Parallel Bar doodle

These animations are excellent. P Bars, this time.

And here’s Rings, sideways. A beefy routine, by the way. :-)

the new Nadia

Larisa’s hit the mainstream media. A perfect 10. :-)

Larisa Iordache: The rise of the ‘new Nadia Comaneci’
by Gary Morley and Lidz-Ama Appiah for CNN

It’s 25 years since the end of Communist rule in Romania, and although much may have changed in the East European nation, its production line of gymnasts continues to generate champions.

From Nadia Comaneci, the sport’s first “perfect 10″ back in the 1970s, to multiple ’80s gold medalist Ecaterina Szabo and the post-revolution exploits of Simona Amanar, the country’s young women have set benchmarks of excellence.

Standing less than five foot tall, but with deceptively long legs, the 18-year-old Larisa Iordache is the latest to be dubbed the “New Nadia.” …

read more – Romania’s new gymnastics star

Thanks George.

gymnasts are people, too

I love these up close and personal edits put together by the FIG media team.

Worlds 2014. Includes the Nanning bee incident. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

via @GymCastic

Worlds 2017 Montreal?

update: Grace Chiu in Nanning heard from a Sr Hungarian official that Györ, Hungary is also bidding for 2017.

___ original post:

Glasgow will host Worlds 2015.

Doha was awarded the 2018 Worlds. But we’re still waiting to hear who gets Worlds 2017.

Montreal did bid.

And now this news:

… Montreal city council this week agreed to support a bid for the 2017 FIG artistic gymnastics world championships.

The venue would be Olympic Stadium, which would be reconfigured to accommodate 10,000 spectators for main stage events as well house the training facilities under one massive roof. Currently there are no other contenders and all signs point to the championships being awarded to Montreal by the end of the year. …

CBC – Field of Play: Gymnastics is the sport that amazes

Montreal hosted Worlds 1985.

Yelena Shushunova, Yuri Korolev y Oksana Omelianchik

Yelena Shushunova, Yuri Korolev y Oksana Omelianchik

And who could forget this from Montreal 1976?

Nadia 10

Tweddle on Podkopayeva

London 2012 bronze medallist Beth Tweddle discusses her Olympic hero; Lilia Podkopayeva and her memories of watching the Ukrainian win gold in the all-around event at the Atlanta 1996 Games and the inspiration Podkopayeva proved to be on Tweddle’s own career.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Bars – the Vivian


#ThrillingThursday! This is the move we call 'THE VIVIAN'!! I broke my back trying to learn this skill last year, but persistence and determination made me try again! Unfortunately the technical committee only valued it a 'C' which was heartbreaking, but that's life. I want to thank my bar coach @jfabs101 for believing such a crazy skill idea could work, and the numerous Australian coaches who helping teach a skill that's never been done! A special thanks goes out to the team at @internationalgymcamp who helped me re-learn this skill and make it possible! ???????????? #TheVivian #Bars #Gymnastics #NewSkill #WhatAThrill

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To handstand, I assume it would be awarded D-part.

To handstand in undergrip and Endo or Weiler, D-part as well.

tumbling doodle

(via Craig Smith)

Simone Biles – upgrades

… After the world championships, coach Aimee Boorman mentioned in a tweet that now that her shoulder is healed, Biles will be looking to upgrade her second vault to a Cheng.

In the interview this morning, Biles confirmed that she will be working toward the Cheng. She also shared that since her Amanar vault is so consistent, Marta Karolyi has encouraged her to try for the triple-twisting yurchenko. If successful, Biles would be the first woman in history to compete this vault.

As for other upgrades, Biles said she would also be looking to get bars back to her former level of difficulty by adding the shaposh half back in. She said she also might work the double-double layout on floor …

Beam Dreams – Simone Biles Looks to the Future


Dvora Meyers was at Worlds in Nanning researching a book on women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

Check Dvora’s new article in Slate:

Biles is nowhere near the edge of her abilities. All four of her routines are easy for her. …

The Best Gymnast in the World

How Simone Biles dominates the competition.

With all this success comes the inevitable backlash – Susan Swarbrick – Lost art: Powerhouse physiques winning out over spellbinding grace

Anta sportswear

Though Li Ning and the Li Ning company were everywhere in Nanning, the Chinese National Teams were uniformed in 2014 by a competitor, Anta.

Here’s are some of the Anta store displays. Gymnastics is kind of a big deal in China.




When I tried to buy this t-shirt, store staff had to explain they were only for display. Not for sale.


who’s honouring Kohei now?

Kohei Uchimura has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest number of sixth straight wins on individual all-around title at 2009~2011 & 2013~2014 World Championships and 2012 London Olympic Games.

Kohei Record


concussion survey

A researcher is trying to determine how much Trampoline and Gymnastics coaches know about concussions.

I filled out the online survey in about 10 minutes. It’s better than some, though still includes some questions more appropriate for team sport than our own.

At the end are open ended forms where you can write in your personal feedback.

If you’d like to take part, click here.

Here’s the researcher:

Lee Verweel, BSc, MSc (c)
Concussion Research Centre
Bloorview Research Institute
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

via the private T&T Coaches Canada Facebook Group

Cliff Diving World Series Final

The world’s best cliff divers will travel to Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula for the 2014 final of both the men’s and women’s competition on October 17-18. …

Red Bull

Gracias Tom.

Simone Biles – Athlete of the Year

Simone Biles, who just won her second straight World all-around title, was just named the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 2014 Individual Sportswoman of the Year

… earlier this month, she became the first U.S. woman since Shannon Miller (1993-94) and the first woman since Svetlana Khorkina (2001, 2003) to win back-to-back World all-around titles. …

… She is the first woman to win four gold medals at a single World Championships since the Soviet Union’s Ludmilla Tourischeva in 1974. …

Biles now has six World gold medals, surpassing the five owned by Shannon Miller, and her career total of nine World medals ties with Nastia Liukin and Miller …


photo via Team USA

photo via Team USA