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With three medals, two of which are gold, Kenzo Shirai was the most successful gymnast at 2017 World championships. 

Videos of the Japanese gymnast doing well executed elements in women's artistic gymnastics have surfaced online which lead us to wonder if he plans to extend his success to the women's sport.

In this video, Kenzo can be seen performing on the uneven bars. He does highly competitive skills such as clear pike circle 1/1 (E) to Komova (E) and Inbar half (D) to piked Jaeger (E).





After Montreal, a video of Kenzo doing a triple Y turn on floor exercise went viral. Men do not perform turns on the event.





Russia's Aliya Mustafina, who originated the E rated turn, commented on the video saying Kenzo's execution is the 'best' and 'better than hers'.


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 Written by Gigi Farid







Former Olympic gymnast Rustam Sharipov has denied Gutsu's accusation regarding him being an enabler.

"To all concerned: I can only speak to the accusations pertaining to me, which are false. 
This is the first I have heard of any improper behavior," Rustam wrote in a Facebook post.



In a Metoo post, 1992 Olympic all around champion Gutsu alleged that legendary Soviet gymnast Vitaly Scherbo raped her while competing at the Stuttgart Cup back in 1991.

Gutsu accused Sharipov and teammate Tatiana Toropova of knowing about the rape incident and not standing up for her.

Toropova denied Gutsu's allegation but said that Vitaly did try to make out with her.

Sharipov received lots of support from fellow former gymnasts and friends who stressed that he is a "great person" and "would never do such a thing".

Among which are 1996 Olympic all around champion Lilia Podkapayeva of Ukraine and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu.

"We all know that you are person of great integrity, judgment and character. I stand with you and I believe you," Lilia wrote.



"I've known you for years and know you are an honest person. I know how much you care about women and children. You would never knowingly allow abuse to happen. I've heard all sides of this story and something isn't right. As many know I stand with any woman (when true which is most of the time) who has been victimized and comes forward from abuse. However, I do believe Rustam when he says he wasn't aware of any of the abuse because he would never cover for anyone who did this kind of sick thing. He's the most honest and decent human being," Dominique wrote.




Former US gymnast Kathy Johnson, who competed at 1984 Olympics, was the only one who did not discredit Gutsu's story suggesting that Rustam would sit down with Tatiana and sort things out.

"This has been an extremely upsetting time for anyone who loves our sport and its heroes. I hope it is possible for you, Rustam, and Tatiana to sit down with someone - perhaps Svetlana Boguinskaia who knows and loves you both - to sort through the horror Tatiana endured because of Vitaly Scherbo's inexcusable, reprehensible and CRIMINAL behavior. Perhaps memories are clouded by trauma and she remembers you there at some point and assumes you had to know. My hope is that you both can work toward the truth and that the love and unconditional support you are receiving from your friends and family here can help lead to some resolution. For everyone's sake."




1988 Olympic vault champion and Gutsu's former teammate Boginskaya has previously defended Rustam on Gutsu's original post.

During his career, Rustam competed for the Unified Team at 1992 Olympics, where he won gold in the team competition, and later for Ukraine. He won gold on parallel bars and bronze with the team at 1996 Olympics.

He currently resides in the United States where he works at Ohio State University.

Written by Gigi Farid

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Russian gymnast David Belyavskiy announced on Instagram that his wife, whom he got married to in last year's October, gave birth to a baby girl.

The two time Olympic medalist and his wife named their daughter Alisiya. She was born on September 6th.

His teammate Denis Ablyazin, along with his wife former Olympic Russian gymnast Ksenia Semenova, had a baby boy last January.

Belyavskiy has been a vital member of the Russian team. He helped the team to win a silver medal at 2016 Olympics, individually he won a bronze medal on parallel bars.

He won a total of thirteen European championships medals between 2012 and 2017, five of which are gold. David was named to his country's 2017 Worlds team.

Written by Gigi Farid


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Russian gymnast Aleksandr Balandin has announced his retirement from the sport.

Balandin, whose last competition was the 2014 European championships, suffered from a shoulder injury that required surgery. Since then, he had never regained his former level.

The 28 year old athlete has three skills named after him in the CoP, all of which are rated an E.

Rings is his strongest apparatus, on which he placed fourth at the Olympics, won silver at 2013 Worlds and, gold at 2012 and 2014 Europeans.

He was part of the 2012 Russian Olympic team who finished in sixth place in the team final and 2014 Russian European team who won gold.

He now coaches children at Petrozavodsk, but still unsure about his future.





Written by Gigi Farid

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The Japanese men's gymnastics team to the upcoming Worlds has been announced.

The team will consist of:

Legendary Kohei Uchimura, three time Olympic champion and ten time World champion.
Kenzo Shirai, Olympic and three time World champion.
Kohei Kameyama, World champion.
Keisuko Asano, Wataru Tanigawa and Hidetaka Miyachi.

Last June, the WAG team was announced. It will consist of Asuka Teramoto and 2016 Olympians Mai Murakami, Sae Miyakawa and Aiko Sugihara.

The upcoming World championships will be held between October 2 and 8 in Montreal. It will only feature individual competitions.

Written by Gigi Farid


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US gymnast Jake Dalton has announced his retirement from the sport in an interview with insidegymnastics.com.

Dalton said that the reason behind his decision is that he could no longer mentally and physically continue competing and training high level in gymnastics .

"I tried to take a little bit of a break and recover [after the Olympics]," said Dalton. "It was really hard to enjoy going into the gym every single day, hurting that much on all the events"

He added that being a part of the US Olympic team for a second time was a "really special thing" and that he would like to end his career on a high note.

The retired athlete is now focusing on his next step which will be helping in managing his family's gyms in Nevada. He dreams of purchasing the gyms from them and to take ownership.

The 25 year old former gymnast has won a total of four medals at World championships, bronze with the team in 2011 and 2014, bronze on vault in 2014 and silver on floor exercise in 2013.

At both Olympic games (2012-2016), he contributed to his team's fifth place finish.

Written by Gigi Farid




It was reported that Diego Hypolito won't be able to compete at the upcoming national championships.

The reason of his absence from the competition is that he is recovering from a surgery he had last December on his spine. He has not participated in any competition ever since.

Nevertheless, The Brazilian has been given medical clearance to return to competition later this month. 

Diego won a silver medal on floor exercise at the last Olympic Games. He is the first male gymnast from Brazil, and South America, to win a medal at the World Championships.

He has five World medals on floor exercise in his records 

Written by Gigi Farid


German gymnast Lukas Dauser is now recovering from a knee injury that required surgery.

"Four weeks have passed since my surgery. I can now begin to put some pressure on my knee again" wrote Dauser on Instagram.

Lukas injured his ACL while dismounting the rings during the event finals at the nationals which took place last month.

The 2017 World championships, which will be  held next October in Canada, is highly unlikely for the 23 year old gymnast.

Lukas is the winner of the silver medal on parallel bars at the last European championships. He was one of the favorites to win a medal on the event at the upcoming World championships.

Dauser participated at the Rio Olympic Games where he finished in 7th place with his team.

Written by Gigi Farid


Max Whitlock announced his wedding on Twitter and Instagram. Photograph: Max Whitlock/Instagram

Last week Great Britain’s Max Whitlock tied the knot with childhood friend and gym coach Leah Hickton.

The married couple, both 24, met at South Essex Gymnastics Club when they were only twelve years old.

It took young Max two years to ask Leah out on a date, and seven additional years to propose. The wedding proposal, which Whitlock described as ‘more nerve-wracking than the Olympics’, happened during a short break in the Lake District ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.

The Rio Games made Whitlock famous. He came into the Olympics as the current World champion on pommel horse, as well as the Olympic bronze medallist on the same apparatus and with the team, but in Rio he exceeded expectations, winning gold on both pommel horse and, very unexpectedly, on floor exercise, and bronze in a nerve-wracking all around competition.

Whitlock announced the news of his wedding on Twitter and Instagram, writing: 'MR & MRS WHITLOCK. the best day of my life. I AM NOW A MARRIED MAN!! Had an amazing wedding and mini moon!! @leahhickton'.

The newly weds said they are keen to start a family together.


By Talitha Ilacqua


When life makes you a lemon, make lemonade is one of the most famous proverbial phrases used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude. Some people deem it cheesy and sometimes unrealistic, and is often the butt of all jokes.

But this incredible athlete, Donghua Li proved that you can achieve what you dream of no matter what your life gives you.

Donghua, who was born in late 1967, began gymnastics at the age of 7 and joined the national team in 1983.

Everything was going well until he suffered a life threatening injury during practice. He violently bumped into the horse with his abdomen which caused his spleen and kidney to be removed.

Immediately after the incident, he asked his coach if he could resume his gymnastics career after recovery and the answer was no. But Donghua did not take no for an answer and continued doing gymnastics while having his eyes set on an Olympic gold.

Still his life got harder in 1986 when he tore both his ankle tendons and even more so when he sustained a serious neck injury while attempting a new move on the parallel bars, two years later.

The injury put an end to his Olympic dream in Seoul which left him devastated.

Suffering from severe injuries, depression and excruciating pain, Donghua knew that his career as a gymnast might end soon. 

At that time, he was in a relationship with a Swiss woman, Esperanza Friedli, whom he wanted to marry. The couple was dating while he was recovering from his last injury.  

Donghua was told that if he wants to stay with the national team, he has to forget Esperanza. But his love for her was so strong that he gave up being a part of the national team.

The couple got married and moved to Switzerland. There, he continued training and since there was no one to coach him, he was his own coach.

He would videotape international competitions and scrutinize the routines, noting trends and technical advances. Donghua was jobless and had no income, hence, his wife had to support him. He had to rent the apparatuses for himself to train.

He said that gymnasts always do what the coach tells them, no questions asked but in Switzerland, he had to learn to train himself and to use what he had learned in China, and become independent.

The native Chinese gymnast had to wait five years in order to obtain the Swiss nationality and be able to compete, which means he had to miss the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

During that time, he had serious doubts and had to fight off the negative thoughts. He participated in a couple of Swiss competitions where he won several titles but none of those titles were official as he was not yet a Swiss.  

Donghua said that the Swiss gymnasts had a hard time accepting a Chinese gymnast on their team but eventually they did. 

In 1994 at the age of 27, he was finally naturalized and went to represent his new adopted country at the World championships where he won a bronze medal on pommel horse which was Switzerland's first World medal since 1954.

The following World championships, he was crowned a champion on the same event while he settled for a silver at the 1996 World championships.

At the Atlanta Olympics, Donghua finally realized a life long dream by winning the gold medal on his favorite apparatus (pommel horse). He became the first Swiss gymnast to win an Olympic gold since 1952.

"Beside our wedding, it was the most beautiful moment" said his wife.

"Standing on the victory platform as the Swiss flag is raised in the arena, I thought 'what country am I from?' To me I have two homes, China is my home, Switzerland is my home" said the Olympic champion.

"How fortunate it is that I can call both countries home and then I thought about my wife Esperanza, I could not have done anything without her."

"As I stood at the top step of the podium, she was with me. For half of my Olympic gold medal, it belongs to her. I could not have achieved this without her."

While cheering from the stands, his wife was pregnant with his first child.

After the Olympics, he ended his career on a high note. Since then he has been working as an entrepreneur. He published his first book "Breaking the limits" in 1999 in China.

In 2007, he became a co-owner of Asianet GbmH.


Donghua has as well worked for many well-known companies such as Swatch Group, BMW, Suzuki Motorcycle, Titlisbahn and various companies as an ambassador and adviser. 

In 1995, he founded his own company "Donghua Li International Promotion GmbH".

Donghua Li is the first person to be a Chinese champion as well as a Swiss, European, world and an Olympic champion.

"He is a very strong-minded man. And our team had learned something from him," said Andreas Schweizer, a fellow Swiss gymnast.

In 2005, Donghua and Esperanza were amicably divorced. He later married Qiang Huang and had two children.

Written by Gigi Farid.

Photo by donghua-li.com

Sources: donghua-li.com - Olympic - chinadaily - news.ch - wikipedia



In one of the worst ever Olympic controversies, an Olympic gymnast was unfairly forbidden from winning the most prestigious Olympic gymnastics gold medal.

Probably South Korean gymnast Yang Tae-Young had endured the biggest injustice in his life when he wasn’t awarded the Olympic all  around gold medal in 2004 due to judges misidentifying one of the elements of his parallel bars routine causing him to score 9.712 instead of 9.812 which would have been enough to outscore the first placer American Paul Hamm.

The Korean team protested and the FIG investigated as a result  it was acknowledged that Yang’s routine had been in fact incorrectly given a 9.9 start value instead of 10.

Coaches and gymnasts are allowed to protest the start value but in Yang’s case it was too late since the appeal was filed after the competition ended however The Olympic Korean Committe claimed that a protest was lodged during the medal ceremony but the FIG denied such claim.
The FIG president Bruno Grandi suggested that Paul Hamm give his medal to Yang but the suggestion was met with refusal by both The United States Olympic Committee and Paul Hamm stating that Hamm should not be punished for errors judges made.


If, (according to you [sic] declarations to the press), you would return your medal to the Korean if the FIG requested it, then such an action would be recognised as the ultimate demonstration of Fair-play by the whole world. The FIG and the IOC would highly appreciate the magnitude of this gesture. Bruno Grandi’s letter

The USOC views this letter as a blatant and inappropriate attempt on the part of FIG to once again shift responsibility for its own mistakes and instead pressure Mr. Hamm into resolving what has become an embarrassing situation for the Federation. The USOC finds this request to be improper, outrageous and so far beyond the bounds of what is acceptable that it refuses to transmit the letter to Mr. Hamm.  USOC reply

Hamm supporters stated that since he was last to compete in the last rotation, he had adjusted his performance according to what score he needed in order to win. They also pointed out that Yang’s routine included four hangs instead of the three allowed, an error which if caught Yang would have been deducted with 0.2  but it was met by if gymnastics routines were to be rejudged, the outcome would have been different.

Hamm said on David Letterman that he believes he is the Olympic champion and the whole issue has nothing to do with him since the FIG decides everything. In another interview he said he shouldn’t even be dealing with it but later said he understands the feeling of disappointment of Yang and hopes he understands his too.

As a result of the controversy the judges were suspended. Yang was awarded a symbolic gold medal by the Korean Olympic Committee as well as prize money of an Olympic gold medal.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid