The news of the week…off the competition floor!
New President of the F.I.G. elected:
At the F.I.G. Conference, held in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday, October 19, the new president of the F.I.G., the governing body of Gymnastics was elected as Morinari Watanabe. Watanabe is currently the Secretary General of the Japanese Gymnastics Association and will take over for current president, Bruno Grandi, beginning January 1 2017. With the Tokyo Olympics next on the radar for gymnasts around the world and the Japanese men having finally secured team gold and the 2016 Olympics, Kohei Uchimura once again proving himself to be the King of Gymnastics at the 2016 Games after winning his 8th consecutive World/ Olympic all around title and the Japanese women having placed a record 4th place in the team final at the 2016 Games, the Japanese gymnastics programme is certainly looking good. Watanabe was heavily favoured to take the position heading into the conference and won by a landslide of 100 votes to 19 for the other candidate, Georges Guelzec of France. Watanabe is just the ninth president of the F.I.G. and is taking control after Bruno Grandi’s extremely long reign of 20 years. Aside from Watanabe, Donatella Sacchi of Italy was also elected as the head of the Women’s Technical Committee at this conference, taking over for Nellie Kim.
Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles named in TIME’s top 30 most influential teens:
The two beam queens! Laurie Hernandez, who took silver on the beam and gold with Team USA and the 2016 Olympics and is now lighting up the dance floor in a bid to clinch the Mirror Ball Trophy on this seasons Dancing With The Stars and Simone Biles, who needs absolutely no introduction were both included in the exclusive list of the 30 most influential teens on 2016. The list which included names like dancer and Sia protege, Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms fame, President of the United States, Barack Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama and human rights activist and youngest ever Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai was compiled with social media influence, ability to drive news and accolades across a number of fields considered.
Giulia Steingruber injury:
Olympic bronze medalist, Giulia Steingruber who had a jam packed 2016 has injured her foot and will reportedly miss the rest of 2016 and the 2017 European Championships in Romania. The foot will be opersted on in January 2017. The Swiss star was slated to compete at the first World Cup event since the Olympics in Szombathely, Hungary at the beginning of October but did not compete hopes to be back for 2017 World Championships in Montreal, Canada where, given that she is fully healthy has a great chance at medalling at these Championships on the Vault, Floor Exercise and All-Around.
Phoebe Turner shows off impressive beam mount:
Phoebe Turner of The Academy, gym of 2016 Olympian and 2015 World Championships bronze medalist (and now LSU Tiger),Ruby Harrold showed off an impressive beam mount recently. The up and coming Great British gymnast certainly makes herself stand out with this mount and cannot be criticised for simply jumping up on the beam or having a cookie cutter routine! We hope to see more of her on the international scene in the future!
Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian attend CMT Awards:
First of all… they look stunning! They also presented Carrie Underwood with her Artist of the Year Award. How cool! The post Olympic perks just keep coming for these girls!
Minsk, Belarus main contender for 2019 European Games:
The controversial European Games which took place for the first time in 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan are taking place again in 2019 and Minsk in Belarus are looking like the likely host. The Games were originally slated to be held in the Netherlands but pulled out last year, citing financial troubles, according to The Washington Post.
Simone Biles appears in Jake Miller music video:
Need I say more? Go check it out!
Emily Little getting there with her Amanar:
The Australian gymnast who sadly missed out on a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games is still working hard and her Amanar, which she has been working on for a while now is getting better and better. Little, who recently competed at the first World Cup event since the Olympic Games and won the balance beam title and took silver on the vault is clearly working hard towards having a great 2017 season amid a turbulent time for Australian gymnastics.
Fragapane and Hernandez still killing it on the dancing shows:
Both Olympians, Fragapane who is competing on Strictly Come Dancing in Britain and Hernandez who is competing on Dancing With The Stars in the U.S. are both still in the competition and their prowess on the floor exercise is certainly helping on the dancefloor where they are both still killing it.