when Judging ruins gymnastics

UPDATED Fri May 31st

Canadian Championships 2013.

Grace Chiu GraceClick:

Ariel Crawford, SK, National Open – performing her original mount (Canadian “D”) Press to 1-arm handstand full pirouette hip circle — at Carleton University.


Day 2 we waited to watch Ariel’s cool routine including this very cool mount.

… She left out the backward hip circle. 😦

She’d been told after Day 1 it was a big deduction.

Some sort of nonsense about her “elbows being bent on backward hip circle“.

I’d ask the Judges to show us a video of a gymnast doing that skill with straight elbows. It’s impossible.

Check the elbows on some similar skills including backward hip circle.

Click PLAY or watch the Yurchenko Loop on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch the Teza on YouTube.

Here’s Aerials FINALS routine, with the back hip circle taken out. (VIDEO)

Thank TrishaG for links to those videos.

Men’s judges are far stronger at evaluating new elements during competition. They understand advanced skills better.

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Rick Mc

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

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