are Splits ‘square’ hips possible?

I’ve never seen an athlete who can do splits on floor with hips parallel.

BUT Rhythmic and contortionists do seem to be able to to get into positions that seem anatomically impossible.

Dina Averina wins 4th Worlds

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

why was Security Concepts Group fired?

Security Concepts Group was terminated less than four months after its CEO reported potential misconduct at a USA Gymnastics event to the U.S. Center for SafeSport

Security Concepts Group was hired by USAG to provide security at major events such as the Olympic Trials and U.S. Championships as well as national team training camps.

But when the CEO reported to SafeSport incidents he saw where Rhythmic coaches were slapping or patting underage female gymnasts on the buttocks, the company eventually lost the contract.

Perhaps losing the job was unrelated to his SafeSport report. But it certainly looks bad for USAG. It should be investigated.

Security firm fired by USA Gymnastics after reporting alleged abuse to SafeSport

Olympic moments – Nile Wilson

Olympic medalist Nile Wilson will be narrating a new series for the Olympic Channel.

You can watch all 8 episodes now.

Episode 2 features the Olympic showdown between Margarita Mamún and Yana Kudryatseva in Rhythmic.

Click PLAY or watch a teaser on Twitter.

Japanese Men’s Rhythmic Team


Ibara High School won the 2021 Inter-High School RG Championship.

They will take part in the All Japan RG Championship in November, where selected teams including college teams will compete to get the title of the “All Japan.”

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Thanks Mary.

World Games 2022 on CBS

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee.

The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022.

3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in The World Games.


Trampoline and Tumbling, Acrobatic Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics, Rhythmic, and Parkour will be included.

CBS Sports will televise a total of 12 hours of coverage stemming from The World Games; CBS Sports Network will air one-hour highlight shows after each day of competition over the 10-day event.

Additionally, the CBS Television Network will broadcast two, one-hour specials, with broadcast coverage also streaming on Paramount+ Premium.


Canada will not attend PanAms

Though I feel rotten for the Canadian athletes who trained an extra year for their last shot at qualifying for Tokyo, I agree with this decision.

As you know, in recent days Canada has had the worst COVID numbers of any English speaking nation in the world.

Gymnastics Canada has made the very difficult decision to not enter teams in the upcoming 2021 Senior Pan American Championships being held in Rio de Janeiro, BRA between June 4-13, 2021 and the 2021 Junior Pan American Championships slated for Guadalajara, MEX (artistic), and Guatemala City, GUA (rhythmic) due to health and safety concerns resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic. …

The Senior Pan American Championships were Canada’s last chance qualifier event for the Tokyo Olympic Games in men’s artistic, women’s artistic, and rhythmic gymnastics. …

“We realize the impact these decisions have on our athletes, especially those senior athletes that have dedicated so many years to their ambition of competing at the Olympic Games,” added Moss. “We will do everything we can not only to support all athletes and coaches impacted by this decision through this difficult period, but to also provide hope and opportunity moving forward towards their international goals in the future.”

Athletes and coaches did have the opportunity to appeal this decision, and GymCan went through the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) arbitration process with these individuals to show transparency around the decision. The result of that appeal, which ruled in GymCan’s favour, was delivered to all parties on May 6th, 2021.

Gymnastics Canada

Gymnastics Canada Virtual Competitions

Many are wondering if this is going to work.

An even bigger problem is that some National Team contenders are still locked out of their Gyms. Manitoba, for example, has been locked out for 5 months total during the pandemic.

Details are posted on Vimeo.

Via email:

Ottawa, ON (February 3, 2021) – In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gymnastics Canada will be holding their winter and spring events virtually with athletes and coaches submitting their videos for judging from their gyms across the country.

In an effort to give participants the most flexibility possible in preparing their competitive routines, multiple competitive options have been put in place for many of the disciplines.

The Elite Canada in women’s artistic gymnastics will kick-off the season with athletes submitting their videos from February 3-9, and judging taking place from February 12-14. Their season will continue with two more “Technical Trials” taking place from March 14-17, and from April 18-21. The awards for this series of events will be presented following the judging of the last event on April 24th.

Athletes will enter the events they feel ready to compete in, and the winners will be chosen from the top scores gathered from all of the competitions.

“This is such a unique situation for everyone involved in sport in Canada, and our team has worked really hard to meet the demands of our community to be able to hold safe and fair competitive opportunities for everyone,” said Ian Moss, CEO of Gymnastics Canada.

“Virtual competitions, while not being able to mimic the excitement and stress of live competition, are still able to offer our athletes and coaches the opportunity to present what they have been able to work on over the last several months in as real a competitive setting as is possible …”

The Elite Canada in men’s artistic gymnastics will see athletes submitting their routines for judging from February 11-17th, and judging taking place from February 19-21. … They will also be holding a technical trials in early March.

In trampoline gymnastics, athletes will have several opportunities to showcase their competitive routines via technical trials being held in February and March. Their Elite Canada event is set to take place this summer and will hopefully be held in-person …

Rounding out the spring season will be the Elite Canada in rhythmic gymnastics. Those athletes will submit their videos from March 17-24, with judging taking place from March 27-28. A test event may also be held at the end of February depending upon interest.

Change is the one constant as the country struggles to cope with COVID-19, so this calendar is very much subject to change as time moves forward. Please consult the GymCan website for the most up-to-date information.