Gymnastics Ramblings


Gymnastics and Gymnastics Ramblings and Gymnasts27 Nov 2007 06:14 pm

So apparently the choice for the best Bar Worker of All Time should have been easy. Everyone has been casting their vote for Khorkina. She accepts your vote of confidence.

Svetlana Khorkina, RUS

In honor of her clear victory here, I decided to post one of her best routines (there were, of course, many to choose from). This is from the 2000 Olympic Events Finals, where she took home the gold.

Gymnastics and Gymnastics Ramblings and Top Ten26 Nov 2007 06:08 pm

My apologies for the lack of posts recently. I have been completely consumed revamping my website for work. Now that it’s pretty much up and running, I’m back in action here on p10.

So my all-time favorite Bar Worker… It’s a toss up. I’m having a much harder time choosing one with Bars. Beam was no contest. But I keep thinking of so many incredible Bar workers. So I decided to make this a Top Ten list. In no particular order…

Jamie Dantzscher performing a Gienger

  1. Tatiana Lisenko, UKR – Great rhythm
  2. Nadia Comaneci, ROM – Beautiful form
  3. Jamie Danztscher, USA – Incredible swing (more…)
Gymnastics and Gymnastics Ramblings and Gymnasts19 Oct 2007 12:27 pm

I’ve been reading on the other gymnastics blogs and sites lately that people are starting to worry about Shawn Johnson. The concern seems to be that all the media attention will ruin her game, that all the talk shows and appearances and interviews will distract her and ultimately place too much pressure on her.

While I see why this might be a concern and I certainly understand from where the sentiment stems (Kim Zmeskal in 1992, Vanessa Atler in 2000, etc), I’m not sure the gymnastics community should be so uneasy about the attention on Johnson. She has had an unbelievable year. She’s undefeated on the world and national level. It’s unlikely she will ever have such a magical year again. If she does have another such year, wonderful. If not, let’s let her enjoy this one for all it’s worth.

Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Steve Pope

Gymnastics Ramblings and Gymnasts16 Oct 2007 02:04 pm

To my knowledge Cheng Fei of China, the reigning Olympic and World Vault Champion has only competed on Vault, Beam and Floor in the past few years. Why is that? Why isn’t she an All Around gymnast? You would think that it’s because she is significantly sub par on Bars and has therefore been relegated to a position on the Chinese National Team as a specialist. Now, granted she may not be quite up to the Chinese standard on Bars but she’s certainly not bad by any stretch of the imagination. Check out this youtube video of her as a junior in 2003.

As you can see she certainly has the technique and body line to be fantastic on Bars. And supposing she was only so-so on this event she would still be a threat for All Around gold in any competition she entered. Don’t believe me? Check out her Beam performance from the recent Shanghai World Cup earlier this year.

She scored a 16.10 and won the gold for that routine (and rightfully so). So why doesn’t she compete Bars? Anyone know?

Competitions and Gymnastics and Gymnastics Ramblings03 Jun 2007 05:15 pm

Courtney McCool at the 2004 Athen Olympic Games

If you haven’t read the Ziert Alert from April’s International Gymnast, you should. Paul Ziert, publisher of International Gymnast magazine, as per usual, does not hesitate to call it like he sees it. While I don’t always agree with Ziert, I really like his style. Despite the fact that they might not be popular, he isn’t afraid to make his opinions known. April’s edition of International Gymnast is no exception.

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Competitions and Gymnastics and Gymnastics Ramblings10 May 2007 10:21 pm

So as promised, here is a follow up to my earlier post on the 2007 USAG Women’s Collegiate Championships. There is not too much to say, really. I enjoyed the competition but not overly so. It was definitely not the same caliber as a Division I competition but still a worthwhile Friday night outing. Here are some of my thoughts and impressions…

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Competitions and Gymnastics and Gymnastics Ramblings19 Apr 2007 12:58 pm

One of the hard things (among many) of moving away from Santa Barbara was that I would no longer be near UCLA for some amazing collegiate gymnastics competitions. It was great being able to drive down to Westwood for some incredible performances by one of the top teams (2006 season notwithstanding) in the nation. 2007 UCLA Team Celebrating their victory at the Pac-10s (more…)

Gymnastics and Gymnastics Ramblings and Gymnasts20 Feb 2007 10:01 am

What does Sean Townsend have to do to cut a break? I know that I am not as knowledgeable about Men’s Gymnastics and that there must be reasons behind this… but the US Men’s Team for the American Cup was just announced and Sean Townsend was not one of the athletes named to compete. He just won the Winter Cup. Doesn’t that count for something?

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Did he not want to compete in this competition? Has he been injured in the last week and a half? I have absolutely nothing against the men who were named, who are all outstanding competitors, but shouldn’t Sean get the nod in light of his recent performance?

Somebody please explain the reasoning behind this.

Gymnastics and Gymnastics Ramblings and Gymnasts19 Feb 2007 07:41 pm

Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of both Paul and Morgan Hamm. When Paul won the All Around gold medal at the 2003 World Championships, I came unglued. It was one of my rare opportunities to see a live event and Paul Hamm sure delivered one exciting show. Even my husband jumped out of his seat when Paul landed his High Bar dismount. And 2004… I know it was tainted by all the controversy but Paul’s performance goes down as one of my all-time favorites. It was the best comeback of all time. Even my parent’s were in tears, who came to visit just to watch the Olympics with me. It was magic.

Paul (left)  & Morgan (right) in Athens

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Gymnastics and Gymnastics Ramblings08 Nov 2006 04:15 pm

3 things I dislike in the world of Gymnastics…

  1. Tank leotards in competition. They seem unprofessional. Call me old-fashioned but I just don’t like it. I know that some athletes think a sleeveless look will give them longer lines and make them more aesthetically appealing to the audience and judges. (more…)

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