Rotating while Russian!
I'm impressed that his music was known on the other side of the Iron Curtain, now that I think about it.
That was also my first thought upon learning that fact, hence why I had to remind myself that he was already established internationally. The Soviets seemed really open when it came to selecting music even if they favored classical styles at the time. I think Nellie Kim's 1980 or Frolova's 1988 music choices were more surprising to me, all things considered.I'm impressed that his music was known on the other side of the Iron Curtain, now that I think about it.
It’s been really disturbing to read about the training conditions and abuse in British gymnastics. Apparently, the British gymnasts have been inspired by the documentary Athlete A.ITV has just led it's evening news once more with the British gymnastics scandal. BG have just announced an independent investigation:
ITV interviewed a former gymnast called Margaux Derakhshan. Her story was featured in the blog I posted upthread but you can read it in full here:
Margaux trained at Heathrow Gymnastics Club who have also come under the spotlight in tonights news. Margaux's post is also on facebook and currently visible to all as far as I know. In the comments she was essentially gaslighted by former gymnasts who are now coaches at Heathrow.
This video is from two years ago. Although knowing Chuso, she probably still can do this.
Martha hadn't coached a personal gymnast since Kerri and me in 1996. She didn't have a magic formula. Do enough numbers, put athletes under enough pressure, pluck the very best in the country and as soon as they get hurt, kick them out and replace them with the next one in line -- that's not magic. You could put Pinocchio in Martha's position and he could have made the USA a winning program.
Yes, he coached Kerri Strug for some time. I can't recall her speaking about Karolyi, so I don't expect her to speak out about Nunno.Is anyone else wondering why Steve Nunno’s name hasn’t come up yet? Or was his deal just that he had the most over the top personality ever? Wasn’t Kerri Strug coached by him for awhile?
With two daughters at the Oklahoma gym run by Steve Nunno--Miller’s coach--Jo was in a position to see firsthand the harsh methods used in the name of winning.
One of Jo’s daughters is still with the sport, at another gym, but the mother asked to remain anonymous because “Steve wields a lot of power in this sport. If he knew it was me, my daughter might as well quit.” At Nunno’s gym, Jo said, her other daughter received a “never-ending” stream of verbal abuse. The girls were called lazy, fat cows, stupid and gutless. One coach told Jo she wanted the girls to fear her more than they feared a risky move.
The results are available in an old USA Gymnastics magazine, available online here (page 22 for the women's results):The results on gymn-forum show Durham as "SCRATCHED" with no scores, so I don't know how close she was to the top 4 at the point of her withdrawal.
Every quad I vow to start a campaign to bring them back. They are so beautiful.This could be a whole separate thread
I would love to know who (which country) created each routine.
Thanks for sharing - I had never thought to look in USA Gymnastics magazine for scores.The results are available in an old USA Gymnastics magazine, available online here (page 22 for the women's results):
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I believe Durham would have been too far back mathematically to catch Bileck in fourth and it would have taken ~9.7s on bars and beam to catch Johnson in 8th, with all the different factoring. I was surprised to see this, but Johnson finished 0.6 ahead of Durham at Nationals, which counted for 40%, and even with Johnson's big mistake on compulsory bars, she was less than a point behind Durham in compulsories at Trials. Johnson also beat Durham by quite a bit on the first two events of Trials that they both competed, largely due to the fall that caused Durham's injury.
Yes, I've always heard she just had one event left too. But the results listed match up with the overview on page 16 of the magazine, which says that Durham hurt herself on the "second round" of the optionals. I'm usually inclined to trust reports of the time more than reporting years later, so I would guess the story has been told wrong.Thanks for sharing - I had never thought to look in USA Gymnastics magazine for scores.
This indicates that Dianne got injured in the 6th rotation and scratched bars and beam. That contradicts the story I’ve always heard, which is that she got injured in the 7th rotation and scratched bars only. With her injury, she probably could have done some sort of bars dismount, but it seems unlikely that she would have been able to do beam as well. I wonder if USGF just missed reporting her beam score or if the story has been told wrong all these years. At any rate, if Dianne needed 9.7s on bars and beam to finish 8th, I doubt she would have gotten the scores needed since very few gymnasts scored that high on either event.