Archive for August, 2013

Still Sounds Like Bullshit

August 21, 2013

Coach Rick is still on his quest to promote shin-grabbing as the best technique in a tucked salto. He notes that Madison Kocian uses this technique in her beam dismount. Madison does have a fabulous double tuck off beam. She lands practically standing up.

This is the same girl who drops a full-in out of the sky on floor – while grabbing the back of her thighs. With that in mind, I still doubt shin-grabbing is a better technique than thigh-grabbing …or nothing-grabbing. Seriously, we have athletes doing full-twisting double tucks, double-twisting double tucks, or even double layouts with and without twist and they grab air. Basically just holding their arms by their sides or near their chest. Yet somehow it supposed to make such a big difference about whether an athlete grabs their shins or the back of their thighs in a double tuck. Tell me another one.

…And Ricky posted a comment on one of Coach Rick’s posts stating that while beam routines of old were beautiful,

…it would be a mistake to say that beam is not also beautiful today.

I’m not really seeing how today’s standing around and arm waving is just as beautiful as the old-fashioned routines.

Marta’s Weird Idea

August 19, 2013

A.K.A. her plot to kick the fourth gymnast in the teeth

The year after the Olympics, only four gymnasts are allowed per country at Worlds.  Only three gymnasts are allowed to compete per event.  Usually, the US competes two All Arounds and two gymnasts that split the last four events.  Why is Marta talking about competing a third All Arounder?  That would leave no events left for the fourth gymnast on the team.  I know she likes to keep the pressure on, but really.  That’s just low. 

Kyla’s Lipstick

August 19, 2013

On GTT, Kyla’s red lipstick was a big hit. 

Tortuga commented that gymnasts don’t usually wear lipstick.  I always thought they did because with all that eye make-up they wear, I just figured they had on lipstick too.  I just thought it was pale or whatever. 

It’s kind of funny that Kyla just won second All Around and two event gold medals at US nationals and some folks are still bitching about her upgrades.

Tim’s Pedo Moment

August 19, 2013

Bugging me.

Tim felt the need to let the “dad’s in the audience” know that Laurie Hernandez was just 13. I think every gymnast shown on tv was underaged. Why does he have to go all extra pedo about Laurie? He’s not the only weirdo around. I’ve seen an oddball comment here and there. Beautiful Gymnastics blog referred to her as a “saucepot”. GROSS! Somebody on GTT was saying her dance was a bit hoochie. I don’t get this. Her dance is dramatic. To me, there’s nothing sexy about it.