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first Saudi female Olympians

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. …

National Post – Sarah Attar becomes Saudi Arabia’s first female Olympian on the track

what will Jordyn do?

… 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. …

Jordyn Wieber wins gold in all-around composure

What about her injury?

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. …

U.S. gymnasts keep MSU doctor busy in London

Most gymnasts who competed in London are “injured”. Multiple areas of pain are situation normal at that level.

John Geddert has a number of concerns and complaints, but Jordyn’s injury is not one of them:

• credit for Amanar
• 2 per country rule
• tie breaker rules
• age rule
• 3 up 3 count team final
• reduced number of competitors / team (from 7 to 5)

Olympic Games – Post 7

I know Jordyn will be doing some work with Tumbl Trak real soon. I’ll be linking to that, for sure. :)

no helmets, no brakes

I’m a child of the 1970s. … Not sure how I survived.

see the original on Facebook

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.

why is FIG rewarding Pena?

Women’s judges are infamous for their severity in taking big deductions for tiny errors.

Why aren’t they “killing” performances this flawed and dangerous?

Click PLAY or watch Handspring double front on YouTube.

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?

Here’s her very average DTY second Vault. (VIDEO)

(via Full Twist)

female gymnast thumb around Bar

Male gymnast MUST ALWAYS have their thumbs around the Bar.

Female gymnast normally have thumbs around while in support (e.g. cast handstand) then flip the thumb back with the rest of the fingers during swings (e.g. giant, free hip, etc.)

Here’s an example — posted by Gymnastics Crossing — of a female gymnast who DOES sometimes keep her thumbs around on the swing. An exception to the norm.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Note the thumb tape. :)

Elfimov on Komova


Viktoria Komova’s personal coach, Gennady Elfimov, has given a personal interview to Sovietski Sport.

His main messages? Don’t hype Vika! Keep calm! We have to keep our focus and perform four apparatus confidently – don’t get carried away with that vault! And forget about Tokyo! …

Coach Elfimov with Viktoria Komova at a team visit to the Novodevichy Convent

read more on Rewriting Russian Gymnastics – Interview with Gennady Elfimov

Sounds like the plan is for Komova, Paseka and … Mustafina to all compete Amanar in Team. If so, the odds of all 3 landing are not high.

Russia cannot afford any injury.

5 toughest gymnastics skills

Zach Liebler:

The top 5 craziest skills in men’s gymnastics in my opinion. …

I chose to do these skills because they’re so hard, and nobody does them. You don’t see many quad twists or triple backs anymore. And you never see the other 3. Here are the gymnasts:

Quad Twist: Kent Caldwell
Triple Back: Eddie Crane
Triple Back Pbars: Daisuke Nakano
Cassina 2: Igor Cassina
Crockett: Jeff Crockett

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via The Gym Press on Facebook)

Olympic Gymnastics injuries

These last few days before the Olympics make you nervous. Artistic Gymnastics is dangerous. There will certainly be injuries, primarily landing injuries on competition mats.

Chen Yibing injures meniscus while training Vault in Ireland. He still hopes to compete. They need him.

Nabieva was injured the day before the final Russian Team Olympic selection.

Sounds like it’s also a knee.

23yr-old Lais Souza from Brazil is out after hurting her hand on Bars.

related – Gymnastics Rescue – Knee Injuries and Gymnastics

NEW – Woodward Tahoe

So NEW it’s not on Wikipedia yet.

Woodward Tahoe opened a few weeks ago. This company is expanding.

Woodward Copper opened 2008.

Woodward Beijing opened 2010.

Click PLAY or watch Tahoe’s Opening Day video on YouTube.

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 Wessel explain the 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.

Training Action Sports gets a little bit safer. :)

homepage Woodward tahoe

LIKE Woodward Tahoe on Facebook.

male gymnasts fall hard

The bigger you go, the harder you fall.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

on fear in gymnastics

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.

(via Tumbl Trak on Facebook)

’76 Olympics – Shun Fujimoto

Shun Fujimoto represented Japan at the 1976 Summer Olympics, where he won gold in the team competition.

Fujimoto achieved fame by continuing to compete in the team event right after breaking his knee during the floor exercise. He scored 9.5 on the pommel horse and 9.7 on the rings with a broken knee

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

… Later, when asked whether he would do what he did again, he replied frankly, “No, I would not.”

I ask gymnasts to NEVER hide injuries from their coach.