Russia has been kicked out of international events for four years, with no official team, officials, flag or anthem allowed at Olympics, Paralympics and World Championships. It is a ban on a Russian identity at these events. Nor can they host.
Russia, meanwhile, is set to appeal via the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), and has portrayed the sanction as excessive, unfair and politically motivated.
Putin loves sport. There’s overwhelming evidence of top-down government sponsored doping in Russia, though not in the Gymnastics sports.
Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and re-join the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial.
Around the Rings
The WADA Executive Committee unanimously endorsed the ban. I think it should and will stick.
Seniors Kyla Ross and Maggie Nichols currently sit in sixth and seventh place respectively, with Ross nine 10.0s away from tying the record. She recorded fourteen 10.0s during the 2019 season. …
1 Jenny Hansen (Kentucky) 28
2 Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA) 27
3 Hope Spivey (Georgia) 24
4 Kim Arnold (Georgia) 21
5 Karin Lichey (Georgia) 20
6 Kyla Ross (UCLA) 19
7 Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma) 17
Right. judging has NOT been consistent over the decades. We are living in one of the highest scoring eras.
I coach at one Gym where some of the teen gymnasts are training — but still deciding whether or not to compete this season.
That’s working well. They are less worried about getting routines ready in time. Having more fun. And are more consistently motivated day-to-day.
Teenage girls should place a lower priority on competition. A higher priority on FUN and FITNESS.
According to Gatorade’s recent “Girls In Sports” study, girls are dropping out of sports at 1.5x the rate that boys do by age 14. By age 17, more than half of girls will quit playing sports altogether.
Refinery29 partnered with Gatorade for its #SistersInSweat movement, in hopes of figuring out why this is happening. Over the course of two weeks in August 2017, we polled 1,000 teenage girls in the United States between the ages of 13 and 18 to find out their reasons for giving up on something that has been proven to make them happier, healthier, and more confident throughout the rest of their lives. …
related – keeping TEENS in Gymnastics
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In 2011 Olly Hogben was a drama teacher. He had no training in broadcasting.
By 2016 he was announcing at the Rio Oympics.
Dvora Meyers interviews one of our favourite Elite Gymnastics announcers:
DM: As a commentator, what do you see as your primary job? Is it educating the viewers? Entertaining them?
OH: This is a great question! For me it’s clear—I am here to help people enjoy the sport. … What I try to do—and hopefully sometimes succeed [at]—is to talk to the hardcore fans one minute, then the total novices, then move to those who need a quick recap. …
DM: Were you surprised by how you’ve been embraced by gymnastics fans? Also, aren’t you also a little terrified by the gymternet? I know that I sometimes am, which is generally a good thing since it keeps me from writing dumb things.
OH: I’m shocked at how I’ve been embraced, to be honest! It was in Glasgow last year that people really started to react positively to my commentary and I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t …
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Bronze medal-winning Olympian Adam Rippon has a new memoir. In it he recounts his feud with famously homophobic Vice President Mike Pence who lead the U.S. Olympic delegation to South Korea.
Here’s one of the best of his life stories.
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