Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
To honor the victims and to show global solidarity with the Parisian citizens, I am featuring Claire Martin's bronze medal winning beam routine from this year's European Championships in Montpellier, France.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Just to be clear, we're not talking about the scary handspring double tuck splatfest vault, but the glorious double front dismount off beam.
Two of the most prominent US juniors, Ragan Smith and Jordan Chiles will be representing team USA at Top Gym in Belgium; a rare showing of USA juniors outside Jesolo and a few scattered international and national competitions.
Ragan, who will turn senior this coming year, placed third in the junior division at this year’s P&G Championships. She trains at Texas Dreams under the tutelage of 1991 World Champion, Kim Zmeskal and her husband, Chris Burdette.
Jordan will turn senior in enough time to compete for Team USA in Rio, but will turn senior in 2017. She trains at Naydenov Gymnastics in Vancouver, Washington. She won the junior title at the Secret Classic in 2014.
Top Gym will be held Nov 28-29 in Charleroi, Belgium. Gymnastike will live stream the event. The competition format is unique due to the fact that all-around competition will be held on Day One. Day two will feature event finals and a team competition. The team composition will feature four athletes. So countries that are sending only two delegates will pair up to form mixed country teams.
The format per Gymnastike, is two up two count and each athlete on the team must compete at least one event. So hypothetically, Ragan and Jordan could be paired with Russian delegates, Anastasia Iliankova nd Uliana Perebinosova and form a mini super team.
For more information and for a full list of competitors visit Gymnastike.org. (Live streaming times are also listed here as well).
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Now, Simone Biles is grabbing the attention of high ranking government officials.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Before I break down in a fit of depression because worlds is over, let me recap the events of today. Warning - I've been at this for about 10 days straight now, so I may break into snark unexpectedly.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
|Picture from the Longines Website|
They were awarded the prize after the conclusion of the men's all-around final, Friday evening, selected by a jury (in bold below).
Friday, October 30, 2015
That's one, two, three, four, five and six, bitches!
(Note, I'm not as fluent in men's gymanstics as I am with women's so please, bear with me)
History was made again during last night's women's all-around final in Glasgow, Scotland during the world championships.
Simone Biles became the first woman to win three consecutive all-around titles. Gabby Douglas became the first returning Olympic Champion to medal in a worlds final in... forever. Larisa Iordache came back to win a bronze medal in the all-around after a disappointing qualification.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Japan men's team took the title for the first time since 1978, effectively ending the Chinese Men's team reign. The home team, Great Britain, took home another historic silver medal in this competition.
The Prime Minster also congratulated the GB Men after they won the silver medal in today's team final.
The Russians were certainly disappointed after their fall from grace during yesterday's team finals.
Afterwards, the ugly head of snide comments and bad sportsman ship rose up once again. This time, the perpetrator of this foot-in-mouth syndrome was none other than Viktoria Komova. below is the original post.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Women's team finals at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland have officially concluded.
It was a huge day for Team USA, who successfully defended their team title and for Great Britain, who had a historic finish in the team finals, taking home the bronze medal after some uncharacteristic falls and mistakes from Russia landed them just off the medal podium for the first time since 2007.
Team USA has had some changes to their roster.
After the qualification round, Brenna Dowell off the team start list and team USA will on have 5 athletes out on the floor: Gabby Douglas, Maggie Nichols, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian. Interestingly enough, Maggie is in the all around, which was thought to be the original plan for qualifications.
Here is the line up for each event in order of rotation (USA will start in Olympic order along with Russia):
Vault: Gabby, Maggie, Simone
Bars: Maggie, Gabby, Madison
Beam: Maggie, Aly, Simone
Floor: Maggie, Aly, Simone
Here is the team rotation order. I've listed the countries together based on their rotation orders and bye schedules.
USA/Russia: Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor
Great Britain/China: Bars, Beam, Floor, Vault
Italy/Japan: Beam, Floor, Vault, Bars
Canada/Netherlands: Floor, Vault, Bars, Beam
USA, Great Britain, Italy and Canada will lead off the first rotation with Russia, China, Japan and the Netherlands on a bye and will switch off each rotation. For example, Great Britain will start their first rotation on the bars and will put up their 3 athletes, Ruby Harrold Ellie and Becky Downie, and then China will go up with Shang Chunsong, Fan Yilin, and Tan Jiaxin and the next rotation, China will start first.
The format is 3 up, 3 count. 3 athletes will go up and all of those scores will count.
For reference - the start lists are available here.
Monday, October 26, 2015
|Team GB is hella excited for team finals tomorrow.|
This is perhaps the Superbowl of gymnastics (since this event more or less happens every year). 8 teams have moved on to the team finals and will compete for a shot at glory. This team final is a little bittersweet since this will be the first worlds final without Romania in 45 years. However, there is a bright spot.
The Netherlands, who have been slowly staking out a claim in the gymnastics world, with gymnasts like Lieke and Sanne Wevers and Eythora Thorsdottier qualified to the team final for the first time in... I'm not sure. Not only that, they get the relief of knowing they qualified a full team to the Rio Olympics.
Just a refresher - the teams that are competing are:
- Great Britain
Sunday, October 25, 2015
She is at it again, keeping the Gymternet, Gymternet curious and non-gymternet informed about everyone's favorite athletes. The athlete being featured now is Russia's Ksenia Afanasyeva, who recently went from sporting blond locks in favor of luscious Aurburn locks (Perhaps to blend in in Scotland, which has the highest percentage of redheads in the world).
With that, let's see all the different sides of Afan, after the cut.