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Requiem for the Stag Ring Jump
The stag ring jump, with all its beauty and elegance, always conveys the feeling of exhilaration. There’s just something inherently light and airy about this jump. The beautifully arched back, the artistically bent legs, the high tilted head, the long extended arms, and the perfectly pointed toes all comes together and form this lovely position in midair, expressing the gymnast’s confidence in this skill along with her desire to impress.  And indeed, we are in awe; beautiful jump as such made us replay it over and over in our heads. Unlike the rare Yang Bo leap, the stag ring jump used to be a staple of Chinese balance beam routines. The balance beam greats such as Mo Huilan, Liu Xuan, Kui Yuanyuan, Li Li, and so many others all had it their routines; and what joy it was watching them perform this skill. But then, the new COP came and single handedly ruined the beautiful gymnastics as we knew it. A stag ring jump that requires more flexibility and control from a gymnast while she looses the sight of beam only scored a B level difficulty with the COP. Instead of encouraging and rewarding beautiful gymnastics, COP penalized whomever took the risk of performing a risky jump like this.  After that, the stag ring jump disappeared from beam routines. No longer do we see the stag ring jump, along with its beauty and elegance being performed by Chinese gymnasts on balance beam… It’s such a shame…
(Pictured: 2003 World Balance Beam Champion Fan Ye performing a stag ring jump. Photo Source unknown)

Requiem for the Stag Ring Jump

The stag ring jump, with all its beauty and elegance, always conveys the feeling of exhilaration. There’s just something inherently light and airy about this jump. The beautifully arched back, the artistically bent legs, the high tilted head, the long extended arms, and the perfectly pointed toes all comes together and form this lovely position in midair, expressing the gymnast’s confidence in this skill along with her desire to impress.  And indeed, we are in awe; beautiful jump as such made us replay it over and over in our heads. Unlike the rare Yang Bo leap, the stag ring jump used to be a staple of Chinese balance beam routines. The balance beam greats such as Mo Huilan, Liu Xuan, Kui Yuanyuan, Li Li, and so many others all had it their routines; and what joy it was watching them perform this skill. But then, the new COP came and single handedly ruined the beautiful gymnastics as we knew it. A stag ring jump that requires more flexibility and control from a gymnast while she looses the sight of beam only scored a B level difficulty with the COP. Instead of encouraging and rewarding beautiful gymnastics, COP penalized whomever took the risk of performing a risky jump like this.  After that, the stag ring jump disappeared from beam routines. No longer do we see the stag ring jump, along with its beauty and elegance being performed by Chinese gymnasts on balance beam… It’s such a shame…

(Pictured: 2003 World Balance Beam Champion Fan Ye performing a stag ring jump. Photo Source unknown)

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What do Chinese gymnasts do on weekends? How about giving each others haircuts ;)
(Pictured: Jiang Yuyuan getting a haircut from Sui Lu.  Photo Source: 江钰源)

What do Chinese gymnasts do on weekends? How about giving each others haircuts ;)

(Pictured: Jiang Yuyuan getting a haircut from Sui Lu.  Photo Source: 江钰源)

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14-Member Chinese Olympics Training Squad

The girls competing for one of the five Olympics spots are:

  1. Cheng Fei - China’s best hope on vault; she has been landing the Amanar in the pit.
  2. Jiang Yuyuan - The outgoing team captain; reasonably consistent, she is the perfect tablesetter for any competition and any event.
  3. Yao Jinan - The breakout star of 2011; she’s training a more difficult vault, don’t count her out on the AA champion yet.
  4. Sui Lu - Best beam and floor worker on the Chinese team; she’s upgrading, too. Adrianna Pop choreographed her new Indian style floor routine, can’t wait to see it. 
  5. Huang Qiushuang - the headcase of headcases; the skills and forms are all there, she just needs to be consistent. Her UB and VT compliment Sui Lu’s BB and FX perfectly in team finals.
  6. He Kexin - China’s only hope to match up to “Beth the upgrade machine”; if she would just switch out that layout jaeger in her routine already… even I’m getting mental block watching her compete that skill.
  7. Deng Linlin - Biggest surprise of the ‘08 Olympics; she works harder than anyone and can be used on all 4 events, maybe she’ll surprise us once again.
  8. Yang Yilin - Girl with the beautiful form; she has the prettiest DTY in China, maybe she should be training for an Amanar to improve her chances…
  9. Tan Sixin - Headcase of Tokyo Worlds; her leaps are the best of this group IMO, her beam is so gorgeous when she hits.
  10. Wu Liufang - The ultimate alternate of alternates; she’s got beautiful bars and beam routines with that breathtaking Yang Bo leap! They just need to give her a chance to shine.
  11. Huang Huidan - Another beam and bar specialist; her routines have more of a Russian/Western style than the typical Chinese set.
  12. Zeng Siqi - The cutest gymnast since Mo Huilan; she’s great on beam and floor, and she captures your attention like no other.
  13. Luo Peiru - A bars and vault specialist; she has some interesting elements in her bars routine.
  14. Shang Chunsong - the unknown…beam is her best event. 

(Pictured: Adriana Pop with the girls.  L to R: Huang Huidan, Sui Lu, Shang Chunsong, Yao Jinnan, Zeng Siqi, Luo Peiru, Adriana Pop, Huang Qiushuang, Jiang Yuyuan, Wu Liufang, Tan Sixin, Deng linlin.   Photo source unknown.)

  01:52 pm, by chinesegymnastics 26  |  Comments

Happy International Women’s Day 2012 - Chinese Female Coach Appreciation Post

A big thank you to the Chinese National Team female coaches for their excellent work on the International Women’s Day.  Together, they produced some of the best female gymnasts in the world.

Happy March 8th to: Coach He Hua (currently coaching He Kexin, Tan Sixin, Zeng Siqi), Coach Xu Jinglei (currently coaching Sui Lu, Yao Jinnan, Huang Huidan), Coach Sun Haiou (currently coaching Huang Qiushang, Wu Liufang), Coach Zhang Xia (currently coaching Jiang Yuyuan, Deng Linlin), and Coach Bao Xianqin (currently coaching Yang Yilin).

(Photo Source: 体操乐岛-BBS论坛)

11:15 am, by chinesegymnastics  Comments

Ode to the Yang Bo Leap

Such a beautiful skill, the Yang Bo leap always takes my breath away.  When a photographer captures it at the right moment, this amazing skill almost transcends reality with the gymnast floating in the air; her legs extended with those exquisite lines, as if she’s about to leap through time and space into a world of pure perfection; her back arched and her head tilted back, displaying her confidence in this wonderful skill for the rest of us to admire…  Many would love to see this skill more often, yet only a few gymnasts have competed with it, mostly Chinese gymnasts. Some of those gymnasts don’t regularly include this skill in their routine. Tan Sixin debut it at the Chinese Nationals in 2011, only to take it out a few month later. Currently, this unicorn of skills is consistently performed by one person only, it’s a fixture and a must-see of her routine, and her name is Wu Liufang (pictured). 

(Photo Source:阿绛85)

  10:29 pm, by chinesegymnastics 42  |  Comments
Chinese national team WAG and MAG members are heading back to China today after winning lots of medals at the Houston Invitational.  Great job boys and girls =)
(Photo source: 孤星之舟)

Chinese national team WAG and MAG members are heading back to China today after winning lots of medals at the Houston Invitational.  Great job boys and girls =)

(Photo source: 孤星之舟)

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Chinese Gymnasts arrive at the Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport for the Houston Invitational.  (Photo source: 孤星之舟)

The gymnasts competing are: Zhang Yelinzi, Wang Xin, Li Shanshan, Zhang Qing, and Li Yiting.

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Yao Jinan - Floor Exercise @ Tokyo World Championships

Yao Jinan - Floor Exercise @ Tokyo World Championships

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Huang Qiushang - Balance Beam @ Tokyo Worlds 2011

Huang Qiushang - Balance Beam @ Tokyo Worlds 2011

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