Check out this cool behind the scenes video of the USA Gymnastics teams’ trip to the 2010 Rotterdam World Championships. Click the title to go to the video, because AT&T is silly and I can’t embed it :(
Everyone, I’m sorry to desert you during Worlds week but I am going to be on vacation until Thursday evening. For coverage, I suggest you go to GYMNASTIKE, or the COUCH GYMNAST, or GYMNASTICS EXAMINER, or GYMNASTICS COACHING. Also a great resource is the Rotterdam WORLDS PAGE. See you next week, and GO USA!
is AWESOME! They are providing so so so much information to the public, it is incredible! Every World Championships host from here on out should really take a page out of their book. (I’m looking at you, Tokyo, Mr. We-Don’t-Even-Have-A-Website-Yet!) Check out their coverage information, athlete lists, and even features with certain athletes!
Click HERE to see their list of places you can find information about the meet (eg. couch gymnast, etc). Sadly they left off the amazing GYMNASTIKE….SHAME!!! Gymnastike is one of the best gymnastics resources available (in my semi-biased opinion) and I’m thrilled that Anne’s going to be at her first World Championships! I’ve emailed them and hopefully they’ll remedy the problem! Again the website link is HERE!
WOW, the FIG has banned North Korea from competition for 30 days, due to the recent discovery of the age falsification(s) of 2004 and 2008 Olympian Hong Su Jong. 30 days doesn’t sound like a lot, but that takes them out of the Worlds coming up, which is a qualifier for the 2011 World Championships, which is in turn a qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics. Yeesh…suddenly things just got a lot more serious!
North Korea can appeal, but the evidence all points to the same thing - that they falsified the age of one of their athletes. While this is all very unfortunate, I have trouble feeling too sorry for them….you have to play by the rules, that’s why they’re there.
Rick at Gymnastics Coaching pointed out that this likely applies to the men’s team as well as the women, which is unfortunate, because as far as we know, the men did nothing wrong. There’s going to be a lot of angry gymnasts in North Korea today, methinks.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out. I doubt an appeal will allow the women’s team to compete in Rotterdam, but perhaps the FIG should allow the men’s team to compete. After all, it was the women’s mistake, why should the men be punished? However, if North Korea isn’t able to compete in Rotterdam, there’s no fair way to allow them another way of qualifying for the Olympics, is there? Harsh punishment, but not unwarranted.
UPDATE: Adding videos! Click the gymnasts’ name to view a video of them. Keep checking back as I continue to edit! Nominative roster list is now COMPLETE! I suspect the mixed groups will change since some countries have withdrawn and others will be sending less gymnasts than initially thought.
Original post: Many countries have released their nominative rosters of the athletes that they are taking to Worlds already, wahoo! This means that the rosters can change, and likely we’ll see some changes, but this should give us a rough idea of who we can expect to see! Mielieta at Keishlieta Gymnastique has started compiling a list, along with the Rotations schedule for the competition, it’s nice to see everyone’s names together!