Archive for January, 2010

Flexibility & Strength

January 29, 2010

This post is dedicated to the sometimes unbelievable combination of flexibility and strength in the body of a gymnast. Is there another sport besides (acrobatic, aerobic & artistic) gymnastics which demands both abilities? I don´t think so. Well, maybe figure skating? Thinking of the Biellmann spin

The Italians love to perform  “real” beam mounts and that´s why I love them.

paola galante


Here it is: The famous sheep jump. And you can see exactly why it´s worth 0.4 (D).

ethiene franco


Okay, this one is more about the flexibility and toe-point, but I couldn´t resist to put it in.

mercedes alcaide


A basic skill in gymnastics: The split leap demands height & 180°+x.

ksenia afanasyeva


Not the best facial expression but considering her position…

vanessa ferrari


Photos via gymbox & gymnasticsunited!

Wanna save your screen?

January 28, 2010

This is the first post I write from the beautiful city of Vancouver!

And it`s about a new screensaver with German gymnasts.

Download here!

Gymnastics Events 2010

January 22, 2010

Just a short summary of the most important events in aerobic, artistic, acrobatic and rhythmic gymnastics for this year:

  • April, 14-18, Bremen (GER) 26th European Championships
  • April, 21-25, Birmingham (GBR) 32nd European Championships (Men)
  • April, 26-02, Melbourne (AUS) Pacific Rim Championships
  • April, 28-02, Birmingham (GBR) 31st European Championships (Women)
  • June, 18-20, Rodez (FRA) 11th World Championships
  • July, 16-18, Wroclaw (POL) 22th World Championships
  • August, 14-16, Singapur (SIN) 1st Olympic Youth Games
  • September, 19-26, Moscow (RUS) 30th World Championships
  • October, 17-24, Rotterdam (NED) 42nd World Championships

More events on the Gymmedia World Calendar (the link is on the left)!

By the way…

January 22, 2010

FIG informs us about this gymnastics event held in Canada:

“Gymnasts of all ages will getting an upside-down look at the world on Saturday, January 23rd, when they share the experience of performing a handstand at precisely 2 PM, wherever they live in Canada, as part of National Gymnastics Week which runs from January 18-24.
From recreational gymnastics programmes all the way up to national teams in Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline, Gymnastics Canada has over 200,000 individual members, including 20,000 competitive gymnasts and 7,500 certified coaches. An astounding 30 million people are members of their country’s gymnastics federation, making the sport one of the most popular in the world.
“There is room for everyone in this sport, from the recreational gymnast who participates just for fun, to the high performance international competitor who is drawn by the allure of a Gold medal,” says Gymnastics Canada CEO, Jean-Paul Caron of Ottawa.

Will you join them?

By the way, I´m moving to Canada, Vancouver, in four days and not only for the Olympics… I´ll stay there for a longer time. But as I´m still able to read German and write English everything will be the same here on Gymnicetic (maybe some extra posts about the Winter Olympic Games?). I´ll still report about gymnastics in Germany as well as the international gymnastics scene. But unfortunately 😦 I won´t be able to attend the German Championships in artistic gymnastics (just when I leave the city they will be in Berlin) & the Berlin Master (rhythmic gymnastic) this year.

I´m happy about any gymnastics-in-Vancouver or only-Vancouver related tip or advise you have for me. 🙂 It will be my first time in Canada.


January 22, 2010

Check out FlipCatch – It it flips, then I´m into it! It covers parcour, free running, trampoline, stunts, gymnastics & all kinds of amazing, breathtaking tricks!

FlipCatch Blog

Watch this YouTube-video of Chase Armitage. Good stuff.

full post on FlipCatch

Or these self-made Russian high-bar champions on the playground (YouTube):

“We’ve all seen videos that flow from parkour to free-running to tricking, but what about the Gymnasts? Where do they fit in if they want to break all the rules? Clearly Damien Walters has shown that free-running is suitable for Gymnasts, but check this video…”

full post on FlipCatch

Bella Italia!

January 22, 2010

Francesca Benolli

Lia Parolari

Paola Galante

Vanessa Ferrari

Photos via gymbox & gymnasticsunited!

German Gymnastics Schedule 2010

January 16, 2010

German head coach, Ulla Koch, announced the goals for 2010. The members of the national team are: Oksana Chusovitina, Kim Bui, Anja Brinker, Marie-Sophie Hindermann, Joeline Möbius (retired), Elisabeth Seitz and Maike Roll. New seniors Pia Tolle, Giulia Hindermann, Lisa-Katharina Hill and Ruby van Dijk will join the squad.

They will work on higher D-scores but especially on the execution of the routines. New choreographies for the floor exercises as well as an improvement of the girl´s condition are two of the tasks for the beginning of the year.

In order to prepare for the European Championships in Birmingham (GBR) in April and the Worlds in Rotterdam (NED) in October, the team will join the British gymnasts in Lilleshall (GBR) in the early April as well as the US-girls in a training center in Houston in October. One German junior will compete at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapur in August (only one junior gymnast per nation!).

Important Dates for 2010
06.03.                   – 1. JEC- und EC-qualification in Kienbaum
12.-14.03.            – Turnier der Meister (Worldcup) in Cottbus
27.03.                   – 2. JEC- und EC-qualification in Cologne
10./11.04.           – competition GBR – GER in Lilleshall
28.04. – 02.05.   – EC in Birmingham
26.06.                    – junior competition (age 12/13) in France
27.06. – 07.07.  – training camp in USA
15. – 26.08.          – Youth Olympic Games in Singapur
28.08.                    – 1. WC-qualification
11./12.09.            – German Championships in Berlin (2. WC-quali)
25.09.                    – international competition in Schaffhausen
17. – 24.10.          – WC in Rotterdam
12. – 14.11.           – EnBW-Worldcup/ DTB-Pokal  in Stuttgart

external source (German)

Watch Pia Tolle on UB at the 2009 German Junior Championships including a Shaposhnikova, Pak, Jaeger, double front dismount (YouTube):

A clip for now and then: (21)

January 11, 2010

Marina Shpekht (RUS) – Hoop – (best choreography & music) – 2009

Click play or watch it on YouTube:

Do you like pop music for rhythmic or artistic (on FX) gymnastics?

Thoughts about the 2008 U.S. Olympic teams

January 10, 2010

I have a theory about gymnasts and their way to handle a retirement.

Gymnasts are trained for a long time to be focused, to work hard, to have achievable goals, to continue through weal and woe days. This training not only makes them good in gymnastics but also forms their character. Gymnasts – as well as almost all elite athletes –  don´t give up easily. Most of the gymnasts have two reasons to retire: First, they are forced to because of  injuries.  Mostly, it´s not only one injury – they often train in pain – but they receive multiple injuries. They feel painfully that their body can´t handle this hard sport and the “unnatural” movements anymore. And for “older” gymnasts, comebacks after long injury-breaks aren´t done easy while their body doesn´t stop to age. The second reason to retire might be the fact that they achieved (almost all) of their goals. For some gymnasts going to the Olympics and doing one final or the all-around final is the ultimate goal and a great conclusion to their career. Other gymnasts want to win an Olympic gold medal. Having more and more injuries at a higher age or/and having achieved the biggest personal goals might be very good reasons to retire from the sports of gymnastics. Well, that´s just a theory.

But thinking about the well-known 2008 Olympic team for the United States – Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel, Samantha Peszek, Alicia Sacramone & Bridget Sloan – and all the theories and speculations about the future of especially Shawn & Nastia, I came to the theory above and the totally hypothetical conclusion that Shawn Johnson will continue and Nastia Liukin won´t.

Why? Well, Nastia Liukin achieved everything she ever dreamed of. She is an Olympic All-Around Champion. She won several other Olympic and World medals, she has her own tournament named after her (Nastia Liukin Cup), she got a lot of prizes and when I saw her new internet page (Nastia Liukin – Tour of Excellence), on which you can book her for motivational speeches, my opinion was confirmed once again. Don´t get me wrong. I would love to see her back on the competition floor, but I think her achievements are way too complete & perfect.

It´s different with Shawn Johnson. She won nearly everything before the Olympics. But on this one critical night in Beijing she couldn´t beat Nastia. She wanted to be the All-Around Champion – that´s for sure – but she lost. The second place would be amazing for other gymnasts and a really good reason to end a gymnastics career, but for Shawn it must have been a disappointment. Everything is relative – even in gymnastics. If she wouldn´t have won beam and if she couldn´t name herself an Olympic gold medalist (on beam) I would be very sure about her comeback. Nevertheless, I think after her break and her short “tv & show career” she will come back in 2010 or perhaps 2011 to try another Olympics.

Alicia Sacramone is another unfinished chapter as we learned in 2009 when she announced her comeback. Not winning the team gold in Beijing and not having her best performances in the team final aren´t the best conditions for her to finish the sport she did nearly her entire life.

Bridget Sloan didn´t achieve her ulimate goals either. She was too young and didn´t have enough injuries (oh, that sounds a bit sarcastic, which isn´t my intention) to end her career after the Olympics. To be the only one who wasn´t burned out must have been a very good motivation.

And Samantha Peszek and Chellsie Memmel were both injured during the Games. Samantha proved her ability to perform again already at the Nationals 2009. She will do gymnastics in the future as we all know. I´m not sure about Chellsie, but her highlight might have been the 2005 Worlds. All the injuries and her age don´t let me think about a real comeback as an elite gymnast.

Well, that´s it. It´s my subjective opinion and I´m curious if I´m right or wrong. In one year we will know more about the “older” and “younger” generation of gymnastics stars in the United States of America.


Liukin just proved me wrong with her statement on IG.

“Gymnastics is something I have a passion for,” Liukin told IG. “It’s not that I do it because of the sponsors or the opportunities. I do it because I truly love it. Even if you think about the opportunities, there are things I will turn down. But after 2012, there can be bigger and better opportunities, so you have to think of it like that.”

We´ll see…

Happy New Gymnastics Year 2010!

January 2, 2010