Men’s Code – 8 or 10 skills?

At the 2015 World Championships Glasgow, word was that the Men’s Code of Points would go from 10 skills to 8 after Rio, to match WAG. The DRAFT 2020 Code had 8 skills, 4 element groups.

Much later the final decision of FIG MTC was to stay with 10 counting skills. I’ve not yet heard the rationale.

An Aussie gymnast, Luke Wiwatowski, who must plan different routines for 8 or 10 skills, weighs in.

The “We Say You Do” Model Of Code Review Is Broken

8 skills

Trinidad and Tobago drama

Media is making something of a harmless photo 20yr-old gymnast Thema Williams posted on Instagram some time ago.

T&T gymnast, Thema Williams, fights ‘character assassination’ after circulated photo

I look forward to cheering Thema at the Olympic Test Meet.

Click PLAY or watch a November 2015 interview on YouTube.

related – LIKE the Thema Williams on the road to Rio 2016 Facebook page

GymCastic interviews McKayla Maroney

The blockbuster athlete interview of the year, I’d say. Episode 187: McKayla Maroney

McKayla requested a one-on-one with Jessica O’Beirne. 🙂 It’s wonderful to hear McKayla clarify a few things about her amazing career. (She trained Yurchenko double back. Marta freaked.)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Kyla and McKayla, who started together in the same training group, both announce they will not try for the 2016 Olympics the same week. This is tough on fans of the London Olympic gold medalists. 😦

related – Lauren Hopkins – McKayla Maroney Moves On

Canadian Gymnastics Championships 2016

Close to 1,000 athletes, coaches, and officials from across the country will challenge for titles …

The championships will be hosted by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta and will take place from May 31 to June 4 at the U of A’s Butterdome. This is the first time the Canadian Championships have been held in Edmonton since 1989. …

City of Edmonton to host 2016 Canadian Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics Championships

I’ll be there, of course. Alberta is my home Province.

As one of the Olympic Trials, it’s going to be exciting. 🙂


LIKE the 2016 Canadian Gymnastics Championships on Facebook.

official website –

Thanks Karl.