tumbler Michael Chaves

Nice edit by Sam Kolder. Interesting camera angles. Shot with a Canon 600d.

Michael Chaves Showreel 2012

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Michael’s from Oakville, Toronto.

hardest backwards tumbling


I tried to find the hardest skills and hardest combinations I’ve seen over the years. When possible, I tried to show the earliest gymnast I could find performing…to show all the young gymnastics fans that the 80’s and early 90’s was where it’s at! …

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Amazing stuff. Mostly from the past.

Compare those tumbling lines with the top male gymnasts today.

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(via Brigid Couch Gymnast McCarthy on Facebook)

Gymnastics Adventure Conditioning

Trampoline & Tumbling Conditioning circuit

coach – Dennis Oppenlander

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Elite Canada T&T Results

Top-ranked Jason Burnett of Toronto, who needed to finish either first or second to clinch Canada’s lone Olympic berth in men’s trampoline, faltered in the final and wound up 10th in an open competition for both youth and senior competitors.

A silver medal winner at the last Olympics in 2008, Burnett will have another chance to book his return ticket to the Games at a second qualification meet at the end of April in Gatineau, Que. …

“Winning was definitely a surprise,” said (Keegan) Soehn. “I came into the final just hoping to make my routine because I was having a bit of trouble in the warm ups but I felt great right from the start and I felt like I knew I was going to do well.” …


In women’s trampoline, Karen Cockburn of Toronto, topped the field and showed she’s on right on track with a more difficult optional routine she hopes will help carry her to a record fourth straight Olympic medal this summer.

Cockburn finished first with a score of 54.775 followed by fellow Torontonians Rosannagh MacLennan and Samantha Smith with 52.970 and 51.355 points respectively.

“I was really happy to do my higher difficulty routine for the first time in the final today,” said Cockburn, who won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics and silver at the 2004 and 2008 Games. …


Cockburn and MacLennan have already locked up Canada’s two Olympic spots in women’s trampoline and are fine tuning their routines at competitions at home and abroad in the lead up to the Games July 27 – August 12. …

Gymnastics Alberta

Other Elite Canada Champions:

Denis Vachon – Men’s Double-mini
Lexi Geisbrecht – Women’s Double-mini

Lexi Geisbrecht & Karine Dufour – Women’s Tramp Synchro
Duncan Blais & Liam Doherty – Men’s Tramp Synchro

Emily Smith – Women’s Tumbling
Jon Schwaiger – Men’s Tumbling

Emily and Denis

More photos by Grace Chiu on Facebook.

T&T Elite Canada

It’s on in my home town.

Held in conjunction with Alberta Provincial Championships, the action is in Airdrie from April 4 – 6, 2012.

Athletes from 8 different trampoline clubs in Alberta will be competing alongside 3 Olympians including Rosie MacLennan (7th – 2008 Beijing), Jason Burnett (Silver Medalist – 2008 Beijing) and 3-Time Medalist Karen Cockburn (Bronze – 2000 Sydney, Silver – 2004 Athens, Silver – 2008 Beijing).

Gymnastics Alberta competition home page

Alex Seifert is gone to Cirque. So the 2012 Men’s Power Tumbling title is up for grabs.

Click PLAY or watch Alex on YouTube. (2011)

Personal shout out to our competitors from Gymnastics Adventure, Regina. Good luck.

what we don’t know about Round-off

Power tumbling coaches pity Artistic tumbling coaches as simpletons. For every drill we use, they use 15 or 20.

This isn’t what you and I are doing in the Artistic gym. …

Brett MacAulay linked to that on the T&T Coaches Canada Facebook page.

For the record, I don’t like young gymnasts overturning their hands. The “classic T” hand position is still what I teach.

For the record, most Artistic coaches pity Cheer tumbling coaches as … simpletons. :)

Tumbling – Chen Bo vs Kryzhanovski

1998 World Tumbling Championships – Twisting Final – Chen Bo (CHN) & Alexei Kryzhanovski (RUS)

Which of these super passes do you like better?

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Linked by Brett MacAulay on Facebook.