3D-Gym – animation software

There’s a very cool, very frustrating site at fb-curves.com.

Here’s why it’s cool.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Fantastic. A perfect Rybalko. The first time I’ve ever seen one. :-) Consider me seduced.

The site is frustrating for me because it’s so Flash based. I hate Adobe Flash. I turn off Adobe Flash every chance I get. On my laptop, fb-curves.com doesn’t work well.

Happily, developer Fabien Bougas has some of that same content on his YouTube channel.

He has a blog, as well, in French and English, with some of the content.

Shannon Miller’s new book – a review


St. Martin’s Press sent me a review copy of It’s Not About Perfect: Competing For My Country and Fighting For My Life by Shannon Miller with Danny Peary.

It’s available today – April 21, 2015 – in hard cover, Kindle, audio and MP3 CD.

not about perfect

It’s Shannon’s life story, so far. An autobiography. Inspirational. Ideal for teenage gymnasts and fans of women’s Gymnastics.

Shannon Miller … the winner of a combined total of 16 World Championships and Olympic medals between 1991 and 1996, Miller ranks as the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history. …

Rather than dwell on the many successes, one of the greatest in the history of the sport spends more time detailing when things went wrong. And how she reacted to those setbacks.

“Don’t judge me by my successes but rather how many times I fell and got back up again.”


I enjoyed reading of her childhood. The used $100 backyard trampoline. Her first coach, Jerry Clavier. How Gary Goodson failed Shannon on her first USAIGC testing. Her first USAIGC and Karolyi camps. The first time Shannon ever flew on a plane. It was to Russia. At age-9.

Steve Nunno was on that trip, as well. Later Shannon moved from her non-competitive gym to Dynamo. Steve later hired Peggy Liddick.

Steve Nunno was a very controversial coach. Loud, arrogant and egotistical. But I’ve never heard Shannon Miller say a bad word about him. For her he was the ideal coach. This book is filled with stories of her many wonderful experiences with him and Peggy.

As an young gymnast, Shannon had very few injuries. But she did dislocate her elbow after hitting her feet on a flyaway full twist.

Astonishingly, Shannon once had a balking problem on flyaway. And later a balking problem on Tkachev. If it can happen to Shannon Miller, it can happen to anyone.

She competed the 1992 Olympics on a broken foot. Yet hit 16/16. Her goal.

After returning to Oklahoma from the Barcelona Games she enjoyed 3 days off. She’d only expected 1 day rest.

“I never considered myself the most talented or exciting gymnast but I could outwork anybody.”

By the 1996 Atlanta Olympics she had grown six inches, gained thirty pounds. Though still a tiny person, the sport was more difficult.

She looks back on her career as having two peaks: 5 medals at the 1992 Olympics and her success at the next two World Championships.

“The other peak was at the 1996 Olympics, when I won gold medals as part of the team and on balance beam. The two peaks corresponded to the two separate parts of my competitive career, based on my having two distinct body types and there being two different Codes of Points.”

Click PLAY or watch her Beam from the 1994 Worlds AA on YouTube.

One day a long retired Shannon Miller walked into Steve’s office at the Dynamo Gym and asked: “Do you want to train me for the 2000 Olympics?

That third failed Olympic run was perhaps the most interesting of the three for me. She’s proud of the effort. Shannon’s philosophy:

• Set goals.
• Put in the work if you want results.
• Utilize mistakes as a way to learn and grow.
• Eliminate negative thoughts (and, when possible, negative people).
• Search for the positive in the negative.
• Don’t place limits on yourself.
• Accept help from others.
• Never give up and, most of all, believe in yourself.

She only very briefly mentions her failed first marriage in 1999 to Christopher B. Phillips. He was the second man she dated, a medical student at the University of Oklahoma.

Her second husband is John Falconetti. They married August 25, 2008. They have two children.

The Shannon Miller Foundation, dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, launched in 2007.

Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women launched July 4, 2010.

Someone so healthy getting cancer was a shocker for me and everyone who knew Shannon Miller. It was a rare kind of ovarian cyst.

She had surgery in January 2011. In March 2011 began a 9-week regimen of chemotherapy.

In July 2011, her doctor gave a clean bill of health. She was cancer-free.

Like many celebrities over the past few years, Shannon documented her progress fighting cancer online. Her hope is that more people will schedule all their recommended medical treatments.

Bottom line. I recommend this book.


Shannon’s other books

Anna Rose Johnson interview with Shannon on the book: “I hope it’s something that will inspire others”

Fitness Wheel – Special Needs Gymnastics

Soft. Safe. Round.

The unique inflatable Fitness Wheel is ideal for those with special needs. ALL CHILDREN are special. It’s great for everyone. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Tumbl Trak posted a series of videos on Special Needs Gymnastics. Browse the Grow Through Movement playlist.

(via Rec Gymnastics)

Special Needs Gymnastics

Here’s the sequel to the 2014 Grow through Movement – Special Needs VIDEO, one of my favourite edits yet from Tumbl Trak.

Tumbl Trak is proud to introduce our latest work in Special Needs Movement. In collaboration with Occupational Therapists, teachers, parents and students we are learning more every day about the incredible benefits Tumbl Trak equipment offers students with special needs.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Tumbl Trak just posted a series of videos on Special Needs Gymnastics. Browse the Grow Through Movement playlist.

Thanks to Rec specialist Carrie Lennox for the links.

EDGE Symposium

Elite Development Gymnastics Education.

June 19-20, 2015 at Illinois Gymnastics Institute (IGI) in Chicago

I want to attend this new event. Check the curriculum.

Tammy Biggs & Todd Gardiner will teach you the systems, drills, spotting and concepts the best elite coaches know and utilize. EDGE is an intensive clinic that will greatly improve your knowledge base. Tammy and Todd have coached Olympic, World, and Junior Olympic gymnasts for the past three decades. They love sharing their knowledge and experience to help you, and your staff become better coaches.

EDGE website

Cost $450 for 1 coach with 1 gymnast. Discounts for more people. A great way for clubs to upgrade their Head Coaches.

Note that it’s geared for those who want to develop Elite FIG gymnasts, as well as J.O.

Special Needs Gymnastics

Tumbl Trak is proud to introduce our latest work in Special Needs Movement. In collaboration with Occupational Therapists, teachers, parents and students we are learning more every day about the incredible benefits Tumbl Trak equipment offers students with special needs.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Rec Gymnastics)

Tumbl Trak is a long time sponsor of this site. I’m proud to be associated with them as an Ambassador. This is the kind of equipment development than more companies should be pursuing.

It’s crazy to put young children on equipment designed for Olympians.

Gymnix Invitational – a review


Surprisingly, this was my first time attending this important competition, one I follow online every year. It’s easily the best meet in the nation.

The BIG gym is gorgeous. The only podium competition in Canada, including Nationals.

Kennedy Gymnix 2015

Gym B has a mini-podium for Floor. A very nice touch for the younger girls aspiring to compete, one day, in the main Hall.

Gymnova Canada, based out of Montreal, do a terrific job equipping the meet.

Of course the famed Gymnix club is in the same sports facility. Team Canada held a training camp here the week prior to the 2015 meet.

The highlight of Gymnix is the the Junior International Cup, one of the best Junior team competitions in the world. The 2015 edition was super. I hope Marta Karolyi’s successor decides to send an American Jr Team.

Unlike most of the “rest of Canada”, Quebec is not switching over to the American Jr Olympic rules. Happy with their WAG program now, Quebec remains separate and distinct.

WiFi is free at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, but as in most big venues tends to crap out when too many spectators are logged in to one router at the same time. Have a data plan if you want to be sure to connect from the venue.

Merci boucoup @IntlGymnix. Thanks for the hard work of your staff and volunteers.

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