Sarah Attar … competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics as one of the first female Olympians representing Saudi Arabia. She has Saudi Arabian and American dual nationality and is currently a student at Pepperdine University in … California. …
… the International Olympic Committee had threatened to ban Saudi Arabia from the Games unless they allowed women to compete. She was expected to wear outfits that comply with Islamic law. …
During the Opening Ceremonies’ Parade of Nations, Attar and Shahrkhani, the only two females in the Saudi Arabian delegation, were forced to walk behind their male teammates, unlike delegations from other Islamic nations. …
… Saudi Arabia is one of three Islamic countries, along with Qatar and Brunei, that brought female athletes for the first time, making this the first Olympics in which every national team includes a woman. …
… “This is such a huge honor and an amazing experience, just to be representing the women,” Attar said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I know that this can make a huge difference.”
… “For women in Saudi Arabia, I think this can really spark something to get more involved in sports, to become more athletic,” she said. …
Because she’s on a college track team, Attar knows all about this year’s 40th anniversary of Title IX, the barrier-breaking law that opened doors in sports for women in the United States. For the first time this year, women outnumbered men on the U.S. Olympic team.
Nobody is dreaming about making that kind of history yet in Saudi Arabia.
Every grand mission, however, has to start somewhere. …
… among U.S. athletes in individual events, only swimmer Ryan Lochte will finish the Olympics with a wider gap between expectations and results than Wieber. At least Wieber never inflated her own with self-promoting hype the way Lochte did.
But consider after punctuating the disappointment with a seventh-place finish in Tuesday’s floor final, Wieber could have sulked or hid. Instead she understood the importance in facing adversity better than the aide who, before the first question to Wieber, said, “You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.”
Wieber did anyway.
The Jordyn rules of gymnastics: No complaints, apologies or excuses. …
Dr. Larry Nassar was said with the most knowledge of the situation: “Fourth place overall? That’s pretty good for someone with a broken leg.” …
Nassar believed the 17-year-old from DeWitt would be OK because the fibula is not a weight-bearing bone. But there’s no question, he said, that her training and her performance were affected by the injury. …
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. …
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.
Less scary than usual, but should this have qualified 5th with a combined score of 14.699?
What’s the message, Nellie? … That you want girls worldwide to train this Vault in order to get to Olympic Finals?
Jon Slaughter, Marketing Director, is justifiable proud of progress made. They broke ground on the impressive 34,000 square foot facility only about 11 months prior to opening. It’s at Boreal Mountain Resort close to Lake Tahoe, California.
Click PLAY or watch … Nate Wesselexplainthe design on YouTube. Including the Trampoline Park with a “Supertramp”.
That Supertramp is not one of those built by Dave Ross / Rebound. It’s a new design. I got to bounce on it myself — BIG AIR … SLOW … and SOFT.
The highlight for many of the kids visiting is that pit jump. HUGE AIR on a bike.
Lauren Gearhart moved from Copper to get the Cheer program up-and-running at Tahoe. She explained that Artistic Gymnastics will not be offered at this camp due to space limitations. Action sports share tumbling, trampoline and pits with Cheer. It’s a natural fit.
Rod Floor, tumbling trampoline and full Cheer Floor are in place.
They’ll be no Artistic Gymnastics at this Woodward. A bit of a trend for the company, I’m thinking. Action Sports are the priority.
Woodward Tahoe looks like a winner to me. It will run winter and summer. It’s atop the Donner Pass on Highway 80, West of Truckee, California.
At one of his sessions at USA Congress, Dr. Bill Sands talked about the mechanism of fear. At a stage of brain development, children finally start to grasp consequences of action.
The age is predictable.
I feel it happens to both boys and girls, but there’s some sort of override in the male psyche — perhaps Testosterone.
Boys can almost always overcome fear issues in the gym. Some girls cannot.
Most often it involves backwards elements.
Fear can be a great struggle. Right now Emily Wilson’s daughter is having problems.
Try everything. Especially high reps of simpler skills.
For example, for backward tumbling balking on saltos, do endless series of backward handsprings on Tumbl Trak. At least 50 backward handsprings a day before going back to somersaults.
Fear can be overcome.
One strategy to reduce the frequency and severity of fear going backwards is to train forward elements first. For example, I like girls to do forward flyaway before backward flyaway. Forwards is not “scary”. The confidence gained later transfers to the backward. Usually.