Commonwealth Games begins

Good luck.

Leave a comment if you know the source of that poem.

Give it up for the Fierce Five

Here’s a tribute that I’ll forward to Kyla, Jordyn, Alexandra, Gabrielle and Mckayla via Twitter.

An original song by Petter Skoglund.

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[Ladies and gentlemen let me present to you: Kyla, Jordyn, Alexandra, Gabrielle and Mckayla – also known as the Fierce Five]

Flic-flac on the beam, the best I’ve ever seen
And the score, top 4, 1st place for the team
And Wiebers’ on floor, now give the crowd some more
Double pike, triple spike, and a piruette of four

Mckayla on vault, now stick that 2 and a half,
put her skills to the test, this is what she does best
and scores up top, but she’s still not impressed,
no one knows what is going on inside her head.

Ask the champion, where did she come from?
Gabby douglas from Virginia, who was she back then?
With the air time she has on the uneven bars,
Sometimes i’m afraid she’ll never land again

The american team, living their dream,
Going hard, what a sight, they are the fierce five
Now’s the time bring your family, neighbours and friends,
this is what we’ve been waiting for, sing it with me

Here comes the fierce five, you’ve seen them before
they might be small and short, but fear them
Give it up for the fierce five!

[Ladies and gentlemen,
Jordyn Wieber has just finished her floor excersice,
with the amazing execution score of 9.1, making it a total of 16.2.
This puts the american team on the top,
and one step closer to winning the gold!

Next up is Alexandra raisman on floor,
and then kyla ross on beam,
oh ain’t this is so exciting]

(Verse 2)
[oh] Aly raisman, a tumblers dream
her first pass is making the audience scream
one would think that she stops after twist double front
but she keeps going on with a handspring to jump

Where’s Kyla? on the beam of course!
Doing combo after combo, earning bonus points,
you have seen what we’ve seen, she’s the queen of the beam
not a wobble she’s doing it perfectly clean

Now gather the team, we aim for a dream,
in rio de janerio 2016,
showing off what we do it’s the best you’ve seen
and I would love to see mckayla add the dougie to her floor routine

Here comes the fierce five, you’ve seen them before
they might be small and short, but fear them
Give it up for the fierce five!

[The score is showing on the board,
The fierce five have done it again,
Congratulasions to the american gymnastics team
you are watching channel pmspk
this is pms speaking
thank you for watching]
the fierce five have done it once again

Thanks Hayley.

short film on Gymnastics

This is great. Philosophic and poetic.

… for anyone who’s ever fallen in love with a sport, past or present. I hope it speaks to you.

(Make sure to set the quality to 1080p)

Sarah LorishNew York University Creative Submission – Film – 2013

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (9min)

Gymnastics is a youth sport. Sarah is a much stronger young woman for her years in the gym.

@kwat89 via @Keke1014

Oh judge, dear judge

This is a repost from Dec 24th, 2011.
Enjoy. :-)

Judge Jeanne Boutilier:

I wrote this as chair for judges hospitality at the very first Region 5 “The Cup” Hosted by Gym Nation in Cincinnati. It was recited by a young gymnast named Rachel. :-)

Oh judge, dear judge
Hello, it’s me
I’m way down here
only 4 foot 3.

My knees are knocking
I hope you don’t see.
I look up at you
you smile at me.

It’s my turn on beam
now there’s no escaping.
A “9” would be nice
see, my grandma is taping.

I know I’m wobbly
but here’s a quiz –
Do you know how thin
this darn thing is???

Oh judge, dear judge
can you cut me some slack?
I wiped out in warm-ups
and hurt my back.

You signal you’re ready
for me to begin.
I face you, salute you
and flash my best grin.

These bars feel good
I must keep my grip.
Did I happen to mention
I have a big rip?

It’s over, I did it
that wasn’t so bad.
But I have to admit
I really am glad.

Oh judge, dear judge
it’s my turn on floor.
And I know you’ve heard
my music before.

But you only smile
as I flip and I leap.
How is it that your
composure you keep?

Out of bounds, you say
on two of my passes?
Well, I think that line judge
needs some new glasses.

Okay, yes, okay
I’m sure you are right.
But the floor is springy
it messed up my flight.

Oh judge, dear judge
did you see that vault?
You need to know
it wasn’t my fault.

The board was too close
the horse set too high.
But you just smiled
when I walked by.

You sit there for hours
and watch us compete.
You nod and encourage
you don’t miss a beat.

You look so regal
in your navy blue.
Oh judge, dear judge
we appreciate you!!!

USA National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges

(via Judge Laura Vincent on Facebook)

Beam is poetry

Inspired by a visit from Carol-Angela Orchard, coach Sally Batley put together a unique video montage of developmental kids working basics.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

That’s Renmore Gymnastics, Galway, Ireland.

Gymnastic Poem

When you’re feeling down because your body hurts
When your hands are torn and your muscles ache
When the beam’s so high and you feel you’ll fall
When you feel you can’t and want to stop it all
When the spring floor feels like concrete
When you feel you’re spent and can’t compete
And the bars, they seem so wide apart
And vaulting now is not in your heart
When all of this makes you feel like the pits
It’s time to relax and think a bit
Of the hours and hours of hard work put in
It’s time to collect the dividend
You know why you’re here, what it’s all about
You know there’s no time at all for self-doubt
So get up, with both your body and your mind
And keep it going because you’re going to find…
YOU CAN…you can do it with a little more grit

Get up, breathe deep – and GO FOR IT!!

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via sophgymnast on Chalk Bucket)

in defence of 2 / nation

Almost everyone I know is decrying the FIG rule allowing a maximum of 2 gymnasts / nation to qualify to Olympic Finals.

The main argument against the 2 / nation rule I’ve heard is that one of the very best gymnasts in the world, the defending World Champion, is not allowed to contend for the AA title. … This time.

If it was Aly 3rd, I doubt there would be much debate.

If it was Kazuhito Tanaka from Japan in the Men’s competition, there wouldn’t be much discussion. … Actually, Tanaka was eliminated, like Jordyn. … I didn’t hear a word.

He was eventually added, replacing an injured Koji Yamamuro.

The two solutions to this specific problem I hear are:

return the rule to a maximum of 3 / nation (as it was in 2000), or …
allow exceptions to the rule in cases of World Champions

Women’s Gymnastics is a sport where only 4 nations dominate the medals. I want to see gymnasts from other nations have a chance to contend, and even upset those 4 favourites.

The 2 / nation rule helps.

“Sudden Victory” at each level of competition helps.

Smaller team size helps.

The USA chose to have 3 gymnasts do the AA knowing that one would be knocked out. If they wanted those two to be Gabby and Jordyn, they should have kept Aly off Bars in prelims.

Beam Dreams – Two Per Country And Other Such Rules – My Take on the Debate

Of course the argument that the Olympics is all about deciding who’s BEST is specious. If that was the case we’d have 15 Americans in London and perhaps 1 Canadian.

There must be some maximum number of competitors at each level of competition. Two finalists is better than one, I feel. I personally think it looks bad for the sport to have all three from one nation on the podium.

Still not convinced?

Read Thiago Simoes post on how the 2 / nation rule is seen in 2016 Olympic host Brazil:

There has been much debate over the last few days about Jordyn Wieber’s failure to qualify for the All-Around finals. This is all somewhat baffling to me, someone who lives in a country which has achieved respectful results in gymnastics after the two-per-country rule was applied. …

Couch Gymnast – Two-per-country Rule: Another View

Having only 4 nations dominate WAG at the Olympics is bad for the sport in the rest of the world. Just as having only 4 women’s College teams ever having won the Team title makes it more difficult — not less — for every other team in the NCAA to justify their existence.

For the greater good of the sport, I can live with the disappointment of not seeing Jordyn get a shot at winning the Olympic title today.

Good luck to Gabby and Aly.