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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


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:


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.


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


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



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.


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! —


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.

Gymnastics Club collisions

Arabian Punch Front linked to this set-up video.

It’s a good reminder, though.

We must plan traffic flow in our facilities. Get the competitive kids out of the way during the busiest Rec class times.

the coach who never punts

Kevin Kelley is the head football coach at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. In games, he instructs his team to never punt, to never receive punts, and almost always onside kick. …


Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Since Kelley took over, Pulaski is 124-22 and has won three state titles.

It’s numbers. It’s Moneyball.

Is there a different BETTER way for your athletes to meet their goals?

Think different.

Oleg Verniaiev 92.165

Oleg finally HIT. :-)


1. Oleg Verniaiev 92.165
2. Fabian Hambuchen 90.264
3. Daniel Purvis 89.931.

full AA results (PDF)

DTB World Cup


graphic via via gymfanconfessions on Tumblr

MIGHT be good strategy. Huge start scores early in the Quad. Stabilize those routines in the lead-up to Rio.