Acrobatic gymnast Valentin Mitev

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(via Austin Tucker)

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Learn all about TWG 2017 Wroclaw

World Games are the Olympics for non-Olympic sports.

2021 Games are scheduled for Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham World Games 2021 promo

The south-eastern United States city was this week selected to stage the Games – ahead of Lima, Peru and Ufa, Russia – by the International World Games Association (IWGA) Executive Board following presentations at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne. …

Interviewed face-to-face in a Lausanne hotel before the climactic final day of the contest, David Benck, one of the bid team’s co-chairs, said: “We are 100 per cent built today”.

4,500 athletes and 1,000 media representatives for the event which features a selection of around 25 sports …

Any surplus revenues from hosting are said to have been earmarked for local and Alabama state charities.

Birmingham “100 per cent built” for World Games, says bid leader

Click PLAY or watch a cool Games promo on Vimeo. :-)

Gymnastics events include Synchronised Trampoline, Tumbling, Double-mini Trampoline, Acrobatic Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics individual event finals.

related – Emily Smith and Jon Schwaiger, two Canadian Trampoline sports competitors from the Cali Games, are in Mexico. Getting married. Congratulations. :-)

Jon Emily

(via FIG)

2021 World Games Birmingham (USA)

Birmingham bested bids from Lima (PER) and Ufa (RUS) to win the right to host the 2021 World Games, a huge multisport event known somewhat colloquially as the “Olympic Games for non-Olympic disciplines.”

Gymnastics events contested at the World Games include Synchronised Trampoline, Tumbling, Double-mini Trampoline, Acrobatic Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics individual event finals.

The 10th edition of the World Games will be held in Wroclaw (POL) in August, 2017.

FIG – 2021 World Games awarded to Birmingham (USA)


BIG acrobats

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Thank George Thomas for the link. As he says, you can’t unsee it. :-)

2014 in review – Summer-Autumn

The Chinese Men’s Acro Group … retain the World title they won in 2012.

… Mexican Olympic Festival, where Manrique Larduet and Yesenia Ferrera emerge as the brightest Cuban stars of their generation …

Young Dutch gymnasts Sem Wels and Milia van de Mortel were among the 298 people on board the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 …

Gabby Douglas leaves coach Liang Chow …

Kacy Catanzaro, a former Towson University gymnast, becomes an internet sensation …

Max Whitlock and Claudia Fragapane come into their own at the Commonwealth Games …

… Youth Olympics in Nanjing …

Pan American Championships … Jossimar Calvo (COL) and Mykayla Skinner (USA) won the All-around …

The gymnastics year in review: Summer-Autumn 2014

Alice Upcott and Dominic Smith
Alice Upcott and Dominic Smith

Beam – Jacki Bender

Amanda Turner and others on the Gymnastics – A Golden Era Facebook page have a thread discussing the most flexible Artistic gymnasts ever.

Amanda named Canadian Jacki Bender. I’d agree. No other Artistic gymnast ever had this much active flexibility control.

____ original post from Aug 2010:

This video was taken at a clinic at (one of my former clubs), Can-Am in Saskatoon. It was the early 1990s. Her handstand coach was Mr. B (Vladimir Bereschnoy), an “acrosport” specialist. The clinician at this event was Yuval Ayalon.

She has the perfect name – Jacki Bender.

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Clearly Jacki had the skills of an Acrobatic gymnast. … We should look for Beam specialists in future with this skill set.

related – Jackie Bender interview (updated 2007)

(via 80sgymfan on IG forum)