Bridget Sloan wins the Honda

She is this year’s Honda Sports Award recipient for gymnastics, distinguishing her as the nation’s top collegiate female athlete in the sport. The honor was based on the results of national balloting among all NCAA member schools as part of The Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now celebrating its 40th year. The other finalists were Lindsay Mable (Minnesota), Nina McGee (Denver) and Elizabeth Price (Stanford).

This is the second such honor for Sloan, as she won the award as a freshman in 2013. A Gator gymnast has claimed the honor four of the last five years, as Kytra Hunter was the 2012 and 2015 recipient. …

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Bridget

What a career!

worst Olympic Gymnastics story (so far)

The Olympic year always results in hilariously inaccurate cut-and-paste news reports from general sports media. The worst I’ve seen was written by Devin Neal on an Indian site:

… Currently, Dipa is known to be a phenomenon in the vault event that requires an athlete to sprint towards an apparatus and acrobatically jump over it, do multiple somersaults and execute a ideal landing.

She will be chosen following the selection trial at the Australian Gymnastics Championships, to be held at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on May 23. …

… she’ll be the first gymnast to represent Jamaica at the Olympics.

Olympic qualifiers: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar bags gold at Rio event

Here’s the PDF version in case that gets taken down.

Olympic qualifiers- Gymnast Dipa Karmakar bags gold at Rio event

NOW Dipa has to survive intense media scrutiny until the Olympics. Best would be to leave India and train somewhere where she could focus.

Dipa

In 2004 I recall Kyle Shewfelt hiding out from the Canadian media. Limiting training distractions. 🙂

Austria’s Lisa Ecker to Olympics

This post was updated to correct numerous errors. Oops.

Like Marisa DickJasmin Mader from Austria arrived in Rio just hours before the competition.

But had falls on Bars & Beam.

Jasmin was replacing Elisa Hämmerle who tore her Achilles tumbling in podium training. (I saw that tumbling pass. It did not look like a full Achilles tear. I assumed it was an ankle injury, at the time.)

Lisa Ecker hit 4/4 in the AA for 53.132 to qualify herself & Austria to the Olympics.

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gymnasts qualifying for Tokyo Olympics

International Gymnastics magazine posted a summary of how Artistic gymnasts will be invited to the 2020 Olympics.

It’s a condensed version of this FIG document.

The_official_logo_of_Tokyo_2020_Olympic_GamesThe main criticism online so far is a reduction of team size from 5 in Rio to 4 in Tokyo.

On the other hand, some top teams like USA will most likely have 6 women in Tokyo rather than only 5 in Rio. The additional two could qualify as specialists. UPDATE – Cordelia clarifies that up to two additional could qualify as specialists or in the AA.

Under the new system Iordache (for example) would already have qualified to Olympics based on her top 3 finish at Worlds 2015. That’s an improvement.

World Cups will be improved. And Continental Championships will become much more important. When is the North American Continental Championships, by the way? 🙂 UPDATE – Cordelia believes the PAGU (Pan Am) Championships will be used for all of the Americas.

Specialists may decide to stay longer in the sport. Berki, for example, might continue to 2020.

It looks like the Olympic Test Event will no longer qualify any competitor. It will be strictly a rehearsal for the Organizing Committee.

Overall the new system looks like an improvement to me. Leave a comment if you foresee unintended negative consequences.

One thing everyone can agree upon is that Artistic Gymnastics should have more spots at the Olympics. It’s one of their highlight sports. I doubt that will happen until some of the Summer Olympic sports are moved to the Winter Olympics to better balance the two.