Pre-American Cup Workout Wednesday with Jordyn Wieber and Twistars USA
*This was the most watched Workout Wednesday in 2011. Jordyn Wieber went on to be the 2011 World Champion* This week's gymnastics workout video features one of the top gymnasts in the world, USA National team member Jordyn Wieber, and her teammates at Gedderts Twistars USA. This workout was filmed on February 26th as Jordyn was preparing to be the alternate for the 2011 American Cup, but just 3 days later she got the call that she'd been added to the field and is expected to compete this weekend. Jordyn's teammate, junior international elite and 2010 JO National Champion Grace Williams is preparing for this weekend's 2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, and the level 10's are preparing to defend their Michigan State title yet again. Check out a typical workout with coach John Geddert and one of the top club teams in the nation and be sure to watch Jordyn and Grace this weekend in Jacksonville for the 2011 American Cup on Saturday and the Nastia Cup on Friday.
Workout Wednesday with the 2011 World Champions: Team USA Women
This week's gymnastics workout video is possibly the most impressive workout video featured yet on Gymnastike - featuring the 2011 World Champions in training just 24 hours before their decisive victory in the 2011 World Championships Team Finals where they hit every routine and made history by defeating the Russians by four points. Watch how the American team trains for competitions under National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi. Team USA had an extremely successful World Championships by winning numerous medals: Team Gold, All Around Gold for Jordyn Wieber, Vault Gold for McKayla Maroney, Beam bronze for Jordyn Wieber, and Floor bronze for Alexandra Raisman. Gymnasts in this video: Jordyn Wieber of Twistars USA, Alexandra Raisman of Brestyan's, McKyala Maroney of AOGC, Gabrielle Douglas of Chow's, Sabrina Vega of Dynamic Gymnastics, and Anna Li of Legacy Elite and formerly of UCLA. 2008 Olympian Alicia Sacramone was a member of the 2011 World team but was injured before the start of competition in Tokyo. Nov 9, 2011
GBR (Beth Tweddle)
*This routine by Beth Tweddle was honored as the "Best Routine of 2011 to miss a medal" in our Best of 2011 series. Let's take one last look at Beth Tweddle's stunning uneven bar routine as she trained it before the World Championships where a small mistake kept her out of finals. Watch for Beth to medal, or even win, the Olympic uneven bars title in London.* Defending World Uneven Bar Champion Beth Tweddle of Britain trains her new bar routine before the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo.
World Championships Workout: Team Russia
This week's gymnastics workout video features the 2011 World silver medalists and 2010 World Champions, Team Russia. Gymnastike takes you inside their training session in Tokyo, just 24 hours before the 2011 World Championships Team Final where the finished 2nd behind Team USA. The Russians had a successful World Championships but were not totally satisfied with how they fared in Tokyo. First year senior Viktoria Komova led the team with high start values and beautiful artistry but fell just short of the all around gold, finishing less than a tenth behind Jordyn Wieber for the silver. Komova went on to dominate the uneven bars final, her best event, and claimed the World title with teammate Tatiana Nabieva winning the silver. The fifth and final medal won by the Russians in Tokyo was a gold medal on floor for team veteran Ksenia Afanasyeva. Gymnasts in this video: Viktoria Komova, Tatiana Nabieva, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Yulia Inshina, Yulia Belokobylskaya, and team alterante Alyona Polyan. Head coach is Alexander Alexandrov. Music by the Kyoto Connection
Germany (Elisabeth Seitz) - New Skill! - PT
*This skill was honored as "New Skill of the Year" in Gymnastike's Best of 2011 series. The skill was successfully named as "The Seitz", valued as an E, and has been added into the FIG Code of Points. This was the first element in 26 years to be named after a German gymnast.* Elisabeth Seitz of Germany on bars during World Championships 2011 podium training. This is one of the most unique bar routines being competed at this year's World Championships with an original skill, a full twisting Maloney and a def! If Seitz successfully competes the full twisting Maloney here in Tokyo, she will get the skill officially named for her in the FIG Code of Points.
Romania (Catalina Ponor) PT
*Gymnastike covered podium training at many of the top elite competitions this season, and this was the most viewed podium training video in 2011* 2004 Olympic Beam and Floor Champion Catalina Ponor is back and looked very promising in podium training with the Romanian team at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo. Here is her beam routine. She also threw a piked full in dismount with ease later on in the rotation.
Jordyn Wieber is 2011 World All Around Champion
Jordyn Wieber of USA edged Viktoria Komova of Russia for the elusive World All Around title tonight in Tokyo. Wieber had an uncharacteristic error on her bar routine but came back with an excellent performance on beam and a dynamic floor routine. Jordyn Wieber Wieber joins Kim Zmeskal (1991), Shannon Miller (1993-94), Chellsie Memmel (2005), Shawn Johnson (2007) and Bridget Sloan (2009) as U.S. women who have won the World all-around title.
USA (Alicia Sacramone)
Alicia Sacramone of Team USA training her floor routine before the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo. More videos of Team USA and other countries will be uploaded throughout the day
World Championships Workout: China
This week's gymnastics workout video takes us back to the training halls in Tokyo at the 2011 World Championships. Watch how the defending Olympic Champions prepare for a competition. This workout was filmed on October 10, the day before the 2011 women's World Team Final. The Chinese team made a few errors and settled for the team bronze medal for the second year in a row. Later in the week, Yao Jinnan won the all around bronze medal, and Sui Lu was crowned 2011 Balance beam World Champion. Gymnasts in this video: He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan, Tan Sixin, Yao Jinnan, Huang Qiushuang, and Sui Lu.
Romania (Catalina Ponor) PT
Fun Facts with Team USA Gymnast John Orozco
John Orozco of Team USA shares some fun facts about himself after placing 5th in the World in tonight's World All Around Finals in Tokyo
USA (Alexandra Raisman)
USA (McKayla Maroney) - vault 1 PT
World Championships Podium Training Vault of the Day: McKayla Maroney of USA doing her yurchenko 2.5 twist
Martha Karolyi on the Selection of the USA Women's World Team
USA National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi explains her selection of the 2011 USA Women's World Championships team. She and the selection committee picked the team last night at the conclusion of 2 selection camps at the Karolyi Ranch. The 7 girls who will travel to Tokyo for the 2011 World Championships are: Alicia Sacramone, Jordyn Wieber, Alexandra Raisman, Anna Li, McKayla Maroney, Gabrielle Douglas, and Sabrina Vega. Shawn Johnson has been named the non-traveling alternate and also selected to the 2011 Pan American Games which will take place in Mexico the week after World Championships. Karolyi talks about the strategy in her team selection, the the depth of the US across each event, the plan for uneven bars, and why she left former World Champions Shawn Johnson, Chellsie Memmel and Bridget Sloan off the 2011 team.
Martha Karolyi on Worlds & 2012 Olympic Trials
USA Gymnastics National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi reflects on the 2011 World Championships for Team USA and shares some interesting news about the 2012 USA Olympic Trials - the 2012 USA Gymnastics team will be announced live at the Trials! At this year's World Championships, the USA women the Team GOLD, All Around GOLD for Jordyn Wieber, Vault GOLD for McKayla Maroney, Beam BRONZE for Jordyn Wieber, and Floor BRONZE for Alexandra Raisman.
World Championships Workout: Team Romania
This week's gymnastics workout video features one of the most legendary gymnastics programs in the world, Team Romania and coach Octavian Belu. This workout was filmed in Tokyo just 24 hours before the 2011 World Championships Team Final where Romania finished in fourth. Despite having high expectations coming into Tokyo, the Romanian team left without a single medal. Their eyes are firmly set on the 2012 London Olympics and getting reigning Olympic floor champion Sandra Izbasa healthy. 2004 Olympic beam and floor Champion Catalina Ponor began training just six months prior to the World Championships and looked fantastic in Tokyo. She will likely lead the team in London. Gymnasts in this video: Catalina Ponor, Ana Porgras (2010 World Beam Champion), Diana Chelaru, Diana Bulimar, Raluca Haidu, and Amelia Racea.
USA (Anna Li)
Anna Li of Team USA trains her bar routine in the Yoyogi Training Hall during the 2011 World Championships
USA (Gabrielle Douglas)
USA (Jordyn Wieber)
Viktoria Komova of Russia, Disappointed after Finishing 2nd at World Championships
Viktoria Komova of Russia was 1st all around on the qualification day of the Tokyo World Championships, but fell short in tonight's all around Final. It was a heated battle until the final rotation with fellow first year senior Jordyn Wieber of the United States. Komova lost the gold to Wieber by the slightest margin, 0.033 tenths of a point.