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  1. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    The old thread was closed. So this is the new one to discuss all gymnastics news.
  2. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    I'll start with the question I asked at the end of the old thread.

    I used to go to the Gymnastics Tape Trading Club site - here . It was still active the last time I actually got to the site. Since then Geocities has shut down.

    Does anyone know if they have a new site somewhere. Has the whole thing just stopped?
  3. Karpenko

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    So I guess I'll be the one to start the new thread out with a bang.

    You know the 80's were so long ago, so imagine my extreme surprise when logging onto one of my fav gymn-sites today and coming across a find. She's the most talented gymnast that I've ever seen, all 3 feet something of her. As much as I've looked there doesn't seem to be a USB port on her so I think she's real, and holy Omelianchik is she cute on top of all of it. Anyways, get on with it I know.. :rolleyes:

    she is Mai Murakami, she's from Japan, and is she awesome and only 13 years old? "HAI!"

    Vault (she can also somehow do a DTT in training):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_SaepSEcdo

    Beam (If I were you I would grab onto something nearby, learn from my mistake):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4_sZuok9Xk

    Floor (after beam you should be prepared for this one ;)):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qYnreRBhfk

    Who cares if she fades into Alexis Brion obscurity or Sony sends out an urgent press release on an experiment that escaped, I needed this so badly!!!! And I needed it 9 years ago.
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  4. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

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    You know, between her and Koko, if things keep going this way for Japan, I will root for them for gold in 2012. As someone else said on another forum, Japan is still new enough to take risks and bring something new to gymnastics and not have the same ol' stock routines that we see from the big countries.
  5. BigB08822

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    Oh my, that girl attempted a triple turn into layout stepout combination. Anyone trying a triple turn on beam is nuts but to connect it to something!? She is like a mini-Shawn Johnson and to call someone a mini version of her is crazy...
  6. HisWeirness

    HisWeirness Yay, new board!

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    :rofl: I thought the same thing!
  7. Sasha'sSpins

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    The Japanese women seem set to recapture their old glory days from the 1960's. They've really been over-shadowed by the men's team in the decades since to say the least. It's high time they get their turn in the sun once more.

    I think this new crop of young ladies may well do it. Who knows? They may even match (or surpass!) the success of their counterparts in women's figure skating. :shizuka1:
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  8. HeatherC

    HeatherC Go Team SW Florida! =)

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    Jonathan Horton, Tim McNeill, and Rebecca Bross are slated to compete at the 2010 American Cup during March of next year. There is still a 2nd TBA for the women, but the slot will not go to Bridget Sloan, who has announced her intentions to take a break from competition until later on in 2010 (presumably Nationals). I think the TBA could be being held for Jordyn Weiber and USAG is waiting to see if she will be healthy enough to compete. If it is not her, I would see Ivana Hong or Kyla Ross taking that slot.
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    That combo was insane. :eek: Imagine if she actually hit that routine without all the balance checks??? One to watch for sure!
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    LOL at Maxim. I have to agree...

    Nastia was listed as one of 2009's Most Influential Women. (She's number 11). I've got to say this has me a bit :huh: - she's a great gymnast and all, but I hardly think she belongs in the same breath as Aung San Suu Kyi :confused: Not to mention, all her achievements are from 2008... what has she really done this year?
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    And Nastia unveils her new website to announce... well, not much, besides the fact that she's available for clinics :lol:

    www.nastialiukintour.com
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    :eek::eek::eek: When is her birthdate? Is she going to make the age cutoff for 2012 Olympics??
  16. floskate

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    For those of you that didn't know, Beth Tweddle was awarded an MBE by The Queen in the New Years Honours List. Here's her reaction from local TV and whoopeeee her braces are finally OFF!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZdgWIMxyKs
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  17. LKR

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    I don't know her exact birthdate, but she did turn 13 last year and will thus turn 16 in 2012, ensuring her of being age-eligible for the Olympics. :)
  18. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    that was amazing.. made my day.. what great quads on such a little girl:yikes:
  19. Sasha'sSpins

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    This was posted on another forum (I don't know if it was posted here yet) but anyway for anyone who cares about Nastia and Evan fluffys they were spotted at a Lakers game:

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/2010-01-11-3162440555_x.htm

    Olympic gymnastics all-around champion Nastia Liukin watched the game, with world figure skating champion Evan Lysacek's arm around her.

    How sweet.:watch:
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    Nastia Liukin tweeted "Hello Spokane" in huge caps. Shout out to Evan no doubt.
    http://twitter.com/NLiukin
    Hello Spokane!
    about 12 hours ago from UberTwitter
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    If any of you are interested men's gym USAG has posted a lot of video's from the first night of the Winter Cup on there Youtube channel
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    If any of you are interested in men's gym, USAG has posted a lot of video's from the first night of the Winter Cup on there Youtube page.
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    I am most definitely interested in MAG! Thanks a milion for the top! :cheer2:
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    Chris Brooks beat US champion Jonathan Horton for the Winter Cup title. I wonder if we will be seeing him in this year's worlds?! I hope so. :)
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    According to IGMB Nailya Mustafina has retired due to injury. Sad news because I was entertaining thoughts of both sisters making the 2012 summer games along with Komova, and Nabieva.
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    Didn't they have the WOGA Classic this past weekend? Anyone know how it went?

    I also saw an interview with Nastia where she says she is focusing this year on traveling and promotions and will get back into training to compete in 2011 and 2012. I will believe it when I see it but she seems to have a good plan if her body allows her to comeback. She told her sponsors that all traveling and such needs to be planned and done this year because after 2010 she is back into training/competing.
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    Idiotic and paternalistic age limit rules aside, I'll be repulsed if that choppy American team gets handed a bronze 10 years after the fact. The 2000 Chinese squad was gorgeous. :swoon:
  30. BigB08822

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    Cheating is cheating, the medal should be stripped. What is sad is that China has clearly learned how to cheat even better because they got away with it in 2008 and will probably continue to get away with it. They found a way to do it and make it work.
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    What about Marinescu's and Gogean's? Should the 1996 Romanian team give back their bronze now? Their ages were falsified too, the only difference is that no one has yet filed a complaint..

    Which is?
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    Yes, the medals should be stripped if they cheated. Why hasn't anyone filed a complaint if it is common knowledge? If none of those who competed care enough then I guess, oh well? I would be complaining! Who filed the complaint on the 2000 Chinese team?

    As for how the 2008 team got away with it, how should I know? Those girls were not all of age, it was as clear as day.
  33. Beefcake

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    :respec: Right on! I commented on the special thread on this subject, so will only add

    Heck yes, I look forward to the Beijing ridiculousness leaking out like some spoiled wine ... might not happen for a while, but it will happen someday.

    So siouxie ... cheaters should be able to keep their medals if they were stylish and/or if the rules aren't agreeable to fans? :yikes: That would be some kind of precedent to set!
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  34. Dr.Siouxs

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    So beefie...it's an extreme solution to a relatively minor infringement. :yawn: Get over it.

    Are you suggesting this is a new precedent? :lol: As long as there's been age limits, there's been athletes breaking them. Even the very top tier athletes like Daniela Silivias have gone through age falsification. Most of these athletes still have their medals because people have accepted it, tolerated it, and gotten over it. ;)

    With that said, of I think course all rules within a sport must be respected. But rather than punishing these poor athletes so long after the fact (who never had a say in it anyway), punish the federation. If they have repeatedly broken the rules of the game, ban them from the game.
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  35. LuckyCharm

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    I've never heard of this. Details, please?:confused:
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    Never mind. Just looked it up. I don't know how I missed that, especially considering I'm one of the few Gogean ubers.:shuffle:
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    MINOR infringement? They cheated on the biggest platform possible, the Olympics. Minor my azz.


    So you say don't punish the athletes who had no say in it then you suggest we ban the federation from the game. So you suggest we punish the current athletes who truly had NOTHING to do with it by telling them they can't compete after training their whole lives because of something the federation did 10 years or more before? :rolleyes:
  38. pollyanna

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    Sadly, it's been going on for decades. When I first saw a photo of 1981 World Champ Olga Bicherova (it was on the cover of a 1981 IG magazine), I couldn't believe she was really 15. Well she wasn't. She was 12.

    The list includes:

    Kim Gwang Suk (North Korea): Kim, the 1991 World Champion on the uneven bars. The case of Kim Gwang Suk is the only one to receive any sort of penalty or disciplinary action from the FIG, who barred the North Korean women's team from the World Championships in 1993. The North Korean Gymnastics Federation submitted inconsistent dates of birth for Kim at various competitions, claiming that she was 15 for three consecutive years.

    Lavinia Agache (Romania): Agache competed at the 1981 World Championships at the age of 13.

    Olga Bicherova (Soviet Union): 1981 World Champion in the all-around event, was introduced at an early 1981 meet as a 12-year-old, but was claimed to have been born in 1966 at the 1981 World Championships later in the same year.

    Gina Gogean (Romania): Gogean competed in the 1991 World Championships and 1992 Olympics with a passport with a 1977 birth year. However, in 2002 her original birth certificate was uncovered by the media, revealing she had been born in 1978.

    Alexandra Marinescu (Romania): Marinescu, a World and team Olympic medalist in the mid-1990s, had her birth year advanced from 1982 to 1981 in order to be eligible for the 1995 World Championships and 1996 Olympic Games.

    Olga Mostepanova (Soviet Union): Mostepanova, who competed at the 1983 and 1985 World Championships, has been reported as having 1968 and 1969 birth dates, but has stated that she was actually born in 1970.

    Daniela Silivaş (Romania): Silivaş, a multiple World and Olympic gold medalist, competed as a junior until 1985, when her birth year was changed from 1972 to 1970. She went on to compete at the 1985 World Championships at the age of 13. Silivaş revealed the falsification to the media in 2002.

    And now Dong Fangxiao.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_falsification_in_gymnastics#Age_falsification


    Now why didn't we falsify the age of Nastia Liukin in 2004? If we had, she might have been 2-time Olympic all around champion. ;)
  39. Dr.Siouxs

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    Grappling at straws, eh? :lol: But absolutely. According to you, China also certainly falsified the ages of the 2008 team--so their "crime" was more recent than ten years ago, right? ;) In fact, IIRC, suspected gymnasts like Deng Linlin and He Kexin have competed as recently as this year.

    But these athletes would not have "wasted their whole lives", as you say, if China were banned--China has many prestigious domestic competitions such as the Chinese National Games and Provincial championships and would be free to participate in any of the many international meets not governed by the IGF (Asian games, etc). Banning their federation would obviously not kill the sport in China but only bar them from the international events whose rules they've refused to comply with anyway.

    So yes, let the other members of the 2000 team keep their medals and sanction China (and if it's proven that the 2008 team had been falsified, ban their ass). Then we won't have anonymous goofs such as yourself and Beefcake throwing hissy fits. :lol:
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  40. BigB08822

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    The only goof is someone who calls cheating at the Olympics a "minor infringement" and then completely contradicts themselves with their insane idea of punishing the innocent. I'm trying to figure out where you are coming from with these weird arguments but it is probably a complete waste of my time, I'll just go back to "grappling at straws," whatever that means.
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