Nick Ruddock interviews Donatella Sacchi

The FIG Women’s Technical Committee President is refreshingly honest and clear answering questions about Olympic qualification and the future of our sport.

She advises coaches not to rush. Avoid injuries. Go clean. Emphasize artistry. Build the dance elements progressively over the long term.

Don’t copy the best in the world. Instead work with the specific strengths of each athlete.

If you want the highest score, consult judges as often as possible.

Jr. World Championships are confirmed for 2019. It’s an experiment. If successful FIG will run Jr. Worlds every 2 years. If not, the concept will be dropped.

Nick spoke with Donatella at the European Union gymnastics camp in Tirrena, Italy. She’s much closer to coaches than was Nellie Kim.

Listen online. Or subscribe to the Gymnastics Growth Show on iTunes.

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Rick Mc

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

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