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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.

Aussie Olympians ready

by Olivia Vivian

The Aussie double Olympian entertains with her final report before the Team makes the long flight to Europe.

The time is almost here,
Until our London team departs,
I can tell that they’re excited,
I can hear it in their hearts,

This camp has been a journey,
A rollercoaster ride,
I could’ve said it was easy,
But you know I would’ve lied,

To you girls, you’re not just my team-mates,
But more like my sisters,
We’ve worked through tough days,
And through all the blisters,

But we work for a purpose,
Towards one common goal,
We each play our part,
We each have a role,

To me it’s meant the world,
To be here with you all,
I’ve enjoyed every moment,
And every trip to the mall,

Now as you embark,
To represent our great nation,
Trust in yourselves,
And in all your preparation,

Enjoy every second,
And stay close as a team,
Always be aware,
That you’re living every athletes dream,

But never forget how we got here,
To this point of success,
Think of our coaches, staff and parents,
And how much they must stress,

To the parents we say thanks,
For supporting our goal,
We might not always show it,
But we appreciate your role,

To our coaches and staff,
We know we sometimes made it rough,
But somehow you got us here,
Even when times got rough,

And now on to Peggy,
I don’t know where to start,
She loves her job with passion,
Every beat of her heart,

The hours she puts in,
Don’t go un-noticed,
It pays off in our routines,
And I know none of you can protest,

We appreciate it all,
From your coaching to your pranks,
And on behalf of us all,
We would like to say thanks!

read more – WAG Olympic Preparation Camp, Update #6

They survived the long training camp. And have been hitting Beam.

So far, so good. :)

poem – Not Just a Sport

Chalk Bucket – LiveLoveTumble:

… It was inspired by Shawn Johnson’s Champion poem….

Not Just a Sport

Late every night, you’re still in the gym
Perfecting your skills, so you can win
You’re there after everyone else has gone
Though it may seem tempting, you’re still pushing on
Though these countless routines seem to have no end
You’ll always get up to try them again
And whether you land on your feet or your face
Nothing could ever take you away
From this sport that you love with all of your heart
And you always have, from the very start
It means sacrificing time with family and friends
For practices that seem to have no end
For those early mornings and late, late nights
As you soar through the air, reaching new heights
But when you win the meet with a medal and a smile
It makes everything seem so worthwhile
As you stand on the podium amidst the cheers
Trying to hold back grateful tears
As you wave to the crowd, as you wave to the world
For a moment, it’s all focused on this one girl
It makes it all worth it, the struggles and pain
The times when your efforts seemed all in vain
The days when you thought that this might be it
The time had come when you decided to quit
When you thought that this sport was no longer for you
It was no longer fun, it was no longer new
But you had another good day, and you realized
That it’s this sport that helps you survive
That gymnastics alone is what gets you through
Because it’s not just a sport – it’s part of you

Leave comments here – Thread: Gymnastics Poem

gymnastics poem …

Debbie Broderick Rodriguez of Byer’s Gymnastics, California:

Rachel Holman, one of my gymnasts, wrote this poem…it is awesome!

Tis the week before State
And all the through the gym
Gymnasts are training
To get ready to win

All landings are stuck
With elegance and grace
Routines are done right
And at a fast pace

The gymnasts are prepared
And ready to kick butt
Because we’ve done the assignments
So we’ll walk in with a strut

The judges won’t cringe
Because we have pointed feet
And our legs will be straight
So we can win the meet

And out on the floor
Our scores won’t even matter
Because we’ll be having fun
And it will sure flatter.

Away to the meet
And off we go
We’re bringin’ the heat
We’re stopping the show

The leos we’re wearin
Make us stand out
The luster they have
Will make other teams pout

When what to my wondering
Eyes should appear
But a high team score-
The best of the year!

With so many great coaches
Who are a joy to work with ;)
Our reputation is legendary
Definitely no myth

BEA Cup, Philippines

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the gym…

Bekah’s Christmas poem:

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the gym,
All the gymnasts were gone even little Ashton Kim.
As I sat by the beam and composed a new post,
I heard a loud sound I thought must be a ghost. …

There’s a bit of a mystery to solve. A surprise ending.

… As the man walked away, I exclaimed “Holy Moly!
That man isn’t Santa, he’s …

Find out on Bekah’s “Get a Grip” Gymblog

beam is FUN

Gymnastics Prayer:

Now I warm up for the meet
I pray my competition I can beat
And if I fall amidst the cheers
I pray I can hold my tears
And one more thing, success or not
I pray the creator of the beam be shot.

Or should the creator of Beam judging regulations be shot?

Beam is fun.

That poem I saw on Gymnastics Zone

a gymnast’s life – photo/poem

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The author of that poem is unknown. The video editor is BRAIESMOM, inspired by her daughter Braie Speed.

(via sophgymnast on Chalk Bucket)

related – Do You Remember When? (VIDEO)

you run like a girl


You run like a girl
You jump like a girl
You hit like a girl
You tumble six feet over
a four-inch beam like a girl!

Author unknown

(via sophgymnast on Chalk Bucket)

… a gymnast’s greatest virtue

Patience is man’s greatest virtue
Or so the saying goes,
A gymnast must have said it,
For a gymnast surely knows.

That in this funny sport of ours
Discouragement runs high,
And at times the very best
Will find the virtue’s passed her by.

When hands are ripped and throbbing
And every muscle sore
Can a gymnast still have patience
To limp back in for more.

Can you admit you’re frightened
Yet not give into fears
Can you conquer pain, frustrations
And often even tears.

When someone else does something
You’ve tried so long to do
Can you feel really glad for her
And not just pity you.

When you’ve lost old moves
You used to do
And progress seems so slow
Can you still have faith in better days
And not feel so sad and low.

And when success seems so far away
Your efforts all in vain
Can you force yourself to wear a smile
And disregard the pain.

If despite these tribulations
You can say, “I won’t give in”
Someday you will discover
That it’s now your turn to WIN

Christchurch School of Gymnastics

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Watch a video edited to this poem.

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