Canmore Gymnastics Camp

August 14-20, 2016

The 1st annual resident camp for girls was a big success. Food, accommodation, training and special events all included.

Canmore Camp

I was lead coach on Bars. Highlights included two new kips, low to high releases, high to low releases and work on dismounts. Unlike every other Camp in existence, we had zero bleeding rips over 6 continuous days. 🙂 Many drills were assigned that did not require swinging on an actual Bar.

Canmore, Alberta is an outdoor adventure sport mecca in the Rockies. The girls had instruction in one or two action sports every day.

acro Yoga
acro Yoga
climbing & bouldering at Elevation Place
climbing & bouldering at Elevation Place
pushing your limits
pushing your limits
whitewater rafting
whitewater rafting
Coach Ashley on the Nordic Centre trails
Coach Ashley on the Nordic Centre trails

details – Final – Canmore Gym Summer Camp Brochure

Ashley Sportun, Camp Head Coach
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HPTC Gymnastics Camp, Idaho

Another terrific year at Camp. I’ve attended most since it launched in Couer d’Alene. This was as good as any in the past.

Olympic Gold medalist Daniela Silivas was once again our headliner.


Coach Summer working flexibility with the boys

Cliff jumping was a highlight for the older kids. This Camp schedules many activities to challenge your courage.


Younger gymnasts working the low Ropes Course.



details – High Performance Training Camp, Idaho.

USAG buys the Karolyi Ranch Gym

… athlete and coach housing and recreational areas …

… the portion of the Karolyi Ranch that USA Gymnastics is purchasing is 36.2 acres and includes housing for 300 athletes, coaches and administrators; three training gyms, two artistic/acro and one multi-discipline (rhythmic, trampoline/tumbling); a dance studio; dining and recreational areas; medical and rehab facilities; and office space. The training gym for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling was added in 2010.

The Karolyis first began training athletes at the Ranch in 1984. They will retain their personal residences, the Lodge and the remaining acreage. …



The geographic location is poor, of course. Something more central to everyone in the USA would have been better.

The Karolyis are expected to maintain a presence at the ranch, and USA Gymnastics is considering turning an older portion of the main gym — one lined with pictures, medals and trophies from major competitions dating back to the 1980s — into a museum to honor the Karolyi legacy. …

While Penny considers Aug. 24 as Karolyi’s official retirement date, there has been no decision yet on her replacement.

… “I’ve met with the coaches and told them our main goal is to get through Rio and not worry about making it a distraction.” …

Summer Games

Giants at age-79

Bruno Klaus

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Canadian 2020 Training Camp

For many nations the focus is now the Tokyo Olympics.

Yes that Kyna Fletcher over on the right side. Kyna was the WAG National Team Director for Canada’s record breaking 5th place team in London. She’s gone over to the other side to see how they are preparing. 🙂

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top 5 AA gymnasts to Rio

Cordelia posted an interesting factoid:

All are aware that the P&G Championships and the US Olympic Team Trials are both qualifying competitions as spelled out in the selection procedures. If you look at the gymnasts AA scores over both competitions this is what you get:

1. Biles 248.25
2. Hernandez 241.65
3. Raisman 240.85
4. Douglas 235.25
5. Kocian 233.5
6. Smith 232.55
7. Skinner 232.1

As it turns out, the Olympic team that was chosen is composed of the top 5 AAers over the two competitions.

Certainly that’s not the only reason the American Olympic team was chosen as it was. They most likely picked top 3 AA … then filled in the best, reliable routines for the team final. I could still see Gabby being replaced if she’s not hitting Bars and Beam very consistently at training camp.

Gabby GK