interesting balance beam mounts

Gymblog — bored of contemporary EASY mounts — linked to a terrific video.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I miss the era of the “originality” bonus. There’s no incentive now to do anything unusual. Judges are more likely to deduct, than credit you.

Including Aisha Gerber, Alexandra Marinescu, Andreea Munteanu, Catalina Ponor, Charlotte Mackie, Daniela Silivas, Daniele Hypolito, Dominique Dawes, Dominique Moceanu, Elene Zamolodchikova, Elise Ray, Elvire Teza, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Emilia Eberle, Grace Taylor , Hollie Vise, Ivana Hong, Kim Zmeskal, Kristie Phillips, Lavinia Milosovici, Li Li, Ludivine Furnon, Ludmilla Ezhova, Melanie Sinclair, Mo Huillan, Natalia Shaposhnikova, Olga Korbut, Olga Mostepanova, Shannon Miller, Shayla Worley, Svetlana Khorkina, Tatiana Groshkova, Tatiana Lysenko and Terin Humphrey.

I read Chalked Up by Jennifer Sey

by editor Rick McCharles

During the pre-Olympic furor of the book launch, I was as loud a critic of the media hype as anyone. In fact, I called the author a liar.


As a response to the critics, Jennifer often fell back on this position:

Chalked Up is a coming of age story that is about my early life spent as a gymnast. I hope you’ll find it has relevance beyond athletics. It’s intended to be the story of one child – me – not an exposé about the sport. It touches on broader issues than gymnastics: athletes who are willing to do anything to be the very best, a culture in which second place means nothing because only winning matters, mother daughter relationships, eating disorders, coming into one’s own. Ultimately, it is for anyone who has ever felt they weren’t good enough, ached to be better than they are, and has grown up to accept the person they were meant to be.

I did not criticize the book (as I had not read it), only the sensationalist media coverage surrounding it. The author was an enthusiastic participant.

Chalked Up finally arrived in my local library.

Many had told me it was not nearly as bad as I would expect. And they were right.

It’s engaging. Fast paced. And tries to be … brutally “honest”. An interesting, if unrelentingly depressing, horror story of a gymnastics career.

There are enough factual errors to make it obvious Sey did very little research. No editor did a fact check.

By the end of the book it was clear that Jennifer Sey was the wrong child to train in the world’s most difficult sport. And that Parkettes was the worst possible club for her.

She sums up:

If my friends — some of whom have known me since my days as a gymnast — were asked to describe me, I think that they would say I am well adjusted and confident. A dedicated mother, friend, sister, wife, daughter. I am a part of all these things. But I am also anxious, sad, self-loathing, impatient, angry, frustrated, competitive, bordering on unhinged at times. …

I wonder if she regrets airing her demons.

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China Dominates … recent gymnastics meet

For the foreseeable future the headline will (almost always) read “China dominates … (Trophee Massilia)”.

This time, in France, two Chinese gymnasts (Jiang Yuyuan and Guo Wei) finished ahead of seven teams of three gymnasts. Top 2 scores counted towards Team.

1. China 118.600
2. Russia 117.950
3. Australia 115.400
4. Brazil 114.350
5. France Senior 113.150
6. Romania 112.500
7. Netherlands 111.550
8. France Junior 108.600

Australian Lauren Mitchell was the biggest non-Chinese story of the event.

1. Jiang Yuyuan CHN 59.400
2. Lauren Mitchell AUS 59.250
3. Guo Wei CHN 59.200
4. Kristina Goryunova RUS 58.250
5. Viktoria Komova RUS 57.900
6. Aliya Mustafina RUS 57.300

Lauren Mitchell (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

More scores and commentary are posted on Triple Full and The C Score.

Pan-Am Gymnastics Results

The C Score had the first post up on Pan-Ams.


Honestly the Pan American Gymnastics Union event competitions are not that interesting from a U.S. perspective — there were really no other competitive gymnastics nations present except Brazil …

Rebecca Bross was scheduled to compete at PAGU but withdrew, reportedly because of a knee injury sustained at the most recent training camp. This left the Americans with Corrie Lothrop, Olivia Courtney and Samantha Shapiro. …


1. Corrie Lothrop (USA)
2. Olivia Courtney (USA)
3. Tarabini Ayelen (ARG)

Uneven bars:

1. Samantha Shapiro (USA)
2. Corrie Lothrop (USA)
3. Juliana Santos (BRA)

PAGU results — in shocking news, the Americans dominate

more photos

2009 Pacific Coast Classic gymnastics

2009 Pacific Coast Classic and the Pacific Coast Collegiate Classic

Oakland Convention Center

February 20-22, 2009


Hosted by 1984 Olympic Gold Medalists Tim Daggett and Peter Vidmar.

Featuring some of the top collegiate gymnasts from JAPAN and 5 of the top 8 U.S. collegiate teams!

Don’t miss this preview of the 2009 NCAA National Championships!

One of the biggest and best men’s gymnastics competitions of the year.

official home page

(via Stick It media)

Canadian fitness tax credits

Good news for gymnasts?

Starting with the 2007 tax year, the Government of Canada allows a non-refundable tax credit based on eligible fitness expenses paid by parents to register a child in a prescribed program of physical activity. …

The children’s fitness tax credit lets parents claim up to $500 per year for eligible fitness expenses paid for each child who is under 16 years of age at the beginning of the year in which the expenses are paid.

Canada Revenue Agency


Most likely this is short-sighted, doomed-to-fail, do good Socialist economic quackery.


Now, in the Province where I live in Canada — Alberta — an additional $500 fitness tax credit might soon be available.

I’m not the only doubter:

Scott Hennig of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation said the tax return on that $500 could be as little as $50.

“All it does is make our tax code more complex and offers people very little in terms of real dollar value.”

Canadians might as well take advantage of these deductions, while they can.

USA Pan-Am Gymnastics Team

For the 2007 Pan-Ams they sent Liukin, Johnson, Hong and Bross. Pezek and Trani.

This young team, for the new quadrennial, looks superb:

  • Rebecca Bross (2007 Junior National Champion) … rumour is she is injured
  • Olivia Courtney (2008 Olympic Trials participant)
  • Samantha Shapiro (2008 Junior National Runner-Up)
  • Corrie Lothrop (2008 Olympic alternate)

    Olivia is a teammate of Shayla Worley at Orlando Metro.


    On the men’s side:

  • Glen Ishino (2008 Junior National Champion)
  • Danell Leyva (2008 J.O. National Champion)
  • (via Gymnastics)