Iran’s female gymnast at the 1964 Olympics

You might have seen this headline – Kimia Alizadeh won a bronze medal for taekwondo at the 2016 summer Olympics:

Iran’s Only Female Olympic Medalist Says She Has Defected

I support Kimia’s desire to train in an environment that better supports women in sport.

The Medal Count posted a history of Women’s Gymnastics in Iran:

The Middle East has some of the worst participation rates for women in sports. …

For a sport where its athletes wear leotards, women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG) is one of the last sports these nations would ever consider due to modesty standards …

At the 1964 Olympics Iran sent women to the Olympics for the first time in its history. …

Djamileh Sorouri was only 14 years old …

She had even been sent to the Olympics without her coach. …

In response Vera Caslavska and the Czechoslovakian team stepped in. They took Djamileh Sorouri under their wing and had the young Iranian train alongside them in the buildup to the Olympics. …

The 1964 Olympics would be both the beginning and the end of Iranian Olympic gymnastics. The country hasn’t sent a gymnast from either genders to the Olympics since. …

When Iran had Women’s Gymnastics

Achilles tendon tears in College Gymnastics

The list is long already.

McGregor, Boise
Dickson, UGA
T Brovedani, UW
J Henderson, Iowa
A Zhong, BYU
Eleanor LaFountain, Ursinus
Lena Greene, OSU
K Coca, Pitt

College Gym News updates a major injuries list throughout the season.

related – Bill Sands – why so many NCAA Achilles tears? 

related – Dave TilleyCOMBATING ACHILLES TEARS IN GYMNASTICS (PT I): INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS 

Ulla Koch – IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement

The 2019 winners are athletics coach Malcolm Arnold from Great Britain and artistic gymnastic coach Ulla Koch from Germany.

They will receive the award this Friday, 17 January 2020, during a ceremony to be held at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, in the presence of IOC President Thomas Bach and members of the IOC Athletes’ and Athletes’ Entourage Commissions. …

Ulla has coached athletes at two Youth Olympic Games, 10 World Championships, 14 European Championships and 3 Olympic Games, and she is currently preparing for Tokyo 2020. …

Olympic.org 

Gymnastics videographer Deanna Hong

Dvora Meyers’ excellent longer form articles are now available by subscription. Either $6 a month or $60 a year.

Some she posts PUBLIC and FREE so they’ll get more widely read.

Including this interview: her history, links to some of her excellent Gymnastics video documentaries, and more.

Deanna Hong, an Emmy award winner for her work with NBC Olympics during the 2016 Games, has served as the videographer for the UCLA women’s gymnastics team since 2014. …

… she shot the mega viral video of Katelyn Ohashi performing on floor exercise. You know, this one. (77+ million views)

DH: Yes, that was actually our only meet that wasn’t televised last season, so we knew going into the meet that we would be free to post as many highlights as we wanted; usually we’re limited to 1-2 minutes of highlights when meets are televised.

It’s definitely cool to be able to tell people that I shot that video, because it feels like literally everybody has seen it. I really can’t take very much credit for it though—Katelyn did all of the heavy lifting …

Behind The Lens With Deanna Hong

A Q&A with one of gymnastics’ premiere videographers and editors

Maryland #8 – highest team rank in history

Congratulations on the great first meet of the season.