Monthly Archives: October 2010

Aerial Awareness

When watching high-level gymnasts perform spectacular acrobatic feats, perhaps the most striking aspect is the extent of their control. Upper-level gymnasts will routinely perform mind-bendlingly complex maneuvers with multiple rotations around multiple axes, and land them balanced so perfectly that … Continue reading

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Mechanics of Swing

Previously, I discussed the mechanics of airborne rotation. This week, we’ll take a look at the mechanics of swing skills. For the purpose of this column, we’ll define a swing skill as any skill in which the gymnast uses momentum … Continue reading

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Roundoff: The World’s Hardest Tumbling Skill

What is the most difficult skill ever performed on floor? Perhaps the triple twisting double back, that whirlwind of a skill performed by such greats as Kohei Uchimura? Or perhaps it is the triple back, the holy grail of tumbling, … Continue reading

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The Code(s) of Points

When discussing routine construction, you will often hear coaches and gymnasts talking about A-skills, B-skills, C-skills, and so on. What, you ask, do these letters mean? And who, you ask, makes all these rules anyway? I’m glad you asked! We’ll … Continue reading

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