1. erikafasana:

    dolly-z:

    Aliya Mustafina completed ALS ice bucket challenge 👍😂

    WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE

    Wait and she nominated Bee Farm, Spiridonova and … who??

     


  2. spotlightgymnastics said: Thank you so much for your answer!

    No worries :)

     


  3. Anonymous said: How high do you think Uchimura can score if he goes for broke? What would his competitors need to score to catch him up?

    I can’t really say for sure, because we haven’t seen him put all the different skills he trains together in routines. He’s certainly capable of a more difficult vault (he’s training a Li Xiaoping) and harder individual skills and combinations on PB and HB. I expect he could raise his AA potential by round about a point without compromising his execution, but the question is how that would affect his mental game - I think the reason he’s so calm in competition is because he knows his routines are well within his ability, so it’s whether he could hold it together when he’s working closer to his full capacity. Nonetheless because his E-Scores are just so good, his competitors would have to more than match him in D to catch up. As I’ve said before I kind of want him to keep winning (and some of his competitors have even said they don’t really expect to beat him if he’s on his game) but I look forward to him being challenged by people like Max and Verniaiev (sp? Whatever …).

     


  4. spotlightgymnastics said: I saw your "warning" about Rachel Gowey's 3.5 twists and at that time I just read it and scrolled further down, but now I am amazed at the accuracy of your prediction. Are you a gymnast or a coach yourself? Or just an intelligent gym fan? Do you think that there are any other athletes performing skills that aren't safe at all?

    I’m just a fan, but I think a lot of people noticed those skills looked a bit scary! I think there’s a lot of luck involved with serious injuries though - some gymnasts perform skills they’re obviously not ready for or haven’t perfected with no problems (Kyla’s Amanar springs to mind, and it’s a miracle Paseka’s not snapped her knees off by now) while other people get injured badly doing skills they always looked very capable of, like Gabby Jupp on her double pike beam dismount. Some gymnasts are kind of delicate and others are basically bionic.
    As far as other gymnasts go … I wasn’t at all surprised Sam Oldham ate it on that Dragulescu - the moment I saw the difficulty posted I was like ‘oh crap’ (while on the cross-trainer at the gym, haha). I’m terrified for Kocian because she’s Kocian, and some of Baumann Senior’s tumbling gave me pause at Classics, although from what I’ve seen it looked better this weekend (I haven’t seen the whole comp yet though). That said though I’m not a coach or a physio, and like I said above sometimes shit happens even when a gymnast is really well-prepared.

     

  5. jem-love13:

    Did you say clouds and sunsets?

    (via shuraiya)

     


  6. JNR MAG FACT

    In Junior competition MAG only counts 8 skills per apparatus (except VT) instead of 10 for the Seniors. For anyone watching YOG MAG, this is one of the reasons MAG scores look a lot lower for Juniors. There are also a number of different skill families, like roll-outs on floor, that juniors aren’t allowed to do.

     


  7. jennifer-23:

    elizabethofbohemia:

    maxwhitlocksupporters:

    One of the men Whitlock is set to face at the world championships is Japan’s superstar gymnast Kohei Uchimura. 

    The 25-year-old has won an unprecedented four successive world all-around titles and is widely regarded as the best male gymnast of all time. He is also Whitlock’s idol. 

    “That guy is unbelievable and he won’t be beaten for a long time I think,” Whitlock said. “I’m not looking at trying to beat Uchimura now, I’m looking to get the highest score I can and if I can come close to Uchimura I would be honoured. I would be absolutely honoured.”

    It is weird for me to not want anyone to beat Kohei? I want him to win all the AA comps up to and including Rio and then to become an event specialist for Tokyo …

    Aside from Max I don’t want anyone else to beat him (and thats a dream thing ha!). Kohei’s not even my fave to watch but he’s so obviously the best I don’t know who I’d predict to beat him. Whoever it is I hope they are able to do it on a good performance from Kohei so as to get full enjoyment for it and not have people saying they got lucky on a one off bad day from Kohei

    Yeah, I pretty much agree. I do enjoy Kohei’s form on his three main events (floor, p-bars and high bar) but I’m mostly just in awe of how he’s able to hit under pressure, and have such a consistently high level of gymnastics across all the events (I mean he’s not going to win a world medal on rings or pommels but he usually has one of the highest AA-er scores there …). But I feel like he trains so much more difficulty than he actually competes, which is why I want him to become a specialist so we can actually see, like, the triple-double layout dismount he seems to be able to do basically perfectly.

     


  8. maxwhitlocksupporters:

    One of the men Whitlock is set to face at the world championships is Japan’s superstar gymnast Kohei Uchimura. 

    The 25-year-old has won an unprecedented four successive world all-around titles and is widely regarded as the best male gymnast of all time. He is also Whitlock’s idol. 

    “That guy is unbelievable and he won’t be beaten for a long time I think,” Whitlock said. “I’m not looking at trying to beat Uchimura now, I’m looking to get the highest score I can and if I can come close to Uchimura I would be honoured. I would be absolutely honoured.”

    It is weird for me to not want anyone to beat Kohei? I want him to win all the AA comps up to and including Rio and then to become an event specialist for Tokyo …

    (via stone-faced-sunset)

     

  9. Gymnastics Parallels: Rachel Gowey x Aliya Mustafina 

    The moral of the story being: Rachel should probably change these skills like Aliya did … that 3.5 looks like an ankle injury waiting to happen. The idea of seeing it without the sting mat it makng me cringe a bit

    (Source: warrior-skyscraper, via gabbyjuppobsession)

     

  10. jordynslefteyebrow:

    2014 US Classic parallels: memmel turn

    those inflexible, unartistic robots my god

    Lovely job on the right (Gaskins?). The other though … mmmno

    (Source: hope-strongerthanfear, via gabbyjuppobsession)