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OMG – Fahrig Matthiass – Floor

I missed watching this routine from European Championships. But went back to it on recommendation from Darius.

It’s the most original and outrageous set I’ve seen in years.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Handspring forward layout double twist punch double front. Stuck.


Fahrig finished second.

Floor Exercise Final Men
1 HAMBUECHEN Fabian GER – 15.450
2 FAHRIG Matthias GER – 15.400

Handspring Tear-Drop Trainer

Former American Olympic Coach Peter Korman is promoting a new product. Ideal for introducing forward and backward handspring to beginners, including older Cheer kids.

Any gymnast that learns a backward handspring without spot is near certain to re-register for the following session.

The UCS Tear Drop Trainer is specially design to properly train the athlete performing a back or front handspring.

Available in 4 sizes including an extra large model to accomodate taller athletes

$495 – $830

UCS – Handspring Tear-Drop Trainer

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

It looks like a slight improvement on Norbert’s The Boulderâ„¢. To compare that product video, click here. About $650.

Gymnastics causes Achilles injury?

Achilles tendon ruptures are shockingly common in high level gymnastics.

Scott from King Bars Sports, LLC, the firm that sells the new Weller Spring for Floor, points us to an important article.

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.”

BioMechanics Archives:: January 2007 – Efforts to reduce gymnastics injuries focus on spring floors

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AAI and USAG are hesitating to allow the (fully interchangeable) Weller springs. They feel there’s not enough research yet to be certain they will reduce injury.

But how many more athletes are going to snap Achilles while we wait to find out?

WOGA in Texas has installed Weller springs in all their Floors. They’re not waiting for the science to prove out.

more posts tagged with “Achilles”

Trampoline Canada blog

Bryan Milonja edits the excellent Trampoline Canada blog.

I’ve subscribed by RSS feed.

One sample post:

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.

Trampoline Canada – Charles Thibault Videoclip

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

home page – Trampoline Canada blog

Burnett, MacLennan win Elite Canada Trampoline

Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett of Toronto won the gold medal in men’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 women’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 hasn’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.

Andrew-Egyed.jpgOther winners Saturday include Andrew Egyed of Calgary in men’s tumbling, Ashley Speed of Etobicoke, Ont., in women’s tumbling, Luke Friesen of Kelowna in men’s double mini trampoline and Gillian Bruce of Calgary in women’s double mini trampoline.

In youth competition, Keegan Soehn of Red Deer and Mariah Madigan of Toronto in topped the men’s and women’s trampoline, respectively, while Amiel Clarke of Calgary and Megan Mereniuk of Coquitlam, B.C., were first in men’s and women’s tumbling.

The event was the first of three qualifying meets for the national team.

Canada.com – Burnett captures men’s trampoline gold

Personal shout-out to Andrew Egyed who trains out of my gym, Altadore. We are proud of you!

more Tamayo – human highlight reel

Cuban gymnast Charlie Tamayo might be the most watched male gymnast on the internet.

Click PLAY or watch him on YouTube.

What you might not know is that Charlie often hops over the fence into the gym, tightens up his grips, jumps up to do a FULL ring routine.

You can challenge him to the most outlandishly difficult acrobatic feat you can dream up … and he’ll do it first attempt. And add something more difficulty to the sequence.

More videos like this on the Gibson Athletics SaltoCafe YouTube channel.

Charlie was not allowed to try out for the USA Olympic Team 2008. But he’s still hoping to try out for the 2012 Team.

No doubt he’ll be back coaching this summer at Woodward West Camp in California.

UPDATE === linked by apolytongp:

Click PLAY or watch Tumbling up challenge – Charlie vs Daniel on YouTube.

Who is Daniel Bronnenberg?

UPDATE: Daniel is coaching with Charlie. Thanks Don.

Anyone who can tumble with Tamayo is awesome.

mixed messages from Bruno Grandi


The 26th Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships are set for St Petersburg (RUS), November 11 – 14, 2009. This competition falls just prior to the 18th World Age Group Competitions for the 11 – 18 year category, which will be subject to difficulty limitations. A first of its kind, the FIG and its Technical Committee engineered the competition to safeguard gymnast safety in high-level sport and to give even more precedence to execution over trendier risk taking. The Code of Points provides for this by making execution considerably more advantageous than difficulty.

The decision was guided by the political mindset championed by the Federation and its President, Prof. Bruno Grandi, who recently declared: “Gymnastics in any form is most importantly a means of body expression through which athlete and coach alike must give preference to execution, artistic expression, over reckless and dangerous risk taking.” The President’s message was clear, and the judges and experts present in St Petersburg will make it their priority to respect this order.


Isn’t this the same Prof. Bruno Grandi who championed the open-ended code after 2004, leaving girls on Floor and Beam no time for any kind of artistry?

… In 2004-2005 the FIG and its president Grandi developed a new scoring system, in which an open ended scoring will be used, so that the marks are theoretically limitless. The majority of the FIG did vote in favour of the new Code. This was a controversial move: many fans and athletes alike campaigned against it, speaking out in opposition …


Sounds like Bruno is in favour of encouraging artistry in Junior competition. But letting Seniors throw the code.


Who will succeed Bruno Grandi?

Men’s Technical Chair Adrian Stoica is travelling the world, glad-handing everyone he can. Positioning himself for a run at the top job.

I don’t think Stoica would be an improvement over Grandi.

We need start an Anyone-But-Stoica campaign now.

13 flips, 11 twists – Legendre

That Floor routine everyone is talking about — Steven Legendre — was originally posted by Don Eckert of saltocafe on YouTube.

The most difficult ever performed under the new code, I reckon. (UPDATE: No time limit in NCAA competition.)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

That’s 16.7 start, 16.9 if he does whip -> 2.5 twist as he originally intended. Right?

NICK calculates only 16.6….F(6)-F(6)-[C+D](3+1+4)-B(2)-C(3)-[D+C](4+1+3)-C(3)-E(5)=4.1+2.5+10=16.6

UPDATE: From Geoffrey Taucer:

Actually, Nick’s off by one tenth; according to the latest NGJA interperetations release, the value they’ve given the DLO 5/2 is a G, not an F. Otherwise, his calculations appear to be accurate (assuming the final pass is an arabian double pike and not an arabian double lay; which is probably an accurate assumption).

This would put the start value of this routine at 16.7.

Don Eckert posts by far the most interesting gymnastics videos on the internet. And now he’s sponsored by Gibson (Mats, Beam, Bars, Grips, …)

See all 142 videos (so far) on the Gibson Saltocafe YouTube page. Subscribe. Comment. And link to those videos.

best Floor – Steven Legendre

UPDATE: watch the video.

Steven Legendre’s FX (13 twists, 11 flips in total!)

See if you can count the flips and twists!

There are no names yet for the Hypolito variations he’s added. (with double twist, and full twist in layout)

There’s no doubt that the WOGA product, now training at OU has the most difficult Floor routine in the world. He’s BIG and STRONG.

Seems a shame the code motivates him to include a relatively easy whip double twist. It was intended to be whip 2.5 twist.

OU bio – Steven Legendre

Sister, Jessica, is a member of the OU softball team.

Guillermo Alvarez – Floor Exercise

Nice. Some interesting skills.

Click PLAY or watch his 2009 Winter Cup Prelims on Gymnastike.

Gymnastics Videos on Gymnastike

I know Guillermo had the goal of competing in Beijing. It’s GREAT to see such a classy gymnast stay in the sport after not making the team for 2008.

Exelta Cup, Red Deer

Results from the first gymnastics competition of the season in Alberta are not yet available online at midnight, as I write.

Not even on the official website.

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The first meet of the year is always the most difficult. There were many errors. And even some dangerous routines.

I expect to see a BIG improvement by next competition.

Shout out to the hard working judges
. They had two tough days (so far). New rules. New interpretations. Missed routines.

Happily the coaches made a point of not protesting. (Not much, in any case.) Everyone understands we need get through the first meet to set a baseline of expectation for the coming season.


Held concurrently with the Exelta meet — in an adjacent venue — was the Alberta Second Trials to Nationals for trampoline and tumbling.

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Brett MacAulay, Head Coach of Calgary Gymnastics Centre, is posting photos and videos. Search for those on Facebook.

double side, 3/4-out – Hambüchen

Cool skill from Fabian Hambüchen.

Click PLAY or watch it on Gymnastike.

He will be competing at American Cup. Also from Germany, 20-year-old WAG gymnast Kim Bui.

USA JumpStart National Team

I saw on the The Tramp and Tumble Network that USAG has named their 2009 Jump Start National Team.

The first training camp is scheduled for February 19-22 at The Matrix in Huntsville, TN.

The USA is not nearly as strong in Trampoline and Tumbling as I would expect for a sports superpower. JumpStart is their talent identification program for kids ages 7-12. A high priority is providing coach education for these athletes as they advance.

A great program.

USAG – JumpStart National Team