Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ashton Locklear - Podium Training at P&G Championships -Uneven Bars

Here is Ashton Locklear on the uneven bars from today's podium training from the P&G Championships.

Rachel Gowey Out of P&G Championships

After injuring herself during today's podium training, Rachel Gowey has withdrawn from the P&G Championships.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Peyton Ernst Withdraws From P&G Championships

Just days after Bailie Key withdrew from the P&G Championships, Peyton Ernst has withdrawn from the competition as well.

Per the, the 17-year-old has been dealing with a minor, but nagging injury. However, her worlds chances aren't done just yet, she could still petition to the selection camp which will follow Championships.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Favorite Routines: Bailie Key; Floor Exercise Pac Rims Event Finals

Since Bailie Key's junior career has come to a close, I decided to feature her last routine as a junior in this edition of Favorite Routines.

Juniors to Watch: Jazmyn Foberg

This junior to watch,Jazmyn Foberg is teammates with junior dynamo, Laurie Hernandez. Young Jazmyn, aka Jazzy has a few tricks up her leotard sleeve.

Full Name: Jazmyn (Jazzy) Foberg
Date of Birth: February 2, 2000
Age: 14
Club: MG Elite
Coach: Maggie Haney
Hometown: Bayville, New Jersey, USA

Jazmyn became an elite in 2013 after a strong showing at the Parkette's Elite Qualifier, but 2014 is the year she came out as a contender in the international elite scene.

Championships Preview! Who Will Come Out on Top?

Nationals are almost here!

As USA Gymnastics so blatantly put it, it's like Christmastime for gymnastics fans. Two years out from the Olympics and the competition is just getting more fierce. This year, the world championships will have a team competition so there will be more places to compete for.

So who is in and who is out? Who will prosper and who will falter?

The Seniors:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ad-libbing the 2008 Olympic Team

A little Friday fun...

I found these series of images on Tumblr this afternoon while going on there to post a blog entry. This is a series of images of the 2008 US Olympic team with captions as to what they were "really" thinking. These Mystery Science Theater ad libbing is via SparklesandChalk on Tumblr.

Viktoria Komova Training Bars On the Road to Recovery

Since injuring herself post Russian Nationals, all has been quiet on Viktoria Komova's front.

The 2012 Olympic silver medalist injured her ankle shortly after the Russian national championships, leaving her unable to compete for Russia at the European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Today, a video surfaced of Vika training on the uneven bars, her signature event.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Noemi Makra's Beautiful Twisting Tumbling

Noemi Makra of Hungary is an athlete with form that is a judge's (or an execution snob's) wet dream.

Her lines are so long and extended and her twists are beautiful, straight and high. It's poetry in motion.

These GIFs are of Noemi during the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

Maria Paseka Training A Rudi On Vault

Worlds preparation is entering the home stretch. This means getting in routine shape and putting together new skills.

Olympic vault bronze medalist, Russian gymnast Maria Paseka has been seen training a handspring Rudi vault.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Courtney McCool's Perfect Tumbling Form on Floor

Courtney McCool is a gymnast who was known for her impeccable form.

The 2004 Olympic Silver medalist had form that would rival the form of some gymnasts today.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bailie Key Is Out of P&G Championships

Bailie Key will be unable to defend her national title this year since she has pulled out due to an elbow injury.

Bailie, aka Miss I-win-everything-all-the-time was also absent at the Secret Classic last week due to the same injury.  Her coaches, 1991 World Champion Kim Zmeskal and her husband, Chris Burdette announced Bailie's forfeiture via the Texas Dreams website earlier today.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Diana Bulimar Will Miss Worlds Again

For the second year in a row, Romanian gymnast Diana Bulimar will be out of the World Championships due to injury.

Juniors to Watch - Jordan Chiles

Date of Birth: April 15, 2001 
Hometown: Tualatic, Oregon
Current Residence:Vancouver, Washington
Club: Naydenov Gymnastics
Coaches: Erica Bakacs & Dmitri Taskov

Thirteen-year-old Jordan Chiles is a promising junior on the US National team.  Recently, she made waves when she took the all-around title at the 2014 Secret Classic.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Secret Classic 2014

Two years into the quad and we're starting to see up and comers likely to be big contenders for Rio.

This was the first real meet of the elite season, so most everybody was a little rough around the edges. Since I don't have time to analyze every single routine by every single athlete, I'm going to be analyzing some top players and up and comers.

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