Ivan Stretovich training for Tokyo

… Surgeries, growth spurt and coaching issues were among the obstacles he had to overcome to become a part of the gold-winning Russian team in Stuttgart. …

… I changed coaches, that was the most important thing. … now I’m with Vitaly Nikolayevich Bubnovsky [who coached Aleksander Balandin]. He believed in me, he got me to such a place where I’m ready to go out and compete at any moment. …

Under his coaching, only after a month of training, I went to the Universiade in Naples and won four medals. After that, there was the training camp in Japan and right after, the Russian Cup and the second place in the all-around. …

… We started working together in June, only four months have passed, but the work has changed radically, from warming up to the second practice. I started paying attention to every little thing …

STRETOVICH: I NEEDED TO FALL INTO A WASTE PIT TO BECOME A WORLD CHAMPION

Ivan Stretovich 2016

Sam Oldham’s story

Former Team GB gymnast Sam Oldham is gunning for one last shot at Olympic glory – this is his story

… Oldham is out of Team GB and hasn’t competed at major championships in several years, yet he remains focused on making a surge for a place in the squad for Tokyo. …

“On paper, right now I’m in the worst possible place I’ve been in. I’m 26, not in the GB squad right now, my funding got dropped, I’m actually living with my grandparents. …

Sam Oldham on Team GB Olympic glory and frustrations, his battle with depression and the road to Tokyo 2020

Sam Oldham, GBR 2010

RSA’s Caitlin Rooskrantz to Tokyo

Congratulations to the South African star. Cheer her at the Olympics.

improving World Championships

Most people agree on these points:

  • Worlds should be shorter
  • Worlds should be less expensive
  • Worlds should not showcase dangerous skills from gymnasts not at the expected level of competition
  • Smaller, poorer nations should have a chance to compete against China
In 2019 we had medalists from Croatia, Ireland and Philippines, for example. We don’t want to reduce the chances of a future Carlos ‘Caloy’ Yulo having a chance to rise to medal contender.

 

I’m OK with lower level gymnasts competing Worlds so long as their routines are not dangerous. Recall Sri Lanka’s appearance at Worlds 2003? The audience loved them. Their routines were very basic.

 

In 2019 Milka Gehani just might qualify for the Tokyo Olympics through the tripartite rule. Worlds 2003 was a step on the long road to Tokyo.

 

Click PLAY or watch her Beam on YouTube.

To shorten Worlds I’d first cut the Team competition. It would be decided through the qualification round.

IOC and FIG have broad missions. Handing medals to the best of the best is one objective amongst many. Developing sport in Sri Lanka is another.

PROPOSAL – Elite Worlds 

In Canada we have always had two major competitions each year:

  1. Nationals (regional representation, regional development, etc.)
  2. Elite Canada

At Elite Canada only the best of the best qualify. We might have 12 gymnasts from Ontario and only 1 from Nova Scotia, for example.

I’d love to see an FIG sponsored Elite Worlds. Cash prizes. 15 American gymnasts competing Floor, for example.

 

Mihai finishes Australia in November

Gymnastics Australia and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics National Coach, Mihai Brestyan have mutually agreed to finish Brestyan’s contract in November after two-and-a-half years working together.

The decision was reached following the recent World Artistic Championships in Stuttgart, where Australia’s Women’s Artistic Team narrowly missed Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification. …

Gymnastics Australia

FIG names more Olympic qualifiers

OKSANA CHUSOVITINA is invited to Tokyo. Her 8th Olympics. She’s age-44.

Marian DRAGULESCU too, at age-38.

Added after the apparatus finals today:

1 YEO Seojeong KOR
2 DEREK Ana  CRO
3 ROOSKRANTZ Caitlin RSA
4 ADLERTEG Jonna  SWE 
5 JANIK Gabriela POL
6 CASTRO Simona CHI
7 RAZ Lihie  ISR
8 ERICHSEN Julie  NOR
9 ORREGO Ariana PER
10 CHUSOVITINA Oksana UZB 
11 TING Hua-Tien TPE
12 NEKRASOVA Marina AZE
13 TAN Sze En SGP

1 DOLGOPYAT Artem ISR
2 MCCLENAGHAN Rhys IRL
3 TOMMASONE Cyril FRA
4 COLAK Ibrahim TUR
5 LODADIO Marco ITA
6 AIT SAID Samir FRA
7 DRAGULESCU Marian ROU
8 LE Thanh Tung VIE
9 SHEK Wai Hung HKG
10 ONDER Ahmet TUR
11 SRBIC Tin CRO
12 BULL Tyson AUS
13 COURNOYER Rene CAN
14 ABDURAKHIMOV Rasuljon UZB
15 GEORGIOU Marios CYP
16 TIKHONOV Ivan AZE
17 RUMBUTIS David SWE
18 LIKHOVITSKIY Andrey BLR
19 HEGGEMSNES Sofus NOR

There will be more to come through the World Cup series.

Details.

Oksana in Rio

Hey – CROOKED Vault landing mat

Men’s team competition 2019 Worlds. Hopefully the Speith guys, judges or coaches will CHECK for the MAG Final.

related – Spieth is one of the providers for Tokyo. Another is Senoh. They’ll be no change from Spieth equipment used here through to Tokyo.