Arizona State wins Collegiate GymACT

Arizona State rolled to their 14th straight team championship at the 2021 USA Gymnastics Collegiate GymACT Championships Saturday at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

ASU (314.350) finished a full 13 points ahead of runner up Washington (301.050). The University of Illinois-Chicago (284.600), SC United (281.350) and Temple (280.550) rounded out the top five. …

GymACT members include Arizona State University, Georgia United, Kansas City United, New York Alliance, NorCal United, Northern Illinois University, Rocky Mountain Pride, Southern California United, Temple University, the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Washington. …

USAG

Kiwan Watts won the AA and all apparatus — aside from Luka Sisauri who won Pommels.

JOSH LEVIN from NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY was named Coach of the Year.

Olympians Hashimoto Daiki & Kaya Kazuma

Unlike the host nation WAG team, only 2 Olympians have been named (so far) for the men.

No doubt they will look closely at who best complements the two selected.

… The top 5 is crucial because the selection policies state that the 3rd Olympic team spot must be someone who placed top 5 AA at NHK. Therefore one of Wataru, Teppei or Kazuyuki will definitely be on the Olympic team.

The 4th spot must be someone who placed top 10 at NHK. …

MAGnastics – NHK Trophy & What Happens Next?

Japan’s Olympic team

Mai Murakami
Hitomi Hatakeda
Yuna Hiraiwa
Aiko Sugihara

Two-time Olympian TERAMOTO Asuka misses out after finishing fifth overall. …

It was Murakami’s third NHK Trophy championship. She missed the 2019 competition (2020 was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19) with a lower-back injury, which also forced her out of the world championships that year.

“The last three years have felt really long, with corona, the injury and everything else,” Murakami said.

“But through it all, I’ve been able to rekindle my love for gymnastics and feel like I’ve become a better competitor, a better person.

“I had a few hiccups today but I managed to win and make the team. I’m going to take tomorrow off but then I’ll be right back at it for the Olympics” …

Olympics.com

FIG Vault mats are dangerous

With or without bad lighting, they are too narrow for the most powerful vaulters in the world.

I’ve seen many injuries from missing the mat completely.

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Japanese Olympians chosen this weekend

For the host men, a hugely deep and competitive competition.

NHK Trophy is on 16th May, and the top 2 gymnasts after scores from NHK are combined with Nationals scores earn automatic selection to the Tokyo Olympic team.

The final two spots on the Olympic team are determined following the All Japan Event Championships in June. …

Nationals was won by Hashimoto Daiki who … scored a huge 88.532 in the final, scoring 15+ on four events (including a new and impressive Yonekura (kas 2.5) on vault) to win with a combined score of 173.365.

Within a point of him are Tanigawa Wataru (172.728) and Kaya Kazuma ( 172.696) seperated by only 0.032. …

The Japan Situation 2021: What’s at Stake for NHK Trophy?

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