Jackson Payne retired

Too bad.  He had a shot at qualifying for the Olympics in the AA at next year’s PanAm Games.

Jackson represented Canada over 50 times in more than 20 countries. A 4 time All-Around Canadian National Champion, Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist, 7 time World Championships Team Member, and multiple medalist at International World Cups.

Thanks for all the good years. 

how Abie Grossfeld learned Flyaway

One of the unforgettable characters of Gymnastics. A great storyteller.


Abe represented the United States as a gymnastics competitor or coach in seven Olympic Games, seven World Championships, six Maccabiah Games, and five Pan American Games …

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2020 USAG Hall of Fame Inductees

▶️ Morgan Hamm
▶️ Bridget Sloan
▶️ Yoichi Tomita 
▶️ Jordyn Wieber
▶️ Mary Wright
▶️ Nora Campbell

The induction ceremony is scheduled to be held next June during the 2021 Olympic Trials.


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D-D Breaux retired

Too bad.

I would loved to have seen D-D get the Championship title.


It is with joy, love, peace, appreciation and some sadness, but no regret, that I announce to my LSU family and community that I am retiring from coaching, but not retiring from LSU. …

Before our 2019 season, I asked that Jay Clark be named co-head coach in anticipation of this moment. Jay is a great recruiter and his coaching philosophy is demanding and produces excellence. I have confidence in my decision because the torch is being passed on to Jay.  …

LSU has asked that I remain a part of the athletics department to do what I love doing – being an ambassador for the LSU Athletics. I do bleed purple and gold …

A Letter from D-D Breaux


New Aliya interview

Russia’s seven-time Olympic medallist in artistic gymnastics, Aliyá Mustáfina calls herself “unbreakable”.

Why? “Because I absolutely don’t care who thinks what about me,” she told Olympic Channel in an exclusive interview.

Since her country’s COVID-19 quarantine was lifted, Mustáfina is back to full-time training during the week and spending her weekends with her three-year-old daughter Alisa. …

The 25-year-old is the subject of an Olympic Channel film entitled ‘Life in the Day of Aliyá Mustáfina’ where she talks about how she always enjoyed competing against Aly Raisman and now Simone Biles. …


Female FIG MAG judges


… Where are all the female judges in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG)?

With 852 MAG Brevet level judges worldwide, only 13 are female. …

… It wasn’t until 2013 when Great Britian’s Nikki Hanley became the first woman to judge men’s gymnastics at the World Championships …

While Nikki was the first female MAG Brevet judge to judge at a world championships, Australia’s Kath Graham was the first known woman to pass the MAG Brevet exam. After passing the exam in 1989, and each successive 4 years after that, she was repeatedly denied accreditation by the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG). The FIG was contacted for comment and noted that they had no records regarding the first female Brevet judges.

Finally, in 2001, Kath was approved to begin judging, however, it wasn’t until 2005 that she became the first Brevet-level female to judge MAG internationally. Kath’s first assignment was the University Games in Izmir. The following year, she became the first female to judge the Commonwealth Games. …

History of Female Brevet Judges in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

In my experience in Canada, females have always been welcome to judge boys.

I recall writing the FIG exam with Joanie Fortin from Quebec, one of the best judges in the room. Joanie got lots of respect from the old boys club there, most of whom scored lower.

Nikki Hanley

1978 Gymnastics competition in China

The first competition in China where western nations were invited: Romania, Japan and Canada included.

A Friendly Gathering of Gymnasts: 1978 Shanghai International Gymnastics Friendship Invitation Tournament

Friendship first. Competition second.

Nadia was there. Elfie Schlegel.

Philip Delesalle showing Flair on Pommels.

It’s a typical Communist film of the era.  Well edited. Airport arrivals. Banquet. Dancing. And a few competition highlights.

Google translates the video below as Melody of Beauty (Xinying 1978 Documentary).

Watch it on Youku, a Chinese video site.

Nadia in China 1978

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