Justin Spring reflects on Olympic Bronze 2008

… it all magically came together when it mattered most at the Olympics Trials and at the Olympic Games.

Our team walked away with a bronze medal.

Our 2008 Olympic men’s gymnastics team ended up using two of its alternate athletes before we even competed at the Games; one of which, Sasha, moved in to the Olympic Village the night before our first day, which was the team preliminaries. …

JUSTIN SPRING An Olympic Journal

Elena Shushunova has died

Terrible news.

One of the greatest gymnasts all time died in St. Petersburg of complications from pneumonia.

Elena Shushunova; 23 April 1969 – 16 August 2018) was a Russian (former Sovietgymnast, World, European, and Olympic Champion.

Shushunova is one of five women (Larisa LatyninaVera CaslavskaLudmilla Tourischeva and Lilia Podkopayeva are the other four) who has won the grand slam of All-Around titles: Olympics, World Championships, European/Continental Championships. …

I remember Elena best from Worlds 1985 Montreal. Even more powerful than Mary Lou Retton.

She was co-champion  with Oksana Omelianchik.  USSR withdrew both Irina Baraksanova and Olga Mostepanova from the AA final, pretending injury, replacing them with Oksana and Elena.

Rest in peace.

via Gymternet Clan

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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Ellie Black and some Kid

At the Nova Scotia banquet honouring their best athletes all time.

She’s with Sidney “Sid the Kid” Crosbycaptain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL, widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time.

Simone’s D-score 25.0

If there were doubts about the Simone Biles comeback, they’ve been silenced. Despite a slip on the uneven bars, the four-time Olympic gold medalist easily won the all-around and three events at last weekend’s U.S. Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

With the U.S. Championships just two weeks away in Boston, Biles looks poised for more success and add further weight to the argument that she is the greatest gymnast of all time. …

In Columbus, Biles received d-scores of:

  • 6.000, vault;
  • 6.100, uneven bars;
  • 6.300 balance beam;
  • 6.600 floor exercise.

Simone Biles: Is The Best Still To Come?

(via Scott Bregman)

Danell Leyva at OTC

YIN !!!

Elena Davydova interview

Elena Davydova is Head Coach and Owner of Gemini Gymnastics in Ontario. She’s the 1980 Olympic Champion and currently sits on the FIG WTC.

Elena Davydova gave an interview to Oksana Tonkacheeva for the magazine of the Russian artistic gymnastics federation. …

Davydova is one of the few people in the artistic gymnastics world who attended the Olympic Games in three roles – a gymnast (for USSR in 1980), a coach (for Canada in 2012) and a judge (also for Canada, in 2016). …


The 1970s were the era of discovering new elements. We were practically attacking them even though there was no method of learning them. … I watched Aleksandr Tkachev training his releases (we both lived in Voronezh at the time and sometimes trained in the same gym), so I ran to my coach Gennadi Korshunov and told him: why don’t I try this? …

Q: How did you end up in Canada?

A: It’s a personal story. Or rather, a problem. The complications of a difficult birth seriously affected the health of my oldest son. The treatment that our doctors offered wasn’t helping. … 

By the way, I want to say special thanks to Andrey Fyodorovich Rodionenko. During his years of working in Canada, the authority of a coach grew a lot. …

Q: How do you separate your emotions when both Canadians and Russians compete?

A: Oh, I’m nervous for everyone equally. …