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?

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014


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…