This weeks gymnastics news that happened off the mat!
1. Lisa Skinner injured during Cirque Du Soleil performance:
Australian gymnast and 3 time Olympian (1996,2000,2004), Lisa Skinner fell during a hoops performance at a Cirque du Soleil show in Brisbane, Australia. The 35 year old Commonwelath Games gold medalist fell from a height to her head in front of a packed crowd. She was rushed to hospital where she is said to be in a stable condition.
2. Kim Janas retires:
German gymnast, Kim Janas retired this week after another ACL injury. Having already missed out on a chance to compete at the Olympic Games in 2016 due to an ACL injury, the 16 year old was on the comeback trail and recently competed at the Cottbus World Cup in her home country of Germany. In an interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung, Janas spoke of how she felt a bang when landing her dismount from UB in Cottbus and was familiar with this feeling, having had two previous ACL injuries in the past. This is such a disappointment as she really is a beautiful gymnast and had a bright future, being that she is only 16 years old. The gymnast who placed 2nd AA at the 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival however stated that her knees could simply not handle the pounding anymore.
3. The last U.S. National Team Camp of 2016 took place at the Ranch:
With Valeri Liukin becoming comfortable with his position as Womens National Team Co-Ordinator, the last U.S. National Team Training Camp of the Olympic Year got underway in Huntsville, Texas this week. This camp brought the return of 2016 Olympic alternate, Ragan Smith to camp. Smith, who had a whirlwind 2016 is attending camp for the first time since the Olympic camp in July. The camp also saw many juniors who will become seniors next year attend including Morgan Hurd, Jordan Chiles, Shania Adams and Victoria Nguyen. The camp also saw the return of Maggie Haney, coach of 2016 Olympic Gold medalist, Laurie Hernandez who was at camp with one of her newest rising stars, Riley McCusker who placed 2nd AA this year at U.S. Junior Nationals and will also enter the senior ranks next year. Also in attendance was Norah Flatley, who has been on the elite scene for a couple of years now but sadly missed the 2016 season due to injury and missed out on a chance to vie for an Olympic spot. She is now on the comeback trail and I suspect we will see her shine in 2017.
4. Dipa Karmakar training different vault:
The ‘death vault’ will no longer be the vault we see Dipa Karmakar perform with our hands over our eyes. It has been reported that the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist will begin training a handspring rudi instead as the Produnova vault has been devalued in the 2017-2020 code of points and the ‘risk-reward’ value of performing that vault is no longer worth it. Of all the Prods, I have to say Dipa’s was one of the less scary but nonetheless it was in no way safe, nor was it great to watch a VT final knowing that she was never going to land her vault. Now Chusovitina needs to stop and all will be right with the world.
5. Simone Biles will not follow Aimee Boorman to Florida:
It was reported this week that when Simone Biles returns to training (which she says will be no earlier that 2018) that it will not be in Florida at EVO Athletics with Aimee Boorman. Boorman took a position at the Florida gym and moved there from Texas when she returned from Rio, after a whirlwind Summer. I can’t say that I am surprised that Biles won’t move given that World Champions Centre was built and is owned by her parents, however, Simone and Aimee seemed like the perfect coaching duo and I cannot imagine Simone with anyone else. However, Simone is so naturally gifted i’m sure she could work with anyone and it would be a success. But personality wise, the two seemed to click! However she did state that she could nearly train herself at this stage!
6. 2017 World Championships tickets went on sale this week:
The 2017 World Gymnastics Championships will take place in Montreal, Canada from October 2nd-8th 2017 and tickets went on sale this week! Get yours here: http://mtl2017gymcan.com/en/the-championships/get-tickets/
7. Christian Gallardo now coaching at Future Gymnastics Academy in Ohio:
The coach of Olympic gold medalist, Gabby Douglas has now began coaching at Future Gymnastics Academy in Ohio. Controversy arose at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in July when Kittia Carpenter, headcoach of Buckeye Gymnastics where Gabby Douglas has been training for the past two years was not seen on the floor with Gabby but rather Christian was seen alone on the floor. It was reported, after Rio, where Christian accompanied Gabby as her head coach that Christian was asked to leave his longtime coaching position at Buckeye by owner, Kittia Carpenter. It is not clear whether this is true or simply a rumour, and if it is true what the exact reasons are for Christian leaving the gym. However, it was also reported that Gallardo was coaching at Geddert’s Twistars for a time and is in the process of opening up his own gym. Now it has been reported that he is coaching at Future Gymnastics Academy in Ohio. I suspect that he is still in the process of opening his own gym and is simply coaching at Future for the time being as former U.S. National Team member, Emily Gaskins has now begun to work with Gallardo.
8. Chinese junior gymnasts interviewed:
We rarely hear anything from Chinese gymnasts except at major competitions and it is even rarer to hear anything from Chinese junior gymnasts. However, some of the top junior gymnasts in China who train at the Wuhan camp were interviewed recently. This translation gives basic information on the gymnasts such as their favourite event and gymnasts they admire: http://16-233.tumblr.com/post/153853967684/cctv-interview-from-the-wuhan-camp