Archive for February 22nd, 2011

The Gymnastics McLaughlin Group #7

February 22, 2011

This week it’s all about the balance beam, Katelyn Ohashi’s 6.9 D-Score, her piked full-in dismount and the question: How do you feel about modifying the balance beam (making the end wider)?

Apparently not everyone liked the idea. Here’s what I had to say.

First, it looks really strange and somehow malformed. Second, gymnasts could do harder tricks and that’s why they would have to do harder tricks — double backs would certainly be downgraded. Third, it would have to be forbidden to step or land on this part of the beam during a routine (except for the dismount). Fourth, maybe we would see triple backs or quadruple twists in competition. Fifth, vault, floor and the uneven bars all changed a lot in the past, only the good old beam is still the same — so, yeah, let’s give it a try, maybe starting the experiment after the 2012 Olympics?!

But there’s one thing I would like to add: The argument, it would be safer for gymnasts to have a wider end of the beam, is not very convincing. In the last years, I can think of only one gymnast who fell on the dismount because she didn’t get the feet on the beam – Anja Brinker (ECh 2007, AA). By the way, it would be also interesting to check, if gymnasts fall more often on the UB dismount, FX dismount or BB dismount. So, if the beam would be modified, it would be only because we want to see more difficult dismounts. Rethinking the whole thing, I’m not sure if that’s what I really want…

Read the whole discussion at Gymnastics Examiner!

US girls come to Germany!(?)

February 22, 2011

When I reported about the German plans for this year, I wrote about a friendly meet between Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland on March 19th, which will serve as Germany’s second trials for the European Championships in April. Apparently, the USA will join them in Chemnitz (GER) – I’m wondering why they don’t come one week earlier and participate in the Challenger World Cup in Cottbus?! And according to the calendar of the German Gymnastics Federation, Great Britain will compete instead of the Netherlands.

So there’ll be: GBR – GER – SUI – USA

UPDATE: Veronica left a comment linking to a friendly meet between ITA-JPN-RUS-USA in Italy at the very same day. So I guess, the US team will definitely come to Europe. Not to Germany but to Italy. The calendar doesn’t seem to be up to date… we’ll see.

UPDATE: Now it’s official, the following countries will compete in Chemnitz: GBR – GER – SUI – ESP – NED

Tokyo 2011 Movie

February 22, 2011

The first trailer/movie/video for the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo was already released last year. Now you can watch a second, new movie on the official website which features the always elegant Rie Tanaka and Kohei Uchimura in slow-motion and the top competitors in the world – motto: Just be cool!

Watch both on 2011tokyo!

The music ‘Just be cool!’ for the trailer comes from The Bawdies. Click play or watch the Japanese rock band on YouTube:

Gerner defeats Tolle and Hindermann

February 22, 2011

The Dutch organized the 15th ‘Sidijk Gymnastics Tournament’ in Heerenveen last weekend (19th-20th February). Celine van Gerner (53.000) won over Pia Tolle (52.050) and Giulia and Marie-Sophie Hindermann (both 51.750). Marta Pihan-Kulesza from Poland placed fifth, Kim Bui competed only bars (13.500) and beam (12.650). On the men’s side, Helge Vammen beat Thomas Neuteelers and Norwegian Espen Jansen.

Tolle, Gerner, Hindermann

Epke Zonderland competed only on PB and HB

results – women & men

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