Jr USA Nationals – day 1

Leanne Wong leads.

Click PLAY or watch her Floor on Twitter. GAGE gymnasts always have clean twisting.

Mary Lou Retton competed Tsuk 1/1, not Kas

#respect

Tsuk 1/1 is much more difficult than the Kasamatsu used by Ellie Black, Oksana and … almost everyone.

Mary Lou did half-on, full-off. (1.5 twists total)

Kasamatsu is quarter-on, three quarter-off (1.0 twists total)

Watch it on YouTube. (Right hand on the horse first, left twist on the salto.)

In addition, she trained Tsuk double full. Seriously.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Almost nobody does the more difficult version of Tsuk twisting. René Cournoyer from Canada is one.

If still confused on Kasamatsu, click over to Uncle Tim’s post – What the H is a Kasamatsu?

Extreme Athletic Supply X Bar

Good idea. I’d use this.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Coach uses the terms “lefty” and “righty“. He’s talking about the support hand on the forward pirouette, not the direction of twist. (The first girl twists to the left, the second to the right.)