I posted about Mukhina earlier; Here’s a happier ending for Sang Lan, Chinese Gymnast paralyzed at ’98 Goodwill Games, gives birth to son in ’13

May 20, 2018 admin 0

I mentioned in a previous post about the Soviet-era documentary, how Yelena Mukhina, who was featured prominently in it (including clips that clearly showed the pressure her coach put on her), was only months away from her tragic injury. Well, in an attempt to counter that depressing story a bit, I shared this item on Anna Pavlova Online way back […]

Interview with gymnast and actress Maddy Curley

November 14, 2017 admin 0

Gym2Day chats with former elite and NCAA gymnast and “Stick It” co-star Maddy Curley about the transition from elite to collegiate gymnastics, the film she co-wrote and co-produced that premiered 2016 and is available on Netflix, and her opinion of the current FIG Code of Points.

In Indianapolis, I Saw the Future

August 18, 2015 admin 0

(photo by jb) The first big-time gymnastics event I ever attended was the 2001 U.S. National Championships in Philadelphia. One of the juniors was 13 year-old Carly Patterson (that’s a photo of her on beam I took there). Though she had recently won the US Classic, she had a disastrous day one, and while she climbed back to third overall, […]

Late ’70s Soviet-era Gymnastics Documentary features Filatova and Mukhina

June 6, 2015 admin 0

Here is a late-1970s Soviet gymnastics documentary aiming to show the hard work involved in gymnastics (and to make a heroes out of the coaches), and to deconstruct, on the one hand, the facile television glamor of gymnastics, and to manufacture, on the other hand, a sugar-coated version of the special treatment the coaches lavish on their gymnasts received outside […]