introducing backwards Giants

Though I use a number of important progressions for this skill, this is my favourite.

The gymnast can jump as high as they like. The goal is the front support position, not handstand. There is every incentive to shorten the body on the upswing.

A spotter is needed as they do sometimes swing too high to reach front support on their own.

This video is from Bermuda Gymnastics Association a couple of years ago. The gymnast is now Level 7 competing Giants very comfortably.

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Aliya Mustafina interview

Aliya is still training.

Mustafina said she hopes to compete at the Russian Cup in June and prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. Now she might have even more time in store if the Olympics are postponed due to the pandemic.

She also hopes to have more elements named after her, one of her big dreams is to compete a Shaposhnikova transition with a one and a half turn. …

gymnovosti – MUSTAFINA: WHEN I COULD RETIRE ON A HIGH NOTE, I DIDN’T DO IT

I was in the media section when Aliya tore her ACL on Vault in the AA final at Tokyo Worlds.

Nope. It was at 2011 Europeans in Berlin. My mistake.

At the time I felt she didn’t need the Amanar that day. But in this interview she explains that she didn’t feel Amanar was either difficult nor dangerous. It was just another skill.

Aliya and daughter 2017

Fan Yilin’s Baku Bars

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