Saturday, June 30, 2012

Developing America's Next Generation of Gymnasts

Men's gymnastics has come a long way in the United States, and our international performances should only get stronger--if we raise the next generations correctly. After watching 4 days of competition and many a tumbling exhibition, I decided to compile a list of ways that we can help our youngsters develop.

The U.S. Rings Problem

Team USA's biggest weakness is not what we think it is.

Commentators typically mention the team's pommel horse problem: the American competitors lack the difficulty that other teams have; their hips are not as extended as they should be; and pommel horse, like the women's balance beam, can go terribly wrong in the blink of an eye.