Samir Ait Said’s Olympic story

Nancy Armour:

In Rio, Ait Said’s left leg snapped on his vault landing during qualifying, the sharp crack echoing throughout the arena. As he rolled over, clutching his leg just below the knee, his foot and the lower half of his shin dangled in the opposite direction of the rest of his leg.

It was not the first time his Olympic dreams had been disrupted by injury. He missed the London Games after suffering three fractures in his right tibia at the European championships. But this was a particularly gruesome injury, one that has ended the career of other athletes.

Even as he lay in a Brazilian hospital, his leg immobilized, Ait Said vowed that he would return for Tokyo. …

Opinion: French gymnast Samir Ait Said’s resilience a reminder of the power of the Olympics

3 new MAG skills in Tokyo

Brody Malone (USA) and Ludovico Edalli (ITA) – P Bars
Free Hip to handstand on 1-bar, Heally down.

Ilia Kovtun (UKR) – P Bars
Forward upwise with Stutz or salto backward to 1-bar handstand (like Peters)

Samir Ait Said (FRA) – Rings
Description: Roll backward slowly with straight arms and body to handstand through swallow.

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Varna World Cup MAG results

  1. Aurel BENOVIC (CRO) 14.950
  2. Artem DOLGOPYAT (ISR) 14.950
  3. Hayden ANDREW SKINNER (GBR) 14.600

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1- Illia KOVTUN (UKR) 14.550
2- Edoardo DE ROSA (ITA) 14.450
3- Abdulla AZIMOV (UZB) 14.150

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1- Vinzenz HOECK (AUT) 14.800
2- Salvatore MARESCA (ITA) 14.700
3- Marco SARRUGERIO (ITA) 14.450

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1- Nazar CHEPURNY (UKR) 14.700
2- Marine DRAGULESCU (ROU) 14.525
3- Ivan TIKHONOV (AZE) 14.300

P Bars
1- Illia Kovtun (UKR) 15.100
2- Sergei ELTCOV (RUS) 14.950
3- Robert TVOROGAL (LIT) 14.350

H Bar
1- Tin SRBIC (CRO) 14.850
2- Carlo MACCHINI (ITA) 14.650
3- Krisztian BALAZS (HUN) 14.350
4- Robert TVOROGAL (LIT) 14.350