Archive for November, 2013

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.

The FIG Swears Gymnastics Doesn’t Stunt Growth

November 14, 2013

The FIG put together a committee to figure out whether gymnastics stunts growth. The committee that was put together by the International Gymnastics Federation actually came out with a result that was favorable to gymnastics. Who would have thought?

From Gymnast To Actress

November 14, 2013

Sophie Nélisse is in the movie, “The Book Thief“.  She was a high level gymnast not too long ago.  Of course, I was hoping I could find some video but google has let me down on that score.  I’m not too let down because I think as she becomes more famous, a video or clips of her gymnastics will probably pop up. 

So far all I’ve got is some results.  Some scores from a US meet:

Level 9 age 11 – 12 for WimGym at the Ocean State classic in 2012. 

VT 8.450, UB  8.050, BB  9.250, FX  9.050, AA 34.800

At 2012 Elite Canada she finished 14th in the National Novice Catagory.