Archive for the ‘Cool Clips’ Category

Olympic preview montage

August 7, 2008

It’s here! Time to get excited.

Intro to inverts

April 19, 2008

Presenting the woman who introduced inverted giants to uneven bars. Hey, if the commentator says it, it must be true.

Shi Liying, 1992 Seiko Grand Prix Event Finals, Uneven Bars:

Audi gymnastics commercial

April 12, 2008


A unique side aerial from Corey Hartung

January 20, 2008

Florida's Corey HartungEven though her team lost (by the smallest of margins), the University of Florida’s Corey Hartung was extremely impressive at Friday’s meet against no. 2 Georgia.

The junior, who trained with Kelli Hill as an elite, has long, elegant lines similar to Nastia Liukin’s and not your average college gymnastics skill set.

Corey Hartung, 2007 NCAA Super Six, Uneven Bars:

One move Hartung seems to have left behind is an unusual side aerial facing cross-wise on the balance beam. Here she is competing it at he 2004 American Classic Team Cup.

Corey Hartung, 2004 American Classic Team Cup, Balance Beam:

Cheng Xuemin’s front handspring, front pike combination on beam

December 12, 2007

The first time I saw a front pike performed on balance beam was 1998, when Vanessa Atler threw one at the U.S. Championships.

Vanessa Atler, 1998 U.S. Championships Prelims, Balance Beam:

I saw a front handspring, front tuck combination for the first time that year, too, from Russian Anna Kovalyova at the American Cup (although Canadian great Yvonne Tousek had performed it at the 1996 Olympics.) Kovalyova was definitely one of the best beamworkers of that quad and is seldom recognized as such.

Anna Kovalyova, 1998 International Three-on-three Championships, Balance Beam:

Nine years later, here’s China’s Cheng Xuemin performing a front handspring, front pike combination on the same apparatus.

Cheng Xuemin, 2007 Chinese Nationals Prelims, Balance Beam:

Combinations on men’s floor exercise

December 10, 2007

An excellent montage of some of the best combination tumbling being done in men’s gymnastics. Featuring Marian Dragulescu, Diego Hypolito, Justin Spring and more.

Impossible is nothing: Diego Hypolito version

December 3, 2007

English-speaking gymnastics fans may remember the sportswear giant Adidas’s “Impossible is Nothing” commercial that juxtaposed then-U.S. junior Nastia Liukin’s bar routine with Nadia Comaneci’s from 1976.

Nastia and Nadia’s Adidas Commercial:

Adidas has also done Spanish commercials with prominent athletes, in which they draw self-portraits and tell the story of how they came to believe that “impossible is nothing.”

Here’s Brazilian Diego Hypolito’s, talking about leading up to winning the 2005 World Championships on floor exercise.

Steven Legendre’s Hypolito

November 27, 2007

Newly crowned Junior Pan American Games champ Steven Legendre does something on floor exercise that I’ve been waiting to see in gymnastics for years: A full-in, one and a half out. In the pike position!

So cool.

Nice to know there’ll be someone at the University of Oklahoma carrying on in Jonathan Horton’s crazily difficult footsteps after Horton graduates this year. Legendre seems to be a good candidate — immense difficulty and falls almost as spectacular as the completed tricks themselves.

Update: There’s been some confusion as to whether the above skill is indeed a full-in, one and a half out or a Hypolito (Arabian double pike, full out.) While it is given as a full-in, one and a half out on the quick hits from the 2007 U.S. Championships, I agree that it is indeed a Hypolito. This post wouldn’t be complete, therefore, without honoring the man whom the skill is named for.

Brazilian Diego Hypolito performing an Arabian double pike, full out:

Olga Korbut’s double back

November 8, 2007

Olga Korbut

Even though it was 1976, this film looks like it was recorded during the Chaplin era. Nevertheless, rare footage of Olga Korbut doing a double back, shown at 1:20, as well as other stuff from the 1976 Olympic all-around is well worth a little fuzziness.

The dubbed-in version of “Malaguena” fits Nadia Comaneci’s floor routine pretty well, too. Thanks to Youtube user arthur93 for the amazing videos.

Gymnastics history — in montage form

November 5, 2007

Rick at Gymnastics Coaching posted this excellent montage of 2008 U.S. Olympic hopefuls a little while ago.

Wonderfully done. Reminds me of Aleksas Trotter’s montage about the ocean-deep 2000-2004 U.S. National team — and since this was made in the run-up to the 2003 Worlds,  the montagemaker doesn’t even include Mohini Bhardwaj.

Aleksas also made a montage of the 1996-2000 generation, titled “So Good.”