Tracee Talavera interview

Tracee Talavera is one of my favourite gymnasts. Along with her teammate Julianne McNamara.

Tracee was famous for introducing the Flair on Beam. She worked on it with the Men’s club coach at the time Hideo Mizoguchi.

Dvora Meyers posted a new interview:

Tracee Talavera Has Flair

Click PLAY or watch her 1981 Worlds Beam Bronze medal on Beam on YouTube.




improving handstands

Dave Tilley has a very comprehensive program for assessing each gymnast — then prescribing the conditioning to improve physical ability.

The motor component — balance — can be trained separately.

Step one is assess active flexibility:

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Click over to his Common Handstand Problems post for details.

Russia will appeal the Olympic ban

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.

Asia D’Amato training Cheng

This looks great.

Italy’s team podium finish at Worlds was no fluke. They are a serious contender for Tokyo 2020.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

Team Italy training in China.