Austria’s Lisa Ecker to Olympics

This post was updated to correct numerous errors. Oops.

Like Marisa DickJasmin Mader from Austria arrived in Rio just hours before the competition.

But had falls on Bars & Beam.

Jasmin was replacing Elisa Hämmerle who tore her Achilles tumbling in podium training. (I saw that tumbling pass. It did not look like a full Achilles tear. I assumed it was an ankle injury, at the time.)

Lisa Ecker hit 4/4 in the AA for 53.132 to qualify herself & Austria to the Olympics.

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emotion at Rio Test Event

Julia Fincher collected social media posts – Gymnasts’ emotional reactions to the Rio Test Event

Two of my favourite gymnasts qualified to Rio. 🙂 I’m emotional, too.

China’s Deng Linlin – interview

Valerie Theodora Ko posted an excellent and informative chat with our defending Champion:

Valerie: How will you describe the 2008 WAG Team of China?

Linlin: We were a fiercely strong team. That was why we won. Especially our big sister Cheng Fei, who was the only Olympian of the team. With her many experiences, she led us to claim that gold. As the younger teammates, the other five of us were great too. We all delivered our performances. TF is not just about one individual, but it is about the team, with the gymnasts, coaches, and those who work behind the scenes.

Valerie: How were your two Olympic experiences different?

Linlin: 2008 Olympics was my first huge competition, I was like a tiger cub and did not think a lot. I did three routines in the TF and became much more confident. In 2012 it was different because I was the team leader, I felt more weight on my shoulders. Also, 2012 was more about realizing my dreams. I knew 2012 would be my last Olympics, so I hoped I could win beam gold. I did it despite the difficulties. I conquered myself.

Valerie: Who was your favourite gymnast during your competitive years?

Linlin: I admired Li Xiaopeng (China MAG, four-time Olympic champion and eight-time World champion). He was not only handsome, but more importantly, he had a commanding presence in the arena. He was a genius in my mind.

Read more – Exclusive Interview With 2012 Olympic Beam Champion Deng Linlin of China

Click PLAY or watch some highlights from the 2012 Olympic Beam Final on YouTube.

how parents can keep Gymnastics FUN


1. Focus on improving skills and not on the result of the competition.

4. Remind your child how far she has come since she began the sport.

9. Don’t compare your child to teammates.

12. Build on the sports experience to create happy childhood memories.

Click through to <a href="https://annejosephson.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/12-ways-to-keep-gymnastics-fun-for-your-child/ ” target=”_blank”>Jag Gym Blog to read the rest.

tramp girls photo

25 Hard Things Gymnasts Need to Do

This is a list well worth reading.

1. Stop making excuses.
2. Be accountable for your own behavior.
3. Listen, really listen, to coaches’ corrections.
4. Don’t let teammates take your focus.
5. Do the entire assignment.

Read the rest on Gym Jag.

Sabrina Gill – photo by Stephane Verdier on Facebook