tumbling at GAGE

What I like best about the Great American Gymnastics Experience facility in Kansas City, Missouri are the super safe home made mats.

As we return from COVID-19, most Gyms are training with matting on their foam cube pits. These on top and protecting the pit edge at GAGE are ideal. And easy to clean.

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Gymneo – Dive Roll

For me Dive Roll is a critical SAFETY basic. When something goes wrong, gymnasts need to absorb impact force over time and surface area by rolling out.

The classic example is going over the handle bars when cycling: rolling out is safest, prone fall more dangerous. 

Male gymnasts all do enough dive rolls.

But it’s a neglected basic for some WAG coaches. If you see a competitive gymnast  with too much pike on her Handspring Vault, there’s a good chance she hasn’t perfected Dive Roll.


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Ludi Furnon – Floor – 2000 Europeans

20 years ago Ludivine Furnon won Floor 9.875  at Europeans.  Finishing ahead of Produnova, Amânar and reigning world FX champion Andreea Răducan.

Ludi was 19th AA at the 1996 Olympics. And first French female gymnast to win a medal at the World Gymnastics Championships.

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Ludi went on to Cirque du Soleil and I personally can’t recall any female acrobat with more impressive physical ability.

Currently she’s performing with husband Nicolas Besnard, in act named Duo MainTenanT.

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Happy Mother’s Day Chellsie

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