The International Olympic Committee proposed changes to the bidding process and sports program for the Olympics among 40 recommendations to be voted on in December.
The 40 recommendations “lay out a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic movement,” the IOC said. The proposals will be discussed at an IOC session in Monaco on Dec. 8-9. If approved in December, the IOC will then decide on how to implement the recommendations. …
Blume Memorial, one of the last traditional tournaments that is still up and running, … celebrate its 37th edition in Barcelona with one of the best rosters in recent years. This edition will also pay homage to Andreu Vivó, former Spanish gymnast, who died on New Year’s Eve 2013 at only 34 years old. …
Munich 1972 – Karin Janz
Montreal 1976 – Nadia Comaneci
Moscow 1980 – Maxi Gnauck
Los Angeles 1984 – Julianne McNamara / Ma Yanhong
Seoul 1988 – Daniela Silivas
Barcelona 1992 – Lu Li
Atlanta 1996 / Sydney 2000 – Svetlana Khorkina
Athens 2004 – Émilie Le Pennec
Beijing 2008 – He Kexin
When pressed to predict who would finish 2nd to Kohei in Nanning I named Sam Mikulak.
I felt his NCAA success would give him consistency under pressure. And that his relaxed psychology would help in that loud arena in Nanning. If Sam hit 6 for 6, he would score high.
My confidence in Sam’s consistency is not holding up, however. In the training hall we heard Sam was having problems, especially on P Bars.
He fell on P Bars in the AA Final and shouldn’t have been allowed to continue as he took longer than 30sec to resume his routine.
(Later Zhang was allowed to resume his H Bar routine after breaking a grip, even though it took longer than 30sec to get a new one. A new rule on that has been discussed by FIG MTC, but it had now been implemented by Nanning.)
Sam’s still a podium contender for Rio. But don’t bet the mortgage.
London 2012 bronze medallist Beth Tweddle discusses her Olympic hero; Lilia Podkopayeva and her memories of watching the Ukrainian win gold in the all-around event at the Atlanta 1996 Games and the inspiration Podkopayeva proved to be on Tweddle’s own career.
Svetlana Khorkina, a fierce competitor known as the Diva, won 7 Olympic medals and 20 Worlds medals. She posed for Russian Playboy. Her autobiography is titled “Somersaults in High Heels”.
When her son was born 20112005 she refused to name the father.
And she hangs out with bad boys.
Some translated excerpts from a recent interview:
“I was ashamed of the National Team in Beijing”
- Do not you think that the ambitions of the people working in professional sport in recent years have lessened? Fewer and fewer coaches are willing to work toward results with the same level of dedication that you once worked with alongside Boris Pilkin.
– I don’t even know what to say. We have decent coaches and there is a strong tradition in the schools, you just need to somehow work out a system. But you’re right, with Pilkin, we always worked for maximum results; looked for what we could do to win. After my coach passed away, I thought a lot about how lucky I was that fate connected me with him! Because I was refused from the gym. Not only because of my height, by the way, for many other criteria I was also considered a “no.” and Pilkin took me. …
At my last European Championship in 2004, I also competed with an injury – a broken metatarsal bone. I was supposed to be in a cast for 4 weeks but I removed the cast after 1 week and went to go compete. I didn’t understand how I could not do it? It’s my team!
… everyone still loves to talk about how Arkaev was a monster. Yes, he was tough and strict and in addition, he always called a spade a spade – and that’s not always pleasant. But, he got results and Alexandrov was invited back to get results. He did it. After Beijing, who could have imagined that in 2010, our team would have won the team finals at the World Championships for the first time in 19 years, and that Aliya Mustafina would become the all-around champion? …
– What is your impression of the current Russian team?
To be honest, the results sometimes make me feel ill. …