Flavia Saraiva v Seda Tutkhalyan

Youth Olympic Games Finals – FLOOR:
1. Flavia Saraiva (BRA)- 13.766 GOLD
2. Seda Tutkhalyan (RUS)- 13.733 SILVER

3. Ellie Downie (GBR)- 13.466 BRONZE

Flavia is getting raves for her personality and choreography. Should she have won the Gold at YOGs?

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Click PLAY or watch Seda Tutkhalyan on YouTube.

(via Let’s Talk Gymnastics)

Victoria Nguyen – Beam

2014 P&G Championships – Jr. Women Day 2

15.200 (6.2, 9.000)

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She can miss a Sheep connection and still make it look good. :-)

Bars without a Bar

In 2014 Swing Big is one of my favourite coaching blogs. I read every post.

Editor Zari Goldmann gives an example of Bar drills you can use without putting kids on an actual Bar.

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For most developing gymnasts I recommend only about 25% of training time be spent on the REAL Bar. And at least 25% spent on straps bar.

You’ll have better form and technique. And very few rips. :-)

Hryko – Pommels

The American Yoder missed in the final at the Youth Olympic Games. Opening the door for the Russian and this kid from Ukraine.

YOG Pommel Final
Nagornyy N (RUS) 13.966
Hryko V (UKR) 13.933
Kadirov T (UZB) 13.800

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Good potential. :-)

Actually, I like that routine better than Nagornyy.

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Alyssa Baumann – Beam

Pretty. :-)

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15.150 (5.9, 9.250)

Beautiful Gymnastics felt that E-score was too high. But I’m happy to see such fluid movement rewarded.

Russia Cup – podium training

Sara Dorrien was at Burtasy Sports Palace in Moscow Penza on Monday for the first session of podium training.

Read her report on Couch Gymnast.


Canada’s trampoline team …

… ready to rumble at 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Less than a year away from the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, Canada’s trampoline team led by world and Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan is flying high with no intention of touching down anytime soon.

On the final day of the Pan American Gymnastics Championships on Monday the Canadian team soared to gold and silver in both men’s and women’s individual trampoline and picked up another gold in the women’s synchro event for good measure. …

MacLennan … the women’s title with a score of 53.945 points.

Teammate Samantha Sendel, who edged veteran Karen Cockburn for Canada’s second spot in the final, won the silver medal with 51.680.

Camilla Gomes of Brazil of took the bronze with a score of 51.335….

In the men’s final, 2008 Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett of Toronto won gold with 58.660 points and Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., took the silver with 57.390.

Logan Dooley of the United States, earned the bronze …

Gymnastics Canada

Biles, Ross, Baumann, Skinner, Kocian, Locklear

Andy Thornton’s projected Women’s Worlds Team:

Simone Biles
Kyla Ross
Alyssa Baumann
MyKayla Skinner
Madison Kocian
Ashton Locklear

Maggie Nichols
Brenna Dowell

Here would be a possible team finals lineup with this team:

Baumman or Ross



Baumann or Ross

I know I may get some backlash for not putting Maggie Nichols on this team, so I wanted to explain why. I’ll say first that in a fair world, she WOULD be on this team. I think she totally earned it. She has hit every single routine at both the Secret U.S. Classic and the P&G Championships, placed 3rd in the all-around at both competitions, and has improved her all-around totals with each one (57.6, 58.65, 59.25). She is a rock solid competitor, could be put up on any of the four events, and would likely hit under pressure. But her greatest strength is as a very solid all-arounder. …

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Andy is very astute. But Marta loves consistency. I could see her finding a way to put Maggie on the competition Floor if anyone is slightly injured or inconsistent in training. :-)

The only team that can defeat USA in Team … is USA.

quick links

MAG scores 2014 | WAG UTRS 2013 and TAA 2014
Russian Cup
Pan Am Championships | Grace Chiu

Wang Yan – Beam

We’d best pencil in the name Wang Yan on to our DRAFT Chinese Olympic Team to Rio. A vaulter/tumbler who can still do good Beam. :-)

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GOLD: WANG Yan (CHN) – 14.633
SILVER: SARAIVA Flavia (BRA) – 14.000
BRONZE: DOWNIE Elissa (GBR) – 13.500

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U.S. Men’s Junior

17-18 Division
1. Kiwan Watts, N. Chesterfield, Va., 166.200
2. Yul Moldauer, Arvada, Colo., 165.650
3. Robert Neff, Brookfield, Wis., 163.850
4. Ryan Sheppard, Murphy, Texas, 163.500
5. Dmitri Belanovski, West Allis, Wis., 162.950
6. Jacob Barrus, Dallas, Texas, 160.000

Kiwan Watts and Yul Moldauer had a knock down, drag out battle in the Junior 17-18 division. …

15-16 Division
1. Tristan Burke, Royse City, Texas, 164.550
2. Grant Breckenridge, Libertyville, Ill., 163.300
3. David Jessen, Sunrise, Fla., 161.300
4. Jordan King, The Woodlands, Texas, 160.700
5. Fabian DeLuna, Las Vegas, Nev., 160.250
6. Yaroslav Pochinka, Plano, Texas, 160.150

The top ten 15-16 all-around gymnasts were named to the Junior National Team. Though they competed in the Senior Division, Marty Strech, Alex Diab and Anthony McCallum are among those ten. Alec Yoder, who competed this past week at the Youth Olympic Games was also given a spot on the team. The top three 17-18 all-arounders also earned spots on the Junior National Team. Bobby Baker and Hunter Justus, though competing in the Senior Division finals, were named to the team along with Kiwan Watts.

Stick it Media – Mikulak Repeats as U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Champion

Oksana Chusovitina slowing down?

NEVER. :-)

Youth Olympic Finals – day 2

Youth Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics competitions concluded at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium on Sunday.

MAG Vault
GOLD: REGINI-MORAN Giarnni (GBR) – 14.695
SILVER: MA Yue (CHN) – 14.416
BRONZE: NAGORNYY Nikita (RUS) – 14.383

GOLD: WANG Yan (CHN) – 14.633
SILVER: SARAIVA Flavia (BRA) – 14.000
BRONZE: DOWNIE Elissa (GBR) – 13.500

P Bars
GOLD: NAGORNYY Nikita (RUS) – 14.033
SILVER: KARDOS Botond (HUN) – 14.016
BRONZE: REGINI-MORAN Giarnni (GBR) – 14.000

GOLD: SARAIVA Flavia (BRA) – 13.766
BRONZE: DOWNIE Elissa (GBR) – 13.466

H Bar
GOLD: YUASA Kenya (JPN) – 13.700
BRONZE: REGINI-MORAN Giarnni (GBR) – 13.633

Overall, Russians Seda Tutkhalyan and Nikita Nagornyy became the most successful Women’s and Men’s Artistic gymnasts respectively at Nanjing 2014. YOG All-around champion Tutkhalyan collected a total of two gold and one silver medal and Nagornyy won three gold, one silver and one bronze.

“In fact, I was not very confident,” said Nagornyy. “My job was to do my thing, do it well, then I would be in the top three. I didn’t think I would be first.”

Great Britain’s gymnasts on all podiums on last day of YOG event finals

Rewriting Russian GymnasticsCongratulations Russia!

Nagorny and Tutkhalyan win multiple golds in Youth Olympics



I’m even more convinced there is a place for a Youth Olympic Games in Artistic Gymnastics. I’ve heard no negative comments from the participants this time around. The only downer is that USA will not send a WAG competitor. It would have been more entertaining with an American on the Floor.