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YOGs – Andrade out, Saraiva in

Cedric confirms that a minor toe injury slowed Rebeca Andrade’s preparation for the Youth Olympic Games. Alexandrov decided to replace Rebeca with Flavia Saraiva.

Either Brazilian gymnast could medal in the AA.

This is no major disaster for Brazil.

details on Gym Blog Brazil


get to know Max Whitlock

Can Max challenge Uchimura in the AA?

Training Secrets Part 2 – Olympic Gymnast Max Whitlock

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Ring strength is Max’s greatest weakness though it doesn’t much hurt his score on that apparatus.

His Horizontal Bar is weak too, compared with the great Kohei. Max scored over 15 on Pipe in AA Final. That’s simply not right.

Still, I’d say Max is on the list of those who could finish 2nd to Uchimura at Worlds 2014. He’s a great competitor. Young and improving. And seems to be very durable.

Whitlock, Keatings, Wilson

Consistently hitting the most difficult Pommel routine in the world.

Yurchenko triple twist.

Whitlock truly is a great gymnast.

Max Whitlock

1. Max Whitlock 90.631
2. Keatings 88.298
3. Nile Wilson 87.965

Purvis made mistakes today.

Scores were too high, I thought. Don’t expect those same numbers at Worlds.

I’m thrilled for Keatings. He aggressively nailed his final routine, H Bar.

I was very impressed with Nile Wilson, too. As is Max. :-)

Max Whitlock is age-21. Nile Wilson only age-18. The future looks bright for GBR. I’d rank them ahead of RUS for 2016.

Romanian Update

Bea Gheorghisor:

… Romania started off the stage of intense preparation for 2014 Worlds with a camp in Sweden, earlier in July.

There, the seniors (Iordache, Bulimar, Munteanu, Stanila, Zarzu, Ocolisan and Tudorache) and one junior (Laura Jurca) traveled together with coaches Lacramioara and Cristian Moldovan and Lucian Sandu. …

On Worlds:

Iordache will be the one doing the “heavy lifting”, Romania have not won a medal at Worlds since 2007. Larisa wishes to earn an all around medal and then on her favorite event, beam.

On Belu’s retirement:

Octavian Bellu and Mariana Bitang have quietly (or not so much if we are talking about it) returned at the helm of the National team. The coaching duo had left the team after the failed COSR (Romanian Olympic Committee ) elections in late May when Octavian Bellu was defeated by Alin Petrache for the position of President of COSR. Those were messy “elections” with a predictable – and tainted- result which left Octavian Bellu upset and bitter. …


read more – Romanian Update

Jurca is training with the Seniors in preparation for YOGs.

Skateboarding to the Olympics?

We’ve been hearing rumours for years.

Skateboarding exhibitions will be allowed during the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, in August, an opportunity presented by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach last year to a sport seeking Olympic inclusion.

Skateboarding was the only non-Olympic sport invited to host exhibitions at the event, said Gary Ream, president of the International Skatingboarding Federation (ISF), according to Sports Business Daily. …

Olympic Talk


Personally, I’m not much of a skateboard fan. I’d prefer aggressive inline rollerskating.

Tony Hawk:

skateboarding is “very likely to be in the 2020 Games”

minimum age for Olympics?

Age 16. Right?

Actually, no.

Not for MAG.

@sbregman87 tweeted the regs:

age regs

How do you justify a difference between the Olympic disciplines?

There should be no age restrictions for Olympic competitors.

Donnell Whittenburg – Vault

Dragalescu. Easy.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I could see Donnell competing Rings, Pommel and Vault for USA at Worlds 2014. Maybe more.

2014 Youth Olympians

The field is set for gymnastics at the upcoming Second Youth Olympic Games, which begin August 16 in Nanjing (CHN).

Eighty-four Artistic, 48 Rhythmic and 24 Trampoline gymnasts will battle for Youth Olympic Gold over 12 days of competition. The official entry lists have been published here. …

The men’s competition includes 2014 Junior European medallists Giarnni Regini-Moran (GBR), Zachari Hrimeche (FRA) and Nikita Nagornyy (RUS), as well as Timur Kadirov (UZB) …

Who’s competing at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games? Here’s the list.


30 days to Youth Olympics

Good luck to my man Muhammad (MK) Khaalid, the MAG competitor for South Africa.

Post by FIG.

Rebeca Andrade could win YOGs

She’ll certainly be one of the favourites, especially with no American competitor.

Gym Blog Brazil posted video from a recent training camp verification.

Click PLAY or watch Rebeca on YouTube. (fall on Beam)

Click here to watch Jade Barbosa, Flavia Saraiva and others. (Portuguese)

Other podium contenders include Yan Wang (CHN), Elissa Downie (GBR), Sae Miyakawa (JPN), Laura Jurca (ROU), Silk Tutkhalyan (RUS) and Sydney Townsend (CAN).

The other young Brazilian, Flavia Saraiva, could win YOGs if Rebeca was not, for some reason, able to compete.

Thanks Cedrick.

Gabby leaves Chow again

The gymnastics reunion between Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and coach Liang Chow lasted less than three months.

Chow confirmed that Douglas has left the gym to search for a new coach. …

“I think we worked hard together,” Chow said. “We achieved our goal. I think Martha (Karolyi, U.S. national team coordinator) was happy at the camp, physically and with her gymnastics skills.

“We made good progress.” …

Des Moines Register

Chow and Gabby

via Nico on GymFever

see you in Rio 2016

via FIG

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Youth Olympic Game’s draw

A total of 156 gymnasts representing 62 different countries will compete at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games from August 16 – 28. On the programme are Men’s and Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic Individuals and Groups as well as Individual Trampoline, all Olympic disciplines. …

… in Nanjing, China. The Artistic Gymnastics competitions are scheduled for August 17 – 20 and 23 – 24, Trampoline Gymnastics August 21 – 22 and Rhythmic Gymnastics August 26 and 27. All Gymnastics events will be held at the same venue – the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium – which has a seating capacity of 13,500. …

age requirements:

Men’s Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics: 16 – 17 years (born in 1997 or 1998)

Women’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics: 15 years (born in 1999)


To see the full draw, click through that link.

YOG draw