Watch Out!

October 10, 2014

“On the award podium, Larisa Iordache points out a bee on Gold Medal winner Simone Biles’ flowers, … and comedy ensues.”

I’m so happy Kyla won an AA medal again! Also good to see Simone making three finals.

Nicole Curtis Just Wants Brick

September 4, 2014

There’s this show called “Rehab Addict”. It’s about renovating old houses. During the opening of the show, the star is shown ripping out some drywall while saying, “I just. want. BRICK!” Cracks me up every time. It kind of reminds me of gymnastics fans. Some just want TRICKS! Some just want BEAUTY!

As a fan, I have my own preferences. I like things that are different. So sometimes athletes do uncoded skills and that’s my favorite part of their routine. Anything unusual or surprising. I learned that there’s an athlete, Marissa Oakley, who uses the 1992 compulsory music. This tickles me because it’s a little unexpected.

Lizzy LeDuc, Ava Verdeflor, Youth Olympic Games

May 18, 2014

So! Lizzy LeDuc tweeted that she is the top gymnast in the Philippines or something. With some searching I found out she just competed in the Philippine National Games. She cleaned up. Full results aren’t quite out yet. Maybe there will be pictures soon.

I also found out that Lizzy’s WOGA teammate, Ava Verdeflor, has qualified to represent the Philippines at the Youth Olympic Games. Ain’t that a trip. Last I heard, USAG did not even send a women’s team to the Pan Am Championships which was the qualifier to the YOG. They probably could’ve sent the four girls that beat Ava at the Level 10 Junior B Texas State Championships and the US would’ve been well represented by one of them.

If the gymnast that goes to YOG has to be an elite then make her one. USAG has varying qualifying standards based on age and the competition the gymnast is trying to qualify for. They just have to make some standards designed to get level 10s of the proper age to qualify. It’s not like it’s a one way trip. Plenty of elites drop back to level 10.

Enough ranting. How ’bout that bar routine!

Another Produnova?

May 16, 2014

When I first read that India’s Dipa Karmakar has started practicing the Produnova my initial reaction was to bang my head against my desk.  At first.  When I got a hold of myself I remembered that Dipa has attempted a front layout and now does a front pike half.  Maybe that doesn’t mean anything but maybe it does.  

In 2011 Yamilet Pena was doing a tucked front with a full whenever she wasn’t competing the Produnova.  By 2013 she started doing a front layout instead.  I’m pretty sure Yamilet’s front layout in 2013 was better than the front layout Dipa was doing in 2010.  Hard to say but the fact that Dipa has already done a front layout gives me hope that maybe her Produnova will be one of the less terrible ones.  

Anyway, I’ve felt that the best thing to come out of all these crapdunovas is that sooner or later we would start to see better prepared gymnasts training and competing the Produnova.  Somehow I don’t expect coaches to attempt teaching this to any of the current crop of top athletes but maybe they’re working with some of the younger ones right now.  Who knows.  

Can I exhale?

May 12, 2014

May 9th has come and gone. So far I haven’t heard any more about these new Olympic qualification procedures. The FIG has something on their site about reforms but says nothing about what that means.

As of May 9, delegates from the FIG affiliated Continental Unions will join the Executive for the Council, at which time several issues will be presented.

Maybe the whole ‘announcement on May 9th’ thing actually meant they would announce it to each other and let the rest of us know at a later date.

The Heebie Geebies

May 2, 2014

That’s what I got when I read that the FIG is going to announce a new Olympic qualification procedure. The last thing I remember from the FIG on this subject had something to do with cutting teams down to four. Please, no! Or if they do announce any sketchy changes next week, please let it be the kind of changes they turn around and undo five seconds later. OR maybe have the changes not be terrible!

This is bothering me. The not knowing what the fuck they are up to. Imma just try to stay cool with a dose of John Orozco trying to learn air flares. Of course, it’s not the air flares that sooth me, since he can’t do them yet. I’m calmed by the toe point. Looks pretty good from that angle.

Anyway, poor John can’t get air flares. The whole brute force approach might be slowing him down. He’d probably have better luck if he came up with some drills so he can learn it the same way he learned all his gymnastics skills. Bit by bit. Lots of gymnasts are only as good as they are because their coaches were able to utilize tons of drills that were developed by other coaches over many years.

Elizabeth Price – Weiler Kip and Simone’s New Gym

March 11, 2014

So, according to her athlete profile on USAG’s site, Simone is going to be training at World Champions Centre. Yes, that’s centre with an RE, mate. Now, I thought Simone’s coach, Aimee Boorman, started this club but according to the comments on Beautiful Gymnastics I was wrong. Simone’s parents started the gym.

Anyway, I was kind of bummed to hear Simone Biles wouldn’t be at the American Cup because I really wanted to see if she’d been able to upgrade her single toe point vault to a double toe point vault. It turns out I still got to see something cool. Elizabeth Price’s Weiler Kip. Of course, she’s actually been doing this since at least 2011 so I guess I haven’t been paying close enough attention.

Elizabeth Price’s Weiler Kip technique approaches what the men use.
When the men do weilers, at least the ones that are good at it, they start in handstand, drop to the knee or below, swing through front support with hips clear of the bar to handstand. Price’s weiler is good until she has to touch the bar at the end. Even so she doesn’t touch the bar above the upper thigh.

Typically, the weilers done by females start in handstand, drop to the hips or upper thigh, pike swing to piked front support with hips on the bar, and cast to handstand. Price’s technique may not be perfect but it is leaps and bounds better than what we’ve seen before this.

Woo Hooo!! Gymnastics on BONES!

December 7, 2013

Lol!! They’re totally acting like the dead gymnast must be so abused because of all her injuries. How butt-hurt is the gymnternet going to be over this?

Sooooo, is it a coincidence that Amanda’s dad was a physicist? Like wasn’t Shannon Miller’s dad a physicist? His chalkboard is kind of funny. I’m watching Numbers. For the longest time I thought Charlie Epps used blackboards because he had some kind of eccentric preference for them. I just recently started to think that it might be because the chalkboards show up on tv better. Moving on.

Doesn’t the gym seem overrun with teenaged girls? That club had more post-pubescent gymnasts in it than wherever the heck post-pubescent gymnasts usually hang out. And where were all the coaches anyway?

Funny how Mckayla’s character couldn’t stick her layout six months ago yet she’s number two to a girl who could do a double pike. And what was she doing spotting this girl anyway? What the hell kind of gymnastics club is this?

Mckayla trying to look shocked is a little funny. I think it was a bit over the top. I think it wouuld be neat if she pulled a Cameron Diaz. Do a bunch of good quality smaller projects with good quality talent and just learn as much as she can.

No way the coach really did it. There’s ten minutes left in the show. This is my tried and true method of figuring out who didn’t done it when it comes to tv shows.

OOOOOh! Didn’t see that one coming.

WTF I did not see THAT coming either.

OMG. The part at the end with Amanda’s dad explainiing his equations to Dr. Brennan is beautiful.

Is That Aly?

November 23, 2013

That was my thought when I saw the preview for the next episode of Bones. Season 9, episode 11 – The Spark In The Park. I saw a clip of a gymnast landing a layout and it looked like an “Aly” landing. But, unless Aly has a cameo in the episode, it’s not her. The cast list only mentions Maroney…and, when I watched (and re-watched and paused at 0:18) the clip that some fast and fabulous person uploaded like two seconds ago, it definitely looks like Maroney.

The Jeffersonian team investigates the murder of a nationally ranked gymnast, whose remains were hit by lightning and scattered throughout a publihough evidence points to a fellow gymnast (guest star Maroney) as the key suspect, Brennan and Booth discover the victim was leading a double life. Meanwhile, Booth gets upset when Brennan shows surprising empathy for the victim’s father (guest star Schiff), and Cam confronts the woman who stole her identity in the all-new “The Spark in the Park” episode of BONES airing Friday, Dec. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BON-909) (TV-14 D, V)

I didn’t see any of Maroney’s other appearances because I don’t watch those shows. I’m looking forward to watching this. Ummmm, Dr. Brennan apparently has something to say about the toll gymnastics takes on gymnasts’ bodies which probably matches exactly with reality – so some folks will probably be upset about that. [OMG!!!111!! How can she say anything NEGATIVE about gymnastics!!!???]

The Case of the Hellish Hook

November 14, 2013

In an earlier post, I described what Simone Biles’ feet look like when she’s vaulting. I found a photo that captures it.

I wonder how she can fix this? Maybe just concentrate a little harder? Or use a tool like flipping wings or some twisting belt rig that creates a similar effect so that’s all she has to focus on. ((fix those feet. fix those feet. fix those feet)).

She doesn’t have too far to go. Watching her vault from worlds, you can see that both feet start out pointed with a little overlap. As she twists, the bottom foot begins to hook severely around the top foot. The actual degree of crossing isn’t that bad. It’s that major hook-age that makes it looks much worse than it is.


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