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.