Yulia Stepanova denied Rio

What!? 😦

The IOC has rejected the bid by Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova to compete as neutral athlete in Olympics.

Stepanova was cleared by track and field’s world governing body earlier this month to compete as a neutral athlete in the European championships and the Olympics. But the IOC did not accept the decision for the Olympics. …

The 800-meter runner provided evidence to the World Anti-Doping Agency of widespread cheating in Russia that led the IAAF to bar the country’s track and field athletes from international competition, including the Rio Games.

Stepanova, who served a two-year doping ban before turning whistleblower, is now living and training in the United States at an undisclosed location.

Russian whistleblower denied bid to compete in Rio Olympics

Yulia Stepanova

Without Yulia we wouldn’t know about systematic Russian doping corruption. What whistleblower will ever come forward in future?

related – No one really wants a Whistle Blower: Russia, the IOC, and Doping.

(via Nancy Armour)

IOC doping tests are a mess

The IOC should test all athletes at the Olympic Games. Announce the results.

End of story.

This breaking news is absurd. You should not FOREVER keep going back to retest old samples. 😦

The IOC said that the 30 athletes from the Games came from four sports and eight National Olympic Committees (NOC). …

A third and fourth wave of re-tests will take place throughout and after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with the samples being re-analysed using the latest scientific methods.

The athletes, NOCs and International Federations concerned by the positive drug tests are being informed, the IOC said, with proceedings against the athletes able to commence after B-samples are tested. …

Twenty-three medallists among 45 positives announced by IOC after second wave of Beijing and London retests

Ukraine's Yulia Kalina was the first athlete to be stripped of a medal after testing positive in the first wave of re-tests ©Getty Images
Ukraine’s Yulia Kalina was the first athlete to be stripped of a medal after testing positive in the first wave of re-tests ©Getty Images


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Gabby Jupp documentary

A serious ACL tear. Then a meniscus tear. Then a second ACL on the other leg. 😦

She’s back. British Bars Champion. A member of the 2016 European Championships silver medal team. Rio is still the goal. Good luck Gabby.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Gabby Jupp trains at Sapphire School of Gymnastics Limited in Hemel, Hempstead and is coached by Steve Price.

Gymnastics and the vestibular system

I find that most coaches don’t know much about the vestibular system even though it’s critical to success in acrobatics sports.

Here’s the second video in Tumbl Trak’s special needs series on training the vestibular system.

… vestibular system … the sensory system that provides the leading contribution about the sense of balance and spatial orientation for the purpose of coordinating movement with balance. …

The brain uses information from the vestibular system in the head and from proprioception throughout the body to understand the body’s dynamics and kinematics (including its position and acceleration) from moment to moment. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Rec Gymnastics)