Simone withdrew from Vault & Bars

MyKayla Skinner will replace her on Vault.

Melanie de Jesus dos Santos will go in on Bars.

Hardy Fink – Be Gymnast Centered

I highly recommend this presentation.

Gymnastics is under review worldwide. We hear much about the problems.

Hardy Fink offers solutions.

Hardy has attended more World Championships & Olympics than anyone else. He’s the principle author of the FIG Age Group Programmes for all disciplines. And he’s led more FIG coach education courses worldwide than anyone else.

We should listen and learn.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (49min)

Kara Eaker tested positive

Starting Sunday Kara began 8-14 days of isolation.

Her father says she’s had no symptoms, so far.

One additional alternate is considered a close contact, and is quarantining in her room until she tests negative. Leanne Wong said at Olympic trials that she had not been vaccinated. Kara, Kayla DiCello & Emma Malabuyo indicated they had been.

U.S. alternates have been training alongside the team, a poor decision. Obviously.

Oleg tested positive for meldonium

Oleg says he only once tested positive for the recently banned drug.

But was banned for 4 years.

He’ll appeal the ban.

Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances effective 1 January 2016 because of evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance. …

 A high prevalence of meldonium use by athletes in sport was demonstrated by the laboratory findings at the Baku 2015 European Games. 13 medallists or competition winners were taking meldonium at the time …

Meldonium use was detected in athletes competing in 15 of the 21 sports …

Most of the athletes taking meldonium withheld the information of their use from anti-doping authorities by not declaring it on their doping control forms as they should have. Only 23 of the 662 (3.5%) athletes tested declared the personal use of meldonium. However, 66 of the total 762 (8.7%) of athlete urine samples analysed during the Games and during pre-competition tested positive for meldonium. …

NCAA gymnasts – recurrent ACL injuries

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is a serious injury that can be career-ending in collegiate athletics.

A rerupture (recurrent rupture) after primary ACL reconstruction occurs in 1% to 11% of all athletes.

The highest rates of recurrent ACL ruptures (per 10,000 AEs) were among male football players (15), female gymnasts (8.2), and female soccer players (5.2). …

Of sports played by athletes of both sexes, women’s soccer had a significantly higher rate of recurrent ACL ruptures than men’s soccer (rate ratio, 3.8 [95% CI, 1.3-15]). …

Epidemiology of Recurrent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in National Collegiate Athletic Association Sports

NCAA gymnasts – foot injuries

Foot injury rates differed between sports, with the highest rates in female gymnastics, male and female cross-country, and male and female soccer athletes.

… The 5 most common injuries were foot/toe contusions, midfoot injuries, plantar fascia injuries, turf toe, and metatarsal fractures. …

Epidemiology of Foot Injuries Using National Collegiate Athletic Association Data From the 2009-2010 Through 2014-2015 Seasons

Oregon State’s NEW Facility

I love Oregon State. But I love them even more in this fantastic new Gym.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

ROC (Russian Olympic Committee)

Due to state-backed doping, approved by Putin (I assume), “Russia” will not be competing in Tokyo.

I am happy the athletes were not banned outright as, of course, many did not dope.

… a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling from December which barred Russia’s name, flag, anthem and other national symbols in a package of sanctions over what it deemed Russia’s failure to turn over accurate data from the Moscow drug-testing laboratory.

The team in Tokyo will be officially known not as “Russia,” but as “ROC”, for Russian Olympic Committee. …

Russian athletes had similar limits on their uniforms and symbols at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang …

Russia’s flag banned but national colors on Olympic uniforms