Confessions of a Division 1 Athlete

By Jim Karas and Olivia Karas

A Dad and Daughter’s Guide to Survival.

Order here.

Olivia was a star with Michigan.

Listen to a charming and entertaining interview on the All Things Gymnastics podcast.

Degrees of Difficulty by Georgia Cervin

How Women’s Gymnastics Rose to Prominence and Fell from Grace

How the Cold War era changed the trajectory of women’s gymnastics

Georgia Cervin is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and a former international gymnast.

Electrifying athletes like Olga Korbut and Nadia Comaneci helped make women’s artistic gymnastics one of the most popular events in the Olympic Games.

But the transition of gymnastics from a women’s sport to a girl’s sport in the 1970s also laid the foundation for a system of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of gymnasts around the world.

Georgia Cervin offers a unique history of women’s gymnastics, examining how the high-stakes diplomatic rivalry of the Cold War created a breeding ground for exploitation. …

Cervin also charts the changes in style, equipment, training, and participants that transformed the sport, as explosive athleticism replaced balletic grace and gymnastics dominance shifted from East to West. …

Buy it here.

Olivia Karas has a book

She wrote it with her father.

Confessions of a Division 1 Athlete

A Dad and Daughter’s Guide to Survival

meet Kyle Shewfelt

As a promotion for his new bookmake it happen — the Olympic Floor Champion is giving away signed copies and meeting with folks like you online.

#PositivePowerContest @GymCastic @kyleshewfelt

Kyle Shewfelt – make it happen

Available on Amazon.

3-time Olympian and Floor champion — Kyle Shewfelt — has finally released his biography. He’d been working on it since 2004.

A great read for everyone. Life lessons through sport.

I still recall Kyle‘s first day at Altadore Gym Club in Calgary, Canada.

He was 6-years-old. And obviously talented.

At age-22 Kyle was Olympic Floor champion.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Kelly Manjak coached Kyle from pre-competitive through two Olympics.

The EASY thing to do in 2004 as Olympic Champion was to retire. At the top.

BUT after a good break, Kyle decided to keep training for Beijing 2008. His 3rd Olympic cycle turned out to be the most challenging.

Changes to the Code of Points in 2006 didn’t help.

Kyle’s idol was Alexi Nemov for his artistry and style. Like Nemov, Kyle was a fan favourite.

Though I knew the story well — coaching at his club in 2004 — I was still enthralled to hear it told from Kyle’s point of view. Know that he’s very modest in this telling.

It’s well written as Kyle worked on his sports biography together with Blythe Lawrence. And had editing by Steve Cooper.

For 10 years, while one of the best in the world on Vault and Floor, Kyle was the most consistent. The more pressure, the more likely he’d HIT.

Kyle took maximum advantage of specialists: sport psychologist Hap Davis, dietitian Kelly Anne Erdman, physiotherapist Susan Massitti, and many others.

Uldi Hajdu, Eugene Galperin, Edouard Iarov and Tony Smith are additional coaches Kyle credits in the book.

Today Kyle Shewfelt is a public speaker, broadcaster, Gym owner and father who believes in “optimism and the power of a high five“.

I’d recommend the audio version, as it’s read by Kyle himself.

Alternatively, you can buy a personalized signed copy online. An ideal gift.

Related – The Hungarian Academy Award nominated film featuring Kyle – White Palms.

Listen to a new interview with Kyle. It starts 1 hour 18min into the podcast.

Tokyo Olympics Event Finals Day 3: Beam, High Bar, PBars GymCastic: The Gymnastics Podcast

Simone returned to the podium and didn’t die on her beam dismount; Chenchen remained the beam queen, historic medal for Turkey on Pbars from Arican, Zou regained his p-bars crown;  Sam Mikulak went out with a happy hit and Daiki’s HB was redonkulously good.
  1. Tokyo Olympics Event Finals Day 3: Beam, High Bar, PBars
  2. Tokyo Olympics: Event Finals Day Two
  3. Tokyo Olympics: Event Finals Day One
  4. Tokyo Olympics: Women's All Around Final
  5. Tokyo Olympics: Mens AA Final

GYMMY THE OWL AND HIS FRIENDS

A delight for all lovers of rhymed poetry and gymnastics, Gymmy the Owl and His Friends offers children and parents entertaining and amusing poems and useful information about gymnastics and gymnastics terminology.

Author Vladimir Zaglada, who worked at the highest levels of Soviet gymnastics during its heyday, created Gymmy and his friends as a way of introducing young children and their parents to the world of gymnastics. Readers of any age will be drawn in by his parallels between the natural abilities of animals and the skills humans must work hard to develop in order to perform gymnastics ….

Illustrator Katya Korobkina brings to life a charming community of “Nature’s Gymnasts.”

details on CoachZaglada.com

Vladimir also authored One Coach’s Journey from East to West: How The Fall of the Iron Curtain Changed the World of Gymnastics.

Ágnes Keleti at 100

Ágnes Keleti is a HungarianIsraeli retired Olympic and world champion artistic gymnast and coach.

While representing Hungary in the Summer Olympics, she won 10 Olympic medals including five gold medals, three silver medals, and two bronze medals, and is considered to be one of the most successful Jewish Olympic athletes of all time.

A new book has been released in advance of her 100th birthday.

Journal To Inspire Young Gymnasts

Bulgarian Olympians Dima Raynova and Silvia Topalova have teamed up again, this time to create and publish The POWER in the Hour, a journal and tracker designed to motivate, guide and inspire female and male gymnasts ages 8 to18. …

The journal has quotes, inspirations and stories from all over the world. … There’s also room for writing down reflections, goals and dreams. …

There are several sections that the kids can fill out: healthy habits such as sleeping patterns, food, and other things, goals they want to achieve and how they’ll achieve them, academic activities, books they’re reading, outdoor activities, family and friends time, how they help at home, reflection of their week and improvements. …

Bulgarian Olympians Team Up On Journal To Inspire Young Gymnasts

Details.

Karen Louise Hollis Gymnastics books

Karen has a number of Gymnastics books.

Her latest is Classic Gymnastics – Issue 2.

… articles on the 1983 World Championships, Natalia Karamushka (and cover), Joanna Sime (GB), Nailya Gabassova (USSR) and more, plus posters of Nadia Comaneci, Inessa Lisovskaya, Maria Filatova, Zdenka Dornakova and more.