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gymternet plagerism? – Gymnastike responds

Check the comments for additional information on whether or not this kind of cut and pasting is illegal. Seems it is.

Gymnastike got back to me with this response:

That article from British Gymnastics is a press release. Below is a screenshot of the email that came to me from British Gymnastics and you will see it’s clearly branded as a press release. We get press releases from media sources every day. They want to get their message out, and encourage us to post it. It is in no way illegal. …

BG press release

Apologies to Gymnastike.

Perhaps this is common practice. I still don’t like it. Some are calling it lazy journalism.

Gymnastike does not often link to other sites. They should not be surprised if that policy is reciprocated.

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This site is an aggregator. We link to good content wherever we find it — and try to send interested readers to other websites.

While not perfect, I don’t think there’s any other gymnastics site that tries harder to credit and promote the source of original content. With a lot of traffic, a link from Gymnastics Coaching gives increased PageRank to the sites we link.

On September 15th British Gymnastics put up a great post – 2014 World Championship team announced.

Soon after Gymnastike cut and pasted the entire textBritish Gymnastics Officially Announces Worlds Team.

They changed a few words. With this credit – Release via British Gymnastics. (with no link because they don’t actually want their readers to leave Gymnastike)

Worse, they went through the British Gymnastics replacing the BG links with links to Gymnastike pages. Some BG links were left, so someone at Gymnastike went to the trouble of removing those links.

I checked, not a single link to British Gymnastics remained in the end. It might have been faster to simply write their own story.

This may not be illegal, but it’s certainly unethical. I’ll continue my boycott of Gymnastike and recommend you do the same.

I feel badly for Anne and the other ethical people at Flocasts Gymnastike. But everyone I’ve spoken with feels you should work from within to address the many complaints.

boycott Gymnastike?

Early September 2014 Flocasts, parent company of Gymnastike, put up a very controversial post. They admitted the mistake, but a proper apology was slow in coming.

Gymnastike.org has been, over recent years, charged with plagiarism. Here’s one example.

I find the practice of editing a press release and changing ALL the links lazy at best, unethical at worse.

I don’t trust Flocasts. And will only rarely link to Gymnastike in future until I believe the corporate culture changes for the better.

in defence of CrossFit

Carl Paoli asks good questions. But I’m not convinced by his answers.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Obviously there are better and worse drills for each individual at a CrossFit gym. Having everyone do the same Workout Of the Day is already a mistake, as far as I’m concerned. Some common easy warm-up could be safe and effective, but after that the program should be individualized.

CrossFit is getting better. The best gyms are excellent. Yet I feel many have a long way to go.

As a competitive sport, the judging is far worse than in Artistic Gymnastics.

Friday Night Lights v MIOBI

Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series based around a high school football team situated in Texas. …

Critically acclaimed. Great acting. Great writing. It lasted 5 season.

I find Coach Eric Taylor very believable.

coach

Another TV drama set in the context of youth sport, Make It or Break It, was utter crap, by comparison. 3 seasons, 48 episodes, ending 2012.

And that’s a shame.

We’re still waiting for the great, serious Gymnastics TV drama.

A coach more believable than Sasha Belov. :-(

coach Sasha

I suspect — as usual — the football series had far more money to hire good writer$.

Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular

Oh no.

When there’s a single flyaway off H Bar and an Olympic Champion showing a front walkover in the promo clip, my guess is that this show will not be very Spectacular.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

cancel Cable TV

For your health.

child TVThere were three main reasons I hopped on the cord cutting bandwagon:

1. I got old.
2. I had a kid.
3. Netflix.

The kid thing was huge. We don’t let our three-year-old watch a lot of TV, but when we do it’s through No. 3 — Netflix. There’s a great selection of kid-friendly content and no commercials yelling at him in between breaks in the action. …

GigaOm – A lifelong cable hoarder cuts the cord and it’s a relief… kinda

Gymnast Flame Retardant Collaborative

An update by email from Courtney Carignan:

Dear GFRC member,

Thank you for joining the Gymnast Flame Retardant Collaborative. By joining our email list you have helped move this effort forward. Many of you are gymnast parents and coaches that had similar questions about alternatives and future studies. Below are some responses and updates:

1. We have updated the recommendations on the GFRC web page to be more specific. In addition to advising gymnasts to wash their hands after practice and before eating, we are also recommending that gyms implement hand washing policies and hang posters that encourage handwashing in the gym. We are also recommending gymnasts not participate in pit cleaning activities. One option for gyms may be to install a pit fluffer that could be used when the gym is not in use. If pit cleaning/fluffing must be done by hand, we suggest wearing a dust mask to reduce inhalation of suspended dust. …

Do those pit fluffers actually work?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

How durable are they?

More pit fluffer videos.

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Flame Retardants and Gymnastics

Amanda Turner linked to that single study on a small sample of Collegiate gymnasts. The researchers have put up their own web page dedicated to the topic:

We are a group of researchers from Dartmouth College, Boston University and Duke University who study how people are exposed to flame retardant chemicals.

More broadly, we study how chemicals in the environment can affect the health of people. We chose to do a study of gymnasts because one of us is a former competitive gymnast and because we were concerned competitive gymnasts may have elevated exposures to flame retardants due to their use of foam containing equipment.

The study included 11 collegiate gymnasts that was published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology: Carignan CC, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Roberts SC, Stapleton HM, Sjödin A, Webster TF. Flame retardant exposure among collegiate U.S. gymnasts. 2013. Environ. Sci. Technol.

(DETAILS & ABSTRACT)

This website was developed to advise gymnasts and coaches to wash their hands after practice and before eating, to provide facts about flame retardants and gymnastics and to facilitate collaboration between flame retardant scientists, fire safety experts, equipment manufacturers and the gymnastics community. …

GymnastCollaborative.org

BBC Reality TV show?

… The BBC is reportedly developing a celebrity gymnastics show.

The show, which the team behind ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is said to be working up, would find celebs trained up to perform with professionals.

A title of ‘Strictly Come Gymnastics’ is even being floated, with the possibility of it being aired in 2014 to go up against ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. …

Louis

Yahoo UK

That was Oct 2nd. The name of the (proposed) show could change.

Both the American and British proposals sound outlandish to me. Not many celebrities could do a backwards roll down an incline mat. The only excitement will be waiting on the injuries. :-(

via GymCastic

headstand without a helmet

“Let’s Move!”

“But not too fast, please — and oh, not on the rock! You — put on a helmet! You, too! And don’t jump into that water like that! Are you crazy? You might get hurt!” …

… the United States Postal Service … confirmed that the agency has halted the Just Move stamps.

Why?

Because, according to Linn’s Stamp News, of those 15 active children, three were deemed to be moving in ways that could prove detrimental to their health: skateboarding without kneepads, cannonballing into the water, and doing a headstand without a helmet. …

safe headstand
Motherlode – A Headstand Without a Helmet? The Postal Service Halts ‘Just Move’ Stamps

UPDATE:

“The USPS has not directly received taxpayer-dollars since the early 1980s with the minor exception of subsidies for costs associated with the disabled and overseas voters. …

The USPS lost US$ 15.9 billion in 2012, and its revenue was US$ 65.2 billion. … “

Thanks to MCSMaria, for the correction.

Sometimes I wish the U.S. Government would run out of money. Be forced to completely privatize postal service.

Government monopolies are wasteful and inefficient.

I have to assume those responsible for this insane decision have overweight children.

Gymnastics Reality TV

Teaching “celebrities” … gymnastics … as a Reality TV show.

… CORE Media is developing Celebrity Champions, an original format that will see former Olympians coach celebrities – be they dancers, musicians, actors or athletes – in various disciplines.

Those will include bars, floor, rings and vault. Gold medalist Mary Lou Retton is attached as the anchor judge on the project which was brought to CORE by Shauna Thomas, Triana Lavey, and 1996 Olympic team member John Macready.

… Other former Olympians attached to participate include Shannon Miller and Paul Hamm. …

Deadline

They couldn’t dive. What makes anyone think celebrities can learn gymnastics?

Lisa Beam

(via Couch Gymnast)

“normal” size Barbie

via Women’s Rights News on Facebook

normal Barbie

P Bar locking mechanisms FAIL

Coach Markos Baikas is frustrated.

Frustrated that Parallel Bar locking mechanisms fail so quickly. Frustrated that replacement parts from Spieth in Europe would cost a fortune.

P Bars

Instead, we’re trying to find a local machine shop that could rethread or, perhaps, replace the locking mechanism.

Leave a comment if you’ve any advice.