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.
Taped ankles, wrist supports, back braces, knee pressure straps….
All of the above serves a function in our sport. These supports help the athlete continue to work out in spite of a nagging injury.
But in some gyms taping and wrapping seem to be a part of the team culture …
What needs to be considered are more strength exercises to make the athlete stronger. In addition, coaches need to stress safety first to prevent injuries in the first place. Mats, soft landings, more work on tramp and less on the hard floor when tumbling, etc…
… This is only my second day working on drills, not the actual skill. My coach wanted me to land on top of the bar, which I did, but… It kind looked like I was tasered… Enjoy laughing ’cause I know I sure did! …