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Gymnastics News No.12 Part Deux!

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Loves_Shizuka, Aug 9, 2012.

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  1. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

    She's Carly Patterson in personality! Even during the Olympics Maroney was the breakout. Her personality and even her vault was more impressive singularly than anything Douglas did. But maybe she will come back and do another season and then go on a show? Some kind of reality show?
  2. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    It is such a shame that in an era the U.S are dominating and having by far their most success in the sport in history Americans dont care about gymnastics the way they used to. Someone like Kristi Phillips who achieved nothing but hype, and never even qualified for a weak medal-less U.S Olympic team is more famous than World and Olympic winners from the U.S of recent times. Someone like Kerri Strug is way more famous than any recent gymnast for the vault heard around the World, even though individually she achieved virtually nothing noteworthy (relatively speaking) in the sport. The U.S has won 4 of the last 8 World or Olympic team events, and they have had 7 different women win a World or Olympic AA title in the last 9 years alone. Simply astouding. In addition to those 7 women they have the all time record U.S World Championship medal winner (Sacramone), a 7 time World medalist despite a career basically cut well short by injury (Bross), and a slew of other huge stars (Kupets, Maroney, Raisman). Yet people had already tuned the sport out by that point, and still care mostly about the Mag 7, Mary Lou, and to a lesser degree Miller, Zmeskal, Dawes, and a few overhyped ones.
  3. fenway2

    fenway2 Well-Known Member

    I've also wondered why we haven't heard about Gabby picking up any endorsements since the Olympics. I suppose the Kellogg's box counts but that company was already involved in gymnastics endorsement before the Olympics. I can't believe that Gabby didn't pick up any endorsements after winning the all-around. Aly Raisman has 2 or 3 endorsements, albeit small, since London. What is going on with Gabby's agent? Did she fall asleep at the wheel?
  4. mkats

    mkats Well-Known Member

    This is interesting...

    I wonder how the coaching situation at WOGA will change? Will Liukin still keep coaching his own gymnasts? And is Marchenko still around anymore?
  5. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    It sounds like they are simply setting USGA up to transfer power when Marta really does retire. Smart move as this should help create a much smoother transition when it happens and you wont have to worry about the program finding its way and rebuilding again.

    I think part of the reason that US gymnasts have trouble achieving the same kind of fame as they used to is that there are so many great gymnasts. Mary Lou was the first of her kind. Even someone like Phillips was able to make it big without the success because people wanted her to win so badly. Now there is no shortage of US gold medalists. No need to invest so heavily in one because another is around the corner. Each team has multiple World medalists on it and the focus on specialists only increases this. It is a good problem to have, really. Marta doesn't mind, I am sure, lol
  6. Yehudi

    Yehudi Snarks about Volchkova with love

    Marchenko moved to the WOGA facility in Frisco. Cecile Caqueteau and her husband Laurent were the ones coaching the next gen
  7. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

  8. Karpenko

    Karpenko Not Impressed.

    ^ That Essence cover is beautiful and also age appropriate. Her stylist has been amazing since the Olympics, I've loved pretty much everything that I've seen her in.

    I think the new position for Liukin and Rybacki is USA Gymnastics way of slowly phasing out Marta. I don't think this will change Valeri coaching any personal gymnasts, from what I gather he is more in charge of the developmental program than any gymnasts making major teams.
  9. shawnie21

    shawnie21 Member

    She has a deal with Nintendo (her commercial has been out for a while), a deal with OPI cosmetics (her ad will be out in December). That plus her appearance on Vampire Diaries, being named Sports Woman of the Year, spreads in Vanity Fair, Glamour and Essence cover, I thought she was doing pretty well for just a few months after the Olympics.
  10. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

    Oh really? :confused: Is this one any good? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PirzRFQfU3U

    I did find one by Maksim Mrvica that is completely awful. :rofl:

    OT: Carly looks really pretty in her wedding pictures. And I feel old.
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  11. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

  12. jl

    jl Well-Known Member

    Wow. That ball routine looks lovely but I had to stop because I started laughing when the Nocturne became a Sugar Plum Fairy dance in the middle.

    The rendition you have is IMO very strong technically but I interpret it differently when playing. It always seemed more meditative given the start, kind of like a piece that'd come to mind when you're just sitting by a fireplace a night.

    I'm very uninventive for my favorites but I like this interpretation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP8MW6WE9R4&feature=related ... to me, the rise and fall is very well accented by the slight pauses he uses. The same with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGRO05WcNDk

    And I went to search out the Maksim Mrvica one since you said it was awful. PML. I love the version I found, where the clarinet isn't in sync with him playing so it sounds like a mess for a measure. :lol:
  13. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

    This one, right? I was looking for an orchestral version like in the ball routine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBpI3gQ5wzw I am no expert, but I took enough piano lessons to know a little, and he seemed almost like a student while playing it - stiff, even, like he was hitting the keys with the same strength for all the notes. What's the word for it, pedantic? Determined to make each note isolated? Some of the quicker notes in particular were excruciatingly hesitant, especially at 1:48. The orchestration was beautiful, though.

    Yundi Li's version has a nice softness to it.
  14. jl

    jl Well-Known Member

    That's the one! You're right... it's all mechanically correct and he even has the pauses, but it's very imbalanced between the hands. All right emphasis and almost nothing left, so you get no bass feeling from it.

    The thing about nocturnes in general is that they're very open-ended to interpretation, so speedups and slows are all relative to the performer and listener. It's easier to play it in whatever cadence you like since there is no strict adherence to rhythm like, say, a dance or a sonata, but in the same vein it has to fit the mood. Then again, it's really hard to determine a mood when the performer in question somehow turned a finely tuned mechanical piano into sounding like one of the cheaper-end electronic models. ;)

    I'm also no expert, so please take my thoughts with a grain of salt. :) I just like to play music. Chopin's one of my favorite composers (along with Debussy) for the harmony and images they manage to convey in their music, so I've played that nocturne a lot and found what I enjoy doing with it as a result.
  15. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    You also have to factor how the gymnastics base correlates with advertisers target demographic and how they want to allocate their $. Gabby's Q score is great among those who recognize her without a leotard and medals hung around her neck. IIRC, less than 20% can ID her "out of uniform." I wouldn't expect her to get endorsements other than stuff targeted for the tween market. It doesn't mean she's not considered advertising gold, it's just that she's pitching to relatively few companies vs someone like Lochte. The three biggest advertising blocks are fast food, beer and cars, and Gabby isn't in line for any of that work.
  16. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    Anyone know how the latest Karolyi camp went?
  17. Scintillation

    Scintillation New Member

  18. mkats

    mkats Well-Known Member

    Random observation, but I was bored and surfing around Nastia Liukin's website and learned that she's not with Evan Morganstein anymore - she's now represented by a Diane McNamara, of "Fire it Up" PR company. Just thought that was interesting since there was so much hoopla about her good relationship with her agent after the Olympics.
  19. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

    I was in a Doctor's office today where there were a lot of magazines with ads -- People, SI, Vanity Fair, US, etc. I glanced through several and noticed that there were a lot more ads in the May-July magazines with Olympic hopefuls than there were in Aug-Oct with Olympic medalists. The ad campaigns for Aug to Oct had moved on to feature NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL athletes. There were a few in the late summer/fall with the really big names - Phelps, Lochte, Bolt, May-Walsh, but overall, the Olympic athlete endorsements looked far more lucrative for the run up than for the aftermath.
  20. floskate

    floskate Vacant

  21. Karina1974

    Karina1974 Well-Known Member

    If you are referring to 1988, Phoebe Mills brought home a bronze from the balance beam finals.
  22. Karpenko

    Karpenko Not Impressed.

    Oh my god that photo completes me. :lol: :cheer: :rofl: (new wallpaper) I just can't. :HA!:
  23. HisWeirness

    HisWeirness pork cutlet bowl fatale

    :D It is my photo of the year. Sums up 2012 perfectly.
  24. gingercrush

    gingercrush Well-Known Member

  25. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

    10 count is back? :(
  26. Karpenko

    Karpenko Not Impressed.

    For real?? Wtf was the point of devaluing the Amanar if we are going back to the crap Beijing system where you can get a 17 on uneven bars? :lol:
  27. gingercrush

    gingercrush Well-Known Member

  28. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

  29. ilovesalchows

    ilovesalchows Well-Known Member

    Elizabeth Price won the AA at the Stuttgart cup. Seitz won silver, Steingruber the bronze.
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