Archive for March 28th, 2009

A propos smiles in gymnastics…

March 28, 2009

Is there any competitor in the sport of gymnastics, who will be able to hold a candle to Irina Risenson (ISR)?

On the carpet…

Click play or watch it on YouTube!

…and off the carpet – she always gives us a beautiful smile!

Click play or watch it on YouTube!

I really would love to see more smiles in womens artistic gymnastics 🙂

Or do you prefer the serious look?

Anamaria Tamirjan (ROU)
Andreea Acatrinei (ROU)

(photo via

A bit of Aerobic Gymnastics

March 28, 2009

I´m doing aerobic on a very low level compared to what the elite shows us at competitions. As artistic, rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics, aerobic gymnastics belongs to the FIG.

Here is Marcela Lopez (BRA) at the Suzuki World Cup last year, where she easily won. She is the 2006 and 2008 World Champion.

She has such a positive and energetic attitude, I like how she always smiles during the routine :-)!

Click here to watch it on YouTube.

The FIG published an interesting interview with Marcela on her profile site.

What is your background in sport? Did you begin your career in gymnastics or in another sport?
I started with classical ballet at the age of 4; one year later, I moved to rhythmic dance and jazz dance. Overall, I had about 12 years of classical ballet, 5 years of rhythmic dance as well as 8 years of jazz dance. I began to explore aerobics for the first time at the age of 10. As you well know, aerobics is just a step away from capoeira, our national sport that I have now been practicing for 8 years. Still today, I am very fond of all these disciplines.

Click here to see the profile and read the rest of the interview!

More Cottbus photos!

March 28, 2009

Since several years, I enjoy watching photos from national and international competitions in Germany on a really nice internet site, called

The owner, Bernhard Schwall, took and takes beautiful gymnastics pictures on events as the Pre-Olympic-Youth-Cup, the German Championships, the German Bundesliga, the Leverkusen-Cup or the recent World Cup in Cottbus.

Lu Sui won gold on floor last weekend.

Lu Sui (CHN) won gold on floor last weekend.

Lieke Wevers (NED) invented a new element on uneven bars ;-)!

Lieke Wevers (NED) invented a new element on uneven bars ;-)!

Take a look!

He photographs figure skating and rock´n´roll competitions, as well.

WOGA report about child care license

March 28, 2009

Gymnastics Coaching recently reported about a new bill, which could weaken heavily the sport of gymnastics in Texas, USA:

“Cliffnotes: a senator is getting a bill voted on soon that would require facilities where kids train more than 10 hours a week to be child care licensed. All the ways that would impact gyms, coaches, athletes, and parents are listed below …”

Read the full entry.

Texas Cable News covers these news with an article & a television report from the WOGA training center in Plano.

Ivana Hong

For a few seconds, you can see Ivana Hong training in the gym and hear what she thinks:

“We just want to come here and train,” said 2008 Olympic alternate Ivana Hong. “This is nothing like a day care at all.”