Julia Sharpe is amazing

Dips and Handstand @ 35 Wks Pregnant with Twins

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Dvora Meyers linked to that. And posted a profile feature on NY Magazine’s The Cut:

You started out in women’s gymnastics and then made the switch to men’s club at MIT. When and why did you make the switch from the balance beam to the rings?

I made the switch to men’s gymnastics after NAIGC Nationals in the spring of 2012. There were several reasons that I decided to switch. The MIT team only sent two male gymnasts to Nationals that year, and it seemed like the team was disappearing (like so many men’s programs these days), so I wanted to help keep it going.

I was also craving a new challenge. Women’s gymnastics at the NAIGC club level uses Level 9 rules [which are less demanding than varsity-level gymnastics rules], so my routines were very watered-down so that I could be super-clean and score well … In men’s gymnastics, I was able to go back to the basics and learn so many new things just from the other people on the team. In women’s gymnastics, I could maybe learn one new skill per year, but in men’s I was learning new skills all the time. …

Meet the Mom Who Competes in Men’s Gymnastics

Springfield College administration once disallowed her to compete. Because of gender. :-( They are lucky she didn’t sue.

1770 rope climbs for Nepal

Louis Smith and friends will climb the height of Everest, 8848 metres, in rope climbs as a fundraiser for Rotary Club of Huntingdon. They hope to raise at least £1,000 towards earthquake relief.

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Japanese Split race

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professional wrestling acrobatics

The last time I watched any professional wrestling it was Mickey Rourke in the 2008 film The Wrestler.

Seems wrestlers have increasingly been adding gymnastics to their choreography. Forward and back flips. Gainers. One guy throws a gainer full to front drop.

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Gymnastics Progressions – ”Body Shaping”

This video went viral. :-)

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That’s Euro Stars Gymnastics in Michigan. Tania Gueorguiev and her staff.

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Greg Glassman – King of CrossFit

CrossFit, Inc. is a fitness company founded by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000 …

… workouts incorporate elements from high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy sport, calisthenics, strongman, and other exercises.

It is practiced by members of over 10,000 affiliated gyms …

Turns out billionaire owner Greg Glassman, a former gymnast, is outrageously outspoken and unrepentant. Click PLAY or watch a feature on him on CBS.

Criticism:

… websites allege that CrossFit exercise sequences are illogical, random, and lack periodization. Those same blogs allege that CrossFit lacks accreditation standards for trainers …

CrossFit needs to evolve. It needs to become more individualized. Needs to be made safer.

Ludivine Furnon playing at the beach

Ludivine Furnon (born October 4, 1980 in Nîmes) is a retired Olympic athlete from France. She was the first French female gymnast to ever win a medal at the World Gymnastics Championships.

Although she attended dance classes from the age of eight, Furnon did not study gymnastics until April 1992, when she was eleven years old. …

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