Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Why I'm Confused by UCLA's Crowdfunding Campaign

Watch the video for yourself


This level of fluff might fly with wealthy donors in L.a. L.a. Land, but we, the gymternet, are smarter than this. When things don't add up, we notice, and we respond. Let's break this down… 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sexy Data Dump

During the World Championships, I made many, many charts for GymCastic, and they need to live somewhere. So, why not my blog?

Click on the images to make them larger.

1. A breakdown of the execution scores during the men's all-around.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

SamGate

Should Sam Mikulak have been allowed to remount the bars? Watch the judge at the 0:49 mark.


I'm going with "no." When Oliver Hegi's grip ripped last year, he was not given extra time.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2014 Men's World Team Finals: When Difficulty Edges Out Execution


At the 2004 Olympics, Marian Dragulescu performed his eponymous vault. He completed it nearly flawlessly and earned a 9.900, a ginormous score at the time. For his second vault, Dragulescu did a Kaz 1.5. But he went over the lines, put both hands to the mat, and stepped off the vault mats.

Magically, Dragulescu still scored a 9.325 on his second vault. Many thought that Dragulescu should have scored a maximum of 9.100 on the Kasamatsu. The Canadian gymnastics federation lodged a protest on behalf of Kyle Shewfelt who was in fourth place. Two judges had given Dragulescu a 9.5 on his second vault, when there were clearly more than 0.5 in errors.

Adrian Stoica, a Romanian, was the FIG's Men's Technical Director at the time, and many believe that Dragulescu's score was a show of partisanship.

About today's results, Coach Rick on GymnasticsCoaching.com has said:
This is worse than the Uchimura pommel dismount scandal at the 2012 Olympics. 
On par with the Dragalescu 2nd Vault scandal at the 2004 Olympics. Four judges were sanctioned that time.
I had many feelings about this, as well.

Overall, Japan was the more consistent team. But, with some distance between myself and the event, I can say that Japan had their fair share of mistakes and missed opportunities. Let's take a look at some numbers… 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

More Difficulty = Better Execution Scores?


Let's face it. We are gym fans.

In case you missed it, fan is short for fanatic, and as fanatics, we, gymnastics fans, aren't the most logical people. We tend to select one routine or one example, and we craft an entire theory around that one data point.

Recently, I came across a new theory among gymnastics fanatics. The theory goes something like this: Judges are more lenient with their execution scores when gymnasts perform more difficulty.

In other words, the greater the difficulty, the higher the execution score.

Of course, I had to look into this. So, I took a looky-poo at the scores from the qualifying rounds at the 2013 World Championships.

Why did I choose that particular data set? 'Cause during those early sessions of the World Championships, you have a wide array of D scores. You have the best in the world on an event, and then, you have gymnasts who would be Level 8 gymnasts in the United States.

Let's see what I found…

Sunday, May 25, 2014

MAG: What's Your Country's Worst Event?

When Coach Rick asks you a question, you answer him. That's the first rule of gymternet etiquette.

So, when he asked me this…

…I put together some sexy data for him. As you look at the charts below, please keep in mind the following:
  1. If you click on the image, it gets bigger!
  2. I'm looking at the averages from the team competitions at the Olympics and the World Championships.
  3. The charts include only the counting scores. So, if the competition was 4-up, 3-count, then, the averages included in the chart reflect only the 3 counting scores.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let's look to see which events the world sucks at, shall we?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Men's UTRS: The Best Scores of 2014 Updated April 27



The All Around is going to do their handy dandy rankings this year for the women. If they take on the men, I will stop my UTRS (Uncle Tim Ranking System). Again, for those who care, "UTRS" is pronounced "uterus."

As per usual, take these rankings with a grain of salt. (Pro Tip: Never bet your life savings based on my numbers–or my predictions for that matter.) I recognize that judging varies from meet to meet, but sometimes, it is evident that the judges are smoking something. Earlier this year, the American judges at the Houston Invitational were higher than the attendees of Woodstock. So, I decided to drop those scores from the UTRS. Sorry.

But before we begin, here's a fun fact:

At the 2014 Tokyo World Cup, Kohei Uchimura's total D score was a 38.6. That's 0.5 harder than his routines at the 2013 World Championships. 



Men's All-Around Rankings: Best Scores





NameCountryScoreMeet
1. Kohei UchimuraJapan92.898Tokyo World Cup
2. Fabian HambuechenGermany90.231Tokyo World Cup
3. Sam MikulakUSA90.098American Cup
4. David BelyavskiyRussia89.899Russian Nationals
5. Sergio SasakiBrazil89.550Brazilian Friendly
6. Ryohei KatoJapan89.397Tokyo World Cup
7. Max WhitlockGreat Britain89.000British Championships
8. Shogo NonomuraJapan88.965American Cup
9. Daniel PurvisGreat Britain88.899American Cup
10. John OrozcoUSA88.065American Cup
11. Daniel KeatingsGreat Britain88.000Brazilian Friendly
12. Kristian ThomasGreat Britain87.950English Championships
13. Nikita IgnatyevRussia87.933Russian Nationals
14. Frank BainesGreat Britain87.900Brazilian Friendly
15. Sam OldhamGreat Britain86.900British Championships

Best Score of 2013: Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 92.165, Stuttgart


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Men's UTRS: The Best Scores of 2014 Updated April 6


The All Around is going to do their handy dandy rankings this year for the women. If they take on the men, I will stop my UTRS (Uncle Tim Ranking System). Again, for those who care, "UTRS" is pronounced "uterus."

As per usual, take these rankings with a grain of salt. (Pro Tip: Never bet your life savings based on my numbers–or my predictions for that matter.) I recognize that judging varies from meet to meet, but sometimes, it is evident that the judges are smoking something. Earlier this year, the American judges at the Houston Invitational were higher than the attendees of Woodstock. So, I decided to drop those scores from the UTRS. Sorry.

But before we begin, here's a fun fact:

At the 2014 Tokyo World Cup, Kohei Uchimura's total D score was a 38.6. That's 0.5 harder than his routines at the 2013 World Championships. 



Men's All-Around Rankings: Best Scores





NameCountryScoreMeet
1. Kohei UchimuraJapan92.898Tokyo World Cup
2. Fabian HambuechenGermany90.231Tokyo World Cup
3. Sam MikulakUSA90.098American Cup
4. Ryohei KatoJapan89.397Tokyo World Cup
5. Max WhitlockGreat Britain89.000British Championships
6. Shogo NonomuraJapan88.965American Cup
7. Daniel PurvisGreat Britain88.899American Cup
8. John OrozcoUSA88.065American Cup
9. Kristian ThomasGreat Britain87.950English Championships
10. Sergio SasakiBrazil87.797Tokyo World Cup

Best Score of 2013: Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 92.165, Stuttgart


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sloppy: The 2014 American Cup Drinking Game

As usual, play at your own risk!

Take A Big Gulp Whenever…


  • It sounds like Nastia is whispering into the microphone.
  • The commentators use the word "capable."
  • Nastia and Tim begin to reminisce about the glory days when they still wore grips and leotards.
  • Al Trautwig makes a WTF comment, and Tim Daggett laughs uncomfortably to be polite.
  • Someone on social media calls Carlotta Ferlito a racist.
  • Someone on social media wonders why Gabby Douglas isn't competing.
  • Someone on social media confuses Elizabeth Price with Gabby Douglas.
  • A gymnast does an aerial front walkover.
  • A male gymnast does a double pike dismount off parallel bars.
  • A female gymnast does a double pike on floor. (You're going to get so drunk. Oops.)


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Not So Sexy Data: The U.S. Pommel Horse Problem

In this photo, Akash is clearly concerned about something. I'm guessing it's the pommel horse scores.


Yesterday, I said that the U.S. men were in trouble on pommel horse. Well, here's some (not so) sexy data to back it up:

Averages from the 2014 Winter Cup
for the U.S. National Team

NameFX Avg.PH Avg.SR Avg.VT Avg.PB Avg.HB Avg.
Akash Modi14.75013.55014.25014.30015.37513.875
Alex Naddour11.750
Brandon Wynn15.550
Chris Brooks14.40013.62514.55014.87514.70015.275
Donnell Whittenburg14.97512.60015.37515.02514.55014.050
Eddie Penev15.45015.22514.07513.900
Jake Dalton15.150
John Orozco14.30012.80014.70015.00013.47515.400
Jonathan Horton
Josh Dixon14.87512.57514.15015.10014.02514.700
Marvin Kimble14.67513.20014.60014.22515.02514.225
Paul Ruggeri
Sam Mikulak
Sean Melton15.00013.40014.20015.02514.05014.825
Steven Legendre14.700
Average14.80312.93814.72514.84714.40914.531
There was a bonus system in place at the Winter Cup, so some of these averages might be a little on the higher side.


When the current U.S. National Team averages a 12.938 on pommel horse, it's time to panic if you're a U.S. gymnastics fan. And if you're a U.S. National Team member, it might be time to risk tendonitis of the wrist--due to excessive circling.

Pass me the Xanax. I'm going to need it this year.


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Monday, February 24, 2014

14 Routines to Watch from the 2014 Winter Cup

via USAGym

Generally speaking, gym nerds were not impressed with the 2014 Winter Cup. That is, they were Maroney-ed about the whole situation. Many left the Riviera Royale Pavilion feeling somewhat ambivalent about the routines. They were hoping for huge skills, but big skills were few and far between. And if they couldn't get big skills, they were hoping for perfection, but Kohei Uchimura sublimity was missing.

At times, the meet was a comedy of errors. Especially pommel horse on day 1, where it seemed like no one could make it through the meet without falling.

As you'll see below, I haven't included any pommel horse routines in my list of must-watch routines. Sadly, no one broke a 15 on the event. The highest score was Ellis Mannon's 14.500 for this routine with some old school flair work:

But Ellis Mannon wasn't named to the U.S. National Team, and neither was Penn State's Craig Hernandez, who mustered a 14.350.

Let's face it. The United States continues to struggle on pommel horse. Sure, Fabian Hambuechen won a World bronze medal with a 13.333 on pommels, but 2014 isn't just about individual results. It's about the team. And if the American men want to contend for a team medal at the 2014 World Championships, they can't have a lineup that consistently averages a 13.

:::Remove finger from Team USA's gaping wound:::

All that said, I don't want to make it seem like the Winter Cup was a giant vortex of suckage. There were some great moments in Las Vegas over the weekend!!! And there were some cool skills being competed!!! Let's discuss a few of them…


1. Eddie Penev on Floor



Eddie Penev first competed internationally for Bulgaria, but as a full-time student, Eddie struggled to meet the demands of the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation. It was hard to find time to travel back and forth between Bulgaria and the United States for training camps and other events. So, he switched his nationality in 2012, and in 2013, he became part of the U.S. National Team.

I'm guessing that USAGym is happy with this switch, especially after the Men's Technical Committee watched Eddie's floor routine during finals at the Winter Cup. Eddie was the only American gymnast to break 16 at the meet. Granted, he broke 16 only because the United States has a funky bonus system. But even without the stick bonus in effect, Eddie's routine would have scored a 15.950, which still would have been the highest score of the weekend.

By the way, Eddie's capable of doing a 2.5 punch front double full. It's not quite as impressive as Kenzo's 3.5 punch front double full. But are we sure that Kenzo Shirai's human?


Monday, February 10, 2014

Mini Men's UTRS: The Best Scores of 2014




The All Around is going to do their handy dandy rankings this year for the women. If they take on the men, I will stop my UTRS (Uncle Tim Ranking System). Again, for those who care, "UTRS" is pronounced "uterus."

As per usual, take these rankings with a grain of salt. (Pro Tip: Never bet your life savings based on my numbers–or my predictions for that matter.) Judging varies from meet to meet, and as you'll see, the judges at the Houston National Invitational were either the most benevolent human beings ever known to the face of the planet OR they smoking a little something something.



Men's All-Around Rankings: Best Scores





NameCountryScoreMeet
1. John OrozcoUSA92.250Houston National Invitational
2. Danell LeyvaUSA88.150Houston National Invitational
3. Donnell WhittenburgUSA88.050Houston National Invitational

Best Score of 2013: Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 92.165, Stuttgart


Monday, January 27, 2014

The Evolution of Artistry in Men's Gymnastics: 1985-1988



Yayziez! It's time to take on the nostalgists' favorite quadrennium (or one of them, at least): 1985-1988. For whatever reason, in many gym nerds' minds, those four years are held to be the apex of artistry. But was the Code really that stupendous? Let's take a look…