Gymnastics history made in 2019

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

Nineteen fabulous firsts from a thrilling year in Gymnastics

2020 PanAm Championships to Utah

The United States is playing host to the Senior Pan American Championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline that serves as the final qualifying event for the 2020 Olympic Games for North, Central and South America, which is a first both as a combined event staged in the USA and as an Olympic qualifier.

Utah Valley has been chosen as the site for Senior Pan Am Championships, May 7-10.

This is the first time the Senior Pan American Championships is part of the Olympic qualification process.

Across all four disciplines, more than 300 gymnasts from an estimated 25 countries are expected to participate and to seek Olympic berths in men’s and women’s gymnastics, two each; rhythmic gymnastics, one individual and one group; and men’s and women’s trampoline, one each if the Americas have not already qualified a country.

The USA will know which disciplines it has the opportunity to try for another Olympic spot by mid-April. …

Continental qualifier for gymnastics to 2020 Olympic Games heads to Utah Valley

(via theGymter.net)

Anti-Doping in Trampoline Sports

The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) are delighted to announce that the effective education programme on clean and fair sport was delivered to more than 1500 elite-level senior to junior athletes and their support personnel at both international tournaments in Tokyo, Japan; 34th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships, on 26-27 November and the 27th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics Age Groupe Competitions on 3-4 December 2019.

Play True Japan

In addition, more than 60 athletes, representing a wide range of nations, met to discuss proposed changes to the competition format for individual Trampoline and scoring changes for Double Mini and Tumbling.

Hardy Fink leaves FIG end of February

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)

Canada has a National Training Centre

Gymnastics Canada and the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) are pleased to announce a partnership confirming the establishment of a national training centre at the INS Québec Complex for artistic gymnastics and trampoline gymnastics.

The INS Québec also becomes the primary site for Olympic preparation for Tokyo (2020) and Paris (2024) Olympic Games for artistic gymnastics.

“We are so excited to have the INS Québec as our national training centre,” said two-time Olympian Ellie Black from the women’s artistic gymnastics national team. …

The facility has so much to offer other than a great gymnastics area. They have a workout gym downstairs and many recovery tools such as the hot/cold tubs that will be so beneficial at keeping our bodies healthy. All of this will help keep our team motivated, excited, and supported on our journey to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.”

Read more on GymCan.org