April Burkholder bobblehead doll

Many have been inspired by the great NCAA gymnast April Burkholder.

Media Credit: JOEY BORDELON / The Daily Reveille – link

The most decorated gymnast in LSU history … Earned a school record 14 All-America honors – three on the vault, beam, floor and in the all-around and two on the bars … Two-time SEC and NCAA Central Region Gymnast of the Year (2004 and 2005) … Earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2003 … Four-time All-SEC selection (2003-06) … Just the second gymnast in LSU history to earn all-conference honors each of her four seasons, joining Jennifer Woods who did so from 1993-96.

LSU official bio

Is April the first gymnast to have her own bobblehead doll?


Has scored the second most 10.00’s in school history, recording eight overall – four on the floor, two on vault and two on the beam …

April Burkholder bobblehead on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Leave a comment if you know of any other gymnast bobbleheads.

EXTREM hiphop dance video

I saw on CNN that T.I.P. (Teamwork Is Perfection) won the crew division at the Sony Ericsson UK B-Boy Championships over a team from Russia.

While looking for highlights of that performance I stumbled on to this video of another Korean team called Extrem Crew.

It’s both the best and best edited of any hip hop dance video I’ve ever seen.

Don’t miss this one.

Daily Motion.

UPDATE – CNN video of T.I.P. winning in London

World Championships Review – the BAD

We’ve already linked to Perfect 10’s World Championships Review Part 1 – the GOOD.

Now …


  • US Women’s leotards
  • Cheng Fei’s new Floor music
  • Vanessa Ferrari’s Comaneci salto on bars
  • Vanessa Ferrari… injured, tired?
  • Ksenia Semenova’s win on bars over Nastia Liukin
  • Ekaterina Kramarenko’s disaster on vault in team final
  • Li Shanshan’s fall on her full turn in the beam final
  • Australian Women’s team performance
  • Read the details on perfect 10 » World Championships Review, Part 2.

    Good list. Happily short.

    Overall, Worlds was a surprisingly good competition considering the demands of the new code. I expect the number of falls will decrease as the girls stabilize their routines for the Olympics.

    World Champion 2006 Ferrari

    I still feel Ferrari is the gymnast to beat for Beijing. Needless to say, the American and Chinese girls will have her in their sights.

    USOC honors gymnastics

    The U.S. Women’s World Championships Team that won the team title and 2007 world all-around champion Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa, were chosen as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Co-Team of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for September for their accomplishments at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. The 2007 world team champions tied in team voting with the U.S. Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championships Team.

    The U.S. women won the team gold medal, just the second ever for the USA and the first team title won at a World Championships held outside of the United States. The U.S. Women’s Team brought home seven medals total – four gold, two silver and one bronze – from the World Championships for its most successful performance ever at a team world championships. By finishing in the top 12, the U.S. women qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games.

    Johnson is just one of four U.S. women to win the coveted world all-around title, joining Kim Zmeskal (1991), Shannon Miller (1993-94) and Chellsie Memmel (2005).

    News: U.S. Women’s Team, Johnson take USOC monthly honors


    Thanks John Smith, NASA.

    yet another adult gymnastics program in my town

    I’ve moaned for years about the lack of opportunity for adults to do gymnastics in Calgary.

    Last year one of the clubs dropped their adult program.

    But this year one club added a program — Stampede City and now Jodie Bevis confirms Gymtastics (Tuesday nights 8:45-10PM) is running adult.

    There’s more adult gym — at least 4 clubs in a city of 1 million — than ever before.

    Is this a trend anywhere else?


    By the way, I must say (again) how much I like the Gymtastics website and branding. Congratulations to owner Darlene “the bean” Fedyna. She’s built her club from nothing to one of the programs we all want to emulate.

    more photos

    It helps Darlene that she competes in the marketplace against clubs governed by elected Boards of Directors. Darlene can make bold decisions far more easily than can volunteer trustees. It’s the biggest weakness of the socialist Canadian gymnastics model.

    you can do a James Bond stunt

    Stuntman Wayne Michael’s bungie jump as Jame Bond from a 220m dam in GoldenEye was voted the best movie stunt of all time in one 2002 poll:

    The jaw-dropping 750ft plunge beat scenes from classics such as Ben Hur and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to top the Sky Movies poll.

    GoldenEye opens with Pierce Brosnan’s 007 leaping from the dam attached to the bungee cord.

    007’s bungee jump tops best movie stunt poll

    No doubt you can name better movie stunts.

    But can you name another you can duplicate yourself?

    Head for the Verzasca dam in Switzerland if you want to be like Bond, James Bond.


    This, one of the highest commercial jumps in the world, is run by Trekking Outdoor Team.

    For fun click PLAY to watch the “GoldenEye” Theatrical Trailer on YouTube.

    McCharles presentations at Region 2 Congress

    Rick McCharles

    Just getting prepared for my 4 sessions for Region 2 Gymnastics Congress (R2R), Spokane, Washington October 19—21, 2007.

  • Computers and the internet for coaches
  • Are computers just time-wasters? Or can they help you do a better job in the gym?

  • Have more FUN in the gym (the “science of fun”)
  • The Canadian gymnastics philosophy is Fun, Fitness, Fundamentals. First priority is Fun.

    An overview of dozens of activities that will make your gym a happier, more productive place.

  • Video presentation: Advanced gymnastics for boys and girls
  • Select gymnastics video clips you’ve likely not seen. Some are from Australia, some from the internet. Most time will be spent on unique drills used by British coach Paul Hall who had both male and female athletes competing at Worlds 2007.

  • Using circuits to teach floor and vault to class kids
  • The art and science of building circuits in the gym. Best practice.

    Detailing the BEST ways to utilize circuits in the gym is particularly fascinating to write-up, I’m finding. I will post this topic on Gymnastics Coaching after I present a similar Circuits session at the British Columbia Congress, end of October.

    Hope to see you at one or the other Congress.


    weight lifters are amazing jumpers

    As a young coach, I recall hearing this factoid. That at the Mexico City Olympic Games Dr. Yessis did a field test where the Olympic lifters had higher vertical jumps than Track and Field athletes.

    Finally, some visual evidence:


    Shi Zhiyong reacts to successfully clean and jerking 170 kg.

    larger original – flickr

    OK, maybe not this guy:

    larger original – flickr

    They are part of a huge collection of Chinese weight lifting photos posted by dehwang.

    Weightlifting – Wikipedia