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best Dragulescu ever?

Most would name Marian’s 2004 Olympics Final Vault #1.

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Here’s Sérgio Sasaki (BRA) from World Championships Nanning Team Final.

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Sadly, Sérgio was recently injured. ACL and meniscus. He’ll be out of competition for at least 6 months.

Cabriole nominates Zhang Zhongbo.

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Other contenders named on a GymFever2012 thread include: Thomas Bouhail, Oleg Vernyayev, Igor Radivilov.

Leave a comment if you have anyone else to put up against those.

Recall that Dragulescu Olympics Final Vault #2 was one of the many big scandals of the Athens Games under MTC Chair Adrian Stoica. Four judges were later sanctioned for impossibly high E-scores.

Olympic Vault GOLD

1932 vs 2012

Aliya Mustafina’s new coach

Denis Ablyazin’s coach.

Queen E posted an interview translation:

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. …

Russia- 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.

read more on Rewriting Russian Gymnastics

Brazil’s Zanetti honoured

Brazil’s Olympic Committee announced the nation’s Olympic sports athletes of the year Tuesday, another indicator of host nation athletes to watch at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Gymnast Arthur Zanetti won the men’s award, while sailors Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze shared the women’s honor. …

Zanetti became Brazil’s first Olympic gymnastics medalist in 2012 when he won still rings gold. He won silver at the World Championships this year behind China’s Liu Yang. …

Olympic Talk

Brazil Olympics 2014 Awards Ceremony

Zanetti is the short honouree. :-)

new Seniors in 2015

Lauren Hopkins posted some of the most anticipated new Seniors for 2015. Click through for career highlights and video.

1. Tyesha Mattis, Great Britain
2. Kim Janas, Germany
3. Nia Dennis, United States
4. Wang Yan, China
5. Amy Tinkler, Great Britain
6. Seda Tutkhalyan, Russia
7. Andreea Iridon, Romania

2015’s New Seniors: The Game-Changers, Part 1

8. Ellie Downie, Great Britain
9. Maria Bondareva, Russia
10. Laura Jurca, Romania
11. Rebeca Andrade, Brazil
12. Bailie Key, United States
13. Yuan Xiaoyang, China
14. Flavia Saraiva, Brazil

2015’s New Seniors: The Game-Changers, Part 2

2015’s New Seniors: The Extensive List

How many will qualify for World Championships, Glasgow, Scotland Oct 23rd to Nov 1st?

SSE Hydro Arena

SSE Hydro Arena

1973 Olga Korbut documentary

English subtitles.

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Thank Kevin Bhark for the link.

John Carlos and Tommie Smith carrying Peter Norman’s casket

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. …


That’s an incredible morality tale. One I’ve never known.


THE funeral service for Peter Norman ended with the theme music from Chariots of Fire and a scene no less dramatic than any in that famous film.

The two pallbearers at the front carrying Norman’s coffin from the Williamstown Town Hall were Tommie Smith and John Carlos …

‘Tell your kids about Peter Norman’

(via Amanda Turner)

Leonid Arkayev interview

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.

Rewriting Russian Gymnastics – Leonid Arkayev : interview with Elena Vaitsekhovskaya



Sam Sendel – Canada’s new LGTB initiatives

Leigh Robson:

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:

Sam “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. …

read more on Trampoline Pundit

If you appreciate Sam’s courage, send her a tweet @SamSendel.

Actually, the Canadian T&T program is very Gay friendly.

(via Leigh Robson @TrampPundit)

changes to Olympics approved

The IOC is boasting unanimous approval of the 40 recommendations that make up Olympic Agenda 2020.

They could go into effect for Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo Olympics 2020

Tokyo Olympics 2020

Ollie Williams provides some analysis:

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

read more – Links special: a day of change for the Olympic Games

Sports where one athlete could potentially win 8 medals (swimming, gymnastics) are vulnerable, I feel.

Aly Raisman comeback

Our Olympic Floor champ is getting a lot of good buzz.


GymCastic episode 128: Aly is Back

Arabian Punch FrontRaisman Returns: Better Than Ever

Lauren HopkinsMake Room for Raisman

Paris 1924 Olympics – VIDEO

A Danish Team.

Click the image or watch it on the Olympics YouTube channel.

Danish Gym 1924 Olympics

Cuban gymnast to Worlds 2015

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.

Cuban Gymnasts Will Make a Bid For Rio