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Despite ongoing stereotypes, the slovenly curler is the exception now, not the rule. Many of today’s top curlers are as fit as figure skaters — Russian skip Anna Sidorova, in fact, is a former figure skater. …
And how about the guys?
Team Brad Jacobs from Canada, for example.
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• Team Jacobs Fitness (VIDEO)
The next big star. Very flexible.
Yulia Lipnitskaya … On 9 February 2014, by winning gold in the team event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, she became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in ladies singles figure skating history, six days younger than American Tara Lipinski, when she won the 1998 Winter Olympics at 15 in Nagano, Japan. …
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Gilmore Junio of Calgary has given up his spot in Wednesday’s 1000-metre speed skating race to his teammate Denny Morrison.
In a press release from the Canadian Olympic Committee, 23-year-old Junio said he made the decision because it would improve Canada’s medal chances.
“I believe it’s in the best interest of the team if [Morrison] races,” Junio said in the release. “To represent Canada at the Olympics is a huge honour and privilege but I believe that as Canadians, we’re not just here to compete; we are here to win. Denny has proven to be a consistent medal threat in the distance”.
Morrison fell just before the finish line in the 1000-metre qualifications in Calgary, and so didn’t qualify for the event. But he’s ranked 6th in the world at that distance. Junio ranks 41st. …
Denny Morrison went on to win silver in the 1000-metre event …
(via Buzzfeed – 10 Ways Canada Has Already Won The Winter Olympics)
An inspiring montage dedicated to Aliya’s comeback from knee surgery.
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(via Couch Gymnast)
The best prospect for Brazil in Rio.
Click PLAY or watch her Vault from WOGA on YouTube.
related – Examiner – Rebeca Andrade, Brazilians dominate WOGA Classic
How the differences between gymnastics and figure skating explain the winter sport’s declining popularity.
Slate – Tumbling Ice
After his own miserable afternoon in the midst of the greatest 24 hours in our Olympic history, Canadian cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth wandered over to the finish line.
His own athletes were all eliminated early. He was crestfallen. He wanted to watch the end of the semifinal in the men’s free sprint.
As he stood there, surrounded by other officials, he spotted Russian Anton Gafarov coming over a rise. Gafarov, an early medal favourite, was struggling miserably.
He’d crashed on a quick downhill corner and broken a ski. …
I am bib number one today. That means I will be the first girl EVER to ski jump in an Olympic event. ALL SMILES
— Sarah Hendrickson (@schendrickson) February 11, 2014
The current issue of International Gymnast includes an in-depth interview with Alexander Alexandrov, whose coaching genius has been well documented but often overlooked. …
The photo-collage here comprises a handful of his champions: Dimitry Bilozerchev and Valentin Mogilny in 1983; the 1989 world champion Soviet women’s team; 1994 U.S. junior champion Dominique Moceanu; and, of course, 2010 world all-around champion Aliya Mustafina, who won the most women’s medals (4) at the 2012 Olympics, including the uneven bars gold.
Under Alexandrov, the 2012 Russian women’s Olympic team won six medals in London, more than any other country. But somehow this led to Alexandrov’s dismissal as head coach and eventual move to Brazil.
Following are notes and excerpts from the interview with the 64-year-old Alexandrov, who candidly answered our questions …
read more – Rebuilding Brazil: Alexandrov’s Latest Challenge
Back from injury, our man finally put together a meet at the 2014 HNI Open.
Click PLAY or watch his 16.650 H Bar on Gymnastike.
The score is too high. But it’s great to see John getting back close to peak form.
(via Stick it Media)
Reports are that Lais is improving, little-by-little.
Lais Souza, Brazilian gymnast turned freestyle skier, was injured after a training accident in Salt Lake City. She has suffered severe damage to her spine leaving her without movement in her arms or legs. The 25 year old previously helped her team qualify and compete in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. …
Souza was skiing with her Canadian coach Ryan Snow at Park City and it is known she was wearing a helmet at the time of injury. …
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Like most everyone, I assumed Lais was injured training Aerial Skiing for the Olympics. The video hints at that.
Actually she ran into a tree on a warm-up run.
SAFETY should be the #1 priority at the Winter Olympics.
My guess is that our World Floor Champion will not be named to the 2014 Team. But that Japan will have a long range plan to put him on the Rio Team.
Japan simply has too many strong all-arounders who can contribute more to the Team score.
2) How old was he when he learned his now famous quad twist? 14. “I am small and light, so my twisting skill is better than multiple salto skill.”
10) Can Japan win the team title at the 2014 Nanning World Championships? “I can’t think about the result before I become a team member.”
Click PLAY or watch his twisting on YouTube.
UPDATE: Check the comments. A number of people are convinced Kenzo will compete Worlds 2014. Two apparatus that can contribute to Team score.