strength training with hula hoop

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European Games format

For the first time in the same competition, our six disciplines, four Olympic (MAG, WAG, RG, TRA) and two non-Olympic disciplines (AER, ACRO) are gathered.

All finales will take place according to the principle of an alternation between two disciplines. Men’s artistic gymnastics with women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic (Olympic) with acrobatic (non-Olympic), trampoline (Olympic) with Aerobic (non-Olympic). …

… artistic, with an all-around final with 18 gymnasts instead of 24 and the apparatus finals with 6 instead of 8 gymnasts. …

The main booster of the European Games format is Georges Guelzec, President of the European Union of Gymnastics. He’s running to succeed Bruno Grandi as the next FIG President.

Georges Guelzec

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Baku readies for the European Games

I’m happy to see a new Muslim nation hosting a major multi-sport Games.

Azerbaijin gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Did not have a constitution until 1995. They’ve come a long way in twenty years. It’s a success story.

On the other hand, President Ilham Aliyev is more dictator than elected leader.

Human Rights Watch recently blasted Azerbaijan.

I’m hoping Sport will help that nation move more quickly forward. They’ll be a bright spotlight on Baku during the Games. It could be good for those working towards human rights.

The National Gymnastics Arena will be the competition venue and is home to their National Teams.

Baku venue

Here’s a recent press release:

Test trainings for gymnasts were held at the National Gymnastics Arena on May 18-19 in anticipation of the first Baku European Games 2015 – to be held in the county this summer.

Altay Hasanov, the vice-president of the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation, who attended the event, said Azerbaijan expects a celebration of gymnastics during the First European Games.

Hasanov reminded all that the Gymnastics competitions at the European Games will be held on June 14-21. As many as 28 gymnasts will represent Azerbaijan at the European Games.

“The European Games will, for the first time, be held in Baku, here is where the history of the European sport will begin,” Hasanov said. “We very much want to succeed at the European Games and everyone expects this to be a success – the fans and the federation. We’ve gathered here to see the level of preparation of our athletes.” …

Baku, where history of European sport begins, says Gymnastics Federation VP

related – Disastrous consequences for Baku’s ‘clean up’ ahead of European Games

we need MORE GYMNASTS at the Olympics

Around 10,700 athletes competed at the London Olympics. (5,992 men, 4,776 women)

There were 26 sports.

That’s an average of about 411 / sport.

London medals

Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics are allocated 312 spots by IOC. (98 MAG, 98 WAG, 84 Rhythmic and 32 spots for Trampoline)

One thing EVERYONE agrees on is that Gymnastics gets too few spots considering FIG’s IOC status.

Only Athletics is ranked higher. Gymnastics and Swimming are second ahead of Basketball, Cycling, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball.

Inside the Games – Swimming and gymnastics vault ahead as rate of increase slows in IOC revenue distributions to summer sports

Gymnastics TV ratings are amongst the highest at the Summer Olympics. We have some GREAT stories.


FIG must continue to petition IOC to add athletes. If it was up to me, I’d move some of the Summer Games sports to the Winter Olympics to make more space. In fact, I wouldn’t mind Gymnastics being moved to the Winter Olympics in exchange for adding another hundred athletes.

related – FIG – Q and A on the new Olympic qualification system in Gymnastics

official FIG statement – Olympics 2020

FIG via email:

The Council also approved with an overwhelming majority the principles of the new qualification system and competition calendar for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Under the approved system, the number of gymnasts in the team competition will be reduced from five gymnasts to four, opening up 24 extra spaces for male and female gymnasts at the Olympic Games.

Up to two gymnasts from countries already qualified for the team competition would be eligible to compete as All-arounders or on their specialities based on a qualification system that includes results from the Continental Championships, World Cup and World Challenge Cups.

So. The additional gymnasts can compete AA or be specialists.


Triple Twist – 2020 Olympic Team Size Reduction: Our Thoughts

WOGYMNASTIKA – How The New FIG Rule Would Have Completely Changed The Results, Had It Been Issued In The Last Three Olympic Cycles

Gymternet – Playing Devil’s Advocate

Gymnastics Coaching – reducing Olympic Team size?

USA Gymnastic’s Steve Penny made a statement, but it was later deleted.

excellent Gymnastics cinematography

I’ve linked to this before. But it’s worth watching again. Some of the most creative video effects ever.

Elisabeth Seitz, Marcel Nguyen, Jana Berezko-Marggrander, Andreas Bretscheider und Lara Hüninhake

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via FIG

Dubai Rhythmic

Rhythmic really is growing around the World.

For the first time, the Dubai Rhythmic Gymnastics Team (DuGym) has won multiple Gold and Silver medals in international competition, at the Planet Rhythmic Invitational in Vancouver. Two UAE Nationals, Shaikha Saeed Al Tayer and Amina Saeed Al Tayer, are the leading competitors. …

Dubai Rhythmic