Jim Hartung to Nebraska Hall of Fame

Here’s a terrific, inspiring feature on Nebraska assistant coach Jim Hartung:

… The first Husker men’s gymnast named to the inaugural Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame class last week, Hartung remains etched in the NCAA record book with seven individual national championships. A 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, Hartung has earned 22 All-America honors – the most of any male student-athlete in Nebraska history. He shares an NCAA record of seven individual national career titles with Illinois’ Joe Giallombardo (1938-39-40) and Michigan’s Sam Mikulak (2011-12-13-14). …

Throat Cancer Became Hartung’s Toughest Test, Biggest Trial

Hartung faced adversity himself after learning he had throat cancer more than four years ago.

“I was judging the World Gymnastics Championships in Belgium in 2010,” he told me. “I wore a tie all day, and when I took it off, I rubbed my neck and found a bump. I remember thinking ‘I don’t have a sore throat. I don’t have a cold.’ I just had an ominous feeling from that moment to the rest of the trip. When I got back to Lincoln, I saw a doctor the next morning. I was diagnosed with a type of throat cancer that was right behind my voice box.” …

There were times when Hartung wondered if he was going to see the next morning.

“My support system is what got me through,” he said. “I’ve always had a huge appreciation for my family and friends. The experience certainly put a lot of things into a new perspective. I had to go the doctor’s office every day. My wife, Lisa, would take me on Monday. Chuck (Chmelka), my boss, would take me on Tuesday. Johnny (Robinson), our other assistant, would take me on Wednesday. Dan Kendig, our women’s gymnastics coach, would take me on Thursday. Jim Devine, a doctor friend of mine, would take me on Friday. It was the same schedule for 10 weeks. I am indebted forever to all of them. …

… I started the ordeal at 185 pounds and by June, I was down to 119 pounds and struggling. I don’t know how to describe it. …

… “Jim never missed a routine in the NCAA Championships,” Chmelka said. “He was an absolute machine for four straight years. What he did was unheard of then and is still unheard of now. In the 1980s, you had to compete in twice as many routines as there is now. Jim’s strength and his focus were unbelievable. He was the toughest competitor I’ve ever seen. He was great individually but a total team player. …

Humble Hartung Values Life More Than Medals

Jim Hartung

It looks like Jim has beaten Cancer. If he stays clear through to November he’ll be “statistically cured”. :-)

Aly Raisman – Floor

Our Olympic champion is back. And her return was very convincing.

6.200 + 9.000 = 15.200

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Simone is the only lock on the American Worlds Team. But I’m penciling in Aly too, at this point. Marta likes her consistency in training.

Biles or Uchimura?

Which is more dominant in their sport right now?

It’s Simone.

See this beautiful photo on twitter.

Jesolo Sr – USA, Simone Biles win

You’d have to call Jesolo a ‘friendly competition’. A chance for others to compete against an all-star team of the best American gymnasts available.

Simone Biles 62.100
Bailey Key 59.500
Aly Raisman 59.100
Gabby Douglas 58.900
Alyssa Baumann 58.700
Erika Fasana 57.550

Gymternet is posting full results in an easy to read format.

Still, it’s a good lead up towards selection for the American Team to Worlds 2015. Obviously Aly and Gabby’s comebacks are for real. :-)

USA 241.30
ITA 224.335
CAN 221.750

Olympic Champion – Why sports are important

Rosannagh “Rosie” MacLennan (age 26) is the defending Olympic Trampoline Champion from London.

She’s a national hero in Canada. And an Ambassador for the Jump Start Charity. It’s supported nearly a million kids doing sport.

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(via 24 SEVEN)

U.S. Juniors Jesolo training

Gymternet:

It’s an impressive junior squad this year, featuring five young ladies who could all be contenders for the 2016 Olympic team, and then Victoria Nguyen at 14 already looks like she could lead the way in Tokyo. …

The U.S. Juniors Training for Jesolo

Norah Flatley, Jazmyn Foberg, Laurie Hernandez, Ragan Smith and newcomer Olivia Trautman are all eligible for Rio.

Victoria Nguyen is too young.

Here’s Jazzy’s Maloney + Gienger.

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Gymnastike is in Italy. Paid Gymnastike members can see plenty of videos from podium training. Fans love to make short GIF highlights of their favourite gymnasts.

Seems Gymnastike has asked some sites NOT to create nor repost GIFs from Gymnastike videos. From what I could find in an exhaustive 3 minutes of research, animated GIFs are “fair use”. Fans are allowed to make them, by law.

related – Beautiful Gymnastics – Notes on Jesolo Training Videos

Jesolo – American Seniors

Lauren Hopkins pieced together a report on the training day based on Gymnastike videos.

Team USA will be GREAT. Perhaps the best ever to fly over for the Italian competition / shopping extravaganza. :-) The BIG news is how good Gabby and Ali are looking. Lauren calls them the “comeback girls”. Both are serious contenders to qualify for the Worlds team 2015.

Gymnastics News Network put together a montage of the Senior Americans. From past competitions.

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related – Beam Dreams – Jesolo USA Team Breakdown and Training Recap – The Seniors