remembering Aleksas Trotter

Back in 2008 the leading gymnastics blogs were Perfect 10, Difficulty + Execution and Gymblog.

The most visionary blogger, however, I felt, was Aleksas Trotter.

more photos on MySpace

On April 19, 2008 Aleksas Trotter committed suicide.

He was medically depressed.

Blythe Lawrence of Gymblog posted a touching tribute.

His death was a big loss to the blogosphere. This guy was super talented for his age, a pioneering montage maker who inspired many others to start. And to explore the darker side of the sport.

His videos (over 300,000 views) are still up on YouTube – gymkingdiesel channel.

Here’s a sample. Click PLAY or watch Toy Soldier montage on YouTube.

New to me is a video tribute posted by his father on the original blog, left otherwise as it was the day he died.

Click through to the link above if you’d like to see it.

Rest in peace, Lex.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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