Journey to the Games – Episode 1: Madison Kocian

Inside Gymnastics magazine is pleased to announce the launch of its new weekly video series, Inside Look: Journey to the Games! Featuring hopefuls for the 2016 Olympic Games …

In Episode 1, 2015 World Champion Madison Kocian talks about her training in gymnastics, the impact of her gym’s focus on fundamentals and her outlook in the sport. …

Inside Gymnastics

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Canadians love the Nadia Comaneci Invite

Year after year Canucks do well at that competition. 🙂

Gemini Gymnastics of Oshawa, Ontario, swept the major titles at the 2016 Nadia Comaneci International Invitational, held in Oklahoma City on Feb. 13.

Coached by Yelena Davydova (center in photo), the 1980 Olympic champion, Gemini senior Meixi Semple (right) and her junior teammate Jade Chrobok (left) each won their respective all-around titles, and the pair defeated defending champion Romania-Deva, 113.000-110.450. Dynamo (Ontario), coached by Elvira Saadi, finished third with 106.800 …

Gemini Dominates Nadia Comaneci International Invitational

Meixi Semple went 57.100, a score that would put her in strong contention for the Canadian Olympic Team.

NY Times – Simone Biles article


… “I’m not thinking about being in the Olympics,” the gymnast, Simone Biles, said. “Well, at least I’m trying not to think about it.”

Biles is the best American gymnast since, well, probably ever. She is 4 feet 9 inches, with size 5 feet, but there’s an unfathomable amount of power packed into her petite package. …

Biles wrote her goals for 2016 in a leather-bound journal that Nike, her sponsor, gave her after she turned professional last summer. When we met in January, she let me leaf through the pages. There was not one mention of a gold medal anywhere. …

NY Times – For World’s Top Gymnast, a Body in Motion and a Mind at Rest


Winter Youth Olympic Games

Begin today.

Around 1,100 athletes aged 14 to 18 are expected in Lillehammer from over 70 countries. Both the winter and summer Youth Olympic Games feature about one-third the number of athletes compared to the Olympics. …

The next two Youth Olympic Games are Buenos Aires 2018 (summer) and Lausanne 2020 (winter). …


Jesse Owens 1936 Berlin Olympics

Nick Zaccardi:

“More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” a one-hour documentary on the track and field legend, will air on NBC on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET. …

“… the story of a pioneering athlete, who in the face of racial discrimination at home and the horrific theories and practices of Nazi Germany, performed at his best under immense pressure,” …


Click PLAY or watch it on NBC.

African American Olympians

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated February as Black History Month.

Going back to 1980, there are 11 African Americans who made the USA Gymnastics Olympic Team.

Luci Collins (1980)
Ron Galimore (1980)
Charles Lakes (1988)
Betty Okino (1992)
Dominique Dawes (1992, 1996, 2000)
Jair Lynch (1992, 1996)
Chainey Umphrey (1996)
Tasha Schwikert (2000, 2004-alt.)
Annia Hatch (2004)
Gabby Douglas (2012)
John Orozco (2012)

There were a total of 11 Olympic Medals won:

Dominique Dawes (4) 1 Gold, 3 Bronze
Gabby Douglas (2) 2 Gold
Annia Hatch (2) 2 Silver
Betty Okino (1) 1 Bronze
Jair Lynch (1) 1 Silver
Tasha Schwikert (1) 1 Bronze


Ron Galimore today works for USAG
Ron Galimore today works for USAG

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. …

The “Leyva”

Giant 1/1 to 1-rail.

Click PLAY or watch a great interview on 6 South Florida TV.

(via papaliukin)

Paris 2024 Olympic bid logo

The Paris 2024 Olympic bid logo was unveiled at the Arc de Triomphe at 20:24 (8:24 p.m.) on Tuesday.

The logo is a representation of the number 24 and a modern interpretation of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris, seeking to host the Olympics on the 100-year anniversary of its second time holding the Games, is bidding against Budapest, Los Angeles and Rome. …