Russia's Viktoria Listunova recently debuted the Fabrichnova dismount on the uneven bars. The dismount is a double twisting double back tuck. It is rated an F, the second most difficult dismount on the event.

The dismount is the same as the one performed by her compatriot and World bars champion Viktoria Komova.






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At almost 30 years old, Sanne Wevers is debuting a highly difficult skill on the uneven bars.

The Dutch gymnast dazzled the sports fans by performing a new variation of the G rated release "Nabieva", a clear hip circle layout reverse hecht over high bar with half turn.



The Nabieva, which is named after Russian gymnast Tatiana Nabieva, is a toe-on to layout reverse hecht over high bar.




G is the highest rating for uneven bars skills.

Few days ago, Nabieva showed her disapproval of Belgium's Nina Derwael's performance on her signature skill, which went viral.



 
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A fan sent Sanne Wevers' bars routine video to the Russian former elite gymnast asking for her opinion on the Dutch gymnast's performance on the Nabieva variation, and she approved of it.


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Wevers is the reigning Olympic champion on balance beam. She was the winner of the bronze medal on the uneven bars at the 2015 European championships.


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McKayla Maroney smiles after competing on the floor exercise during the US women's national gymnastics championships in 2013. (AAP)

Mckayla Maroney almost didn't win the gold medal on vault at the 2013 World championships.

The American former gymnast took to Instagram Stories revealing the drama that went down behind the scenes of the championships.

"Fun Fact, I almost didn't win vault, cuz they wanted to deduct me for looking at my phone right before getting on the podium" wrote Maroney. " My coach was so mad. He was like who TF were you texting before your vault - They almost took off 8 tents."

Maroney explained that she was reading the bible verse on her screen saver, which she credit for giving her the confidence and strength before competing.

But that was not the only drama, Maroney had to deal with at the championships. During the qualification rounds, Maroney's floor routine music went over time by one second incurring a 0.1 deduction which left her out of the event final. 

"I was super excited for floor finals too. But some drama went down with my floor music being a second to long. (Like?? huh?What??)"

"So they kicked me out of finals!!!!?!"

"It was a weird worlds to say the least," stated Maroney.

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The 25 year old Olympic athlete shared that she wished she had rested for a year after the London Olympics instead of rushing back to win Worlds, which burnt her out for the 2016 Olympics.




The 2013 World championships was Maroney's last competitive appearance. She announced her retirement in 2016 following mental and physical health issues.


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American former gymnast, Aly Raisman, paid tribute to her former competitor Russia's Aliya Mustafina on her retirement.

Raisman posted a video on her Instagram of herself hugging Mustafina during London's floor exercise final captioning it "Congrats @musaliya135 on an amazing career. Your gymnastics will always inspire me! I wish you all of the best in your next chapter 😊", to which Mustafina replied to with "@alyraisman thank you ♥️ and I miss you."



Both gymnasts competed at the 2010 World championships, and the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics.

In London, Raisman came in fourth place behind Aliya Mustafina in the all around final. In Rio de Janiero's all around competition, Raisman won silver medal, while Mustafina defended her bronze medal.

At London's floor final, Raisman and Mustafina won gold and bronze medals respectively.

The Olympic floor champion retired in 2020. Her last competitive appearance was at the Rio de Janiero Olympics.



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Aliya Mustafina, one of Russia's most decorated gymnasts, has officially announced her retirement from gymnastics. Her announcement took place at the 2021 Russian cup.

The 26 year old retired gymnast is now working as the head coach of the junior national team.

Mustafina is considered one of the most successful female artistic gymnasts of all time. She is two-time Olympic gold medalist on uneven bars, two time Olympic all around medalist, and an all around World and European champion. She is also among a handful of gymnasts who have returned to the sport after having a child.

Mustafina, who turned senior in 2010, last competed at the Birmingham World Cup in 2019, where she won gold in the all around.

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Simone Biles is not the only gymnast who is throwing crazy difficult skills. Her teammate Jade Carey had our jaws dropped with no return when she performed a triple twisting double layout on floor exercise during the 2021 U.S National Gymnastics Championships podium training.

If Carey successfully competed the skill at an Official FIG Competitions, she will have it named after her. The highest rating for a skill on floor exercise is the triple twisting double back tuck, which was debuted by Simone Biles in 2019. The element is rated a J. 

Carey would be introducing a new rating to the sport, a K. This would be the first time for the 21 year old gymnast to have an element named after her.

It is worth mentioning that Carey is the sole gymnast to have competed at least three H-level skills in the 2017-2020 Code of Points in the same routine, having first accomplished this feat at the 2018 National Championships.

2021 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships will be held  between 3–6  June, 2021.




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Rio Olympic silver medalist Nikita Nagornyy told tass.ru that all the Russian gymnasts on the national team have been vaccinated against Covid 19.


“All of us have been vaccinated already. Everything’s great, we have the antibodies,” said Nagornyy.

The Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021.

Current polls in Japan show nearly 70% of the population do not want the Olympics to go ahead, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) remains steadfast that the spectacle will take place.

“I try not to think about it because there’s been a lot of conflicting information in the past year. If you’re preparing for the Olympic Games, such information isn’t helpful. So, it’s better to keep it all out and train in peace,” the three time World champion commenting on the calls for cancelation of Games.

According to Gymnovosti, the locally developed COVID-19 vaccine has been available since last year and the Ministry of Sports announced that it would vaccinate the athletes back in January. The vaccination is voluntary but in addition to the protection from the virus, it offers certain perks – athletes who were vaccinated or had COVID-19 are allowed to leave Round Lake and on weekends and will not have to quarantine when they return to the training center.

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Hello there! If you have been following my blog for years, you will know that I was a very passionate gymnastics blogger who was keen on providing updates on the sport on a daily basis.

I started this blog in the summer of 2012. I was very dedicated to it, always looking for news and always creating a different kind of contents. 

For me it wasn't just a blog. It was my everything. Sadly, that has not been the case for a long while.
 
Over the past few years, I have tried to bring back my passion to the sport and didn't find much success.   

But that didn't happen out of the blue. There were multiple factors that caused My Great Gymnastics Depression.

The abuse allegations

I loved and adored gymnastics so much. I had always wanted to be a gymnast, which of course never happened.  I would watch gymnastics competitions and would always think how lucky these gymnasts were.

In my mind, every gymnast was winner. It didn't matter if they won medals or not. It didn't matter if they fought through injuries here and there. Just being able to achieve that level of the sport and getting to compete on international level competitions were viewed by me as the ultimate life achievement.

And I enjoyed that world. In my mind, it was such a positive thing to be obsessed about or to be remotely involved in.

I know now I was so naive. Of course, I've heard of abuse allegation in the sport before but it was not that common and dominant as now. It was the exception.

Not so long ago, a huge gigantic can of worms was opened and it remains so.  It started with USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal, and then it was followed by so many horrific sexual, physical and emotional abuse allegations on an international level.

That perfect gymnastics world in my head, was totally and utterly destroyed. It was just so hard for me to watch and enjoy all those performances knowing that the gymnasts were subjected to continuous abuse and toxic environments. To make matters worse, those exploited gymnasts were/are barely adults. In fact, they were/are children.

Behind the scenes of the gold medal winning performances of US Mckayla Maroney at 2011 World championships, the gymnast was getting brutally sexually assaulted by the then team doctor Larry Nassar.

British Amy Tinkler, who became the second British woman, after Beth Tweddle, to win a gymnastics medal in Olympics history, said her Olympic bronze medal was not worth the abuse she had to endure throughout her career.

Gymnastics blogging being a dead end


Since I could never become a gymnast, I wanted to be involved in sports media and make a professional career out of. As I was still young and not a University graduate yet, I decided to create this blog hoping that it would somewhat help me start a career in sports media. Well, better than having an empty CV.

The blog got bigger than I expected. It turned from an activity to have on my CV to a small project that I dreamt would become a professional sports website one day.

I worked really hard and would daily update it. My goal was that someday, I would be able to earn enough money from the blog and be able to quit my job and dedicate my entire time to it.

 I would get to be able to invest in it, travel the world to cover competitions instead of doing so on my bed, hire people, and expand the website.

But gymnastics is such a tiny niche that it is almost impossible to grow bigger and achieve these goals. I felt I was constantly hitting an unbreakable wall.

Blogging, especially a news one, is like full time job. In fact, it is a full time job plus overtime. It was just so frustrating to spend so much time and energy when I am barely achieving anything.

Not mention that, gymnastics is such a complex sport. That understanding it is such a time consuming thing.

Especially, as you grew older and life becomes more and more demanding. 

And of course, it was never any help in getting a job in the sports media.


Gymnasts getting into an endless cycle of injuries


Yes, injuries are part of any sports. But what I am aiming at are the never ending continuous cycle of injuries that end up swallowing the gymnast's career.

It doesn't matter if they were my favorite or not. But seeing gymnasts work so hard to regain their former level after getting injured, only to get immediately reinjured again and again and again. It happens way too much that it becomes a constant reminder of how the universe is capable of frequent cruelty.

Short lived careers


While we have been seeing more and more longevity in gymnastics, it is not the case. The longevity in gymnastics is still not compared to the one in the other sports.

For example in football (soccer), you could graduate from college, change jobs, get married, have children, and your children have their own children. And your favorite footballers are still competing professionally.

But in gymnastics, you blink and poof you find the entire team retired.  

 

Certainly, these are not the only factors that led to my major gymnastics blogging burnout. Frustration over the CoP, one country dominating the team and all around finals, and short routines are among these factors as well.

You must be wondering the why am I writing this article considering what I've mentioned above!

The shortest and most direct answer would be that I truly miss the days where I was passionate about gymnastics blogging and I want to give it another shot.

I hope it works this time. Please keep your fingers crossed for me.

Written by Gigi Farid


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Perhaps wolf turns on balance beam are one of the most hated skills, but have you seen Vladislava's quad wolf turn!

Russian gymnast Vladislava Urazova is shown in a Tiktok video performing a well balanced quad wolf turn on balance beam.

The quad wolf turn is not yet in the CoP. The triple wolf turn is rated an E. However, such turns are capped at an E meaning the quad wolf turn will receive the same difficulty rating as the triple one.

Gymnasts have to perform their new skills at an FIG official competition in order to have it named after them. The skill must be minimum C difficulty. 

Urazova, who was born in 2004, turns senior this year. She is best known for winning four medals at the 2019 World Junior championships.

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