elite gymnasts

New blog on the Gymternet

FINALLY created a stand-alone blog for my obsession with gymnastics. So, if you’re a blog relating to:
-NCAA gymnastics
-Elite Gymnastics
-Rhythmic Gymnastics
-The Final Five
-Etc.
PLEASE reblog/like this so I can follow you!

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Already a successful elite gymnast and 1992 Olympian for Canada, Stella Umeh earns her first perfect 10 during her last team competition as a UCLA Bruin.

Before the competition, Stella said “I’m waiting for a finger to fall off; a toe. Like, I’m hanging on by a loose thread. And my body… I trust it, and believe in my body. And I believe in what I’ve done all of my life, and gymnastics. Seventeen years is pretty much all of my life. I’m ready to not overstay my welcome in terms of being in this sport too long, and I’m ready to end this chapter.”

The Gymternet’s Own World Championships, 2017!

Why should our favourite elite gymnasts have all the fun? We can hold our own Worlds just after Montreal 2017.  It’ll be super chill and hopefully super fun! Anyone is welcome to participate! 

Interested? Here’s the plan:

  • There are two competition categories, the A-division (who perform easier skills – think USAG level 3 or below) and the B-division (harder skills – USAG level 4 and above). Divisions are per event, not per competitor.  You can compete all A, all B, or some A and some B.
  • Routines comprise of 5 skills in the A-division, and the full 8 skills in the B-division.  What counts as a “routine” is chill.  You can just perform all the skills in a row, but it’s more fun to include choreo!
  • MAG and WAG compete together
  • You don’t have to do all four events if you don’t want to, but there will be an All Around competition.
  • The definition of “vault”, “bars,” “beam”, and “floor” are pretty relaxed.  If you can use the real deal, that’s awesome, but otherwise a patch of floor and a plank of wood are completely acceptable.  Use what you’ve got! Just, please don’t do anything silly and/or sue me. UPDATE: trampoline will be added as a fifth event! It will not count for the all-around.
  • Skill values (different to the elite ones) will be assigned.  They’ll be different for the A and B divisions.  There will also be connection bonuses on the relevant events.
  • The Vault, Bars, Beam, and Floor videos will be released on the first day of Worlds 2017, and voting will open to the Gymternet. Voters assign an execution score, out of 10.  The top and bottom 10% of scores will be dropped, then the rest averaged.  This will be added to the difficulty score.
  • If you submit a skill that’s not in the FIG COP, it will be named for you (obviously unofficially, but still, get cracking on those original skills guys)

Please let me know if you’d be interested in this event! You can either like this post, or reblog it. Reblogging would be better, because more people will see it and we’ll get more competitors! (I’m only a small blog, so not many people will see this unless some of you guys put it out there)

If you’d like to help organise this, come up with the rules, compile the video, or do anything else, please reblog this saying so, or shoot me a message :)

If there’s enough interest for this to go ahead, I and whoever wants to help will put together a “proper” COP with all the skill values, connection bonus, and more specific entry instructions.  Entry will open at the beginning of July, and close in mid-August.  

The COP will be released ASAP (before 1 May) so you have max time to code whore the sh!t out of any dodgy skill valuations.  That should give you two months.

I’m excited for this to go ahead, so please reblog/like to let me know if you are too!

Again, this competition is really relaxed.  We’ll accommodate for absolutely anybody!

idk over the years ive seen a lot of people say “wheeeeh u cant reward komova for her straight legs and arched toe point bc some people just arent capable of that and its unfaiiiiir *6 second long fart noise*” but seriously when i see videos of her doing just a simple stag leap it makes my heart skip a beat, there just arent many gymnasts like that anymore and that deserves to be rewarded. when you have olympic medalists who literally cant hit a fucking full split on beam, and then you have VIKA, and you’re trying to tell me that only a tenth or two in deductions should separate them???? that’s fucking insane.  and as far as the “faaaaaaiiiirness” goes, you could argue just as easily that its not faaaaaair that tumbling on floor is so highly rewarded because some people just dont have the power in their legs to pull of huge tumbling runs like simone and aly and jordyn and a million other “power gymnasts.” but that’s equally fucking stupid because this is a judged sport and unless u wanna give everyone participation medals and tell them that the most important thing is their pathetic little feeeeeelings, there needs to be a way to assign points, NUMERICAL VALUES, to performances to rank them. so im sorry for not wanting to sit on my hands and refuse to reward excellence in the sport because your fave’s feelings will be hurt if they’re told that they need to have a slight oversplit to be an elite fucking olympic level gymnast!!!!! cry me a river

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 14th- Hallie Mossett (UCLA)

Hallie Mossett (born March 15th 1995) is a former international elite gymnast who is currently a senior at UCLA, majoring in sociology. She did her club training at West Coast Elite Gymnastics in California. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Two-time USA National Team Member
  • Five-time Visa Championships Competitor
  • 2011 Pan Am Games Team Alternate

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.850
  • Bars: 9.900
  • Beam: 9.875
  • Floor: 9.900

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Two-time all-around winner (2014)
  • Two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (2014)
  • Pac-12 Specialist of the Week (01/12/2016)

It’s interesting to me that so many people are ready to give Ms. Val the boot from UCLA. I feel like you guys are forgetting the business aspect at play here: Ms. Val has effectively created a gymnastics program whose draw and prestige doesn’t depend on winning a national title.

Most high achieving / well known sports programs are that way because they have a strong foundation of winning big. And that drives viewer interest / ticket sales and marketing opportunity. Most importantly it drives recruitment. Good athletes naturally want to go to a school and team that they can win with.

UCLA has essentially beaten that system. Yes, they do still have to deliver and not making it to Nationals so consistently would be highly problematic, but they don’t have to be crowned national champions, or even division champions to maintain what they have.

People are going to be fans of the team because they have former elites competing. People are going to buy tickets to see them up close and having fun in a smaller arena. And elite gymnastics are still going to want to go to UCLA because Ms. Val has a fun quirky program that lets them throw dream skills like Katelyn Ohashis full on beam and have “unique” chorography by the one and only Ms. Val. And ex-elites bring their other big name friends with them. People love it that Simone shows up to watch a meet. And Jordyn Wieber still has a place in the picture as the team manager even though she can’t compete. One more Olympian for the crowds to pay to come see.

Ever notice that this is the team being talked about on Ellen? Or that publications that generally just cover Olympic contenders is writing pieces on Kyla and Maddie’s transitions to college? All of this is great publicity for UCLA, and in a time where gymnastics programs are being cut left and right for not making enough money, I’m sure it looks great to the athletic directors office. Probably even better then a national championship of a sport that most people (sadly) don’t watch outside of an Olympic year.

Is UCLA not living up to their potential? Yes. Do they probably need to work on mental strength and conditioning? Undoubtedly. But do they need to oust the head coach that created a dream marketing opportunity and herself is a huge reason recruites come to the school. Absolutely not. And it’s not going to happen.

espn.com
UCLA's Olympic gymnasts wagered fortune and fame against college eligibility
UCLA heads to the NCAA championships with three Olympic gold medalists in its ranks. But Madison Kocian, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber couldn't have taken more different paths to get there.

On Kyla, Maddie, and Jordyn at UCLA with some nice quotes from Val on how great they are as people. 

Also… “Kocian hasn’t officially retired from elite gymnastics. ’It’s still in the back of my mind. I’m not completely done,’ she says.”

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 8th- Kiana Winston (Alabama)

Kiana Winston (born June 12th 1996) is a former international elite gymnast who is currently a junior at the University of Alabama, majoring in psychology. She did her club training at Texas Dreams Gymnastics under Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette.

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • 2009 US Classic Beam Champion 
  • 2009, 2010 and 2011 Visa Championships Qualifier
  • 2011 USA Junior National Team Member

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.900
  • Bars: 9.975
  • Beam: 9.950
  • Floor: 10.000

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • First Team All-American on floor (2016)
  • Got her first 10.000 on floor against Florida (02/03/2017)
  • SEC Gymnast of the Week (02/06/2017)

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts 

February 11- Brianna Brown

Brianna Brown is a former junior international elite and level 10 gymnast who trained at Cincinnati Gymnastics and is now a sophomore at the University of Michigan, enrolled in the School of Kinesiology and is majoring in health and fitness.

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Team USA Junior National Team Member 2011
  • Two-time Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier
  • Competed for Team USA at the 2011 City of Jesolo Trophy
  • Finished 7th all-around at the 2014 JO National Championships

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.875
  • Bars: 9.950
  • Beam: 9.925
  • Floor: 9.900

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year
  • NCAA All-American in the all-around
  • Five-time Big 10 Freshman of the Week
  • All-Big 10 (First Team)

Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 19th- Zaakira Muhammad (West Virginia)

Zaakira Muhammad (born November 9th 1996) is a former level 10 gymnast who is currently a junior at the University of West Virginia, majoring in journalism. She did her club training at TNT Elite Gymnastics in New Jersey. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • 2010 New Jersey Floor State Champion
  • Finished 4th on bars at 2010 Region 7 Championships
  • Three-time US JO Nationals Gold Medalist

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.900
  • Bars: 9.900
  • Beam: 9.850
  • Floor: 9.950

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • 2016 Team Most Valuable Gymnast
  • Ended 2016 season ranked 31st in the country on vault
  • 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team
Believe in Wings

We’re Reopening!

You heard us right! We’re accepting until July 20th!! I’m super excited! We have gymnastics classes for ages 3-15, and will possibly start a soccer program! Co-Teachers are needed ages 16+, and teachers ages 23+ are needed! Spread the word! Also, this fall our elite gymnastics team is getting their own TV show!
(Also, if you’re not interested in Gymnastics or sports, but prefer dance, make sure to check out the amazing @encoredancecompany​ )

(THIS IS A SIMS 3 RP COMPANY OWNED BY @ts3tropics originally created 7/5/15)

NOMIE AND LYVVY (this picture is from the summer and Lyvvy belongs to @simmingonahill and Lyvvy is a toddler now P.S. Em, this is Talia!)