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Understanding the E-score in Elite Gymnastics: Floor Exercise

In our last part of our series on understanding the E-score in elite gymnastics, we’re focusing on floor exercise, arguably one of the toughest events to minimize deductions on. As a reminder, our summary below is for deductions specific to the apparatus. There are other deductions that the judges may take which are considered “general faults and penalties.” The general faults are things like bent arms/knees, legs crossed during a twisting element, and flexed feet. Landing issues are also included under general faults and incl...

Friday Focus: Maggie O'Hara

.post-content img { padding: 10px; } This week's Friday Focus features Maggie O'Hara, an outstanding level 10 gymnast from Southeastern Gymnastics Center. O'Hara most recently competed at JO Nationals where she scored a 37.9 for seventh place in Senior A. She also earned a 9.65 for second place on bars. Earlier this season she competed at the prestigious Nastia Liukin Cup where she placed sixth all-around. O'Hara has committed to the University of Michigan where she will join the team in the fall of 2016.  If you weren’t doing gymna...

Brazilian Gymnasts Suspended For Racial Remarks

Three members of the Brazilian National Team have been suspended due to racial comments caught on video, according to BBC.  Arthur Nory Mariano, Fellipe Arakawa, and Henrique Flores made comments to teammate Angelo Assumpcao that were posted on Nory's SnapChat story. They were filmed saying a smart phone screen is white when working and black when broken, and that grocery store bags are white and trash bags black.   There was a second video posted where they say the comments were a joke. Assumpcao appears in this second...

Olympians Bid Farewell To David Letterman

The Late Show host David Letterman retired after 33 years hosting one of the most popular evening television shows and Olympians bid farewell to him on social media.  #tbt special memories. Thanks David we wish u the best 💗 @mckaylamaroney @gabrielledoug @jordyn_wieber @kyla_ross96 pic.twitter.com/sXDpdqokw4 — Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) May 21, 2015 Check out more posts from Olympians on Olympic Talk.

Polls: The New Olympic Format

This past week has been monumental in the future of the sport of gymnastics. The FIG passed controversial changes to the Olympic qualifications that reduce the team size from five to four and add the opportunity of two more gymnasts from the top countries to qualify. Numerous high-profile gymnasts and officials have voiced their concerns with the new system. Many other gymnastics fans have expressed outrage and over 3,500 people have signed the petition on Change.org to reverse the changes.  We want to hear from you: do you like the new Ol...

The New Olympic Qualifications And Team Format - FIG Posts A Q&A

After the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) passed a controversial change cutting the Olympic team size from five to four, gymnasts and gymnastics fans were shocked and disappointed, many claiming that FIG was out to ruin the sport. FIG was closed-mouthed on the issue and didn't release much information... until today. FIG posted a "Q and A on the new Olympic qualification system in Gymnastics" where they explain the reasoning behind and defend the new changes. The article starts with the burning question - "Does the FIG really want few...

Star Runner Christina Aragon Considers Herself A Gymnast First

Christina Aragon of Billings, Mont. started her stand-out season with a win at the Stanford Invitational. (Kirby Lee, Image of Sport) By Johanna Gretschel for MileSplit Matthew Maton from Summit, Ore. became the sixth prep in history to break four minutes in the mile two weeks ago. Pundits nationwide expect Grand Blanc, Mich. senior Grant Fisher to do the same before season's end. The mystique of the sub-four minute mile is always a popular topic of conversation for the nation's top high school boys. But it's not just boys setting records in t...

Aki Hummel Returns To Utah Gymnastics Staff

Press release via Utah Athletics: Aki Hummel, a Utah assistant gymnastics coach from 1993-2005, has rejoined the staff as a volunteer assistant coach, co-head coaches Tom Farden and Megan Marsden announced today.   Hummel's primary duty will be assisting with the uneven bars--an event where he coached Ute NCAA champions Sandy Woolsey in 1994 and Angie Leonard in 1999.   "Aki Hummel has a reputation as one of the best bar coaches in the country and we're delighted he was interested in coming back as a volunteer assistant coach," said ...

Top 10 NCAA Coaches Named

Following the conclusion of the 2015 NCAA Gymnastics Season, let’s take a look at the Top 10 Coaches (According to collegead.com). These 10 coaches not only had a successful 2015, but have had a very successful tenure with their university. Thogether these 10 coaches have a total of 7 National Championships  and 14 National Coaches of the Year Awards. Note- these top outstanding coaches are not listed in any particular order, along with the list containing 11 coaches Although not on this list, two top coaches have announced shocking...

USA Men's Pan American Games Team Named

The USA Men's Pan American Games Team has been named by USAG, pending approval from the United States Olympic Committee. The 2015 Pan Am Games will be held July 10-26 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Below are the gymnasts who have been named to the team: Sam Mikulak John Orozco Donnell Whittenburg Paul Ruggeri Marvin Kimble Andriy Stepanchenko of the U.S. Olympic Training Center and Kurt Golder from the University of Michigan have been named to the coaching staff.  Pan Am Games schedule: July 11: men's podium training July 12: women's podium...

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