Nastia Dancing with the Stars

The cast for the 20th season of “Dancing with the Stars” was announced this morning, and 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin is looking to add a mirror ball trophy to her medal collection.

Liukin will partner with Derek Hough, who also danced with Shawn Johnson in her second appearance on the ballroom competition show as part of the All Star cast in 2012. Johnson, who won the mirror ball trophy during her first stint in 2009, finished as the runner-up with Hough. ..


Nastia Derek

Is Derek Hough the favorite to win Dancing With The Stars Season 20? The five-time champion wasn’t even expected to compete on the 10th anniversary season, but he was surprisingly revealed as part of the 2015 cast. …

Hollywood Take

Gymnastics coach Natalia Laschenova

Do you remember Natalia?

She is an Olympic Gold medalist with the Soviet Team from Seoul 1988. Second AA at the 1989 Worlds.

Click PLAY or watch her Floor on YouTube.

Since 1999 Natasha’s been coaching in the USA, producing a number of College scholarship gymnasts. Those include her daughter Sasha Tsikhanovich.

But the family has had immigration problems in the States.

They would consider moving to Canada or elsewhere. She has letters of reference from Nellie Kim, Marta Karolyi, Kathy Kelly, Svetlana Boginskaya, Yevgeny Marchenko, Elena Piskun. And more.

If you are looking for a great coach, email sportsmen66 (a) to get her details.

“All Sweat Is Equal”

Features our Olympic Trampoline Champion. And … some NBA all-star. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The ad, by Sport Chek agency of record Sid Lee and Sons and Daughters productions, features Kyle Lowry as part of an ensemble of Sport Chek athletes, including Tampa Bay Lightning player Steven Stamkos, soccer player Christine Sinclair and trampoline gymnast Rosie MacLennan.

$50 off International Gymnastics Camp

Have you been to IGC?

Click PLAY or watch a promo video on YouTube.

They have great videos. See more on the IGCtv YouTube channel.

I was there week #7, 2012, during the Olympics. Girls from my club were particularly impressed by the Beam Gym. Every possible Beam training device in a dedicated building.

In the navigation on every page you’ll find a link to a promotion good through Feb. 27th $50 off 2015 Camp registration. It’s available via the IGC home page, as well.

IGC has come on board as a new advertiser. Thanks for their support.

I particularly like IGC’s Professional Coaching Diploma (PCD) program:

… at the entry-level is 260 teaching and classroom hours spanning a four-week period. Daily lecture demonstrations, written and practical tests, as well as observational and critical coaching reviews build throughout the second, third and fourth years. This challenging program is designed for the career-minded individual intent on becoming a top-tier gymnastics coach.


related – Work at IGC

who’s watching Apprentice?

Not me.

Shawn Johnson was FIRED by the Donald.

NCAA scholarships more generous?

In landmark action for major-college sports, schools and athlete representatives from the NCAA’s five wealthiest conferences on Saturday voted 79-1 to expand what Division I schools can provide under an athletic scholarship.

The vote, taken during the NCAA’s annual convention, redefines an athletic scholarship so that it can cover not only the traditional tuition, room, board, books and fees, but also the incidental costs of attending college. That means a scholarship will now be able to pay for items including transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Conservatively this means Division I men’s and women’s athletes collectively stand to gain at least $50 million a year in additional benefits.

USA Today

College 10

Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten, Pacific-12
and Southeastern conferences programs MIGHT up scholarships in future.

The new rules take effect Aug. 1, 2015, but scholarship agreements for the 2015-16 school year can be executed prior to that date. …


Lais de Souza – lifetime pension

A Brazilian athlete paralyzed while training for the aerial ski competition at last year’s Winter Olympics will get a lifetime pension.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff approved a special law that provides funds to Lais de Souza, a 26-year-old former gymnast who hit a tree during a training run in January 2014.

The accident happened days before she would have been named as a qualifier for the Sochi Olympics. De Souza, who represented Brazil in gymnastics at the Athens and Beijing summer games, is confined to a wheelchair, unable to move her arms or legs. …




How many other nations do this for their catastrophically injured Olympic heroes?