World Vault Champion Maria Paseka


1. Maria Paseka (RUS) 15.666
2. Hong Un Jong (PRK) 15.633 to Rio! :-)
3. Simone Biles (USA) 15.541

full results (The Longine’s result page only shows 1 vault.)

Questionable call. I felt Hong was clearly better than Paseka over the same two vaults.

It looked like Dipa from India might just medal. And qualify to the Olympics. But she had a poor landing on her 2nd Vault. (Kas + 1/1 twist)

Sadly Guilia was injured on landing. Looks like it was only a hyper-extended knee. This time.

FIG needs to change the competition mats. The one they use for Double-mini would be safer. New competition mats are too hard.

Mary-Anne Monckton knows all about these injuries. She calls for a return to the warm-up on the competition equipment just prior to competing.

who sells fame retardant pit cubes?

Courtney Cook Carignan:

We are conducting a study investigating the efficacy of different types of pit cubes against the revised TB117-2013 smolder standard. Our goal is to identify a preferred solution for maintaining/improving fire safety in gyms while reducing gymnast exposure to flame retardants. Prototype testing will take place at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Fire Protection Engineering Laboratory. Results will be shared with gym owners, fire marshals, industry, gymnasts, coaches and parents.

Submit the names of any companies you know here.

foam pit or Air Bag?

I’m worried some landings will not be absorbed by an Air Bag. AND the electric Air blower is pretty noisy.

See what you think.

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What about an Air Bag base with foam on top?

An Air Bag does seem more forgiving than a Resi pit.

pole vault back flip

Renaud Lavillenie

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Here’s another one on Facebook (VIDEO).

(via Gymnastics Cross Training)

no foam pit in Poland?


With numerous Polish titles, World Cup medals and European finals between them, Roman Kulesza and Marta Pihan-Kulesza have been mainstays on the international Artistic Gymnastics scene for more than a decade. In this interview with Le Gymnaste Magazine, the monthly publication of the French Gymnastics Federation, the Kuleszas reveal what has kept them in Poland – and in Gymnastics – as they prepare for the busy international season ahead.

Roman Kulesza, 32, and Marta Pihan-Kulesza, 27, are the first couple of Polish Gymnastics.

Q: Marta, Roman, what’s the status of Gymnastics in Poland?

Roman Kulesza: “It’s difficult to explain …

‘Le Gymnaste’: Roman and Marta Pihan-Kulesza: ‘We don’t want to leave Poland’

An excellent and informative interview. Roman and Marta feel they can’t retire. Poland needs them.


(via FIG on Facebook)

BEFORE you teach Flyaway off a Bar

If I have Rings in the gym, I introduce drills like this as early as age-5. It’s FUN. It’s SAFE. (I introduce it over the pit if I have Rings over the pit.)

The gymnast quickly gains confidence in releasing something, flying through the air while traveling forwards. The main goal I ask of them is to stick the landing.

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Ideally I’d do this for the first year of twice a week training, starting Bar release in the second year.

Eventually, your kids will be as skilled as Jake Dalton. :-)

Found my next career? Cirque? #justkidding #playingaround

A video posted by Jake Dalton (@jake_dalton) on

If you don’t have Rings in the gym, budget to buy an inexpensive set. They only cost about $80, one of the best value / dollar investments you can add to your facility. Hang them on a high rail.

Thanks to Jeremy Mosier and Gymtastics for hosting this video.

Gymtastics is still my favourite club website, by the way. Compare it to yours. :-)

Mom’s house a ball pit

Funny viral video. :-)

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(via Darren Reavis)