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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LEAN BACK more on handspring

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Mattie Larson interview

Mattie is out in the real world, an emergency dental assistant right now during COVID-19.

From L.A., coached by Galina Marinova, they did a lot of ballet in club. Galina was strict about form and line.

Mattie competed for UCLA 2012 and 2013.

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Stacey Umeh interviews Georgia Godwin

Stacey Umeh is one of the top choreographers in the world.

Stacey recently launched an attractive new website called Parallel Universe. And a Facebook page.

Also a new home studio where she’s recording one podcast a month, to start.

Episode #2 is a long, entertaining and uplifting interview with Aussie qualified 2020 Olympian Georgia Godwin.  Turns out I knew very little about this Georgia.

Listen to it online here.