Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas Officially Back on National Team

At the conclusion of the final 2014 National Team camp, USA Gymnastics welcomed back Olympic Gold medalists Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas to the national team.

Monday, November 24, 2014

8 New Skills Entered in the Code of Points

Eight new skills were added to the FIG's code of points.

These skills were submitted from athletes from all around the world. To get the skill named for them, the athlete had to complete the skill successfully (without a fall) at a World Championship or Olympic Games (Youth Olympic Games for Juniors). The element must also have a C or higher rating in order to have her name attached to it.

In this post, I have listed the skills and the athlete who submitted the skill or whom it's being named for. When available, there are videos accompanying the name of the skill for reference.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Unique Beam Mount from Olivia Cimpian

Olivia Cimpian of Romania showed off a unique beam mount series at Elite Massalia in France.

Romania is historically a team that is proficient on beam and Olivia, a junior is no exception.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Amelia Hundley Training A Double Double on Floor

It's the time of year in between the end of elite season and the beginning of NCAA season. The Gymternet is sleepy, probably still depressed that worlds is over.

This is the time of year athletes beef up their skills for next year. Amelia Hundley of Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy posted this video of herself training a double double on floor.

Juniors Turning Senior in 2015

2015 will be an exciting year for gymnastics. There are many up and coming and highly touted juniors from around the world that will be joining the senior ranks and will be age eligible to represent their country at the World Championships or Olympic Games.

Many of whom, the world has been waiting on for what seems like an eternity to join the senior ranks.

I've put together a list of some of the most anticipated athletes and put together a small biography about each one.

Aliya Mustafina on ... Everything

Queen Elizabeth of Rewriting Russian Gymnastics has posted a translation of a recent interview with the glorious Aliya Mustafina.

She talks about everything from her experiences at worlds, winning the beam gold medal in Antwerp to losing Alexandrov as a coach. I've posted some of the highlights here. It gives great insight into what her life is like and her thoughts on winning the gold medal.

She talks about what her plans are for her post gymnastics life. She says she has the option to become a coach, but isn't sure she'd be successful because she "loves children too much" to be what they need.  Surprising, because she's a bright girl and could really do anything she wants.

Read more of Aliya's thoughts after the cut.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Aliya Mustafina's Triple Y Turn In Reverse

Want to watch a rewind of Aliya Mustafina on floor? You're in luck.

Mustafinesse on Tumblr posted a GIF of Aliya  performing this skill in reverse during the floor final at the World Championships in Nanning, China.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Belu & Bitang Return to Romanian Gymnastics and Tease Returns of Catalina Ponor and Sandra Izbasa.

After months of back and forth and an extended vacation, famed Romanian head coaches, Octavian Belu and Mariana Bitang have returned to the helm of Romanian Gymnastics. Oh and they might be bringing Catalina Ponor and Sandra Izbasa with them.

American Dad's Greg and Terry On Pommel Horse

Maybe Seth Macfarlane is a closet gym nerd.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tatiana Nabieva Training A Layout Full on Beam

For a girl that was retiring from elite gymnastics several months ago, Tatiana Nabieva has come back with a vengeance.

After helping the Russian team to a bronze medal at the World Championships in Nanning, China, Tataina aka "Tanya" has decided that this is an ideal time for her to train upgrades.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Favorite Routines: Eythora Thorsdottir on Balance Beam

I love a glorious beam worker.

Mostly, I like seeing what gymnasts can do on a four inch (ten centimeter) wide piece of wood.

This is Icelandic born Dutch gymnast, Eythora Thorsdottir on the beam at a meet in Hamburg, Germany.

Is MyKayla Skinner this Quad's Alicia Sacramone?

Recently, young upstart vault and floor worker MyKayla Skinner has taken the USA Gymnastics scene by force. She's gained much attention this year for her powerful floor routine and her extremely powerful left arm.

She's being compared to 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist and former World Champion, Alicia Sacramone. Like her counterpart, Alicia is a strong vaulter and a powerful floor worker and has contributed greatly to team USA on those events. Their similarities do not end there.

Here are some comparisons of these two dynamic athletes:

Nadia Comaneci Get's A Visit From Actress Katie Holmes

Who knew Katie Holmes was a gym fan?

The former Mrs. Tom Cruise paid a visit to the glorious Nadia Comaneci at her and husband Bart Conner's gym in Norman, Oklahoma.  Nadia shared the photos on her Facebook page (below the cut).

Monday, October 20, 2014

Aly Raisman & Gabby Douglas to Return to Training Camp Oct. 23

Two of the Fierce Five Members are returning to the USA Gymnastics scene.

On Thursday, Fierce Five member and Olympic Floor Champion, Aly Raisman posted a text message exchange on her Twitter  account between her and fellow fierce five member and Olympic All-Around Champ, Gabby Douglas.

Australia's Olivia Vivian Does the Splits Between The Bars

Two things to remember about the uneven bars.

1. The distance between the bars has gotten wider as the sport has changed.

2. The current distance between the bars with the current FIG (International Gymnastics Federation; Federation Internationale Gymnastique) standard measurements is between 130 cm to 180 cm (4'3"  to 5'10"). Per Wikipedia.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sam Peszek Training A New Combination on Beam

NCAA season cannot get here soon enough.

A video surfaced today of UCLA Bruin and former Olympian, Samantha Peszek training a new combination on beam.

Simone Biles on the Today Show

After her whirlwind tour de force in Nanning, China at the World Championships, US gymnast and two time world all-around champion, Simone Biles made an appearance on the Today Show.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bruno Grandi Calls for (Another) Code Overhaul

 Following the World Championships in Nanning, China, International Gymnastics Federation President, Bruno Grandi is calling for an(other) overhaul of the current code of points.

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