Iran’s female gymnast at the 1964 Olympics

You might have seen this headline – Kimia Alizadeh won a bronze medal for taekwondo at the 2016 summer Olympics:

Iran’s Only Female Olympic Medalist Says She Has Defected

I support Kimia’s desire to train in an environment that better supports women in sport.

The Medal Count posted a history of Women’s Gymnastics in Iran:

The Middle East has some of the worst participation rates for women in sports. …

For a sport where its athletes wear leotards, women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG) is one of the last sports these nations would ever consider due to modesty standards …

At the 1964 Olympics Iran sent women to the Olympics for the first time in its history. …

Djamileh Sorouri was only 14 years old …

She had even been sent to the Olympics without her coach. …

In response Vera Caslavska and the Czechoslovakian team stepped in. They took Djamileh Sorouri under their wing and had the young Iranian train alongside them in the buildup to the Olympics. …

The 1964 Olympics would be both the beginning and the end of Iranian Olympic gymnastics. The country hasn’t sent a gymnast from either genders to the Olympics since. …

When Iran had Women’s Gymnastics

Ulla Koch – IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement

The 2019 winners are athletics coach Malcolm Arnold from Great Britain and artistic gymnastic coach Ulla Koch from Germany.

They will receive the award this Friday, 17 January 2020, during a ceremony to be held at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, in the presence of IOC President Thomas Bach and members of the IOC Athletes’ and Athletes’ Entourage Commissions. …

Ulla has coached athletes at two Youth Olympic Games, 10 World Championships, 14 European Championships and 3 Olympic Games, and she is currently preparing for Tokyo 2020. … 

Decade Defining Gymnastics Routines

On Rocker Gymnastics, Blythe has been rolling out important routines of the 2010s.

Tweddle, Uchimura, Komova, Ohashi and many more.




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Click PLAY or watch Katelyn’s unbelievable 2011 Beam on YouTube.

R.I.P. John Crosby

Saying goodbye to the great American Olympic gymnast.

Click PLAY or watch Crosby’s 1974 FX on YouTube.


Tracee Talavera interview

Tracee Talavera is one of my favourite gymnasts. Along with her teammate Julianne McNamara.

Tracee was famous for introducing the Flair on Beam. She worked on it with the Men’s club coach at the time Hideo Mizoguchi.

Dvora Meyers posted a new interview:

Tracee Talavera Has Flair

Click PLAY or watch her 1981 Worlds Beam Bronze medal on Beam on YouTube.




Gymnastics Canada 50-years-old today

I’ve been a member for all of those 50 years, I believe.

My first coach — Dave Gulley — was one of many builders who developed our current organization.

Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique neglected to celebrate or even announce the milestone. Happily, Hardy Fink reminded myself and many others with a Facebook post:

Fifty years ago, today on November 25, 1969, the charter was ratified by the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs for the formation of the Canadian Gymnastics Federation – now known as Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique (GCG) – as a non-profit organization.

The constitution was developed, and the documents to separate from the AAU of Canada were prepared in Vancouver on July 3-5, 1969 at the Annual General Meeting that I was fortunate to have been able to observe.

The approval was granted in Calgary on November 8, 1969 at a meeting of the AAU of Canada. The granting of the charter 17 days later made the Canadian Gymnastics Federation and all of its provincial federations independent of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada after a twenty-year struggle to do so. …

Andreea Răducan documentary – The Golden Girl


Give Răducan a Gold medal for the AA at the 2000 Olympics. We’ve always considered her the deserving winner.

Shot in 2015 and 2016, the documentary The Golden Girl centres on Romanian gymnast Andreea Răducan, who won the all-around gold medal at the 2000 Olympics, only to be forced a day later to renounce her title and her medal following a controversial doping test. …

We meet Răducan, now a retired gymnast and a successful businesswoman, in 2015, as she starts to investigate the possibility of convincing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to give her back her medal. …


Click PLAY or watch a highly dramatic trailer on YouTube.