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, […]

2015 P&G National Championships Preview

August 13, 2015 admin 0

[Written in my Indianapolis hotel room the night before competition starts] (Above: Junior Olivia Dunne of ENA Paramus is, at 13, the youngest competitor at P&G this year. Seen here at 2015 Parkettes Invitational, photo by jb) The women’s competition looks to be outstanding, with a fistful of world champions and ’12 Olympians, including Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raismann, […]

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 […]

Florida Takes NCAA Regional, Momentum into National

April 6, 2015 admin 0

(photos by jb) The Florida Gators unsurprisingly topped the scorecard ahead of Stanford and Illinois in a close fight at Saturday’s Morgantown Regional NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship, hosted by West Virginia University. Arkansas, New Hampshire and host West Virginia failed to earn a berth in the National Championships to be held in Texas. Bridget Sloan took the all-around title with […]

Greensboro, NC hosts AT&T American Cup, Nastia Liukin Cup and Greater Greensboro Invitational 2/26 – 3/2

February 3, 2015 admin 0

(photo by jb) The humble city of Greensboro, North Carolina (pop. 277,000) will become “gymnastics central” for a week when the Greensboro Coliseum Complex hosts a regional, a national and an international gymnastics competition over five days from February 26 to March 2. The star attraction is the AT&T American Cup, an international elite invitational competition for select all-arounders from […]

Venezuela’s Jessica López Takes 2nd AA at Nadia Comaneci Invitational

February 27, 2014 admin 0

(photo by jb) Venezuela’s two-time Olympian Jessica López Arocha competed in the 2014 Nadia Comaneci Invitational on February 22, 2014, taking second All-Around to Australia’s Georgia Godwin. The Nadia Invitational is a popular event, but one that does not tend to attract the very top competitors in international gymnastics. The event seems to appeal more to senior teams from second-tier […]

Russians Pavlova, Inshina, Pluzhnikov and Nekrasova now competing for Azerbaijan

January 28, 2014 admin 0

(photo by jb) International Gymnast was among the media outlets that reported in December that Anna Pavlova was to start competing for Azerbaijan, along with Konstantin Pluzhnikov and Yulia Inshina. To this writer, this is a terrific opportunity for Pavlova (pictured here competing in ESPN2’s Pro Gymnastics Challenge in May, 2012) to continue her career and compete internationally for as […]