more Trinidad & Tobago drama

I’m disappointed in the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation for over-reacting to a photo supposedly of its 2015 Sportswoman of the Year nominee, Marisa Dick.

New topless photo rocks gymnastics; Marisa and Thema sent to disciplinary committee

They should have downplayed the issue. It’s no big deal. Both gymnasts should be focused on training. Not getting distracted by media sensationalism. 😦

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Olympic Diving qualifications

Diving at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Qualification

… a total of 136 athletes coming from the different nations; each has been allowed to enter not more than 16 divers (up to eight males and eight females) with only two in individual events and a pair in synchronized events …

‘I’m absolutely shocked,’ says Jamaican diver after winning World Cup silver and place at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Thanks Tom.

Trinidad and Tobago drama

Media is making something of a harmless photo 20yr-old gymnast Thema Williams posted on Instagram some time ago.

T&T gymnast, Thema Williams, fights ‘character assassination’ after circulated photo

I look forward to cheering Thema at the Olympic Test Meet.

Click PLAY or watch a November 2015 interview on YouTube.

related – LIKE the Thema Williams on the road to Rio 2016 Facebook page

Canadian Gymnastics Championships 2016

Close to 1,000 athletes, coaches, and officials from across the country will challenge for titles …

The championships will be hosted by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta and will take place from May 31 to June 4 at the U of A’s Butterdome. This is the first time the Canadian Championships have been held in Edmonton since 1989. …

City of Edmonton to host 2016 Canadian Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics Championships

I’ll be there, of course. Alberta is my home Province.

As one of the Olympic Trials, it’s going to be exciting. 🙂

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LIKE the 2016 Canadian Gymnastics Championships on Facebook.

official website – 2016gymnasticschampionships.ca

Thanks Karl.

Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games

A lot of bests have been seen over the last 11 days here in snowy Norway.

The young Organising Committee has been superb, the volunteers numerous, efficient and helpful, the transport service straightforward, the Wi-Fi flawless. And the sport, while lacking the drama and intensity of an Olympics proper, has been exciting and good to watch, blending the innovative monobob and cross-country cross with older and more established disciplines.

To a far greater extent than at Sochi 2014, and more so than we are likely to see in Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, there was fresh and natural snow at every venue, evoking a true winter sporting vibe. Crowds have been good for the most part, with a total attendance of 214,000, while thousands have flocked to the daily concerts and cultural events in Sjogg Park, one of the real successes of these Games. …

So where does this leave the future of the Youth Olympics now four editions have been and gone?

Has Lillehammer 2016 saved the Youth Olympic Games?

I was a doubter when IOC launched the YOG. But – much to my surprise – I’ve been impressed. I hope they are continued.

Some disagree. Click through to that article if you want to read about the controversy.

Thomas Bach Opening YOG

Click PLAY or watch a wrap-up video on YouTube.

Kyla Ross retires from Elite

2012 Olympic team champion Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, who in the last three years has won five World medals, has announced her retirement from elite gymnastics and the U.S. Women’s National Team.

The youngest member of the Fierce Five that won the team title at the 2012 Olympic Games, Ross continued to compete after the Games and garnered five World, five Pac Rim and six U.S. national medals from 2013-15. …

USAG via email

With World and Olympic golds, Ross ready to follow her heart to UCLA
 

Read an elite career recap. Thanks Cordelia.

U.S. Men’s Winter Cup recap

Ron Noe:

… After recovering from an achilles injury, Sam Mikulak’s first competition since the U.S. Championships can be deemed a big success. …

Perhaps the most encouraging highlight from Winter Cup was the performance of NCAA stars Akash Modi (2nd), Sean Melton (3rd) and Yul Moldauer (5th). They earned spots on the new Senior National Team …

Completing the top 5 was veteran John Orozco. In just his second competition since his achilles injury last June, Orozco also showed signs of his past brilliance. …

… Eddie Penev, despite dislocating his finger in his first rotation (PB) on Day 2, bounced back to win event titles on FX (30.35) and VT (30.70). …

Veterans and Rising Young Talent Highlight 2016 Winter Cup

Click PLAY or watch Eddie Penev’s Vault on Facebook.

related – U.S. Men’s Senior National Team Selected

via Gymternet Clan