1.The great Simone Biles
2.The first gymnast to qualify for eight Olympic Games
3.The first men’s World team title in Artistic Gymnastics for the Russian Federation
4.The first man to win four World Trampoline titles
5.The first World title for a Filipino gymnast
6.The first World medal for a Turkish gymnast
7.The first World title for a Japanese woman in Individual Trampoline
8.The first World gold for Japan in Rhythmic Group Gymnastics
9.The first British World champion on Parallel Bars
10.The first Brazilian World champion on Horizontal Bar
11.The first World All-Around medal by a Ukrainian man
12.The first World medal for Ireland
13.The first Italian World Team medal…since 1950
14.The first double World champion from Belgium
15. The first team from Chinese Taipei to qualify to the Olympics in Artistic Gymnastics
16. The first Italian to win the FIG World Challenge Cup series overall title in Rhythmic Gymnastics
17. The first Junior World Championships
18. First-timers at the World Gymnaestrada
19. A bevy of firsts for Parkour
Hardy Fink is currently the Director of Education and Academy Programmes for FIG. He organises, amongst other things, FIG Academies, FIG Age Group Programme and Olympic Solidarity courses. All things education for 7 FIG competition disciplines – ACR, AER, MAG, PK, RG, TRA, WAG.
For some time Hardy has been asking for a transition plan to a successor. His is a massive job and not many in the world have the experience, knowledge and contacts to make it work.
Hardy has attend more World Championships & Olympics than anyone, for example. Stuttgart was his 32nd Worlds in series.
Shockingly, Hardy’s contract will not be renewed after February 29, 2020. And there’s no FIG transition plan.
Coaches around the world should be alarmed.
His office administrator in Switzerland will probably be off work on maternity leave, as well.
The only positive note is that Hardy has been asked to consult with his replacement over the next couple of years. In my opinion, that would be essential or FIG coach education opportunities will plummet.
related – Dvora Meyer’s recent interview with Hardy (for subscribers)
This sport has always had superb synchronization. Choreography is getting increasingly complex.
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It’s called the Ariake Gymnastic Centre. Home of Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline. 12,000 person capacity.
More photos on Facebook.
Linoy Ashram is the 2018 World All-around silver medalist in Individual Rhythmic.
Here’s what happened on her way home from 2019 Worlds where she had won 6 medals. 😊
Katherine is a Canadian Rhythmic gymnast.
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(via Allan and Remi Fusilero)
Jessica Howard was a 3-time National Champion from Florida.
At the Ranch in 1999 she was abused by the criminal doctor.
The ranch turned out to be a nightmare. Jessica was there solely to see Nassar for a week, not to train, and she felt isolated, especially since no parents were allowed there. “It was like a prison on an island where you couldn’t escape.”
She was the perfect target for a predator …