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Yesterday I posted about Morgan Hurd’s floor, and how as a gymnastics coach I really appreciate how she stretches her round-off backhandspring. I have been asked to elaborate so please bear with my while I try my best to explain what I meant.

First off, lets define what I mean by “stretching” the RO BHS. By stretching a skill all I really mean is that she takes up a longer space to do it. In the screenshot below we have Morgan about to hurdle into her roundoff. Her positing is very good (ribs in, arms extended, looking where she wants to reach), which allows her to reach farther into her roundoff. Just a quick FYI, most elites have the same good roundoff but I thought I would just try and be as thorough as possible for my non-gymnast/coach followers.

Having a really powerful roundoff gives the gymnast the ability to “scoop” their feet through, so they are at an angle, and can push farther back in their backhandspring. This is what causes the back handspring to be longer.

Now, here’s what really gets me about Morgi’s backhand spring. It is SO LONG for how tiny she is. In the screenshot below you will see that her whole body is extended, shoulders are open.

This powerful BHS enables her to land almost completely vertical, allowing for a better punch. 

Compare this to Eythora Thorsdottir of the Netherlands. The Netherlands are notorious for having short back handsprings, and have a hard time generating difficult tumbling passes.

Also, it’s important to note that lots of US elites have really good tumbling technique. Morgi just specifically caught my attention and I thought I would make a post about it! I am still learning as a coach so if any fellow coaches disagree about my comments feel free to message me!


anonymous asked:

Like, first of all China doesn't "need" someone like Morgan. Maybe they're not some of the most powerful gymnasts in the world, but they're still the reigning Olympic bronze medalists. I think they're succeeding just fine with the athletes they've got. And second of all, Morgan deserves better than that. She may have been born in China but she's an American citizen just the same as every other girl competing. Saying China "wants her back" is so disrespectful to both her and her family.

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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

Gymnastics in crisis as Max Whitlock and others refuse to sign contracts
Max Whitlock and other big names gave rebelled over the World Class Performance Programme while British Gymnastics has been accused of creating a culture of fear
By Martha Kelner

“In August the athletes were warned they had three days to put pen to paper or would risk having their UK Sport funding withdrawn. But scores of parents and athlete agents wrote to British Gymnastics to voice concern about the content of the Individual Athlete Plan part of the contract, which they claim would have left the gymnasts open to exploitation. They were then told that the contract would be revisited after the world championships which took place in Montreal last month.

One insider described the situation as “complete chaos, evidence of weak leadership and British Gymnastics’ need for complete control over the athletes. They are the most important people in the sport but once again they feel they’re being exploited. To be a world-class gymnast all you need is the athlete, coach and the gym and they want to know where all the money is going.” It is understood there will be showdown talks between British Gymnastics and the athletes on Tuesday as the governing body tries to find a resolution to the problem.”

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Best Romanian Uneven Bars Routines Since Their Decline on the Event in the 90s

In the 70s and 80s, the Romanians had many great bar workers like Nadia Comaneci, Teodora Ungureanu, Emilia Eberle, Ecaterina Szabo, Lavinia Agache, Aurelia Dobre, and Daniela Silivas. However, after Belu and Bitang took over in the 90s most Romanian gymnasts were powerful tumblers and consistent all arounders, but weak bar workers. IMO these are the best Romanian bar workers since then.

Oana Petrovschi was the 2002 World silver medalist on bars. She had a really nice layout gienger and Fabrichnova. I chose her routine from semi finals over the final because she didn’t catch close and have a dead hang on her toe on shoot. Plus she stuck her Fabrichnova :D

Daniela Sofronie was by far the best bar worker on the 2004 Romanian Olympic team. She had a lovely 1.5 stalder + jaeger and ezhova. She also made event finals.

Steliana Nistor had a huge 7.3 d score in 2008 and scored 16.15 in the 2008 Olympic team final. Her routine would still be worth a lot in the next COPs (6.4 in the 2009-2012 COP, 6.3 in the 2013-2016 COP, and 5.8 in the 2017-2020 COP).

Ana Porgras was the last Romanian medalist on bars at the Worlds or Olympics with her bronze medal in 2009. Though I think the routine she did at Romanian Nationals is better than her routines at Worlds because she doesn’t finish the inbar 1/1 super late like she usually does. She did some very rare skills for Romanians on bars like the ono (not in this routine but it was in her 2011 euros routine), inbar, and inbar 1/1.

This is Larisa’s best bar routine of all time imo. Shout out to the Japanese coverage for being the only ones to show this routine. It has a 6.3 d score and combos like her stalder 1/1 + van leeuwen and church + pak. She even scored higher than Simone and Kyla on bars that day.