – Saraiva, Stretch Strike Gold in Aracaju

1. Flavia Saraiva BRA 56.167
2. Rebeca Andrade BRA 55.833
3. Rose-Kaying Woo CAN 54.966
4. Megane Roberts CAN 54.200
5. Sydney Townsend CAN 53.267
6. Shallon Olsen CAN 52.967

Women's all-around medalists Saraiva, Rebeca Andrade and Rose-Kaying Woo form an "L" in support of two-time Brazilian Olympian Lais Souza, who was paralyzed in January while training to compete in aerial skiing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Women’s all-around medalists Saraiva, Rebeca Andrade and Rose-Kaying Woo form an “L” in support of two-time Brazilian Olympian Lais Souza, who was paralyzed in January while training to compete in aerial skiing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Will Brazil end up sending Saraiva or Andrade to YOG?

1. Canada 164.233
2. Brazil 163.566
3. Mexico 153.399

1. Martin Strech USA 83.367
2. Alec Yoder USA 81.768
3. Lucas Cardoso BRA 78.934
4. Davis Grooms USA 78.801
5. Matthew Wenske USA 78.000
6. René Cournoyer CAN 77.467



1. USA 245.870
2. Brazil 235.400
3. Canada 233.033

USA did not send a Jr women’s team this year. When is Marta retiring, again?

This meet was very, very good for a young Nastia Liukin.