More gymnastics love!

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    May 14, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    Well, I just created an account on this site yesterday. I got a little excited seeing gymnastics as a topic here, although then I was slightly saddened to see gymnastics hasn't stirred up many threads, haha.

    Gymnastics has been the only sport I've ever done. It's been my life since I was 9 years old. I no longer train and compete, but I'm working towards becoming a judge. Plus I'm working towards going to to the 2012 Olympics in London as a spectator icon_smile.gif
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    May 15, 2010 2:47 AM GMT
    I still love and pratice the sport when i get the chance and it's cool putting my gymnastics skill to the test while i battle the hip hop guys in the clubs... However there seems to be no breakout gymnasts these days, i'm looking to be wow'd by someone in the sport but where are they?
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    May 15, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    In collegiate or elite?

    Well, collegiate season is already over, although personally I was quite wow'd by UCLA taking the national title this year. They had quite a season (not to mention they really lucked out with Georgia not having a hot season).

    The Stars of the World is currently taking place in Moscow, Russia. One of the highlights of the day were these vaults from Ri Se Gwang of North Korea. Both vaults are unbelievable. His second is a world first.

    Vault 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku3H-aOaAa4

    Vault 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkkQodMQ1_A
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    May 15, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    I think I can understand your frustration or lack of any gymnast wowing you. Much of it has to do with the changing of the scoring system back in 2006. I imagine for casual fans, it's been hard to follow the sport since the perfect 10 is no longer the ultimate score (except in execution, yes).

    As a result of the scoring, gymnasts are doing more difficulty than ever because their difficulty score is open-ended. Guys count the 10 most difficult elements in their routine (women is 8 ). It's really exhausting to watch routines these days, especially men's floor, pommels, and p-bars because they have to do so much nowadays. More skills + more difficulty = more mistakes.
  • jgymnast733

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    May 15, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidIn collegiate or elite?

    Well, collegiate season is already over, although personally I was quite wow'd by UCLA taking the national title this year. They had quite a season (not to mention they really lucked out with Georgia not having a hot season).

    The Stars of the World is currently taking place in Moscow, Russia. One of the highlights of the day were these vaults from Ri Se Gwang of North Korea. Both vaults are unbelievable. His second is a world first.

    Vault 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku3H-aOaAa4

    Vault 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkkQodMQ1_A

    WOW, THAT WAS AWSOME.!!icon_exclaim.gif
    I go to the chelsea piers gymnastics fac here in manhattan, its kind of a shame to see some of the coach's[if u can call them that] not coaching the kids at all.. I mean you have this great facility and its being used as a play pen, but anyway....
    It's great that you want to coach....Good Luck..
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    May 15, 2010 3:20 AM GMT
    Oh, I have no desire to coach. I did it briefly before, and it definitely wasn't my calling. I don't have the patience for it.

    I have a much better eye for judging. Granted, most judges are coaches, too, but I plan just to stick to judging for now.
  • jgymnast733

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    May 15, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidI think I can understand your frustration or lack of any gymnast wowing you. Much of it has to do with the changing of the scoring system back in 2006. I imagine for casual fans, it's been hard to follow the sport since the perfect 10 is no longer the ultimate score (except in execution, yes).

    As a result of the scoring, gymnasts are doing more difficulty than ever because their difficulty score is open-ended. Guys count the 10 most difficult elements in their routine (women is 8 ). It's really exhausting to watch routines these days, especially men's floor, pommels, and p-bars because they have to do so much nowadays. More skills + more difficulty = more mistakes.

    Thank God we dont have to watch those damn compulsories anymoreicon_mad.gif
  • jgymnast733

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    May 15, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidOh, I have no desire to coach. I did it briefly before, and it definitely wasn't my calling. I don't have the patience for it.

    I have a much better eye for judging. Granted, most judges are coaches, too, but I plan just to stick to judging for now.

    I'm sorry i ment judging not coaching....
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    May 15, 2010 3:24 AM GMT
    [quote]Thank God we dont have to watch those damn compulsories anymoreicon_mad.gif[/quote]

    Haha, it's interesting you say that because a lot of people want to bring back compulsories to the elite level because they think it will improve basics and technique that seem to be missing in gymnastics these days. I mean, I know they're boring for most spectators to watch (they weren't for me), but I have no idea if FIG will ever consider bringing those back.

    Many gymnastics federations have compulsories at the lower levels, though. USA Gymnastics has compulsory routines for levels 4-6.
  • jgymnast733

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    May 15, 2010 7:48 PM GMT
    Okay i'll settle for compulsories but not the old vault[mens], to bad it wasnt around back then, i could have done some crazy tricks...