March 2008

Dear Perfect10 and Gymnastics28 Mar 2008 05:07 pm

Every month I receive questions from concerned gym parents regarding everything from the safety of gymnastics to what’s best for their child in training. I am in no way an expert but I attempt to answer all their questions in some form or another.

So I thought I would introduce a new category on this blog called Dear Perfect10, where I post these questions (with permission) and my respective responses. I think these parents would appreciate additional feedback from my readers. Please leave comments and add your perspective to the conversations.


Competitions and Gymnastics and Gymnasts13 Mar 2008 06:29 pm

I know that this is late in coming but I haven’t been all that excited about the most recent installment of the American Cup. My husband got home just as the last 5 minutes were rolling and asked excitedly, “So, how was it?!” And I just kind of shrugged and said “eh.” While there were a few highlights, I did not find the competition terribly stimulating. It felt like an exhibition with 4 American Women and The Paul Hamm Show on the side. That being said, here are a few of my (admittedly unenthusiastic) thoughts…

Nastia Liukin, USA

  • Nastia’s new Beam routine is beautiful. I liked everything about it. She changed her leap combos and removed the wolf jump, which I’ve blogged about before. She took out the whip back at the end of her bhs layout step out combo, which allows her form and amplitude on the layout to be more fully appreciated. I dig her new move – it’s basically a Portocarrero to a stand position, ending in a scale. It’s original and looks cool. Her switch ring leap is the best in the business. She actually lands it without the deep bent knee that we see from most other women on this skill. Well done. (more…)
Gymnastics and Gymnasts03 Mar 2008 08:57 pm

I hadn’t heard of Tasha Smith until earlier this year.  She’s a gymnast in her junior year at Oregon State University and she has got some spunk.

Tasha Smith on Floor


She choreographs her own Floor routines and they are really something else.  She’s got her own style and it’s different from the other NCAA floor routines out there.  It’s refreshing and fun to watch.   I mean, seriously, the girl plays the air guitar after her first pass…