Men’s pirouetting deductions

The rules on Men’s Horizontal Bar are stupid. 1 1/2 pirouetting elements are overvalued so almost every gymnast uses them.

Deductions are not as severe as in WAG, but they are severe. It’s very easy to suffer a 0.3 or 0.5 deduction.

pirouette MAG deductions


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The problem had been that FIG judges were not enforcing these rules. Instead of a 0.3 deduction, they’d take only 0.1, for example.

But at Worlds 2015 evaluation suddenly became more severe. I asked judges at Worlds if a message had been sent to start enforcing these rules more accurately. They had not.

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Nobody likes messy late regrasp skills. Not even this cat.

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It’s obvious that those overused elements should be devalued. Unfortunately they’ve not been devalued in the most recent DRAFT Code of Points. We’ll suffer another 4 years. 😦

reasons to date a gymnast

guest post by Date an Athlete:

date a gymanstEverybody watches the Olympics and asks themselves – How do they do that? It would be an amazing achievement to be competing in any sport at that level, but one practice which is beyond astounding to watch is, of course our favourite: gymnastics! It’s hard to think that we could ever hurdle onto a springboard and complete a successful vault with several twists and turns (without causing some serious damage) which is why it’s best left to the professionals. However if you can’t be a gymnast, the next best thing is to date one, and here are just some reasons why:

This is the main, most exciting attribute of dating a gymnast, not only is it endlessly entertaining to watch them jump and flip around the living room, they’ll certainly be able to show you a thing or two that no other date you’ve ever been on could live up to. Of course, we’re talking about bending around the cooker to get that teaspoon you dropped. Also, the more flexible a person, the less injuries they incur. So you can moan about your bad back without having to listen to them complain in return – sounds ideal!

Train Constantly
Gymnasts are constantly training. They don’t have a choice in that regard. But imagine you had a massive argument the night before – at least you can guarantee they won’t be there for awkward silences in the mornings. You also know that they aren’t frolicking around or taking part in any other affairs. They’re almost certainly going to be at the gym. Think about that peace of mind after a fight! This of course does have its downsides, it might be hard with them being at training so often but space is a healthy part of any relationship and there’s nothing stopping you from going to see them in their sessions and spectating for a couple of hours a day, aka enjoying the view.

Gymnasts are amazingly strong, especially in their core and arms which means they can give the most amazing hugs on days when nothing seems to be going right. Not just that, they’ll protect you in any situation and you even get a free punch bag for those home boxercise sessions, as well as making their strong, toned body particularly easy on the eye.

You Don’t Have to Spectate in the Rain
This is one of the perks of dating a gymnast over let’s say, a long distance runner. You don’t have to brave the cold, rainy weather. When you go along to watch those training sessions you’ll know that whatever the weather, you’re going to stay looking and feeling great without having to worry about packing your mac.

Great Memory
The final reason to date a gymnast is their brain: they remember countless routines for pommel, floor, high bars etc., which means they have an amazing memory. This is certainly useful when they don’t turn up for your date on time because they can’t use the excuse ‘I forgot’ or ‘I didn’t realise’. If this happens, you can question why they didn’t forget that triple lutz they were doing at the sixth second of their routine earlier on (but you might look a bit petty if it’s the first date).

Discover more hilarious reasons as to why you should date a gymnast right here:

Aly on Mihai

After the team photos, Raisman immediately walked over to her longtime gymnastics coach Mihai Brestyan, of Brestyan’s American Gymnastics Club in Burlington, placed her medal around his neck, and gave him a big hug. …

After winning gold, Aly Raisman immediately put her medal around her longtime coach

U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman with coach Mihai Brestyan after stumbling while competing in the balance beam during a women's team qualification round, at the Olympic Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 7, 2016. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)
U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman with coach Mihai Brestyan after stumbling while competing in the balance beam during a women’s team qualification round, at the Olympic Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 7, 2016. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

related – Dvora Meyers – The Redemption of Aly Raisman

Simone more happy for Aly


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WE DID IT!!! 1-2 woowwwww is this real?

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And how about this shout out? 🙂

Olympics brings religions together

Update – Several commenters have noted that Aliya’s father is of Tatar descent, where many are Muslim. But that Aliya has not declared her personal religious beliefs. The team in the past has visited the Russian Orthodox church before competitions.

Awe-inspiring performances in a close match-up between American gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, and Russian Aliya Mustafina, are a cross-section of faith, race and nationality …

Olympic women’s all-around champions: A Christian, a Jew and a Muslim