confirmed – Gymnastics BC Congress

Rick McCharles


For the first time I will be presenting at 2007 Fall Congress in Beautiful British Columbia, Oct. 26-28 in Delta, Vancouver.

I’m speaking at the “Gymnastics for All” sessions. My topics include:

  • Have More FUN at the Gym
  • Building Better Circuits
  • Best Gymnastics Games
  • Rec Drills & Skills (video)
  • Computers & the Internet for Coaches
  • This is the recreational / educational stream.

    There is much, much more happening that weekend. For example, Carol Angela Orchard, just back from World Championships, will be presenting on Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.


    Other streams: Business of Gymnastics, Judging, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline sports, etc.

    For more information: info @ |

    Arabian 2/1 front pike, 1/1 out – Steven Legendre

    I’d seen Kyle Shewfelt show Arabian Double Layout (Tamayo) with 1/1-out on to mats in the pit. (Easy.) But this was the first time I had seen a similar skill done in competition.

    UPDATE – the trick is named after Diego Hypolito

    One of the girls from Steven’s gym (WOGA) told us that USA Championships 2007 was the first time he had competed the element.

    Click PLAY or watch the first tumbling line on YouTube.

    Incidentally, all of the WOGA male gymnasts were using double fronts and double front pike skills on many pieces of equipment. Looks like this is part of a coaching strategy for the future.

    WOGA continues to be the most interesting gym to watch in the world.

    Great West Gymfest, Idaho – Feb. 22-24, 2008

    UPDATE: Shannon Miller and Carly Patterson will be special guests of the competition. Meet them at the Ice Cream Social with the Olympians, Saturday afternoon 3:00-4:15.

    gwgftextlogo.gifDave Adlard, Funtastics Gymnastics, Coeur d’ Alene, is expecting close to 2000 competitors (boys and girls) for 2008.

    Their goal:


    This year the meet will again be held in the ball rooms of the world famous Coeur d’ Alene Resort and North Idaho College.

    State of the art AAI equipment, Amazing Awards includng the ever popular hand carved bear team trophies, wonderful Goodie Bags and every athlete receives a commemorative plaque!

    Top rated (and most cheerful) judges for every level that you will find at any invitational you will ever attend!

    You feel important at the GWGF because it is based out of one of the best resorts in the States, the gorgeous Coeur d’Alene Resort.


    Get your registration in soon if you plan to attend. Call Dave Adlard with any questions: 208 664-0135

    Great West Gym Fest – official website

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    Peter Vidmar Invitational 2008

    I last took gymnasts to this big Men’s competition in California in 2004. Highly recommended for those coaches looking for a high profile competition in a beautiful location.

    For more information or a meet packet…

    Call Maureen Miller (Meet Director)

    818 247-8149 or 310 450-0012 ext 23

    or email at


    official website –

    the comeback of Cătălina Ponor

    I’ve been anticipating the decline of the Romanian Women’s Gymnastics team. But they continue to surprise me finishing 3rd at Worlds.

    One important reason was the leadership of Cătălina Ponor, triple gold medallist from the 2004 Olympics. Now a veteran, she can still compete with the best.

    Ponor’s a beautiful gymnast. Click PLAY or watch a tribute video on YouTube.

    More on Ponor and the Romanian team from Gymblog:

    Two bright spots on a Romanian team that was otherwise seemed to be lacking in form and spirit at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart were 20-year-old veteran Catalina Ponor, back in shape after post-Olympic partying and a bout in retirement, and 15-year-old newcomer Cerasela Patrascu. Both displayed a lot of style — in Ponor’s case, there was even passion — for being from a country known for its uninspiring routines.

    I admired both Ponor’s floor, somewhat old-school for having only three tumbling passes, as well as Patrascu’s beam, which featured the usual Romanian difficulty but with attractive lines and arm movements — none of this slashing at the air with one’s arms and calling it choreography. Both, particularly Ponor, showed a lot of style, something that seems to be in short supply on the Romanian team.

    With Ponor and Patrascu, the Romanians are moving forward « Gymblog

    Rodionenko disciplines Russian gymnasts

    Head Coach Andrei Rodionenko took action, as he promised he would, after problems with the Russian team at Worlds.

    Andrei is taking some heat over this decision.

    But I’m a great admirer of Rodionenko. I expect this discipline was warranted.

    It might not be as bad as a trip to Siberia, but in the tightly controlled world of Russian gymnastics, it’s close.

    The Russian gymnastics federation banned Maxim Deviatovski and Julia Lozhecko from its main training camps for the rest of the year for what it said were disciplinary violations at last week’s world championships, according to the Russian Web site All Sport. …

    ESPN – Two Russian gymnasts barred from training camps – Gymnastics