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Nastia in China

The Olympic Champion from Beijing has arrived. As if on cue, as she stepped into the arena this morning, the organizing committee played the American National Anthem. A rehearsal. :-)

Yang Wei in Nanning

The 2008 Olympic Champion was the last man to beat Uchimuara in the AA.

Max chasing Kohei

Many name Max Whitlock as the contender with the best chance to upset the greatest gymnast of all time.

Donald McRae:

Whitlock is honoured to compete against Uchimura but can he actually beat the world and Olympic champion?

“I really don’t know,” he says, with a laugh. “I’d have to have a perfect day but that’s my target. I’d love to be close to the best gymnast in the world. That would be a massive achievement.”

“Last year at the worlds [in Antwerp] I was just a few tenths from a medal [in the all-around competition]. It’s been a massive target of mine and Scott’s to hit the 90-point mark, and to have finally done it twice at the Commonwealths means I’m well happy. I got 90.6 on one of those days – so I only need 4/10ths to get to 91, which is my next goal. If I’d got that 90.6 mark last year I’d have been second at the worlds.” …

Max Whitlock

Max Whitlock’s entertainment strictly limited to the gymnastics arena

(via Liukin)

China v Japan


In training, China looks weaker than expected. Japan looks great.

As usual, I’ll predict that Japan will win Team. … As usual, many are cautioning me that China always looks bad until it counts. They’ve only lost once at Worlds in the past 20 years, or so. AND they are in China.

Both nations will qualify to the Team final, so prelims priority will be qualifying for AA and Apparatus Finals. Prelim team ranking doesn’t matter.

Japan will win FX as a Team. Be top 3 on Pommels.

China is much stronger on Rings. Much.

Vault is difficult to predict. In a 3-up, 3-count Team final, anyone can fall. Both China and Japan rely on twisting vaults rather than double somersaults, so it’s likely they will be close on this apparatus. If Kohei and Kenzo stick, as they often do, give the edge to Japan.

Conventional wisdom is that China is strongest on P Bars. They are stronger than Japan. But it could be close.

The least impressive event for China is Horizontal Bar. Yet they continue to score well despite low risk routine construction. On the other hand, they had two Kolman releases in podium training. Let’s wait and see if they risk using those in Team.

Japan should be ahead on pipe. The memory of Tokyo 2011 lingers, however. Recall that King Kohei missed Kovacs by a mile in that Team final.

I chatted with Tim Daggett following the Japanese session. Consensus was … the Men’s Team final will be interesting.

Nico linked to this CHN vs JPN rivalry news item.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

American depth

It looks to one and all in Nanning that the American girls are unbeatable in Team at Worlds. And Team USA has more true Olympic contenders training back home than any other nation.

These two, for example.


Triple Twist – Buckeye’s Dynamic Duo Aim Towards Rio

MAG Asiad Finals – day 1

1. Zou Kai CHN 15.533
2. Huang Yuguo CHN 15.300
3. Kamoto Yuya JPN 14.933

1. Yamamoto Masayoshi JPN 15.033
2. Abdulla Azimov UZB 14.866
3. Park Minsoo KOR 14.700

1. Liao Junlin CHN 15.566
2. Takeda Kazuyuki JPN 15.100
3. Nam Dang VIE 15.033
3. Saito Yusuke JPN 15.033

see more on Full Twist

Click PLAY or watch Zou Kai’s winning FX on YouTube. Not quite as clean as prelims.

Far from retiring, he wants to defend his title in Rio.

MG Elite documentary planned

Like Gymnastike’s Beyond The Routine (subscription) and the terrific Sports2Visuals documentary series launched May 2013, THE HARD WAY TO SUCCESS (free), Lauren Hopkins and collaborators on The Gymnternet have something exciting coming our way. Free. :-)

MG Elite

In a new and very exciting endeavor, The Gymternet will produce a documentary series about MG Elite’s journey leading up to the Olympic Games.

The series will focus on 2014 U.S. junior national champion Jazzy Foberg and 2013 U.S. junior national silver medalist Laurie Hernandez – two of the biggest junior prospects in the country leading up to Rio 2016

2013 U.S. junior national vault champion Ariana Agrapides, too young for Rio 2016 but training for Tokyo 2020 – will also make appearances throughout the series. …

Our plan is to release episodes online every few months leading up to the Olympic Games, right down to the team being named at Olympic Trials. If Hernandez and/or Foberg are selected for the team that will compete in Rio, we will follow their journey there …

The Gymternet Will Produce MG Elite Documentary

related – Triple Twist – Aug 2013 – Chatting with the MG Elites…Laurie Hernandez, Ariana Agrapides, and Jazmyn Foberg

These in depth documentaries are terrifically popular. We need MORE aspiring movie makers.

YOG Nanjing 2014 highlights

The fantastic FIG media team put together a beautiful slide show. China certainly can host a wonderful Games. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

the Flávia Saraiva story


The Brazilian Gymnastics Confederation has released an article about little Flávia Saraiva, who won the hearts of gym fans around the world with her performance at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China last week. …


She’s coached by Alexandre Cunha.

Flavia Saraiva

YOGs to Buenos Aires 2018

Simone Biles – Olympic Champion?

That’s the way it looks, peering 2 years into the future.

Marta Simone

Mary Lou Retton:

“She’s not human,” Retton said. “She may be the most talented gymnast I’ve ever seen in my life, honestly. And I don’t even think she’s tapped into what she really can do. I think she’s unbeatable.”

Olympic Talk

I called Simone the Uchimura of women’s gymnastics. She can fall once or twice over 4 routines and, most likely finish higher in the all-around than the second best female gymnast in the world.

On the other hand, it’s a long road to Rio.

Dvora MeyerAnxious About The World’s Most Dominant Gymnast? Blame It On Rio.

Simone is not indestructible. She can miss in competition.

But Simone has something that other presumed future Olympic Champions did not have. A relaxed attitude towards the sport.

Simone Biles, Kyla Ross, Brenna Dowell

I believe that increases her chances for a long run at or near the top of the world.

… On the other hand, we felt that way about Katelyn Ohashi. Katelyn is, seemingly, out of contention due to injury. :-(

Siimone Katelyn

Still, it would be an excellent idea to bet NOW on Simone Biles winning the 2016 Olympics.

Courtney Kupets to Le Reve

The two-time Olympic medalist who retired from gymnastics in 2009 will begin rehearsals … for Le Reve, a water show featuring acrobatics, synchronized swimming and dancing. …

“I figure while I’m still there I can still do it, and if I wait any longer I probably won’t be able to,” said Kupets, 28, who on Friday was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in one of the ancillary events surrounding the P&G Gymnastics Championships …

Her husband, Chris Carter, a former acrobatic gymnast for the British national team, is already part of the show, as is Kupets’ sister, Ashley. …

Team USA

Courtney Kupets

Regini-Moran – Vault

Another clean, sharp gymnast coming up for GBR. It won’t be long before Giarnni is contending for the Senior team.

Click PLAY or watch his winning YOG Vaults on YouTube.

YOG Vault Finals
1. Giarnni Regini-Moran (GBR)- 14.695 (14.800/14.591) GOLD
2. Ma Yue (CHN)- 14.416 (14.400/14.433) SILVER
3. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS)- 14.383 (13.800/14.966) BRONZE

(via Let’s Talk Gymnastics)