No Worlds for Diego Hypólito

As a specialist, he’ll try to qualify to the Tokyo Olympics via the World Cup circuit.

via Gymternet Clan

Artem Dolgopyat interview

Artem Dolgopyat (Hebrew: ארטיום דולגופיאט‎‎; born June 16, 1997) is an Israeli artistic gymnast. At the 2017 World Championships, he won the silver medal on floor exercise.

… the second Israeli gymnast to win a medal in gymnastics world championships (after Alex Shatilov) and the first to win a silver medal.

Born in Ukraine, his family moved to Israel when he was age-12.

Click PLAY or watch his Worlds qualifying FX on YouTube. Zapata mount.


He became an overnight sensation in Israel  …

“For years I’ve been spending at least 4 hours a day on the buses. I had to wake up at 6 am in order to arrive in time to practices, classes and physical therapy. It was very hard to stay stuck in traffic so many hours a day. On my last birthday, my dad gave me his old car as a gift, this made my life so much easier.”

He is currently in the army, serving in the rank of a junior sergeant. As an athlete, he receives a special permission to serve only half a day and can train the rest of the day and it’s very hard for him to combine training and the service:

“I come to the gym half-dead after a day at the army base. Athlete-soldiers have to work in the army for 6 hours a week but my commander allows me to leave after five hours”.

… For his medal at Worlds he received a special prize from the government – NIS 84,000 ($24,000) and his coach also got a prize – half this sum. He also got a raise and now receives NIS 8,500 a month ($2500) …


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Kazakhstan’s Milad Karimi interviewed

How is Gymnastics in Kazakhstan these days?

Not good according to a very personal, outspoken interview with the World’s 2017 FX finalist:

Other guys and I were always told the same thing: if there will be medals, we’ll create good training conditions for you. Great, I gave results in 2017, why hasn’t anything changed? For example, we have really bad conditions in Almaty. When it snows, it becomes impossible to train in our gym in the Kazakh Academy of Sports and Tourism – we can get seriously injured because it’s too cold in the gym. So it means that in winter we don’t have a place to train properly, we’re only doing conditioning because it’s not comfortable to train fully clothed in our only gym. …

A: I’m getting paid a bit more than 200,000 tenge a month now [around $600].

Q: What salary did you have before, if it’s not a secret.

A: In 2015, I was paid 15,000 tenge [$45], in 2016 – 30,000 tenge [$90], from January till May 2017 – 110,000 tenge [$333] and from June till September 140,000 tenge [$424]. …


Click PLAY or watch his FX on YouTube.