Age 2012 Olympics: 24.44 men, 19.78 women

Over the course of time, the age limit for participation at a world championship has been moved up. Today, the limit sits at 18 for Men and 16 for the Women Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, 17 for Trampoline (18 for the Olympic Games), 18 for Aerobic, and 15 for Acrobatic Gymnastics (the minimum age for flier). …

The average varies depending on the discipline. In Artistic 2012 at the Olympic Games in London, it was 24.44 for men and 19.78 for women. In Rhythmic: 19.58. Trampoline: 25.06 for men and 22.48 for women. In Aerobic: 23.03 for men and 22.60 for women. And for Acrobatic: 20.87 for men and 18.97 for women. …



Thanks Cordelia.

NBC #RoadtoRio photo shoot


Trampoline – Rosie MacLennan & Karen Cockburn

Athletes are preparing to travel to Denmark for the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships. The Olympic qualifier for Tramp. Two of the World’s best talk training.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

related – Rosie MacLennan relives the London 2012 Trampoline final GOLD. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Brett MacAulay)

FIG Level 2 Academy Saudi Arabia

The Gymnastics Federation of Saudi Arabia hosted a Level 2 Academy for Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) on November 4 – 11, 2015. Such Academies for Artistic Gymnastics are almost always organised with men and women together. The first such MAG-only Academy was a Level 3 hosted in the USA in 2007 and the second was a Level 1 hosted by Saudi Arabia a year ago. This was the 210th Academy in the FIG Academy Programme. …


A special thanks to Ebrahim Alabdali, our organizer. Translating back and forth English <> Arabic is good study methodology. Brahim had the highest exam score.


Additional photos. Some staged. :-)

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Course leader Chris Evans had discussions with Saudi Olympic Committee consultants.

Recall that Saudi Arabia entered 2 female athletes in the London 2012 Olympics: Judoka Wojdan Shaherkani and 800m-runner Sarah Attar.

Of course FIG would love to see female gymnasts represent the Kingdom one day.

John Roethlisberger – Drive To Gold™

Via Chris Korotky and Inside Gymnastics by email.

Olympian John Roethlisberger and Inside Publications Team Up for Sports Radio Show, Drive To Gold™

Drive to GOLD

– Weekly Show to Originate on Atlanta AM Station WCFO, Newstalk 1160, The Talk of the Town

– Show Will Focus on the Olympic Movement

– Additional National Distribution through Webcast and Podcast

Drive To Gold™ will debut in December and will air each Tuesday. Advertising opportunities within the show include traditional recorded spots (30 second and 60 second spots), live spots, as well as sponsored segment opportunities.

Costa Rica to Olympic Test Meet

Tarik Soto Byfield is the first Costa Rican gymnast yet to qualify Costa Rica for a spot at an Olympic test event. Congratulations. And congratulations to coach Carbonell and everyone in CRC. We’ll be cheering.


All 6 of Tarik’s qualification routines are posted on his club website.

Gracias Cornelia.

Marian Dragalescu is back

And has already earned a personal invitation to compete at the Rio Olympics. :-)

A man ahead of his time on Vault, Dragulescu pioneered the jump that bears his name (two front flips with a half twist) in 1999, and it helped him win four World titles on the event (2001, 2005, 2006 and 2009). Though he stuck his signature skill in event finals at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, he was never as consistent with his second vault, and had to settle for less than gold both times.

While the Dragulescu is still considered among the most difficult in the world, Dragulescu knows that he may need to do even more if he wants to land on the Olympic podium next summer in Rio. …

46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, October 23 - November 1, 2015 in Glasgow, Great Britain
46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, October 23 – November 1, 2015 in Glasgow, Great Britain

After silver surprise in Glasgow, the sky’s the limit for Marian Dragulescu