Asia D’Amato training Cheng

This looks great.

Italy’s team podium finish at Worlds was no fluke. They are a serious contender for Tokyo 2020.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

Team Italy training in China.

Canada has a National Training Centre

Gymnastics Canada and the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) are pleased to announce a partnership confirming the establishment of a national training centre at the INS Québec Complex for artistic gymnastics and trampoline gymnastics.

The INS Québec also becomes the primary site for Olympic preparation for Tokyo (2020) and Paris (2024) Olympic Games for artistic gymnastics.

“We are so excited to have the INS Québec as our national training centre,” said two-time Olympian Ellie Black from the women’s artistic gymnastics national team. …

The facility has so much to offer other than a great gymnastics area. They have a workout gym downstairs and many recovery tools such as the hot/cold tubs that will be so beneficial at keeping our bodies healthy. All of this will help keep our team motivated, excited, and supported on our journey to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.”

Read more on GymCan.org

USAG WAG team camps to INDY

Announcement.

The Gymnastics Company in Indianapolis is a private club owned by Kim Dykes.

Bea Gheorghisor on Romanian Gymnastics

Romania finished 22nd as a team at Worlds 2019. It would seem they are just another team, no longer a superpower.

But the next generation of Juniors is looking good. And here’s some other promising news.

Bea:

I think that Romania will qualify a team to Paris and even win at least an individual medal there.

The project called Tara, Tara, Vrem Campioane [“Country, country, we want champions”] was initiated in 2014 and is being coordinated by Bellu and Bitang.

This is Romania’s response to a half-centralized system (camp based) that has worked for other countries.

The idea is to de-centralize in order to encourage healthy competition among [the various] centers and also stimulate the development of gymnasts and coaches. …

In order for this to work long-term, we need some key elements that are still missing: realistic judging in internal/national competitions, more and better prepared coaches, finding a way to transition junior elites into successful seniors, a way to motivate gymnasts without physical and mental abuse.

Read the full Dvora Meyers interview:

The Fall (and Rise?) of Romanian Gymnastics

One big question remains – Can the next generation of Romanians be competitive on Bars?

They are now wearing grips. But — oddly — still rely on Free Hip when the rest of the world uses primarily Sole Circle. Watch Ana Maria Barbosu competing Bars.

Jr MAG Camp – China at Russia

The Chinese Junior National Team is being hosted by Russia at Round Lake right now.

I’m sure they’ll be closely following Worlds Stuttgart.

Gymnastics B.C. MAG Elite Camp

Aug 30, 31 and Sept 1

I dropped in for the first day of the Men’s camp in Vancouver. Guest clinician this year is Nick Blanton who runs the National Age Group camps for Gymnastics Canada.

Nick led a one hour coach education workshop which included his thoughts on a very neglected aspect of coaching — head position.

Mike Hood is hosting the event at Phoenix Gymnastics Club.

Organizer John Carroll.