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May 19th, 2014 by Gymbit

Who doesn’t want to see amazing gymnastics? Here are some routines that stand out for one reason or another.

Catherine Lyons (GBR), 2014 Junior Europeans, Floor Exercise

Sanne Wevers (NED), 2013 Osijek World Cup, Balance Beam

Claire Martin (FRA), Match Avoine 2014, Floor Exercise

Eythora Thorsdottir (NED), 2013 Dutch Championships, Balance Beam

Claudia Fragapane (GBR), 2014 European Championships, Floor Exercise

Barbara Achondo (CHI), 2014 South American Championships, Floor Exercise

And now for a completely different kind of routine (artistic in its own way?) :

Lloimincia Hall (LSU), LSU vs Alabama, January 2014, Floor Exercise

Which routines have caught your eye this year? Let me know!

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From Japan: 4.5 Amazing Twists And A Super Mario Bonus!

March 7th, 2014 by Gymbit

There has been some cool stuff coming out of Japan lately. First, get a load of this 4.5.-twist punch barani from Kenzo Shirai. I can’t believe how much control he has and how quickly he twists. It’s out of this world! Whoa! And then there’s the hilarious flashback to the 1980s, with a Japanese gymnast in costume flipping around to the familiar tunes of Super Mario 1…complete with the power-up star and the flagpole at…

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Azerbaijan: A Force To Be Reckoned With

November 29th, 2013 by Gymbit

Good news: Anna Pavlova has a new country, and it’s Azerbaijan!!! When I think of gymnastics in Azerbaijan, only Valeri Belenki comes to mind (as well as a few rhythmic gymnasts that I don’t know anything about!). Belenki was a member of the CIS Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics that totally dominated the gymnastics scene, earning the bronze medal in the All Around. Here’s his routine on parallel bars when he was forced to…

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Apparatus Finals, Day 2 – 2013 World Championships

October 6th, 2013 by Gymbit

Men’s Vault 1. Yang Hak Seon (KOR) claimed the world title with a booming handspring triple-twisting front now named the Yang, and a Tsukahara triple-twist. I don’t know how he manages to twist so quickly! 2. Steven Legendre (USA) vaulted a superb Dragulescu with just a bit of a low landing that required a small hop to the side. He looked happy with his second vault, a high Tsukahara double pike with a step back….

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Apparatus Finals, Day 1 – 2013 World Championships

October 5th, 2013 by Gymbit

Men’s Floor Exercise 1. Kenzo Shirai (JPN) won the qualifying round by such a margin that the gold medal was his to lose. The best was saved for last, and Shirai performed 18.25 twists with fantastic landings before nailing his QUADRUPLE twist at the end of the routine. He looked elated at the end, and even King Kohei was on his feet for this one. Score: 16.000. 2. Jake Dalton (USA) won the silver medal with…

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