Archive for February, 2010

A clip for now and then: (23)

February 23, 2010

Yesterday, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the Olympic Gold medal in Ice Dance with an amazing performance. They wowed me. Congratulations!

I’m sure you will find their dance somewhere in the World Wide Web. And maybe you want to take a look at another “dance”…

Click play or watch it on YouTube:

Thank you, Italy!

February 22, 2010

The Couch Gymnast linked to illabrilla’s YouTube Channel, who uploaded many routines from the Italian Series A – Firenze Meet. I jumped at the opportunity and really enjoyed watching some pretty amazing (choreography-wise, not difficulty-wise) routines. And that’s why I want to thank Bella Italia! I want to thank them for…

  1. their “real” (press handstand) beam mounts
  2. their way to get up on the beam (at least 180 split or even nearly a handstand position)
  3. their fearless presentation of difficult turns (on beam & floor)
  4. their beautiful and detailed floor choreographies

You HAVE to watch these routines!

Elisabetta Preziosa on beam (YouTube). She starts with a beautiful press handstand + she is doing the turn Semenova does (leg bwd at horizontal) but holds her feet during the turn – I couldn’t find it in the CoP; (and her tumbling isn’t bad either).

I also really liked her floor routine (YouTube).

Emily Armi on floor (YouTube). The little powerhouse knows how to dance and entertain the audience! She shows Tsukahara, double back tucked, salto fwd strechted with step-out into roundoff 2.5 twists bwd (haven’t seen this tumbling pass before), double back piked.

Erika Fasana isn’t bad either (YouTube). She sticks her landings (Tsukahara, double back tucked) and keeps up with the energetic music.

To see more videos of Vanessa Ferrari, Andrea Foti or Paola Galante visit illabrilla’s YouTube Channel!

Behind the 2009 U.S. Worlds Team

February 21, 2010

Follow Rebecca Bross, Ivana Hong, Bridget Sloan and Kayla Williams on a new episode of “Behind the team” (at&t) and see them at a hockey game, a cheerleading competition, a breakfast+interview thing, an autograph session and a level 5 meet (doing even some routines)!

Which girl will be again in the (2010) U.S. Worlds Team?

Pin-up gymnast Caroline Weber

February 21, 2010

The Austrian “Sportmagazin” featured one of Austria’s most successful athletes – the 23 years old rythmic gymnast Caroline Weber – in their current issue. ┬áA really interesting article/interview + a (really interesting) ­čÖé pin-up photoshoot in latex-“clothes” take altogether eight pages, whereas the article is only on the last page. Caroline speaks about her training (30-40 hours/week: rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, fitness, running, swimming), the bad conditions in Austria for her barely known sport (“Maybe more people would appreciate my sport, if men would do it, too.”), her favourite routine (ribbon – the strong air conditioners especially in Asia sometimes can be a problem when they influence the apparatus), her boyfriend Alexander and the high prices for their leotards (1000 Euros)…

And the pictures? Well, just take a look at two of them & if you like what you see click here for the complete report (photos + article in German)!

(via – the company, which made the clothes for the shoot)

Nadia Comaneci International Invitational 2010

February 19, 2010

At last years competition, Sandra Izbasa (1st place) and Yana Demyanchuk (2nd; Floor) pleased us with their performances and Romania won over the Ukraine.

The Nadia Comaneci International Invitational 2010 (February 19-21) will take place at the Cox arena in Oklahoma City.

+ Nastia Liukin will give her tv broadcasting debut!

International Gymnast has a complete list of the international gymnasts + live coverage.


Canada dominated the meet:

Kristina Vaculik was the senior champion, topping Angelina Kysla (Ukraine) and Jessica Lopez (Venezuela). Riley Cholod won the junior title over Krystyna Sankova (Ukraine) and Romania’s Georgiana Gheorghe (Romania).”

Money, money, money!!

February 19, 2010

Elite gymnasts in the German Bundesliga┬áfrom the┬á TurnTeamToyota K├Âln suffer from the latest crisis in the automotive industry. Toyota didn’t renew their contract with the club. Oksana Chusovitina and her teammates might not be able to start next season without the financial support of Toyota. They are desperately searching for a new sponsor.

Welt Online (German)

And so does the EnBW Turn-Team Stuttgart. EnBW didn’t renew the sponsorship, too. This might be the club’s last season competing in the Bundesliga. And while the Stuttgart coaches and athletes worry about their future, KTV Straubenhardt (Fabian Hamb├╝chen, Maxim Deviatovsky) tries to entice their best gymnasts away from the Stuttgart club.

Esslinger Zeitung (German)

Kim Bui, training at an elite gym in Tuebingen (TSG Tuebingen), has the same problems. Finding sponsors as a gymnast in Germany is quite difficult. The athletes (B-squad) receive 240 Euros (330$) per month (A-squad is slightly higher). But even a Fabian Hamb├╝chen doesn’t earn more money than a normal person, Bui tells a German newspaper.

Stuttgarter Nachrichten (German)

But we shouldn’t forget the good news: Erima just renewed their sponsorships with athletes like Matthias Fahrig, Thomas Andergassen, Fabian Hamb├╝chen and Kim Bui (!). So all has not been said and done…

DTB (German)

Oh no, Joeline M├Âbius retires!

February 18, 2010

That’s not a good week for German gymnastics. Joeline M├Âbius announced her retirement from gymnastics just after Kim Bui injured herself. After the Olympic Games in Beijing (where she competed on FX & BB) she always had several little injuries or diseases, so her parents decided she should quit elite gymnastics. Now 17 years old Joeline M├Âbius will focus on her education. The four-time German Junior Champion & the current German Champion on beam perhaps had her brightest moment at the 2008 American Cup where she finished 5th just behind the strong US-girls.

Let’s take a look at her improvement:

2005 German Championships – FX


2008 Tyson American Cup – (even Martha congratulated her on this FX-routine)


Wanna meet Hamb├╝chen? Chew gum!

February 18, 2010

Eight gymnasts showed their incredible talent at the German tv show “Wetten, dass…?” by skipping together with a self-chewed gum-rope. And they won a meeting with Fabian Hamb├╝chen! If I only had known…

Click play or watch it on YouTube:

A clip for now and then: (22)

February 18, 2010

Remember the Olympic year when the later Romanian Gold-Girl Sandra Izbasa wowed everyone with an incredible high score on floor at the European Championships? From this day forth she was a real contender for the Olympic title. She won with this amazing routine and lived happily ever after :-).

Click play or watch it on YouTube:

Rythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix series 2010

February 18, 2010

Last year, Evgenia Kanaeva won every gold medal at the Moscow Grand Prix. Will she be able to repeat it with her new routines?