Eythora Thorsdottir & Tisha Volleman

… of the Netherlands talk about making history with their team at 2015 Worlds in Glasgow, qualifying the Netherlands to the Olympics games for the first time in 40 years in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

The Dutch have blown us all away with their fresh outlook on artistry and both Thorsdottir and Volleman talk about the emphasis on performance quality and entertainment value within the Dutch program.

Inside Look: Journey to the Games – Episode 3: Eythora Thorsdottir and Tisha Volleman

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

new – MyUSAGym app

USAG has just announced a free app for Apple devices. In 2016, the app will have live scoring from all of USA Gymnastics premier events, as well as many invitationals and Junior Olympic championship events for men’s and women’s gymnastics. Also USAG news.

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see it on the App Store

If you don’t want to use an Apple app, a website will provide scores.

myusagym.com/meets/live/

‘Smart Rings’ at Jr Europeans

Great news. Artistic Gymnastics judging will finally include a truly objective component.

‘Smart Rings’ is a project by InnoSportLab with automatically measures the time for hold elements on Rings. As reported earlier the Smart Ring was tested at the 2015 European Championships in Montpellier. Later the system was successfully tested as an integrated part of a 4 way competition between BEL, NED, SUI and ROU.

In light of the positive tests, the UEG Men’s Technical Committee has decided to put the system in action, as an official part of the scoring at the upcoming European Championship for Juniors in Bern, SUI. The system will be managed by two appointed judges who will control the input based on agreed methodology.

The Men’s Technical Committee thanks the company InnoSportLab (NED), and the Apparatus supplier Janssen-Fritsen, for the close cooperation. …

UEG Newsletter

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. The demo shown is not perfect, but it gives you an idea how it works.

Zou Kai is back

Though he’s not competed since 2014, the veteran is listed to compete the Doha World Cup.

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With a total of five gold medals and one bronze, Zou currently holds the record for most Olympic gold medals won by any Chinese athlete in Olympic history, and is tied for the record of most medals won overall. …

Zou Kai, a Sichuan native, auctioned off one of his Olympic gold medals in 2008, donating all proceeds to fund relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

Thanks Ono.

NCAA Power Rankings Week 8

These are not any kind official rankings, but rather the stories, people, topics and/or events of interest from last week according to MCSMaria. 🙂

# 1 LSU at Florida – Florida’s home scoring benefits the visiting team, LSU

# 2 Oklahoma meet commentary by Kelly Garrison

# 3 OSU’s Maddie Gardiner

# 4 Epic Beam Saves

# 5 OSU’s Risa Perez

# 6 Denver’s Julia Ross

# 7 Push to the Post Season

NCAA Power Rankings Week 8

Click through for the details. 🙂

Here are those epic Beam saves.

Click PLAY or watch Nicki Shapiro on twitter.

Click PLAY or watch Risa Perez on Facebook.