The feeling of flight
A split second of thoughts,
That feels like a lifetimeâ€™s
You are immersed in your own world
A world where,
And the mat below you matters
To someone looking on
Itâ€™s only that,
It is simply a second in time
One that is blended into all the others
Contains no real significance
But to a tumbler,
in all these little moments
And your fears disappear
Until you hit the mat below
And the feeling of success fades away
And all these little moments
Become just that,
Rowland “Flip” Wolfe will be recalled as the first and the only Olympic gold medalist in tumbling. He accomplished this feat at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. …
Had the International Gymnastics Federation recognized elements by naming them for one performer or another, a double twisting stretched back somersault might today be recalled as a “Wolfe”. He was the first to perform this element in the Olympic Games.
… Wolfe could also perform a double back. He related that he did not perform a double back in the Olympics since his coach was not a reliable spotter. He describes a pile of corrugated cardboard arranged loosely in one corner of the gym along with rags and other soft material. He would then attempt double backs into the corner!
… He had a famous teammate, Charlie Pond, who later coached at the University of Illinois.
Andrew Thornton on Gymnast is seeking out “incredible world class gymnastics (that) never seemed to achieve the world or Olympic recognition they deserved.”
Needless to say, he’s finding many of them in the former USSR in the late 1980s. What an era!
Speaking of ex-Soviet gymnasts who didnâ€™t make Olympic teamsâ€¦who do you think was the first female to perform a double layout full-out on floor? Before I came across this, I would have guessed Chusovitina in 1991. Wrong again!
Unbelievable difficulty! A double layout punch front, a whip through to full-in, and a double back punch front! A couple of weeks ago we saw Romanian Camelia Voinea perform a double layout punch front back in 1987. Since this is the same era, I wonder who actually did it first?
This looks interesting. From former Karolyi assistant coach Mike Ferralli.
And at 3.5hrs for $35 it’s far more bang-for-your-buck than most gymnastics coaching DVDs.
a comprehensive training tool for both gymnast and coaches. Get an in-depth look at the Personalities, Attitudes, and Opinions of five of your favorite Olympians and the Drive, Heart and Passion it took to make them GREAT!!! Interviews, Highlights and Bloopers with all 5 OLYMPIANS.
Jamie Dantzscher, USA 2000; Kristen Maloney, USA 2000; Morgan White, USA 2000; Mohini Bhardwaj USA 2004 and Kate Richardson Canada 2000, 2004
The DVD covers tumbling skills from standing back handsprings to round-off back handspring double full and double back, Arabians and combination front tumbling. See step-by-step instruction on learning and teaching each skill along with their execution as well as demonstrating some of the most common mistakes. For the coaches there is an in-depth spotting section, as well as a Coaches Corner covering coaching styles and methods.
Another new tumbling video has been released at the same time: Advanced Forward Tumbling by Mas Watanabe.