The latest news, that Aliya Mustafina now has a personal coach – not just a personal coach, one of Russia’s best coaches, Sergei Starkin – was only released yesterday. …
- Do you believe that in today’s gymnastics one coach can work with two top-level gymnasts – in this case a man and a woman?
– I believe that in any case you should try. The first thing I did when I decided to take this work on was to sit down and write daily training schedules for Aliya and Denis. On paper, it became apparent that on average p personal trainer works with each gymnast for four and a half hours daily, and that Aliya’s and Denis’s classes do not overlap. Thus I can, without prejudice to each of the students, divide myself fairly between them both. …
– How did the team leaders react? – Andrei Rodionenko and Valentina Rodionenko?
- Oh! Andrei Fedorovich and Valentina responded quickly and with joy. I didn’t expect this, and had a few sleepless nights.
– Aliya is now having treatment in Munich. When will you begin work with her?
- Early on the morning of December 18 I will fly to Germany. I will visit the clinic with Aliya and talk with the doctor. After that, we will plan our work. First of all, Aliya has to get better. If, in order to do so, Aliya needs to miss Russian and European Championships, then we will skip them. Our task is to return to the level of the strongest gymnast in the world. This may take a long time. Possibly up to six months.
This is one of the most famous moments in Olympic Sport. LIFE magazine and Le Monde named it one of the 20 most influential images of the 20th century.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their gloved fists to express opposition to racism in the U.S.
But who’s that other guy? The silver medalist at the Olympics?
Australian sprinter Peter Norman.
… What you cannot see in the photo is that Norman was wearing a badge that read: “Olympic Project For Human Rights,” which he had borrowed from Paul Hoffman, a white member of the U.S. rowing team.
“I believe that every man is born equal and should be treated that way,” Norman told reporters after the ceremony.
You probably know that all hell broke loose after that. The IOC immediately suspended Carlos and Smith from the U.S. team and expelled them from the Olympic Village. The two men received much abuse when they came home — including death threats — and were ostracized for a long while. But, like I say, you probably knew that.
What you may not have known — what I did not know — was that Peter Norman also went through his own personal turmoil after Mexico City. …
This is fascinating. No doubt some of the key coaches in Soviet gymnastics history remember some of these stories differently.
Round Lake dry?
Legendary coach Leonid Arkayev talks about his personal gymnastics history, the success of the Soviet team and Simone Biles in this summary of a Sport Express interview. He also shares his opinion of the current Russian gymnastics regime.
No one would deny that Canadian Olympic Trampoline hopeful Sam Sendel enjoys life. When you watch her action-packed YouTube videos, you know that she lives life to the fullest. Her talent, athletic success as a World Class Trampoline gymnast and joie de vivre makes her a role model to many. …
In conjunction with the Canadian Olympic Committee’s announcement of new initiatives to support LGTB athletes, Sam has come out publicly with her identity as a lesbian athlete. About Canada’s new LGTB initiatives, she told SBNation Outsports Magazine:
“As a gay athlete, I’m touched deeply,” Sendel said of the COC’s initiative. “I’m hoping it will help prevent the younger generations from feeling like they need to hide who they are. That was a big issue for me. I think it will really make a difference.”
The goal of the initiatives is to combat homophobia and anti-gay bias in sports. While this is a Canadian program, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently adopted new guidelines protecting athletes traveling to foreign countries to compete in the Olympics to include LGTB athletes. …
At Monday’s extraordinary IOC session in Monaco, members rubber-stamped a series of 40 much-hyped “Agenda 2020? recommendations for change to the way the Olympics is run – some of them substantial, including:
Abolition of the 28-sport cap limiting the summer Olympic programme, accompanied by a shift to measuring the programme in terms of events, rather than sports
Host cities can propose the inclusion of specific events for their Games
Changes to make the system of bidding for the Games more flexible and, hopefully, cheaper
One such change is the ability for cities, regions and countries to mount joint bids for the Olympics (in “exceptional cases” only, mind)
A new, worldwide Olympics TV channel, carrying archive alongside some live sport with a $600m budget over seven years
Amended wording of the Olympic charter to specifically note the Games should be free of discrimination based on sexual orientation
Nico and others were unsure whether or not Cuba would be allowed to compete Worlds in Glasgow next year. Happily, it sounds like any nation can send up to 3 MAG and 3 WAG competitors.
Though the Cuban gymnastics program has eschewed the World Championships and the Olympic Games ever since three gymnasts defected during Worlds in Anaheim in 2003, it looks like we’ll finally see them back on the major international stage as their gymnasts will attempt to qualify for Rio 2016.
GimnasiaLatina reports that William Garcia, head of Cuba’s national program, announced … that after the success of the Cuban team at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, he wants two of his top prospects – MAG’s Manrique Larduet and WAG’s Yesenia Ferrera – to get the chance to compete at the Olympic Games.