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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.

Biles, Ross, Baumann, Skinner, Kocian, Locklear

Andy Thornton’s projected Women’s Worlds Team:

Simone Biles
Kyla Ross
Alyssa Baumann
MyKayla Skinner
Madison Kocian
Ashton Locklear

Alternates:
Maggie Nichols
Brenna Dowell

Here would be a possible team finals lineup with this team:

Vault
Baumman or Ross
Skinner
Biles

Bars
Kocian
Ross
Locklear

Beam
Baumann
Biles
Ross

Floor
Baumann or Ross
Skinner
Biles

I know I may get some backlash for not putting Maggie Nichols on this team, so I wanted to explain why. I’ll say first that in a fair world, she WOULD be on this team. I think she totally earned it. She has hit every single routine at both the Secret U.S. Classic and the P&G Championships, placed 3rd in the all-around at both competitions, and has improved her all-around totals with each one (57.6, 58.65, 59.25). She is a rock solid competitor, could be put up on any of the four events, and would likely hit under pressure. But her greatest strength is as a very solid all-arounder. …

Leave your backlash comments on American GymnastSo What’s The Verdict? A Projected Six-Member Women’s World Team

top 3 AA

Andy is very astute. But Marta loves consistency. I could see her finding a way to put Maggie on the competition Floor if anyone is slightly injured or inconsistent in training. :-)

The only team that can defeat USA in Team … is USA.

Flavia Saraiva at YOGs

There was some doubt whether Flavia would end up being Brazil’s representative.

She is.

FIG posted a terrific interview from podium training:

Just 1.33 metres tall, Brazil’s Flavia Lopes Saraiva is the shortest gymnast of the Nanjing 2014 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics line-up, but she certainly did not go unnoticed at Friday’s podium training. With her remarkable form, difficult elements and beautiful presentation the tiny teenager drew attention to herself and made us want to get to know her better. …

Q: Looking at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where you could make it on the Brazilian team, what is your goal?

Flavia: I want to win a medal for Brazil. The YOG are a first step for me on the road to Rio. …

Q: Do you have a favourite apparatus?

Flavia: Yes, the beam.

Q: What is your goal at this competition?

Flavia: I want to score 57.000 points, no matter the ranking. …

read more – Brazil’s Flavia Saraiva aiming for Rio 2016

Flavia

Alexandrov has them training every day. Up to 3 sessions a day. Sundays and holidays included.

I hope Brazil does not burn out before the qualifying Worlds.

gymnasts in Summer

Sarah Chrane has a cute post on The Gymternet:

16 REALITIES OF BEING A GYMNAST IN THE SUMMER

A sample …

9. Summer conditioning.

summer conditioning

My goal for summer training is to accomplish every skill we want to compete in the following season.

great coaches …

1. Cherish the child over the athlete.

3. Communicate with parents.

5. Connect before they direct.

10. Make the boring interesting.

21. Understand interpersonal relationships of the team are important.

26. Understand child development.

30. End practice on a positive note.

30 SECRETS OF BRILLIANT COACHES

Click through to read the rest. Some great reminders there. :-)

coach-and-athletes

not every 4 years, every day

Great Britain’s Barry Collie

If you’re still wondering how Great Britain became one of the top men’s Gymnastics nations in the world, you need read this interview.

Barry Collie

British Gymnastics:

Our junior men’s national Coach Barry Collie recently led our men’s junior team to their most successful ever European Championships in Bulgaria, with the team collecting 10 individual medals and winning the overall title for the fourth successive time.

He talked us through the event from a coach’s perspective…

The focus is always on the long term goals, but in the run up to the major events I consume myself entirely in the sport for six weeks. I become completely focussed with the team members for that crucial period. Everyone has to make personal sacrifices and focus on the job in hand for the interest of the whole team. …

Confidence comes from planning. For the final three weeks we’re centralised at Lilleshall and we model the competition, doing exactly as we would do once we’re out there; the times, the structures, warm up, eating, everything. …

When you arrive as champions, there’s a big expectation from other nations. …

BG – Barry Collie: 2014 Europeans from a coach’s perspective

Fong – teaching future skills

Al Fong:

It’s not unusual for us to teach future skills to our athletes when they don’t need them at the level they’re competing, especially during the off season. It keeps gymnastics interesting and fresh for the athlete and the coach. Very important to prevent “burn out”.

Less frustration and safer. We can’t continue to train athletes to reach their true potential if they quit or get hurt. It’s all about keeping them in the game.

Ask Al Fong

Brenna

Brenna

the next Lindsey Vonn

But better, younger.

One of the stories to watch at the Winter Olympics.

Mikaela Shiffrin is the reigning World Cup and world champion in slalom. …

Disciplines slalom, giant slalom

Club Burke Mountain Academy

Born March 13, 1995 (age 18)

Vail, Colorado, U.S.

Mikaela

Mom Eileen:

… “Because she skis so efficiently, everyone perceives Mikaela as this perfectly prepped, organized little machine,” Eileen said. … “If they only knew that we don’t know what we’re doing half the time.

“People think we’ve had this master plan to produce a world champion. We have no plan.”

Mikaela Shiffrin’s Swift, if Unplanned, Ascent to World Champion

monitoring routines

Dani and her teammates at IEGA have colour coded charts tracking routines.

routine chart

Even more important to me is the number of routines HIT in series in the days leading up to competition. :-)

scheduling Gym rotations

One of the toughest jobs.

Maria and Kelley shared this pic from Mismo Gymnastics:

Rotation schedules… good thing I like puzzles! 13 groups, 13 stations. All groups have different times and not every group can go to every event… problem solving at its finest! —

rotations

Sands & McNeal:

% Importance of Training Tasks:

5 General Warmup
8 Specific Warmup (tumbling basic skills)
20 Uneven bars
22 Balance beam
6 Vault
5 Tumbling
5 Floor exercise dance
7 Ballet
17 Strength training

Technique – Managing Training Time (2002)

why I won the Olympics

UPDATED with Part 3

Kyle Shewfelt:


1. Attention to detail.
2. Planning.
3. Professionalism.
4. Listen to your body. Trust your intuition.
5. Journaling/Reflection
6. Clear and Specific Goals

18 Reasons why I won the Olympics – Part 1

7. Open Communication
8. High Standard
9. Give yourself a physical/mental break…but timing is key
10. Build strengths. Maintain weaknesses.
11. Safety first.
12. Pressure Situations

Cont’d – 18 reasons why I won the Olympics Part 2

13. I learned how to compete and how to deal with competition day.

Knowing how to turn it on when you have one shot in competition is a whole different experience than performing well in training. There are ‘athletes’ and then there are ‘competitors’. I was a competitor. I kind of liken it to being a warrior and competition was the battlefield.

I was different on competition day – my adrenaline would be pumping and my senses would be alive. Normally I am quite outgoing, but I turned into a very quiet person leading up to a big meet. I needed to be by myself in my own little world so I wouldn’t get distracted. I had to learn how to control all of the EXTRA stuff that came on competition day. As much as we want to pretend it’s just like training, your body and mind know it’s not.

14. Consistency led to confidence.
15. Social Responsibility
16. Innovation and creativity
17. Desire and Obsession
18. Belief

Cont’d – 18 reasons why I won the Olympics Part 3

Details on those links. Kyle was one of the top Floor / Vault men for 10 years, 3 Olympics.

Click PLAY or watch his gold medal FX routine 2004 on YouTube.

He recently opened a new gym.