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yucky honey in the gym

Aussie gymnast Luke Wiwatowski has a blog:

… Almost without fail every gymnast that will ever compete in a senior event will apply honey to the parallel bars. …

… one may find rows of honey bottles splayed across any given competition podium for parallel bars. …

… uses maple syrup but the concept is much the same. …

Gymnasts and Honey

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I don’t like honey in the gym. It’s messy. And unsanitary.

Instead, microwave sugar water, boiling it for some seconds. Use that supersaturated solution to apply chalk. It works as well or better, and is much cleaner.

Shallon Olson – Vault

She’s been competing this DTY for years. … since she was a kid.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

No female gymnast has ever done so much difficulty at such a young age. The Canadian Jr Champion (still age-11) is a unique talent. A trickster.

It’s going to be interesting to follow her career.

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I’m looking for the perfect release form blanks for USA and Canada. Leave a comment if you’ve got one you like. Some models would be children, of course.

Dave Ross – Supertramp

Skyriders Head Coach Dave Ross told us that there are 6 or 7 “Supertramps” he’s built, out in the wild. Those are GIANT trampoline beds that allow athletes to get more air time than on the FIG specs.

His own in Toronto is the best design, so far, he feels.

He’s back to a rectangular frame, at this point. Supporting the corners of such a big bed is an issue.

Click PLAY to watch Sam Sendel. This (updated) edit on YouTube from 4yrs ago is called 40 Different Triples and a Quadriffus on Supertramp.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Mortals find Supertramp height terrifying. If you want to know why Sam uses a throw mat on those skills, watch it through to the end — the crashes.

Dave’s company that sells the Supertramp is called Rebound Products.

Thanks Hal.

Amanar: Maroney v Ross v Biles

The greatest Vaulter in history makes everyone else look bad.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (9.60 execution)

Kyla Ross is looking like an Olympian right now, in no small part due to her Amanar. But that’s a dangerous skill. How far away is this from an injury?

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As John Geddert said, FIG gymnastics in 2012 is Russian Roulette. Sooner or later skills like this, landing on mats this hard, results in serious injury.

One more, for comparison, the amazing Simone Biles. This may be the second best in the world.

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I call for FIG to reconsider the landing mats on Vault. They should be as wide an absorbing as those used for Double Mini.

Daniel Purvis falls on a judge

Busy at the Canadian Championships, I’ve not had time to follow Men’s Europeans. But I had time to watch THIS.

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Reminiscent of Paul Hamm in the 2004 Olympics debacle.

related – American Gymnast – The Coolest Routine of Men’s European Championships Thus Far

(via Examiner)

jump out of plane – no parachute

Gary Connery is apparently the first person to skydive out of an aircraft and land on the ground without injury without the use of a parachute.

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(via Kottke)

Peng Peng injured

… this sport is simply too dangerous. :(

Canadian gymnast Peng Peng Lee was injured in the first day of training at Canadian Championships. On Vault landing, Double Twisting Yurchenko. On the same skill she dislocated her kneecap last year. The same knee was injured.

Fans everywhere are wishing a speedy recovery.

Photo via Grace Chiu on Facebook.

HBO – Weight of The Nation

The biggest threat to the health & happiness of children in 2012.

… The four-part HBO Documentary Films series, The Weight of The Nation explores the obesity epidemic in America. Watch all four parts of The Weight of the Nation

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Sodas, juice, sugary breakfast cereals, fast food and most processed snack foods are bad for us, their proliferation corresponding historically with the national weight gain.

Fresh food costs more than junk food, which puts the poor more at risk. Children are surrounded by the siren call of unhealthful food, fad diets don’t work and real change takes time. …

LA Times – Review: HBO’s ‘Weight of the Nation’ pounds away at obesity

sugary soft drinks are the no. 1 source of calories in our diets,” said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “We get more calories from sodas and sugary drinks than any other individual food — cake, cookies, pizza, anything.” …

Soda giants scramble to fill void as sweets consumption declines

Vault Champion nearly loses leg


2010 world vault champion Thomas Bouhail (France) publicly accused doctors of medical negligence, nearly six months after the Christmas Eve accident that may have cut short his brilliant gymnastics career.

On Dec. 24, Bouhail suffered a broken tibia and torn knee ligaments in a fall off high bar. He held a press conference Friday afternoon, speaking publicly for the first time about the incident …

“I almost lost my leg,” he said. “It’s a miracle it was saved. I’ve undergone 15 operations and they’ve taken a lot of my muscle. Today, I still cannot lift my foot.” …

IG – Devastated Bouhail Accuses Doctors of Negligence

Greg Roe’s Trampoline Compilation 3

Extreme Trampoline.

… I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the flips & twists.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (Slipknot soundtrack warning.)

The crew from Skyriders in Toronto will be a highlight of the Canadian National T&T Championships next week.

Recommended by TrampGuy.

legally blind gymnast

Lola Walters.

Talk about inspirational. The best feature I’ve yet seen on this girl.

Lola, from California, is legally blind, suffering from a condition called Nystagmus, which means her eyes move constantly, causing her to see double.

It means she has no depth perception whatsoever and when she’s running up to the bar she cannot see it until she’s just five feet away. …

Lola feels the tag “legally blind” is not accurate. She can see. But not with much precision. She wants to be treated the same as every other athlete.

Click PLAY or watch it on the Daily Mail.

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gymnast body piercings policy

Has this ever been a problem for you as a coach?

British Gymnastics Policy on Body Piercing and Adornments (PDF)

There are some workarounds. For example, fake magnetic jewelry.

(via Gymnastics Wales on Facebook)