Thema Williams to Test Event

Thema Williams has been confirmed as the representative for this country at the Aquece Final Gymnastics Qualifier at the Rio Olympic Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from April 16-22, according to a media release last evening from the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation (TTGF).

The decision effectively ends weeks of speculation regarding whether Williams or her alternate Marissa Dick would be handed the spot …

Williams cleared for 2016 Rio qualifier

Of course both Thema and Marissa will be training for Rio. Marissa is the alternate and must be ready in case Thema has to drop out for any reason.

Misty Copeland and Barack Obama

They discuss topics including racial discrimination and female empowerment.

The first African American president and the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater have much more in common than their success. Both have risen to the pinnacle of institutions that have historically been led by whites. Both were raised by determined single mothers and born into multi-racial families. And both seek to use their unique positions of power to inspire a generation of kids who may not see a clear path forward toward success.

Time magazine

Click through to Time to watch the interview.

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Gymnastics USA – “explosion of diversity”

Team USA:

Penny said his federation does not chart participation demographically, but his intuition and that of federation Chief Operating Officer Ron Galimore from watching events at all age levels since the 2012 Olympics suggests an “explosion of diversity.”

Such a change has been slow coming to the elite level of a sport where public tumbling programs, often free or very inexpensive, give way to private clubs for top-level training, which is costly. …

Simone Biles And Gabby Douglas Are Latest And Greatest Heroes In A Storied History Of African-American Gymnasts

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 29:   Simone Biles of USA and Gabrielle Douglas of USA celebrate after the All-Around Final on day seven of the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at The SSE Hydro on October 29, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 29: Simone Biles of USA and Gabrielle Douglas of USA celebrate after the All-Around Final on day seven of the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at The SSE Hydro on October 29, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

via David Holcomb

related – GymCastic 189: Blinded by the Swag 2016 American Cup:

The Under Armour gymnastics commercial featuring an all white team: We know Aly, Gabby and Simone can’t do the commercial because they are signed to other contracts! We are talking about the lack of diversity! Gymnastics isn’t dominated by white girls!

Ebee Price – 10.0 Bars

That’s the score EVERYONE gave (including Greg Marsden) … aside from the judges.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

… In scoring news, it’s March. That’s all you need to know. The judges felt like they had permission to start throwing out the 10s like candy again, to least to everyone who isn’t named Elizabeth Price. …

… the craziest scores weren’t the 10s but unjustified 9.925s and 9.950s that pushed the totals up and made the 10s almost necessary. …

Balance Beam Situation

Many feel Ebee is the girl to beat in the AA at Championships 2016.

Aly Raisman Talks Code of Points & Injuries

I hope FIG WTC listens to their Olympic Champion. She’s right.

Rules should be set with respect to the health and safety of competitors.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The FIG Medical Commission should have more input to WTC. 😦

(via Inside Gymnastics)

Brittany Rogers 10.0 Vault

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I recall her doing pretty much exactly the same Vault at NCAA Championships one year … and getting 9.85. 😦 The WRONGEST score I saw at the meet.

I felt Brittany’s DTY was as good as any at Worlds 2015.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

NCAA related – Gym Digest – Decoding The New Vault Code

concussions in gymnastics

They are more common than we realize. 😦

GymCastic interviewed former gymnast Caroline Just, a Neurology resident, on best practices for coaches, parents and teammates:

ANY head injury during practice or a meet should be investigated with a concussion checklist, because if you keep going without it, the second concussion could make things much worse. Print out a checklist and put it on the wall of the gym or download the Heads Up App

Take Tylenol not aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Naproxen or Aleve.

Most concussions resolve within two weeks, but if you don’t go through the appropriate steps, waiting to be symptom-free for 24 hours before you advance stages, you risk not healing properly, which increases risk of long-term neurocognitive symptoms

Go see a doctor if you are worried! It’s pretty unlikely that the doctor will tell you to quit, or to take a long break.

Doctors are required, in most states and provinces, to inform authorities if the welfare of a child is in danger, including by coaches. If you think a coach is negligent – don’t be silent. Get parents involved, get head coaches involved, get athletic directors involved. The right people will take this very seriously.

Gymnasts are tough. They are used to focusing on the goal and working through the pain. However, sometimes the toughest thing is to do what is right for your health, or your friend’s health. It’s better to miss the meet than miss the season, or miss out on your life.

188: Kyla Moves On, Concussions, Baku and American Cup Preview

Caroline Just recommended we download a free app – Heads Up. I’ll be checking it out.

‘Smart Rings’ at Jr Europeans

Great news. Artistic Gymnastics judging will finally include a truly objective component.

‘Smart Rings’ is a project by InnoSportLab with automatically measures the time for hold elements on Rings. As reported earlier the Smart Ring was tested at the 2015 European Championships in Montpellier. Later the system was successfully tested as an integrated part of a 4 way competition between BEL, NED, SUI and ROU.

In light of the positive tests, the UEG Men’s Technical Committee has decided to put the system in action, as an official part of the scoring at the upcoming European Championship for Juniors in Bern, SUI. The system will be managed by two appointed judges who will control the input based on agreed methodology.

The Men’s Technical Committee thanks the company InnoSportLab (NED), and the Apparatus supplier Janssen-Fritsen, for the close cooperation. …

UEG Newsletter

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. The demo shown is not perfect, but it gives you an idea how it works.

crop tops for Gymnastics training

In some parts of the world – Australia, for example – separates are more popular than leotards for training.

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But in North America they are the exception, not the norm. Crop tops are worn on very hot days in a few Gyms, for the most part.

Chalk Bucket has a thread on this topic right now. Comparing club policies.

Even odder for those in the general public not familiar with Gymnastics training is the tradition in Men’s Gymnastics of training shirtless.

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Dwight Normile on the Code of Points

2016 marks the 10th year under the current Code of Points, which tried to repair an ineffective judging system from 2004 by creating — and adding — two separate scores: “Difficulty” and “Execution.” …

It is debatable whether this rather one-dimensional Code, which continues to get tweaked as problems arise, has actually improved the sport or its evaluation. …

The State of the Sport

10 Judging system

Dwight much preferred the perfect 10 Codes of Points, as do I.

Rewriting Russian Gymnastics weighs in. And agrees. IG – The State of the Sport

FIG Technical Committees have not done a good job of tweaking the open ended Codes, in my opinion. They are today at least as problematic as the 2004 perfect 10 Codes.

If you are interested in this topic, you’ll need to buy Dvora Meyers’ upcoming book July 5, 2016.

The End of the Perfect 10