a new dive – 513XD

Is a dive with 1.5 somersaults and 5 twists possible?

Some sport scientists believe it is but that a different arm action would be required. The body would tilt to the point of being near horizontal at one point before untilting for entry into the water.

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Read the study by WILLIAM TONG AND HOLGER R. DULLIN – A NEW TWISTING SOMERSAULT – 513XD (PDF)

related – Fred Yeaden – LEARNING HOW TO TWIST FAST (PDF)

(via Lukewiwa)

Full Out – the movie

Full Out is now on Netflix. And on DVD.

I saw it on an airplane.

It’s great for kids.

Jennifer Beals was excellent as a tough Miss ValAna Golja and stunt double Victoria Moors were quite believable.

The cameos are fun: Alicia Sacramone, Sam Peszek, Jordyn Wieber, etc.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

Ariana Berlin’s comeback story was made for Hollywood: Nearly-fatal car accident ends a young girl’s Olympic gymnastics aspirations. Girl turns to dance but does not give up her other dream of competing for the UCLA Gymnastics team. Girl gets an opportunity to make the team at UCLA and ends up becoming an All-American.

This wasn’t an inspirational movie plot, though; this was real life. …

Sadly Director Sean Cisterna did not bother keeping the Gymnastics accurate. With very little extra cost they could have made the film far more realistic. Wrong Gymnastics will turn off a number of gymnasts and fans. 😦

Diving – ripped entries

A very interesting article recommended by Tom Trapp. Like Artistic Gymnastics, some feel Diving has got too acrobatic. Difficulty weighted too much relative to execution.

There are two types of rippers, they discovered. There are those with the right body type — long, tapering legs and feet and highly flexible shoulders — who hold a streamlined, needlelike position with toes pointed to allow a gradual closure of the water. Then there are those who know how to jackknife themselves underwater to pull the waves down.

“We called that a seething rip,” Abraham says. “There’s no splash, but it looks like the water is boiling. Like there’s a wrestling match going on under there. . . . What’s happening is the divers are going in and curling up. Once their shoulders are in the water, they’re piking, so their trunk rolls, their back is down, and their back creates a lot of suction.” …

Hitting the water without a splash gets big cheers, but has Olympic diving gotten too dry?

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rip entry

USA Diving’s “Perfect 10”

The “Perfect 10” is two-time Olympian Abby Johnston’s brainchild, born shortly after the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving wrapped up in June.

“We took a party bus from the pool at Olympic Trials to the celebration for everyone who had made the Olympic team,“ Johnston said. “So it was just the divers on the bus.”
As the music played, the 10 athletes who qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Diving Team collectively decided that an official team nickname was needed.

“I can’t remember some of the options that were thrown out but then I was like, ‘How about Perfect 10?’” said Johnston. “It stuck.”

The Perfect 10, referring to both the 10 team members and diving’s 10-point scoring system, is in contention for several medals. The squad looks to match the four-medal haul from London, where Team USA ended a 12-year medal drought with three medals in synchronized events and David Boudia’s gold in 10-meter. …

Watch Out “Fierce Five,” USA Diving’s “Perfect 10” Is Ready To Rock Rio

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JUNE 26:  Abby Johnston competes in the Women's 3m Springboard final during day 9 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for diving at Indiana University Natatorium on June 26, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JUNE 26: Abby Johnston competes in the Women’s 3m Springboard final during day 9 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for diving at Indiana University Natatorium on June 26, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Thanks Tom.

Chinese divers in Rio

They won six gold medals at the 2012 London Games and seven in Beijing, so a golden sweep of the eight Olympic diving events (men’s and women’s individual three-meter springboard and 10-meter platform, synchronized three-meter springboard and 10-meter platform) in Rio isn’t out of the question for the Chinese. …

China a threat to sweep gold medals in Rio Olympics

China's Qiu Bo ahead of the Men's 10m Platform Final
China’s Qiu Bo ahead of the Men’s 10m Platform Final