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March 9, 2016

A short clip about Dipa Karmakar. BBC news does not seem too impressed with her landing on the produnova. They shot it in such a way that you can’t even see it.

Rhythmic Gymnastics Fashion

February 28, 2016

I haven’t watched rhythmic gymnastics in awhile. Recently, I watched a documentary about Russian rhythmic gymnastics training. Alina Kabayeva was in the video and she mentioned that the FIG has been cutting the required elements more and more. This doesn’t sit well with Alina but I thought it might be interesting to see. I used to like Rhythmic but when they started having to do all those elements, it got really boring. I thought if the rules had changed maybe the sport was back to being more like the old rhythmic.

So I’ve watched a lot of rhythmic in the last few days. I wouldn’t say the sport is back to being like it was but one thing that has changed is the outfits. Some of the athletes are now wearing things that stick out of the leotards. Like the feathers in Margarita’s leotard. She also has another one with little butterflies or something on it. I saw some with pleats, rouging, and fabric flowers. These things must cost an arm and a leg.

Gymnastics Clubs Go Ninja

February 3, 2016

Some gyms are getting into the Ninja business due to the popularity of the tv show, “American Ninja Warrior.”  USAIGC sees it as a way to get boys into the gym.

As soon as he saw the show, where adult men and women compete to conquer elaborate obstacle courses, Mr. Spadaro said he instantly thought about the possibility of drawing boys back to gymnastics. The USAIGC, which represents 175 gymnastics clubs nationwide, has formed a “Warrior Committee” to puzzle out the details of developing the sport. Their first meeting, in State College in October, tackled issues such as competition structure, instructor training and officiating.

I have to wonder how long it will be before USAG come up with it’s own “Ninja” program.  Seriously, it seems like anytime USAIGC starts doing something new, USAG makes sure to copy it!

The Smallest Gymnastics Club Ever?

February 3, 2016

A crossfit and adult gymnastics club was started up in September 2006 which used the facilities that belonged to a city run gymnastics program. They got kicked out and were homeless and training outside for 9 months before finally finding a small space to train in. It was FIVE HUNDRED SQUARE FEET!!! True, they put out mats and tumbled outside but still! That is the tiniest gym I’ve ever heard of.

After 9 months of searching, all while continuing to train a dedicated group of people who were apparently going to follow anywhere, a small warehouse with a sufficient ceiling was found. The owner of 400 Tamal Plaza in Corte Madera reluctantly agreed to allow the use of the a studio’s 500 square foot storage room as a fitness facility. This occurred in September of 2008.

This 500 square feet now had to house a CrossFit program, gymnastics program and parkour program. Parallel bars, a pommel horse and a squat rack were crammed into the space. A small area was left open for lifting and the outdoors is always available. If you know the program now, picture this. An adult gymnastics class with 8 individuals and a CrossFit class with 8 individuals all training in the space under the mezannene (sic) that houses Roger’s office. Panel mats were laid out in the parking lot for tumbling, at night, in the winter, with no building lighting. Training was done by the light of a small construction lamp that Andres happened to have. In spite of the ridiculous situation the program continued to grow. After a few months of talks the program was allowed to expand into the smaller of two studios in the building. The gym now encompassed about 2,300 square feet, but was not allowed to do any remodeling. This is how 2009 began.

The gym continued to expand over time and was 11,500 square feet as of 2013. Many clubs start small and get bigger. I’ve heard of clubs starting in someone else’s gym, then moving to their own. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a club having to be run out of a 500 square foot space.

It just goes to show, just like with any other business, it doesn’t necessarily take a lot of money to start a gymnastics club. Yeah, a lot of coaches wish they could build a huge club from the ground up and many do. However, starting with a smaller space and growing bigger is also a tried and true method of starting a gym.

Melrose High School Gymnastics

February 1, 2016

Go Red Raiders! Their meets are on youtube.

Fear Of Going Backwards

January 31, 2016

Brandie Jay developed a fear of going backwards on beam. She wanted to overcome it before she left college and she did.

Here she is on beam from her elite days.

This is Gold

January 29, 2016

Circus arts used to advertise the grill guard on a truck. Not one, but two commercials. Brunette and blonde edition.

I can’t describe the feelings I got when I watched these.

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!