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Youna Dufournet – injured out of World’s

Seems Youna has not recovered quickly enough from the knee injury suffered on Bars in Albertville.

… A year ago, Youna Dufournet was en route to London, the world championships and a bronze medal on vault. Today, the worlds seem far to the gymnast …. Not sufficiently recovered from her left knee surgery, she had to withdraw from the selection test, held Saturday evening at Insep …

Google Translate – La Nouvelle Republique

spotting Youna Dufournet on Bars

Amanda Turner linked to the video of where the coach (not her personal coach) blundered touching Youna on a Def spot … when clearly it wasn’t needed.

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I did the same thing once on Geinger but a far lesser touch. The gymnast was ready to kill me. … Luckily the judges pretended not to notice, and took no deduction.

At a later meet Youna had the opposite problem:

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Though he took a lot of grief for that non-spot, I’m somewhat sympathetic for the coach (her personal coach) on this one. That’s a very tough decision to make in a split second.

… He did not need to grandstand by leaving his arms out to the side. Especially as it turned out she was injured on that fall.

Molly Shawen Kollmann trained Def. She can’t understand why Youna has it so late in the routine.

This girl is an awesome gymnast. But her career seems jinxed. Or is it dangerous coaching, as many speculate?

At the time (May 2010) it was thought to be a meniscus injury. Leave a comment if you have information on Youna’s condition for World’s. UPDATE: She’s been training over the summer, knee seemingly cured.

related post – Gymnastics Examiner – … Youna Dufournet injured

Bars training at OGC, Canada

Canadian Club of the Year, Oakville Gymnastics Club:

… some release moves we have been working on over the summer. …

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Thanks Sabrina.

Worst Gymnastics SPOT Ever !!!!

Epic FAIL. CRASH. Bleepin’ blooper.

… Normally I don’t link to those videos. … But in this case, I’ll make an exception.

On behalf of Cam and Scott, I submitted this video to the Gymnastike Gymnastics Bloopers Contest. And, as this crash is BRILLIANT, it made the FINALS.

Gymnastics Videos on Gymnastike

Click through to Gymnastike to vote for that one (5 stars) and to downvote the other 6 (1 star).


must gymnastics coaches be fit?

George poses that question to us, a touchy one.

This article got him thinking: Trusting Authorities (or Not) Based on Appearance

Football coaches can be obese.

Mark Mangino

But what about acrobatic sports coaches?

Certainly fit gymnastics coaches, especially females, do get instant credibility. A lean female coach, especially one with a Russian accent, must know what she’s doing.

And a lean coach is much easier to toss in the air, or … under the bus, one day.

women's coach Lu Shanzhen of China

Still, … we can all think of overweight gymnastics coaches that do a great job.

Physical fitness of many kinds is valuable, but not essential for coaching. Not essential unless you are the designated “spotter”. … Fitness is only one component of being a competent spotter.

spotting free hip on bars

Once again I am able to embed Gymnastike videos on this NEW version of GymnasticsCoaching.


Coach Jim Jason Jarrett demonstrates the stages of spotting you should go through when teaching a clear hip on uneven bars. Footage is from the Hands On Spotting session of the 2009 GAT Convention.

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Looks good. I’m not convinced that spotting is the best way to teach the skill, though.

Much faster is to learn it and perfect it on safety straps. Then later move it to bars. With as little spotting as possible.

Of course this Gymnastics Association of Texas session was a spotting session. Seems most coaches need to know how to spot a skill before learning how to teach it without spotting.

Brandi Personett 1/1 double layout

Fourth-place finisher on Floor at the 2009 NCAA Gymnastics Championships Brandi Personett threw a full-twisting double layout mount, becoming the second gymnast to compete it at the College level.

I saw on Gymblog that Kristin Maloney in 2005 was the first College gymnast to do this super trick.

This is the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series of videos of female coaches spotting BIG tricks. I’ll call these clips:

female coaches cannot spot (I’ll abandon that attempt at humour. People won’t “get it“.)

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That’s coach Jessica Bastardi spotting.

Here’s another angle.

Brandi competed it last year at Championships in Prelims, actually. But fell.

Penn State’s Brandi Personett – the Gymnastike interview

greatest gymnastics SPOT ever?

The secret of being a fantastic spotter is being in the right place at the right time.

Here’s one GENIUS coach!

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Region 2 Championships, first rotatation level 9 bars.

Thanks Matt.

related post – worst gymnastics parallel bar spot EVER

Doug Davis on gymnastics spotting

From the Tumbl Trak email newsletter:

… Below are some of my reasons for minimal spotting and the value I believe it brings to our young athletes. 

Minimal Spotting Approach – Rationale

Using a teaching approach to gymnastics skills that relies minimally on spotting results in:

1.  Independence:  children learn by finding out what they can do by themselves, not what an adult/teacher can do for them; dependence on a spotter is diminished, or doesn’t occur.

2.  Confidence:  when children accomplish a skill and can do it alone, this builds their confidence.

3.  Saftey:  children learn how to fall and not get hurt; children who learn what they can do by themselves do not have a false sense of security.  For example, a child knows she needs to grip the bar in order not to fall.

4.  Body Control:  children learn what it takes to move body parts (trunk, legs, arms, shoulders) and hold a position (straight, arch, hollow).  Teachers may move parts not in position, then see if a child can “find” it again…

5.  Teacher Observation:  when spotting a skill, the teacher is often too close to see what the child is doing; when the teacher stands back and observes, attempts at a teaching station, she or he can analyze body positions, timing, etc. to provide corrective feedback.

CRITICAL:  in order to teach with minimal spotting, the right equipment is necessary, as well as knowledgeable teachers.  The equipment is only as good as the teacher who can create appropriate stations with it.



Thanks Doug.

Good advice.

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building a trench pit

I’m looking at building one of these excellent bar training stations at my gym.

Woodward West

But what’s the easiest, cheapest way to build those spotting decks?

I’d love to use Gordon’s Action mats.


Leave a comment if you have any other suggestions.

Felge (Peach) on Parallel Bars

I believe this is Misha Koudinov, the up and coming gymnastics star from New Zealand.

His Peach is done with what is sometimes called the “free hip” style. (Very little pike.) Much like a “free hip” on Horizontal Bar.

Much more common is the “Stalder style” peach here shown by Cal Berkeley’s Colin Christ:

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I prefer the Stalder style as it has the potential to be more powerful. But the straight body free hip style may be easier for some boys.

Related post: gymnastics Parallel Bars spotting belt

introducing giants to flyaway

One of the goals of the Funtastics Summer Gymnastics Camp is to do new skills and sequences for the first time.

A secondary goal is for coaches to practice spotting new elements.

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What a luxury to have so many coaches on bars!

(via HPTCamp.com)

Related post: video – spotting “giant” swing

CoreAthletics back handspring trainer


media.jpegI was going to write a post on yet another bad invention designed to get cheerleaders over on backward handspring before they are physically and technically ready to do so.

Then I saw the ludicrous price tag — $1450 plus estimated $240 shipping.

That’s even worse than the product itself.

The Handspring Trainer is shipped via a truck and shipping is added based on shipping destination. The Handspring trainer weighs only 55lbs. and it’s dimensions are 60″x48″ when the mats are folded up.

see a video on CoreAthletics.com

In the hands of a good coach, this invention could be useful. In the hands of a cheer coach not capable of spotting bigger athletes, it will — at best — teach bad habits. Spend your $1450 on paying for a spotter, instead.

(via Chalk Bucket)