Joshua Nathan – Pommels

Yet another prodigy from the UK. :-)

Born 1999.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Louis Smith @louissmith1989:

Finished my competition @ the Korea world cup I’m happy to say I finished in 1st place with 15.850 just in front of my Olympic nemesis Berki

That strengthens Louis’ chances to qualify to Commonwealth Games.

Keatings, meanwhile, won Pommels & P Bars at a competition in Sao Paolo, Brazil.


Beam – who do you love?

Click PLAY or watch Lindsey Cheek on YouTube. (9.90 – tied for 2nd)

Click PLAY or watch Taylor Spears on YouTube. 9.925 (1st)

related – Balance Beam Situation LIVE blog

Vault – who do you love?

NCAA Vault Final 2014.

Click PLAY or watch Rheagan Courville on YouTube. 9.975 (T-1st)

Click PLAY or watch Katherine Grable on YouTube. 9.975 (T-1st)

LIVE I preferred Haley Scaman. Insanely great early opening.

Click PLAY or watch Haley on YouTube. 9.9667 (3rd)

You could wake Haley up in the middle of the night. She’d stick this vault first time, no warm-up.

I blame the ONE Judge who threw a 9.0 on that vault, going low, dropping Haley to 3rd. Same score as that judge gave many inferior vaults in the final. :-(

Best vault?

Haley or Katherine?

great catch, coach

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

kip cast kip

The latest from JAO. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

What’s an AMANAR?

A Shewfelt competed by a woman. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Christine Van Loo aerial acrobatics

Christine Van Loo is a former Acrobatic gymnast, many time U.S. Champion, current professional aerialist. Right now she’s on tour with Cirque de la Symphonie.

Click PLAY or watch an impressive montage of her work on YouTube.

A coach, as well, she put together some instructional videosSecrets of the Circus Acts Revealed 5 DVDs $79.95 inc. sales tax.


The videos are geared toward both adults and children. They teach the FUN-da-mentals of everything from hand balancing to partnering acrobatics to aerial acts and more.

Hoppy Easter

NCAA Apparatus Finals Champions

Grable and Courville




Scott Bregman via email:

The University of Arkansas’ Katherine Grable grabbed two titles today at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships at the Birmingham (Ala.) Convention Complex Arena. Grable and Louisiana State University’s Rheagan Courville tied for the vault title, while 2008 Olympic silver medalist Bridget Sloan of the University of Florida won the uneven bars title. The University of Oklahoma’s Taylor Spears took top honors on the balance beam. Grable also won the floor title.

The routine of the night was Kat Grable’s FX. I don’t see it on YouTube yet. Here’s the set from Friday night.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The winning Floor MUST be entertaining. This routine is. … Unfortunately it’s difficult to assess entertainment value on YouTube. You had to be there in person. :-)

related – Balance Beam Situation – Event Finals Live Blog

promoting NCAA Gymnastics

I love College gymnastics. Hell, I wear an NCAA Gymnastics baseball cap and promote the sport wherever I go.

Good news – Lloimincia Hall went viral over the past 2 weeks.

Lloimincia Hall

All sorts of people suddenly became aware of women’s gymnastics NOT in the Olympics.

Dvora Meyers in The Archipelago:

At the end of the Good Morning America segment, the anchor foolishly asked, “Will Hall ever go for the gold at the Olympics?”

Perfect 10 – There’s a lot more to women’s gymnastics than the Olympics

That’s a great article. Dvora tries to explain Gymnastics to the great unwashed.

Sadly, like last season, she did not qualify to the NCAA Floor Final today. Lloimincia nailed the double layout perfectly, but stumbled slightly on another landing in prelims. That’s enough to take you out under current College judging.

I’d love to see the #1 ranked routine get a bye into the apparatus final. :-)

Her fans should cheer teammate Jessica Savona, instead.

NCAA Super Six – HEART

Anna Burns:

Congrats to co-champions Oklahoma and Florida! This was such an amazing meet!

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

AC/DC Thunderstruck is the march-in music for Apparatus Finals. LOVE NCAA. :-)

Florida Super 6 recap

No Gator is complaining about the tie.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

LSU and Alabama have more difficult tumbling than Florida and Oklahoma. But it wasn’t enough of a difference maker in 2014.

Many will be comparing Sooners and Gators routine-by-routine to decide on who actually won.

It’s close. But I’d give the slight advantage to Florida if I had to break the tie.

For one thing, Sloan was on fire. She would have won the AA if it had been last night rather than Friday.

did LSU win Championships?

As I predicted?

In a season filled with record-breaking performances, the LSU gymnastics team set one more record by earning the highest finish in school history with a 197.600 to take third place at the NCAA Super Six Finals Saturday night in BJCC Arena.

The previous best finish was fourth place in the 1988 season …

“We wanted to win the national title, and there’s no question about that,” LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. “With that said, we put forth a great effort tonight, and I know we can walk out of here with our heads held high. …”

LSU Sports

The Tigers were tigers. Great meet. But Florida and Oklahoma were even better that night.

We’ll not soon forget Super 6 2014. :-)