crop tops for Gymnastics training

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

crop top for sport

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.

Chinese gymnasts

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

Canadian Olympic Committee spending

Hmm.

The Canadian Olympic Committee spent $2.9-million on a new boardroom, hundreds of thousands of dollars on outside lighting, and more than $1-million on a launch party for its new headquarters in Montreal. …

The project received $3.5-million from the government of Quebec, $3-million from the Canadian government and $2-million from the City of Montreal, in addition to private sponsorships and other revenues. …

Globe and Mail

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‘It’s difficult to accept:’ Canadian Olympic Committee criticized over cost of new headquarters

Thanks Cordelia.

Charity Choice Invitational 2016

Tacoma, Washington.

Each year, we host this incredible event not only for the gymnasts to show off their talent, but to give back to the community as well. Each team competes on behalf of a charity and by the end of the weekend, over $15,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to various charities.

Charity Choice Invitational is an official invitational of the Nastia Liukin Cup Series. Evanni Roberson from Emerald City Gymnastics Academy earned a spot to compete with her 38.25 All-Around at the Nastia Liukin Cup held the weekend of March 4-5, 2016 in Newark, NJ!

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

more Trinidad & Tobago drama

I’m disappointed in the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation for over-reacting to a photo supposedly of its 2015 Sportswoman of the Year nominee, Marisa Dick.

New topless photo rocks gymnastics; Marisa and Thema sent to disciplinary committee

They should have downplayed the issue. It’s no big deal. Both gymnasts should be focused on training. Not getting distracted by media sensationalism. 😦

Aly Raisman - ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue

Aly-Raisman

Men’s Code – 8 or 10 skills?

At the 2015 World Championships Glasgow, word was that the Men’s Code of Points would go from 10 skills to 8 after Rio, to match WAG. The DRAFT 2020 Code had 8 skills, 4 element groups.

Much later the final decision of FIG MTC was to stay with 10 counting skills. I’ve not yet heard the rationale.

An Aussie gymnast, Luke Wiwatowski, who must plan different routines for 8 or 10 skills, weighs in.

The “We Say You Do” Model Of Code Review Is Broken

8 skills

Trinidad and Tobago drama

Media is making something of a harmless photo 20yr-old gymnast Thema Williams posted on Instagram some time ago.

T&T gymnast, Thema Williams, fights ‘character assassination’ after circulated photo

I look forward to cheering Thema at the Olympic Test Meet.

Click PLAY or watch a November 2015 interview on YouTube.

related – LIKE the Thema Williams on the road to Rio 2016 Facebook page

Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games

A lot of bests have been seen over the last 11 days here in snowy Norway.

The young Organising Committee has been superb, the volunteers numerous, efficient and helpful, the transport service straightforward, the Wi-Fi flawless. And the sport, while lacking the drama and intensity of an Olympics proper, has been exciting and good to watch, blending the innovative monobob and cross-country cross with older and more established disciplines.

To a far greater extent than at Sochi 2014, and more so than we are likely to see in Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, there was fresh and natural snow at every venue, evoking a true winter sporting vibe. Crowds have been good for the most part, with a total attendance of 214,000, while thousands have flocked to the daily concerts and cultural events in Sjogg Park, one of the real successes of these Games. …

So where does this leave the future of the Youth Olympics now four editions have been and gone?

Has Lillehammer 2016 saved the Youth Olympic Games?

I was a doubter when IOC launched the YOG. But – much to my surprise – I’ve been impressed. I hope they are continued.

Some disagree. Click through to that article if you want to read about the controversy.

Thomas Bach Opening YOG

Click PLAY or watch a wrap-up video on YouTube.

Gymnastics – safest landing positions

Dr. Dave Tilley is concerned:

… the unfortunate reality is that the typical way gymnasts were taught to land growing up (me included) may not be the safest for them and most effective to stick skills. Not to mention coaches are also unfortunately very mis-informed about what the best available science suggests for proper landing mechanics. The concerning typical landing position that we need to move away from is one of

• Knees and feet together
• Glutes engage with the “hips tucked under” into hollow
• Knee dominant landing strategy
• Stiff impact with upright torso

… The reality of the situation is that we need to change the way gymnasts land, starting from a very young age. The more ideal landing we should be teaching and forcing athletes to use is

• Feet hip width apart
• toes, knees, hips, and shoulders close to inline (generally)
• core engaged in relative neutral (not excessively hollowed or arched)
• proper angular displacement of the hip and knee joints
• hip angle generally 30 degrees, and trunk / tibial lines close to parallel …

Why Gymnasts Must Change How They Land

With greatly increased difficulty being competed now and into the future, obviously the “best” landing positions are the ones that bring impact forces to zero with the least risk of injury, especially major injuries like ligament ruptures.

Most of the top male gymnasts in 2016 land their difficult skills in a very typical way.

Check these successful WAG landing positions. (Some are luck, of course. But many are skillful.)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.