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Suni Lee - Potential Vault Program for 2023
The current Olympic champion, Suni Lee, has been training 2 new vaults, besides the double-twisting Yurchenko she has competed during her entire elite career since she became a senior gymnast in 2019. For her NCAA vault, she has been doing a round-off, flic-flac with ½ turn on – tucked salto forward with ½ twist (180°) off, called the Servente, which, in the elite gymnastics Code of Points, it has a difficulty value (DV) of 4.00, in training, she has been doing the same vault with an extra twist, called the Khorkina, which has a 4.80 DV. Taking into account the 5.00 DV that her main elite vault, the double-twisting Yurchenko, has, she could have a decent vault program, that will allow her to take part in vault finals at the world or Olympic championships. Suni has also been training a round-off, flic-flac with ½ turn on followed by salto forward stretched with ½ twist off, while this particular vault is only worth 4.80 points in the elite Code of Points, if she managed to add just a single twist to it, she would be doing the Cheng vault, worth 5.6, which means that she could perform the Cheng instead of the double-twisting Yurchenko in the all around, gaining an extra 0.6 points and, with the Cheng, she could compete for gold in vault event finals, as she would be doing the same 2 vaults as the current vault world and Olympic champions (Jade Carey & Rebeca Andrade) did at the last world championships. As Suni mentioned in a recent interview, she will finish the NCAA season and go straight into the US Classic competition on August 4, or, since many gymnasts use the US Classic as a warm-up, competition, not doing their full difficulty until the US Championships, we might have to wait a few more weeks for that.
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Suni Lee - Potential Vault Program for 2023
The current Olympic champion, Suni Lee, has been training 2 new vaults, besides the double-twisting Yurchenko she has competed during her entire elite career since she became a senior gymnast in 2019. For her NCAA vault, she has been doing a round-off, flic-flac with ½ turn on – tucked salto forward with ½ twist (180°) off, called the Servente, which, in the elite gymnastics Code of Points, it has a difficulty value (DV) of 4.00, in training, she has been doing the same vault with an extra twist, called the Khorkina, which has a 4.80 DV. Taking into account the 5.00 DV that her main elite vault, the double-twisting Yurchenko, has, she could have a decent vault program, that will allow her to take part in vault finals at the world or Olympic championships. Suni has also been training a round-off, flic-flac with ½ turn on followed by salto forward stretched with ½ twist off, while this particular vault is only worth 4.80 points in the elite Code of Points, if she managed to add just a single twist to it, she would be doing the Cheng vault, worth 5.6, which means that she could perform the Cheng instead of the double-twisting Yurchenko in the all around, gaining an extra 0.6 points and, with the Cheng, she could compete for gold in vault event finals, as she would be doing the same 2 vaults as the current vault world and Olympic champions (Jade Carey & Rebeca Andrade) did at the last world championships. As Suni mentioned in a recent interview, she will finish the NCAA season and go straight into the US Classic competition on August 4, or, since many gymnasts use the US Classic as a warm-up, competition, not doing their full difficulty until the US Championships, we might have to wait a few more weeks for that.
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Suni Lee - Potential Vault Program for 2023
The current Olympic champion, Suni Lee, has been training 2 new vaults, besides the double-twisting Yurchenko she has competed during her entire elite career since she became a senior gymnast in 2019. For her NCAA vault, she has been doing a round-off, flic-flac with ½ turn on – tucked salto forward with ½ twist (180°) off, called the Servente, which, in the elite gymnastics Code of Points, it has a difficulty value (DV) of 4.00, in training, she has been doing the same vault with an extra twist, called the Khorkina, which has a 4.80 DV. Taking into account the 5.00 DV that her main elite vault, the double-twisting Yurchenko, has, she could have a decent vault program, that will allow her to take part in vault finals at the world or Olympic championships. Suni has also been training a round-off, flic-flac with ½ turn on followed by salto forward stretched with ½ twist off, while this particular vault is only worth 4.80 points in the elite Code of Points, if she managed to add just a single twist to it, she would be doing the Cheng vault, worth 5.6, which means that she could perform the Cheng instead of the double-twisting Yurchenko in the all around, gaining an extra 0.6 points and, with the Cheng, she could compete for gold in vault event finals, as she would be doing the same 2 vaults as the current vault world and Olympic champions (Jade Carey & Rebeca Andrade) did at the last world championships. As Suni mentioned in a recent interview, she will finish the NCAA season and go straight into the US Classic competition on August 4, or, since many gymnasts use the US Classic as a warm-up, competition, not doing their full difficulty until the US Championships, we might have to wait a few more weeks for that.
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Happy Birthday, Agnes Keleti!
Today is Agnes Keleti's 102nd birthday. Agnes Keleti is not a name known by too many people, even gymnastics followers are not too familiar with her. However, she is has one of the most amazing runs in the sport and one of the most extraordinary lives, and though, she is not the most famous Hungarian gymnast, that honor belongs to Henrietta Onodi, she is the gymnast with the most Olympic medals from her country. Agnes was born on January 9, 1921, in Budapest, and started doing gymnastics when she was 4; by the time she turned 16, she won her first national gymnastics championship, a feat that she would repeat 9 more times until 1956. She was to join the national Hungarian team that would represent her country in the 1940 Olympic Games that were to take place in Tokyo. However, when WWI broke out, the games were canceled, but nevertheless, Keleti continued her training. In 1941, she was expelled from her gym because she was a Jew (only Arian race gymnasts were allowed to train). As the Nazis invaded Hungary, in order to survive, she had to go into hiding, but her dad and other relatives were taken into a concentration camp by the Nazis. Having heard that married women were not taken to "work" camps, she married Hungarian gymnast István Sárkány in 1944. Keleti bought the identity documents of a Christian girl and she worked as a servant in a small village, which is how she survived the war. Luckily, her mum and sister had also managed to hide and they were saved by Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. Her dad and the other relatives that had been taken by the Nazis had not been so lucky and had been killed by poisonous gas in the Auschwitz concentration camp. During the winter of 1944-1945, during the siege of Budapest by the Soviet forces, and very close to the end of WWII, Agnes Keleti's mornings were spent picking up the bodies of those who had died and placing them in a common pit. After the war, Agnes resumed her gymnastics training and, in 1946, won the Hungarian national championships again. She qualified for the London 1948 Games, but a torn ligament in her ankle prevented her from competing. Finally, in 1952, she got to compete at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, where she won several medals, including gold on floor (you can see part of that exercise in the video). She was 31 years of age. She competed in the 1954 world championships, where she won gold on uneven bars, silver with her team, and bronze on beam.​ Her greatest gymnastics achievements came in 1956, at the Melbourne Olympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals, and 2 silver medals (in the all around competition, finishing behind Soviet legend Larisa Latynina, and in the team competition). Just before the Olympics started in Australia, on November 4, the Soviets invaded Budapest to squash a popular revolt, so, after the Games, Keleti stayed in Australia and later moved to Israel where she taught gymnastics and she coached the national gymnastics team. In total, Agnes Keleti won a total of 10 Olympic medals, 5 of them gold, and she remains the most successful Hungarian gymnast at the Olympic Games. Happy birthday, Agnes!
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Happy Birthday, Agnes Keleti!
Today is Agnes Keleti's 102nd birthday. Agnes Keleti is not a name known by too many people, even gymnastics followers are not too familiar with her. However, she is has one of the most amazing runs in the sport and one of the most extraordinary lives, and though, she is not the most famous Hungarian gymnast, that honor belongs to Henrietta Onodi, she is the gymnast with the most Olympic medals from her country. Agnes was born on January 9, 1921, in Budapest, and started doing gymnastics when she was 4; by the time she turned 16, she won her first national gymnastics championship, a feat that she would repeat 9 more times until 1956. She was to join the national Hungarian team that would represent her country in the 1940 Olympic Games that were to take place in Tokyo. However, when WWI broke out, the games were canceled, but nevertheless, Keleti continued her training. In 1941, she was expelled from her gym because she was a Jew (only Arian race gymnasts were allowed to train). As the Nazis invaded Hungary, in order to survive, she had to go into hiding, but her dad and other relatives were taken into a concentration camp by the Nazis. Having heard that married women were not taken to "work" camps, she married Hungarian gymnast István Sárkány in 1944. Keleti bought the identity documents of a Christian girl and she worked as a servant in a small village, which is how she survived the war. Luckily, her mum and sister had also managed to hide and they were saved by Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. Her dad and the other relatives that had been taken by the Nazis had not been so lucky and had been killed by poisonous gas in the Auschwitz concentration camp. During the winter of 1944-1945, during the siege of Budapest by the Soviet forces, and very close to the end of WWII, Agnes Keleti's mornings were spent picking up the bodies of those who had died and placing them in a common pit. After the war, Agnes resumed her gymnastics training and, in 1946, won the Hungarian national championships again. She qualified for the London 1948 Games, but a torn ligament in her ankle prevented her from competing. Finally, in 1952, she got to compete at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, where she won several medals, including gold on floor (you can see part of that exercise in the video). She was 31 years of age. She competed in the 1954 world championships, where she won gold on uneven bars, silver with her team, and bronze on beam.​ Her greatest gymnastics achievements came in 1956, at the Melbourne Olympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals, and 2 silver medals (in the all around competition, finishing behind Soviet legend Larisa Latynina, and in the team competition). Just before the Olympics started in Australia, on November 4, the Soviets invaded Budapest to squash a popular revolt, so, after the Games, Keleti stayed in Australia and later moved to Israel where she taught gymnastics and she coached the national gymnastics team. In total, Agnes Keleti won a total of 10 Olympic medals, 5 of them gold, and she remains the most successful Hungarian gymnast at the Olympic Games. Happy birthday, Agnes!
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Happy Birthday, Agnes Keleti!
Today is Agnes Keleti's 102nd birthday. Agnes Keleti is not a name known by too many people, even gymnastics followers are not too familiar with her. However, she is has one of the most amazing runs in the sport and one of the most extraordinary lives, and though, she is not the most famous Hungarian gymnast, that honor belongs to Henrietta Onodi, she is the gymnast with the most Olympic medals from her country. Agnes was born on January 9, 1921, in Budapest, and started doing gymnastics when she was 4; by the time she turned 16, she won her first national gymnastics championship, a feat that she would repeat 9 more times until 1956. She was to join the national Hungarian team that would represent her country in the 1940 Olympic Games that were to take place in Tokyo. However, when WWI broke out, the games were canceled, but nevertheless, Keleti continued her training. In 1941, she was expelled from her gym because she was a Jew (only Arian race gymnasts were allowed to train). As the Nazis invaded Hungary, in order to survive, she had to go into hiding, but her dad and other relatives were taken into a concentration camp by the Nazis. Having heard that married women were not taken to "work" camps, she married Hungarian gymnast István Sárkány in 1944. Keleti bought the identity documents of a Christian girl and she worked as a servant in a small village, which is how she survived the war. Luckily, her mum and sister had also managed to hide and they were saved by Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. Her dad and the other relatives that had been taken by the Nazis had not been so lucky and had been killed by poisonous gas in the Auschwitz concentration camp. During the winter of 1944-1945, during the siege of Budapest by the Soviet forces, and very close to the end of WWII, Agnes Keleti's mornings were spent picking up the bodies of those who had died and placing them in a common pit. After the war, Agnes resumed her gymnastics training and, in 1946, won the Hungarian national championships again. She qualified for the London 1948 Games, but a torn ligament in her ankle prevented her from competing. Finally, in 1952, she got to compete at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, where she won several medals, including gold on floor (you can see part of that exercise in the video). She was 31 years of age. She competed in the 1954 world championships, where she won gold on uneven bars, silver with her team, and bronze on beam.​ Her greatest gymnastics achievements came in 1956, at the Melbourne Olympic Games, where she won 4 gold medals, and 2 silver medals (in the all around competition, finishing behind Soviet legend Larisa Latynina, and in the team competition). Just before the Olympics started in Australia, on November 4, the Soviets invaded Budapest to squash a popular revolt, so, after the Games, Keleti stayed in Australia and later moved to Israel where she taught gymnastics and she coached the national gymnastics team. In total, Agnes Keleti won a total of 10 Olympic medals, 5 of them gold, and she remains the most successful Hungarian gymnast at the Olympic Games. Happy birthday, Agnes!
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2022 Gymnastics World Champions
The 2022 women's artistic gymnastics championships, held in Liverpool, United Kingdom, left us with some predicted results but also, some refreshing surprises. With or without Russia, or the Russian Olympic Committee (the name they had to compete since at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and since the 2021 world championships) the USA women were the favorite to win the team title, so the big question was who else was going to take not just medals home but also, the three top teams at the final, were guaranteed a spot at the Paris 2014 Olympics, so there was a lot a stake. Since the last quad, the way competition is organized, the 8 teams competing at the final, are split into 4 groups, with the top 2 teams competing in the same apparatus, alternating 1 gymnast from each country which makes the event much more exciting for the viewer, the 3rd and 4th teams with the highest qualification scores compete in the same apparatus and so on. Each team has 5 members of which 3 compete in each event; coaches and team coordinators, select the best 3 performers in each event to make sure that they get the best possible scores for their teams. The Team USA started on what is arguably their best event and the highest-scoring event for women, producing high-flying vault after high-flying vault, culminating with Jade Carey's difficult vault (the Cheng), which put the American women about 0.5 points ahead of the British squad. Brazil was in 3rd place just over a point behind the silver medal spot. Some uncharacteristic falls had left the current European champions, Italy, in 4th place. To everyone's surprise, Every single athlete from China had a fall or major fail on beam, one of their best events, with one of the gymnasts scoring just over 10.000 points (the average score for China on this apparatus was around 14.000 points), so they were last after the 1st rotation. At the start of the 2nd rotation, we learnt that Flavia Saraiva, from Brazil, a beam specialist, and Olympic beam finalist, was injured so she wouldn't be competing for the rest of the meet, so, when Rebeca Andrade, the best gymnast from the Brazilian team, and possibly, in the world, took to the beam, the pressure was on, and, unfortunately, she fell on her side aerial, which complicated things for Brazil. By the start of rotation 3, team USA had an advantage of 2 points over Great Britain. When Jade Carey took to the beam, she was performing her exercise at a slower pace than she normally did, so there was a risk of running over time, just as she was doing the choreography in preparation for her dismount, we hear the bell warning that she had just 10 seconds left to dismount, unfortunately, she wasn't able to take off some of the superficial moves that would have saved the time she needed to finish the exercise, so as she went into her dismount, a double pike backward, the second bell came on, warning that she had exceeded the maximum time allowed to finish the exercise, which would cost her a 0.1 deduction. The competition went on, providing great performances by the Japanese and Canadian athletes (we could see Canada's Ellie Black compete her new skill, named after her, on uneven bars), and then Skye Blakely, the best beam worker from the US team, started her exercise, as she landed her standing full-in back tuck, she couldn't stay on the beam, so she fell, but due to her high difficulty, she still received a pretty decent score, keeping the US ahead on the points table. The following athlete on beam was Alice Kinsella, from the UK, who also fell, allowing the US gymnast to get further away. The final rotation starts, and it looks like, unless every single gymnast from the USA team made big mistakes, they had a gap large enough to lead all the way to the gold medal, however, there were a few teams that could still get to the podium, but in the end, Great Britain managed to keep the 2nd spot, and a surprising Canada managed to finished in a historical 3rd position. Brazil managed to climb up to the 4th position, followed by Italy, China, Japan, and France in the last position.
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2022 Gymnastics World Champions
The 2022 women's artistic gymnastics championships, held in Liverpool, United Kingdom, left us with some predicted results but also, some refreshing surprises. With or without Russia, or the Russian Olympic Committee (the name they had to compete since at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and since the 2021 world championships) the USA women were the favorite to win the team title, so the big question was who else was going to take not just medals home but also, the three top teams at the final, were guaranteed a spot at the Paris 2014 Olympics, so there was a lot a stake. Since the last quad, the way competition is organized, the 8 teams competing at the final, are split into 4 groups, with the top 2 teams competing in the same apparatus, alternating 1 gymnast from each country which makes the event much more exciting for the viewer, the 3rd and 4th teams with the highest qualification scores compete in the same apparatus and so on. Each team has 5 members of which 3 compete in each event; coaches and team coordinators, select the best 3 performers in each event to make sure that they get the best possible scores for their teams. The Team USA started on what is arguably their best event and the highest-scoring event for women, producing high-flying vault after high-flying vault, culminating with Jade Carey's difficult vault (the Cheng), which put the American women about 0.5 points ahead of the British squad. Brazil was in 3rd place just over a point behind the silver medal spot. Some uncharacteristic falls had left the current European champions, Italy, in 4th place. To everyone's surprise, Every single athlete from China had a fall or major fail on beam, one of their best events, with one of the gymnasts scoring just over 10.000 points (the average score for China on this apparatus was around 14.000 points), so they were last after the 1st rotation. At the start of the 2nd rotation, we learnt that Flavia Saraiva, from Brazil, a beam specialist, and Olympic beam finalist, was injured so she wouldn't be competing for the rest of the meet, so, when Rebeca Andrade, the best gymnast from the Brazilian team, and possibly, in the world, took to the beam, the pressure was on, and, unfortunately, she fell on her side aerial, which complicated things for Brazil. By the start of rotation 3, team USA had an advantage of 2 points over Great Britain. When Jade Carey took to the beam, she was performing her exercise at a slower pace than she normally did, so there was a risk of running over time, just as she was doing the choreography in preparation for her dismount, we hear the bell warning that she had just 10 seconds left to dismount, unfortunately, she wasn't able to take off some of the superficial moves that would have saved the time she needed to finish the exercise, so as she went into her dismount, a double pike backward, the second bell came on, warning that she had exceeded the maximum time allowed to finish the exercise, which would cost her a 0.1 deduction. The competition went on, providing great performances by the Japanese and Canadian athletes (we could see Canada's Ellie Black compete her new skill, named after her, on uneven bars), and then Skye Blakely, the best beam worker from the US team, started her exercise, as she landed her standing full-in back tuck, she couldn't stay on the beam, so she fell, but due to her high difficulty, she still received a pretty decent score, keeping the US ahead on the points table. The following athlete on beam was Alice Kinsella, from the UK, who also fell, allowing the US gymnast to get further away. The final rotation starts, and it looks like, unless every single gymnast from the USA team made big mistakes, they had a gap large enough to lead all the way to the gold medal, however, there were a few teams that could still get to the podium, but in the end, Great Britain managed to keep the 2nd spot, and a surprising Canada managed to finished in a historical 3rd position. Brazil managed to climb up to the 4th position, followed by Italy, China, Japan, and France in the last position.
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2022 Gymnastics World Champions
The 2022 women's artistic gymnastics championships, held in Liverpool, United Kingdom, left us with some predicted results but also, some refreshing surprises. With or without Russia, or the Russian Olympic Committee (the name they had to compete since at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and since the 2021 world championships) the USA women were the favorite to win the team title, so the big question was who else was going to take not just medals home but also, the three top teams at the final, were guaranteed a spot at the Paris 2014 Olympics, so there was a lot a stake. Since the last quad, the way competition is organized, the 8 teams competing at the final, are split into 4 groups, with the top 2 teams competing in the same apparatus, alternating 1 gymnast from each country which makes the event much more exciting for the viewer, the 3rd and 4th teams with the highest qualification scores compete in the same apparatus and so on. Each team has 5 members of which 3 compete in each event; coaches and team coordinators, select the best 3 performers in each event to make sure that they get the best possible scores for their teams. The Team USA started on what is arguably their best event and the highest-scoring event for women, producing high-flying vault after high-flying vault, culminating with Jade Carey's difficult vault (the Cheng), which put the American women about 0.5 points ahead of the British squad. Brazil was in 3rd place just over a point behind the silver medal spot. Some uncharacteristic falls had left the current European champions, Italy, in 4th place. To everyone's surprise, Every single athlete from China had a fall or major fail on beam, one of their best events, with one of the gymnasts scoring just over 10.000 points (the average score for China on this apparatus was around 14.000 points), so they were last after the 1st rotation. At the start of the 2nd rotation, we learnt that Flavia Saraiva, from Brazil, a beam specialist, and Olympic beam finalist, was injured so she wouldn't be competing for the rest of the meet, so, when Rebeca Andrade, the best gymnast from the Brazilian team, and possibly, in the world, took to the beam, the pressure was on, and, unfortunately, she fell on her side aerial, which complicated things for Brazil. By the start of rotation 3, team USA had an advantage of 2 points over Great Britain. When Jade Carey took to the beam, she was performing her exercise at a slower pace than she normally did, so there was a risk of running over time, just as she was doing the choreography in preparation for her dismount, we hear the bell warning that she had just 10 seconds left to dismount, unfortunately, she wasn't able to take off some of the superficial moves that would have saved the time she needed to finish the exercise, so as she went into her dismount, a double pike backward, the second bell came on, warning that she had exceeded the maximum time allowed to finish the exercise, which would cost her a 0.1 deduction. The competition went on, providing great performances by the Japanese and Canadian athletes (we could see Canada's Ellie Black compete her new skill, named after her, on uneven bars), and then Skye Blakely, the best beam worker from the US team, started her exercise, as she landed her standing full-in back tuck, she couldn't stay on the beam, so she fell, but due to her high difficulty, she still received a pretty decent score, keeping the US ahead on the points table. The following athlete on beam was Alice Kinsella, from the UK, who also fell, allowing the US gymnast to get further away. The final rotation starts, and it looks like, unless every single gymnast from the USA team made big mistakes, they had a gap large enough to lead all the way to the gold medal, however, there were a few teams that could still get to the podium, but in the end, Great Britain managed to keep the 2nd spot, and a surprising Canada managed to finished in a historical 3rd position. Brazil managed to climb up to the 4th position, followed by Italy, China, Japan, and France in the last position.
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