Month: December 2015

USA names American Cup 2016 representatives

On December 17th USA Gymnastics released the names of the gymnasts representing the United States at the AT & T American Cup. The annual event takes places on March 5th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. World 2015 […]


Jag Gym – top 10 posts 2015

I love this time of year. Reading year-end wrap-ups and top 10 lists. :-)

Anne Josephson:

2015 marks the end of the second year of JAG Gym Blog. We’ve grown to a community of almost 13,000 regular subscribers and more than doubled the views coming in at over 2 million this year!

… a look back on the most popular blog posts of the year!

Number 10: 12 Ways to Be a Happier Gymnast in 2015

Number 9: Gymnasts Salute: 16 Ways Being a Gymnast Made You a Successful Adult

Number 8: 9 Beliefs That Will (Eventually, Probably) Lead Your Gymnast to Quit (or at Least be Very Unhappy)

Number 7: 15 Reasons Competitive Sports are Great for Kids (That Have Nothing to do with Winning)

Number 6: 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Gymnastics Judges (According to An Actual Judge)

Number 5: How Gymnastics Helps Your Child Succeed in School (Backed by Harvard Research)

Number 4: 18 Things Anyone Who Loves a Competitive Gymnastics Coach Should Know

Number 3: 10 Choices You Make as a Gymnast That Will Serve You Well for the Rest of Your Life

Number 2: If Gymnastics Coaches’ Repetitive Phrases Were Motivational Posters.

Number 1:  Sports Parenting in Ten Sentences.

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burn off those twinkies

The Javier Fernandez ice skating workout. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Javier Fernández López (born 15 April 1991 in Madrid) is … the 2015 World champion …

He moved to Canada after Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson became his coaches and currently resides in Toronto. …

His girlfriend is Japanese former figure skater Miki Andothe first and only female skater to complete a quadruple jump successfully in competition. They both intend to coach.

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I Am Ivan

Meet Ivan Garcia. The 26-year-old waiter and bouncer aspires to be a police officer, but one thing stands in his way: his weight.

The restaurant where Garcia works is located in Scotts Valley, California, near CrossFit Headquarters. When Garcia’s mother approached CrossFit HQ trainer Jenny Lau about training her son, Lau was ready to help Ivan reclaim his body.

“My shoulder hurt really bad, my knees hurt really bad, my back hurt really bad,” Garcia says. “Yeah, I felt strong, but day to day I was very weak.”

Lau faced challenges of her own.

“He just didn’t seem really into it,” she says. “And I was like, ‘Hey, this is optional. You either want to be here or you don’t want to be here.’”

When Garcia decided gastric-bypass surgery was the solution, Lau questioned him.

“If you’re putting 100 percent good food in your body 100 percent of the time and you’re in here giving me 100 percent effort, why aren’t you losing weight?” she asked.

“I figured I was doing CrossFit so I could keep eating junk food and choose bad habits,” Garcia admits.

Lau enlisted the help of friend and registered dietitian Logan Vanderpool, and the two asked Garcia to reconsider invasive surgery at his young age.

“I decided I wanted to eat clean, I wanted to be a healthier version of myself … . I didn’t want to do (the surgery) anymore,” Garcia says. “I wanted to do it on my own with the help of Jenny.”

At the time this video was filmed, Garcia had lost 102 lb.

Video by Jay Vera and Irvin Anfoso.

9min 59sec

Additional audio: “CrossFit Radio Episode 264” by Justin Judkins, published Feb. 25, 2013.

Greg Marsden – TV analyst

Marsden, who retired in April after coaching the Utes for 40 years, has joined the Pac-12 Networks broadcast team along with play-by-play experts Jim Watson and Brian Webber and analyst Amanda Borden.

Former Olympians Samantha Peszek and Alicia Sacramone Quinn are also joining the team.

Utah gymnastics: Greg Marsden joins Pac-12 Network as an analyst

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new skills in the Code of Points

Congratulations to Marisa Dick, Pauline Schaefer, Kitti Honti, Simone Biles (again), Brenna Dowell, Sophie Scheder & Kelly Simm for inspiring new elements in the Code of Points.

One example:

Gymnast: Kitti Honti
Country: Hungary
Skill: Gainer Flic Flac with 1/4 twist to handstand (2 sec) – lower to optional end position. If performed with additional half turn in handstand, no 2 sec hold is required.
Rating: C


Only Marisa Dick, Kitty Honti and Brenna Dowell got their skills named after them. The rest were just added without a name.

The Six New Skills That Were Added To The CoP In 2015

WAG WTC has historically been inconsistent in how and when skills are added. And whether or not the skill is named after the innovator.

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