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.” …
Kyle Shewfelt grew-up much smaller than the other boys.
‘WIMP’, ‘Pansy’, ‘Homo’..were all words he would hear regularly, causing him to cry on occasion. At six he began gymnastics and continued to receive name calling for his choice in athletic sports. This bullying only made Kyle push harder.
He refused to be known as a wimp, so he continued training in gymnastics and forced himself to become tougher. …
If you want to help eradicate bullying, click over to Facebook photo and SHARE.
Kyle’s not gay. But suffered bullying from homophobes.
Happily, I think things are changing for the better. At least in some parts of the world.
Josh Dixoncame out publicly while competing for Stanford, I think. He’s now at the USOTC in Colorado Springs commenting:
… he has not had a single negative response “in any way, shape or form.” If anything, the only homophobia he has encountered has been from within himself. He acknowledges he once felt internal pressure about being a gay man in what some label the “gay sport” of gymnastics. He didn’t want to fall into a stereotype. But he’s come to embrace it, and he says his sexual orientation now makes him stand out more at the elite level. …
The campaign was started by First Lady Michelle Obama. The Let’s Move! Initiative has the goal of “solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight”. …
At his recent clinic at GAGE, Al explained his elaborate “trench” pit. This it the 5th version and he’s finally happy with how it works.
Note the free standing elevated chalk box.
Those segments are 8ft long, wide enough to leave a 2ft channel.
The white base spotting box is the minimum height you’d possibly ever want to use. The yellow pieces can be stacked as high as needed for the height of the gymnast. This day it was set so the tallest girl in the gym could swing.
The blue mat in-between is custom made to fit.
Construction is layers of rigid foam, glued together. Then topped with carpet bonded ethafoam from an old roll strip.
Al’s gym makes their own covers having purchased a $1600 industrial sewing machine.
A contractor friend of mine priced out one of the yellow sections at less than $200 including handles and perhaps even a zipper closure. GAGE has dozens. Each is light enough to easily be moved by two small kids.
Al finds this system far superior to the below ground channel pits.
Leave a comment if you’ve an opinion. Or any alternative this useful.
Bieber decided to lend his voice to a song featured in the documentary …
After watching the film that premiered in various theaters on March 30, Bieber took to his Twitter account to speak about the inspiration it had given him, and urged witnesses of bullying to speak up and help protect victims of the act.
“Just watched the #BULLY movie. really intense,” Bieber tweeted. “Really powerful. We need to stand up for each other.”