Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Round 'Em up, Boys: MAG Tidbits from 2015 Worlds – October 21, 2015

Greetings, Gymternet! While the majority of the gymnastics fans wait patiently for the women's competition to begin, the excitement is just beginning for the men's gymnastics fans.

Let's take a look at what happened today:

1. The gymternet got really excited about Brinn Bevan's jump to prone fall.

Who knew that jumping to your stomach could merit 5 emojis? This is the state of men's gymnastics today.

2. Kenzo has silenced his haters. Mr. Twisty has a double salto in his routine, and it's not a wussy double salto – like a double Arabian or something. Wait for it…

Yes, folks, that was a triple-double as a second pass.

3. If you were reading Tim Daggett's tweets, you'd assume that Japan is on the verge of being sent to the Test Event. A ginormous disaster of epic proportions, you might say, awaits them.

To be sure, Kohei's parallel bar routine was a bit shaky in spots.

But it's men's podium training! Men's podium training is like taking finals during your last semester of college. No effort; you just try to make it though without dying.

I anticipate that Japan will pull through.

4.  Fabian Hambuechen needs to get his Scheisse together, and soon!

5. The Chinese have really tight butts.

Seriously, look at their pike positions. They need to do some yoga to open the hips and loosen the hamstrings and gluts!

Just watch their piked Belles (piked double backs). You'll understand.

6. Xiao Ruoteng is China's attempt to keep up with Kenzo's twisting.

When I read about Xiao's routine on Twitter's quick hits, I got really excited.

When I saw the routine on video, though, it instantly dissolved on my eyeballs, and I forgot about it – until Gymnastike told me that I should care about it:

7. If there's a place where Kohei Uchimura opens the door for his all-around competitors, it's on vault. 

Technically, there's a lot wrong with this vault. Just look at his roundoff approach:

That's how I look when I'm walking on a curb, drunk, pretending like I'm on a balance beam.

8. But man, you have to love Kohei's clean lines. A good piked Kovacs is the sweetest gift from the gymnastics gods.

9. While we're on the subject of Kohei, here's a tidbit that you might not know. He dedicated his 2011 and 2012 performances to those who were affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. You can read more about it in a piece by CNN.

10. Today, we got a preview of the pommel horse finals:

You can watch Louis Smith's pommel horse routine on Facebook.

But I'm #TeamBerki always and forever.

11. Biggest Disappointment of the Day: Liu Yang, the 2014 gold medalist on rings, did podium training today. And so did Arthur Zanetti, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist on rings.

BUT I HAVEN'T FOUND A VIDEO OF THEIR RINGS ROUTINES! If you have found one, please leave a comment below. I'll love you as much as I love Oleg Vernyayev's toe point.

12. Second Biggest Disappointment of the Day: Very few videos of Russia.

Why does this suck? We, gymnastics fans, need to painstakingly analyze Denis Ablyazin's floor routine and compare it to Kenzo Shirai's.

Uncertainty is the devil. We must know right now who's going to win. (By the way, I anticipate that this is the floor routine that Denis Ablyazin will use in Glasgow.)

We did get a short video of David Belyavskiy on p-bars:

A video posted by Inside Gymnastics (@insidegym) on

It's unclear how Ri Se Gwang still has legs.

14. Photo of the day:

15. Worst Google Translation of the Day: China's "You Hao" becomes "Mrs. Ho" in English. 

16. Fun Tidbit: Leading up to Glasgow, Enrique Tomás González Sepúlveda spent a month in Spain training.

The gymternet loves the porn 'stache. My guess is best chance of making it to Rio will be through the Test Event.

Run across anything good today? Leave a comment below!


  1. I'm surprised no one has commented on Ruoteng's lack of having element group IV. He does a layout half not an Arabian. the twist happens after the flip, not the other way around.

    1. The stretched 1/2 should be a Wu Guonian (IV.22) in competition, so he'll have an element from group IV.