coach jailed for 10 years

He is considered a sports hero in his home country of Bulgaria, but here in Rochester, Marian Penev is an admitted rapist. The 40-year-old former gymnastics coach pleaded guilty Monday in both state and federal court to having intercourse and other sexual acts with a 13-year-old student. He had denied it for nearly a year, but today Marian Penev admitted to what he did to one of his students. Now, he will spend the next ten years in federal prison.

10NBC / WHEC TV-10

I’ve not been posting stories like these as they are so often sensationalized. I fear the risk to children will be exaggerated for profit as was done with eating disorders in the book Little Girls in Pretty Boxes.

The fact is — there are few children better protected, more nurtured, than kids in a gymnastics club. They are far safer at the gym than at school.

On the other hand, I don’t want to deny the (slight) risk either. Competitive gymnasts are extraordinarily compliant when it comes to the influence of their coaches.

what is a “Double Viking flip”

Takeshi and Eito Yasutoko, brothers, are two of the best aggressive inline skaters in the world.

Takeshi (the “Samarai”) is famous for a trick for some unfathomable reason called a Double Viking. It’s something like a double back with a half twist — but with the twist done in the most awkward way possible in order to make it more spectacular.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Roller News)

does club membership increase in cold weather?

Where I live there is often a slight drop in numbers after Christmas. But others see registrations climb.

Kelly Dornon-Heimsoth, owner of Siouxland Gymnastics, Dance and Cheer Academy, said the months of January and February are the busiest for her facility.

During these months, the academy averages a 10 percent increase in enrollment, Dornon-Heimsoth said.

There are more than 400 children enrolled in artistic gymnastics there, about 150 to 175 children in the dance/cheer program and about 80 to 90 children in the White Tiger Martial Arts Academy, also located within the facility.

Strength and flexibility are two of the main benefits of gymnastics, Dornon-Heimsoth said — attributes that will help youngsters in any sport they decide to pursue as they grow.

The article states

About 7 percent of U.S. children ages 6 to 11 were overweight in 1980. By 2004, that number had ballooned to 18.8 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The statistics are even more daunting among adolescents. Only 5 percent of U.S. children ages 12 to 19 were overweight in 1980. By 2004, that rate had more than tripled to 17.1 percent.

Sioux City Journal: Winter months thwart kids’ exercise


UWEC Gymnastics team poster – Rick Mickelson, University of Wisconsin

Elena Lev – hoop act – Cirque du Soleil

Former rhythmic gymnast Elena Lev is a work of art. She performed this simple but captivating act in Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría for 7 years.

This is the most watched video on YouTube tagged with the word “gymnastics”.

You’ll join over 560,000 other fans if you click PLAY, or watch Elena on YouTube.

Men’s Elite Canada, University of Calgary

December 8 & 9, 2006

UPDATE: More information on the competition posted on GymScoreDepot.

I wouldn’t miss the Canadian Men’s National Team selection meet, hosted once again in Cow Town.

Canada has a good shot at qualifying as a team for the 2008 Olympics. Guys will already be fighting for spots on the team.


translating web pages

I had a Spanish comment on this blog from Rafael:

deseo conocer muchos tips y consejos pero en español. please. thank very much.

Using the Babelfish webpage, it translated from Spanish to:

desire to know many tips and advice but in Spanish please. thank very much.

I recommend you use Babelfish (or one of the alternatives) for translating these posts if English is not your first language. The internet is still mainly in English though that is changing quickly.

Google already offers “translate this page” into English, a service I use all the time. It shows up on results pages when you do a search and find a non-English page.

Alexandra Orlando – female athlete of the year

Alexandra Orlando is on some run!

She won all six rhythmic gymnastics events included as part of the gymnastics program at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne tying the single games record.

And now was just named Commonwealth Games “female athlete of the year”. Wow!

That puts a gymnast ahead of every other female athlete in the second largest international games. Congratulations.

The “male athlete of the year” was Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, by comparison.

Alex trains at Ritmika in Toronto under Mimi Masleva.

… this stunning young woman instantly became the standard-bearer for her sport and its most recognizable star since Lori Fung of Vancouver won gold in the sport’s Olympic debut in 1984 at Los Angeles.

Alexandra went on to become our national champion for the fifth straight year and then cracked the top 15 in her sport internationally. Many say she is already number one in the world at ribbons, which is a key element of rhythmic gymnastics.

She has her eyes on an even bigger prize: the 2008 Olympics. Alex is now ranked 15th, internationally. She is now a current co author of her autobiography “Alexandra Orlando: In Pursuit of Victory” which came out on September 29th 2006.

Alexandra Orlando – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alexandra Orlando: In Pursuit Of Victory

Alexandra Orlando: In Pursuit Of Victory