… 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.

Pommels – Rhys 8.766 v 8.200 Max

MCCLENAGHAN Rhys 6.500 + 8.766 = 15.266

WHITLOCK Max 6.700 + 8.200 = 14.900

Click PLAY or watch Rhys on Twitter.

Click PLAY or watch Max on Twitter.

No handstand at the start.
Muscling into circles out of Flair.
BIG form break, hitting the horse. Twice.

8.200 is too high, I feel.

Max had 8.541 E-score winning Worlds 2017. Watch that routine.

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.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

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)

Nick Ruddock interviews Donatella Sacchi

The FIG Women’s Technical Committee President is refreshingly honest and clear answering questions about Olympic qualification and the future of our sport.

She advises coaches not to rush. Avoid injuries. Go clean. Emphasize artistry. Build the dance elements progressively over the long term.

Don’t copy the best in the world. Instead work with the specific strengths of each athlete.

If you want the highest score, consult judges as often as possible.

Jr. World Championships are confirmed for 2019. It’s an experiment. If successful FIG will run Jr. Worlds every 2 years. If not, the concept will be dropped.

Nick spoke with Donatella at the European Union gymnastics camp in Tirrena, Italy. She’s much closer to coaches than was Nellie Kim.

Listen online. Or subscribe to the Gymnastics Growth Show on iTunes.

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. … 


3D Gym from FB-Curves WAG

Former French gymnast Fabien BOUGAS developed 3D Gym Men – FB Curves. The app is available free for iOS devices. It includes a sample number of skills . You pay only if you want to access all the men’s skills.

Click PLAY or watch a sample on YouTube.

He’s currently working on a version for Women’s Gymnastics.

Click PLAY or watch it on Instagram.