Some Controversial Judging Moments in a Spectacular Men’s Finals

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I just had a chance to watch all of the men’s even finals in their entirety.  Here were some things that stuck out:   RUSSIA!   Wow this team is looking phenomenal right now.  The addition of Nikolai Kuksenkov - the transplanted Ukrainian and new World University Games all-around champion – is HUGE in and of itself, but aside ...

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Women’s Vault Wrap-Up

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I did catch the women’s vault final this morning, so I wanted to post a few comments.  I’ll have more on some of the other finals later on.   This women’s vault final was great.  What an incredible surprise to see that Afanasyeva has suddenly become a world medal threat on vault!  Her Amanar was fantastic, and ...

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Thoughts on The Russian Women’s Team at the World University Games

Afanasyeva stretching

What a treat to see the Russian A-Team competing essentially full difficulty and looking so good.  With the way they are preparing their team right now, you’d think there was a team title at stake at this year’s world championships – which of course there isn’t.  Even so, it will be great to see them ...

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Back In The Game…Five Things To Look Forward To In The Coming Months!

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It’s time to get back in the game!   It’s funny – after following the world’s best gymnasts so closely for four years (or more), analyzing their every move, writing about them several times per week, becoming fully invested in the emotional Olympic selection process, and then traveling to the Olympic Games in London to experience the ...

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AG Uneven Bar Gymnastics Grips – Using the Elastic Fingerlock Band

AG Competitor Uneven Bar Gymnastics Grips

This video explains how girls should put on their pair of American Gymnast Uneven Bar Gymnastics Grips and answers one of the most common questions we receive about our grips - how to use our unique elastic band finger-locking system. Shown in this video are our AG Competitor Uneven Bar Dowel Grips with a Velcro strap. First, ...

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Graphite E (Soft) Rail To Be Used Next Season

After the 2013 JO National Championships, the 407-352 Graphite E (Soft) Rail will become the standard uneven bar rail used in J.O. competitions throughout the US. This flexible rail provides the feel of wood with the strength and resiliency of fiberglass. It is manufactured with less Graphite strands, making it 15-17% less rigid than the current Graphite X Rail.

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NEW! AAI Suede Padded Balance Beam Mat

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This brand new Suede Padded Balance Beam Mat is designed to offer a padded landing for your gymnasts during balance beam training. It features a unique non-slip material on the bottom surface of the pad as well as 3 hook and loop straps to help keep it in place and ensure a tight fit.

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NEW! AAI International Asymmetric Uneven Bars

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American Gymnast was one of the first dealers to have the brand new AAI International Asymmetric Uneven Bars out on the competition floor.

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Rule Update – Floor Exercise Corner Mats

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Both the Women’s Junior Olympic program and the NCAA are now requiring the use of corner mats on Floor Exercise. Our new Foam Bonded Carpet Corner Mat System meets the requirements of the new rules.

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NEW! Non-Cabled Adjustable Single Bar Trainer

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AAI has improved their previous Non-Cabled Single Bar Trainer to this new and improved fully-adjustable version. With the lowest setting at 12″ high, this versatile bar can now be used as the ultimate handstand bar in the gym for practicing pirouetting skills. Raise it by any 6″ increment all the way up to 72″ high, and practice any of your other low bar skills.

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