Best Acro Routines in 2012

October 21, 2012

2012 isn’t quite over, but acro season is… at least the big competitions, the World Cups and World Championships. Though I’m quite sure we will see some fantastic performances at numerous gym galas in Europe, I already compiled my favourite competitive routines from 2012.


Mixed Pair: Laure de Pryck / Nicolas Vleeshouwers (BEL) at Worlds with their combined routine. Such an artistic pair!

Women’s Pair: Anastasiya Melnychenko / Kateryna Sytnikova (UKR) at Worlds with their very elegant balance routine.

Women’s Group: Aigul Shaikhutdinova / Ekaterina Stroynova / Ekaterina Loginova (RUS) at Worlds with their combined routine. Their choreography isn’t one of my favourites but the elements are amazing.

Men’s Pair: Alexei Dudchenko / Konstantin Pilipchuk (RUS) at Worlds with their combined routine. I love how they incorporate some ironic choreo and even share a smile.

Junior Women’s Group: Julie van Gelder / Ineke Van Schoor / Laure Maes (BEL) at World Age Games with their balance routine. They are such great dancers.

Junior Mixed Pair: Hanna Shymanovich / Raman Kavalchuk (BLR) at European Championships 2011 with their balance routine – they didn’t compete at 2012 Worlds but in my opinion their routine is exceptional artistic, that’s why they still make the list.

Do you have a favourite acro routine?

German Gymnasts Post-Olympics: Seitz, Bui, Chuso and more

October 20, 2012

This year, the German Bundesliga didn’t start until the Olympics were finished. Two weeks ago the first competition (of altogether three + one big final) was held in Stuttgart where gymfans could see some familiar faces.

Kim Bui competed on all four events, here she is on floor and bars:


Elisabeth Seitz on floor:

Janine Berger, 4th at the Olympics, on vault:

Lisa-Katharina Hill on floor:

Marie-Sophie Hindermann is back, at least on floor and bars:


And even Maike Roll with her wonderful toepoint is back and competed this time for TSV Tittmoning (2nd Bundesliga), on beam and bars:

Last but not least: Oksana Chusovitina who competed all-around in Regionalliga for TV Herkenrath:





Just another leotard post

May 27, 2012

I just found the perfect leotards for Nastia and Catalina in the Olympics Beam Final. I guess, Nastias solid routine from the U. S. Secret inspired me…


Krisztian Berki shines on Pommel Horse

May 27, 2012

Men’s Pommel Horse is not exactly my favourite event to watch. But Krisztian Berki (HUN) delivered not only an incredible difficult routine at the European Championships EFs, held today (27th May 2012) in Montpellier, he’s extremely elegant, too. Look at his long (white) legs doing those flares!

Click play or watch his gold-medal-winning routine on YouTube:

He defeated Louis Smith (GBR) with 15.985 to 15.775 – same D-Score but better execution (9.058 compared to Smith’s 8.875). Harutyum Merdinyan (ARM) came third with 15.300 (6.4).

Spelbound’s Olympic Routine

May 27, 2012

And here we have more acrobatic gymnastics…

A couple of weeks ago, Spelbound performed to “A Moment like this” an Olympics-inspired routine. As always, they had excellent execution and good choreography. Watch it to the very end!

Click play or watch Spelbound on YouTube:

Does anyone know whether they’ll also perform at the Opening (or Closing) Ceremony of the actual Olympic Games??

REAL artistry in gymnastics II

May 27, 2012

Once again, I was stunned by the artistry in acrobatic gymnastics. And I guess, this won’t be the last time. Here we have the newly crowned World Champions in acrobatic gymnastics, who even defeated veterans Revan Gurgendize and Tatiana Okulova from Russia at this years Worlds in Orlando.

Click play or watch mixed pair Nicolas Vleeshouwers and Laure de Pryck from Belgium on YouTube:

Tailor-made suits for German Athletes

May 27, 2012

Bogner, the official (and first-time) supplier for the German Olympic athletes, proudly announced to equip the German Olympic team with tailor-made suits.

Here are the German gymnasts Marcel Nguyen (including six-pack), Sebastian Krimmer and Thomas Taranu at the fitting:

(via turn-news)

Gymnastics goes Fashion

May 27, 2012

Back in December I posted one single Chanel ad from the spring campaign. But there were a lot more models doing gymnastics-things over the ocean. See for yourself:


Now, I’m dreaming about a CHANEL leotard…

See the whole campaign.

Hambüchen All-Around: 26.05.12

May 27, 2012

It’s great to be able to follow Hambüchen’s way back to old strength due to his new habit to post every few weeks more training material on YouTube!

Click play or watch his AA test (26th May 2012) on YouTube:

As he writes, his floor and vault aren’t quite there yet. But still, an Amanar/Shewfelt with 6.6 D-Score might not be enough in a field where other top-all-arounders have 7.0 vaults.

Generations of Gymnasts

April 11, 2012

Germany might bring the team with the widest range of ages to the Olympics. Nadine Jarosch turns 17 in a few weeks; Oksana Chusovitina will be 37 in London – 20 years lie between them. But they seem to get along quite well…