judges reprimanded

Judges Valeria Lakerbai and Rodrigo Alberto Lagos Ahumada reprimanded.

Two Artistic Gymnastics judges receive a warning by FIG Disciplinary Commission

Too few FIG judges are called to account, in my opinion. We need more accountability, scrutiny and transparency in Artistic judging. Most other judges sports do a better job.

day 1 CDN Olympic trials

We had the LIVE stream playing at Phoenix Gymnastics today. But I was too busy to watch. 😦

You can watch a replay online.

This was more of a TEST meet to check readiness for Rio. These scores are only a small part of the selection process. Day 2 is Wednesday.

Ellie Black 57.400 (fall on Beam)
Brittany Rogers 56.467
Megan Roberts 54.717
Shallon Olsen 54.467
Madison Copiak 54.100
Rose-Kaying Woo 53.600

Isabela Onyshko
– 1st on Beam 15.100
– 2nd on Floor 14.150
– 2nd on Bars 14.750

Bela scored a zero on Vault missing the landing on her DTY. No injury. She hit Bars immediately after.

full results

“We have various priorities to consider when we decide on which athletes to choose,” stated Dave Brubaker, national team director for women’s artistic gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada.

“One priority is the ability to win a medal, another priority is the ability to make a final. Then there’s the priority to be strong on two, preferably three events. So for those fourth and fifth spots, we’re really looking for event specialists who can help contribute to that overall team total.

When we look at our results from the World Championships in Glasgow, we were really strong on vault and bars, so I think where we can bolster the team is on floor and beam, so those are the athletes we might be looking for.”

Gymnastics Canada

The non-traveling alternate should be a strong all-arounder as you can’t predict which of the 5 on the team she might have to replace. (I assume the non-traveling alternate will travel to Brazil and be training at a club nearby. Four years ago the Canadian alternate in London was Jessica Savona.)

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“pulling in” on Flyaway

I’m at a coaching course right now. As always we spent disproportionate time on this skill

Dr. Bill Sands posted an article on the Biomechanics of Flyaway dismount on Bars. A good read for every coach.

I want to do EVERYTHING I can to prevent my gymnasts from hitting their feet on the rail. Or – worse – their head. 😦

Most dangerous, in my opinion, are tucked and double tucked flyaways. While changing position from the stretched long swing to the tucked position, there’s a chance the gymnast will “pull in” to the Bar. That is to say, redirect the path of the Centre of Mass towards the Bar.

That’s in addition to the normal problem – releasing too late.

What we WANT is a “pitch out” of the Centre of Mass. A redirection out and away just before release.

Dr. Bill Sands
Dr. Bill Sands

For me layout and double layout flyaways are safest. Then piked.

See it on The Advanced Study of GymnasticsHow Does a Flyaway Work? (link is now correct)