Sam interviews Brandon Wynn

The former Worlds Rings medalist — and cover boy — Brandon Wynn is Sam Pezek’s first male guest.

Brandon is now in the fitness world. He wants to make an impact in that field. With passion.

He recommends we should all have some things in our life that are non-negotiable. Including our personal fitness regime.

Brandon gets very specific on best practice for artistic strength training. Do your specific strength at the beginning of training. General strength and exhaustion training at the end.

The goal is for the competition routine to feel exactly the same as in training. Brandon is a smart guy. He recognizes now some of the mistakes he made in his own career. He would have competed at a lower weight, for example.

… those strange deductions on Rings

At European Championships the Rings panel had SmartRings v6 software. It’s developed in Netherlands.

Deductions for strength hold flagged by that software were shown as extra deductions not included in the E-score.

I did see several occasions where the panel double checked the software by watching the video after the routine was finished. Perhaps it’s not foolproof yet.

Nobody I’ve spoken with knows exactly how it works. GBR coach Lee Woolls did post this.

Sr Men’s European apparatus winners

1. Dominick Cunningham GBR 14.666
2. Artem Dolgopyat ISR 14.466
3. Artur Dalaloyan RUS 14.466

1. Rhys McClenaghan IRL 15.300
2. Robert Seligman CRO 14.866
3. Saso Bertoncelj SLO 14.866

You know. The Gymnastics SUPERPOWERS: Ireland, Croatia, Slovenia.

1. Eleftherios Petrounias GRE 15.466
2. Ibrahim Colak TUR 15.100
3. Courtney Tulloch GBR 15.000

This is the 4th Europeans gold for our Olympic Champ.

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This is the first medal for a gymnast from Turkey.

After quite a good set on Rings, Goossens went sprawling towards the TV camera. ☹️

1. Artur Dalaloyan RUS 14.900
2. Igor Radivilov UKR 14.866
3. Dmitri Lankin RUS 14.666

Impressive and NOT scary Vault final. These three will contend for Worlds medals.

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P Bars
1. Artur Dalaloyan RUS 15.433
2. David Belyavskiy RUS 15.166
3. Oliver Hegi SUI 14.633

H Bar
1. Oliver Hegi SUI 14.700
2. Epke Zonderland NED 14.400
3. David Vecsernyes HUN 14.033

Judges were brutally accurate with the E-score this time. #respect

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Jr European Apparatus Final qualifiers

1. Jamie LEWIS (GBR) 13.733
2. Andrin FREY (SUI) 13.666
3. Nicolo MOZZATO (ITA) 13.633
4. Bastien ELOY (FRA) 13.566
5. Sergei NAIDIN (RUS) 13.533
6. Pavel KARNEJENKO (GBR) 13.500
7. Karim RIDA (GER) 13.500
7. Ares FEDERICI (ITA) 13.500

Pommel horse
1. Jamie LEWIS (GBR) 13.833
2. Edoardo DE ROSA (ITA) 13.566
3. Mikhail KHUDCHENKO (RUS) 13.466
4. Krisztofer MESZAROS (HUN) 13.433
5. Iurii BUSSE (RUS) 13.366
6. Gagik KHACHIKYAN (ARM) 13.333
7. Mauro NEMCANIN (CRO) 13.333
8. Marko SAMBOLEC (CRO) 13.266

Two Croatian gymnasts in the Jr Pommel final. Two in the Sr Pommel final. That’s their thing.

1. Grigorii KLIMENTEV (RUS) 14.233
2. Viktor KALIUZHIN (RUS) 13.766
3. Roman VASHCHENKO (UKR) 13.633
4. Jamie LEWIS (GBR) 13.533
5. Liam DE SMET (BEL) 13.433
6. Rafael SZABO (ROU) 13.333
7. Javidan BABAYEV (AZE) 13.300
8. Andrin FREY (SUI) 13.233

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1. Sviataslau DRANITSKI (BLR) 14.283
2. Jake JARMAN (GBR) 14.233
3. Andrin FREY (SUI) 14.233
4. Ares FEDERICI (ITA) 14.100
5. Ondrej KALNY (CZE) 14.050
6. Donell OSBOURNE (GBR) 13.966
7. Justin PESESSE (BEL) 13.966
8. Daniel PONIZIL (CZE) 13.650

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P Bars
1. Ilia KOVTUN (UKR) 13.766
2. Lay GIANNINI (ITA) 13.666
3. Ian RAUBAL (SUI) 13.500
4. Jake JARMAN (GBR) 13.466
5. Dominic TAMSEL (SUI) 13.433
6. Lucas KOCHAN (GER) 13.400
7. Karim RIDA (GER) 13.400
8. Vladyslav HRYNEVYCH (UKR) 13.400

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Many of the Juniors used that Felge to L-sit as a transition. No deduction for a skill in hang.

H Bar
1. Nicolo MOZZATO (ITA) 13.466
2. Sergei NAIDIN (RUS) 13.200
3. Dominic TAMSEL (SUI) 13.133
4. Krisztian BALAZS (HUN) 13.100
4. Iurii BUSSE (RUS) 13.100
6. Mattis BOUCHET (BEL) 13.000
7. Daniel WOERZ (GER) 12.933
8. Donell OSBOURNE (GBR) 12.80

UEG recap – Russian juniors take team gold while Nicolo Mozzato earns all-around crown

Eleftherios Petrounias 15.133 Rings

#Legend Olympic champ went 6.300 + 8.833 during the first rotation, first subdivision. He’ll qualify to the Final easily, likely in 1st ranks.

I had his E-score at about 9.20. He’s tough to deduct aside from the landing.

Two judges have SmartRings screens right in front of their faces. GREEN means you met minimum requirements for holding strength in an isometric position.

Petrounias holds as long and as steadily as anyone.

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straight arm pull to Victorian – Courtney Tulloch

I could see him trying this in the final.

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“single point of failure” FIG equipment

Why does the International Gymnastics Federation approve apparatus with a single point of failure?

If one part fails, the entire apparatus falls.

For SAFETY and reliability redundancy should be required. For example, two chains instead of one.

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Commonwealth Men’s Finals day 1

1. Marios Georgiou CYP 13.966
2. Scott Morgan CAN 13.833
3. Dan Purviss SCO 13.733

Max finished 6th as he accidentally repeated a skill.

Congratulations, again, Cyprus.


1. Rhys McClenaghan NIR 15.100
2. Max Whitlock ENG 15.100
3. Zach Clay CAN 14.300

This is the smile of a guy who stands on the podium above the Olympic Champ. He won the tie breaker with a higher execution score.

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I’ve still not seen either of Rhys’ routines online.

1. Courtney Tulloch ENG 14.833
2. Nile Wilson ENG 14.400
3. Scott Morgan CAN 14.000

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YouTube videos are being taken down. But those on Twitter and Facebook seem be staying up.