Veronica Wagner is a Gymnast who competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics as a member of the Swedish Olympic team. …
Veronica is Sweden’s most successful gymnast, having won the national title 4 times (2002, 2004-2006) as well as representing her country at Olympic, World Championship and European Championship level. Veronica has also been a finalist at several World Cup events.
… After winning the Swedish Championships in June 2008, Veronica was told that the Swedish Olympic Committee would not send her to the Beijing to compete in the Olympic Games. A fan-driven petition was created in protest.
Just another opinion is a thoughtful commenter on this site.
A recent observation:
… frankly, I find menâ€™s floor routines a little silly as is. Iâ€™d much prefer them abandon the â€œfloorâ€ part of the routine and just use a strip. Tumble down, turn around, tumble back, repeat as necessary. I think itâ€™s a little silly seeing them hitchkick and side-scale and prancey-hop to get into the corners. As is, itâ€™s just a little too dancey for what I think they should be showing off. But thatâ€™s just my opinion.
Men’s Floor exercise â€”Â in my opinion â€”Â was ruined by the Russian men. At one point in history Russia became the dominant gymnastics nation. A decision was made in Russia to minimize the connecting elements. What we traditionally called “the corner moves”.
The beginning of the end of artistry in Men’s Floor may well have been Andrianov.
Before that Floor was a very entertaining event. Menichelli from Italy, the 1964 Olympic champion, as one example.
Sofia (BUL) hosted the second stopover of the current FIG Trampoline and Tumbling World Cup series on April 24 â€“ 24, 2009. The large majority of the worldâ€™s elite trampolinists and tumblers competed at Sofiaâ€™s Winter Palace of Sports, exhibiting remarkable form so early in the season. …
An excellent special event to add to your annual calendar.
You need good coaches, though. That are able to spot beginners. Especially older Cheer tumblers.
CGAâ€™s Back Handspring Clinic is open to all Superooâ€™s and Level 1 â€“ 3 students. This is an excellent opportunity to develop strength and technique to successfully complete the â€œBack Handspring!â€
The Weller spring claims to reduce the impact force.
In Stride – Sports Medicine
By Jordana Bieze Foster
When three gymnasts from three different countries suffered torn Achilles tendons while practicing or competing in floor exercise at the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, CA, gymnastics experts had to wonder whether the floor itself had contributed to the injuries.
As the International Gymnastics Federation’s scoring code has evolved to reward gymnasts for difficult aerial maneuvers, so has the surface on which floor exercises are performed become less stiff, incorporating spring coils to afford gymnasts more air time in which to twist and turn. But the injuries to American Courtney Kupets, Belarusian Dmitri Kasparovich, and Russian Evgeni Krylov on the world stage in 2003, followed by another Achilles tear suffered by Tabitha Yim at the U.S. Olympic team selection camp the following year, suggest that there is a biomechanical price to be paid for that competitive advantage.
“Sadly, we believe that the floor and vault board are major contributors to Achilles tendon and other injuries,” said William A. Sands, PhD, head of sport biomechanics and engineering for the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, CO. “In my view, there is a problem with apparatus design that has its genesis in a lack of understanding of the nature of impact, vibration, and energy return of the apparatus.”
… Sands and his colleagues are working to create a more detailed picture of the athlete/apparatus interaction, using EMG, high-speed video, accelerometers, and Tekscan and Polhemus systems.
“There are a number of subtle nuances that haven’t been addressed and should be,” Sands said. “These include gymnasts’ age, weight, strength, experience, periodization of training, and bone, ligament, and tendon health. This is a very complex problem with a lot of tentacles going in different directions.”
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Here’s a video on Charles Thibault that Julien Roberge and I worked on together.
Thibault, who trains at ITECQ in Quebec City, is currently ranked as the second best male trampolinist in the country.
The video includes parts of an interview I conducted with Thibault after he won the 2nd Quebec Cup on February 28th in Saint-Hyacinthe. The compulsory routine shown in the video is from this same meet and the optional work is from some of his previous training sessions.
Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett of Toronto won the gold medal in menâ€™s trampoline Saturday to close out the Elite Canada trampoline and tumbling competition in Kelowna, B.C.
Burnett totalled a score of 109.60 points for the win. Charles Thibault of Quebec City was second at 104.10 and Carl-Rom Colthoff of Toronto third at 102.70.
In womenâ€™s trampoline, Rosannagh MacLennan of Toronto took the title with 102.70 points.
Kailey McLeod of Toronto was second at 98.55 and Brenna Casey of Ottawa third at 96.40.
Veteran Karen Cockburn of Toronto, who hasnâ€™t competed since winning her third consecutive Olympic medal last summer in Beijing, is skipping the meet and will focus on World Cups and the world championships later this year.
Other winners Saturday include Andrew Egyed of Calgary in menâ€™s tumbling, Ashley Speed of Etobicoke, Ont., in womenâ€™s tumbling, Luke Friesen of Kelowna in menâ€™s double mini trampoline and Gillian Bruce of Calgary in womenâ€™s double mini trampoline.
In youth competition, Keegan Soehn of Red Deer and Mariah Madigan of Toronto in topped the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s trampoline, respectively, while Amiel Clarke of Calgary and Megan Mereniuk of Coquitlam, B.C., were first in menâ€™s and womenâ€™s tumbling.
The event was the first of three qualifying meets for the national team.