Top 10 of 2010: Gymnastics Events, Media and Technology

Posted on December 31, 2010

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Happy New Year! Double Front is excited to usher in a new year of gymnastics meets, sports blogging and opportunities. Thanks to my friends, including fellow gymnastics fans and bloggers, for supporting this site.

And another special thanks to Katie from Full Twist for mentioning Double Front in her Full Twist Best of 2010 post.

Our Top 10 of 2010 features the best and and second best of gymnastics. Enjoy!

Double Front’s Top 10 of 2010: Gymnastics Events, Media, and Technology
(in no particular order)

1.      Russian Women World’s Best—The Russian team as reemerged with several new stars and rising juniors. The team clinched 5 world medals, including gold in the team and all around competitions. One of their younger stars, Viktoria Komova, dominated the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.

2.      Sacramone’s Return—US Olympic silver medalist Alicia Sacramone comes out of retirement and wins first her first world vault title at 22. She is now a triple world champion: team (2007), vault (2010) and floor (2005).

3.      Georgia Gymdogs iPhone App—The first (and currently only) iPhone app for an NCAA gymnastics team. 

4.      British Gymnastics Ready for 2012—Both the women’s and men’s team won silver at the Europeans—the best ever finish for either team. At 25, Beth Tweddle continues to win world and European titles on floor and uneven bars. The British men also won European and World medals this year. Several British athletes will be in contention for medals at London 2012.

5.      Appalling gymnastics commentary at Youth Olympic Games—I watched some of the competitions online and was horrified at the commentators’ lack of knowledge about the sports of gymnastics. (I was also disappointed by the excessive commentary during floor routines—one of my ultimate pet peeves!). A Gymnastics Examiner article featured Singaporean national champion Alex Liang’s letter of complaint against the YOG commentary.

6.      Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands didn’t win high bar world gold— This story is a heartbreaker! We can’t change the gymnastics judging or the athlete’s performance. But I was so disappointed that Zonderland didn’t win the gold in his home country. This was his second world silver on high bar.

7.      FIG introduces spidercam at 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships—This system of suspended cameras provided new views of gymnastics at this year’s worlds. Another great technological advancement for the sport of gymnastics. http://bit.ly/g2DVKa

8.      Romania’s Porgras wins gold on beam at Worlds—At her second world championship, she brought home her first world title. This is Romania’s first gold medal since Andrea Raducan in 2001. Her teammate Diana Chelaru won silver on floor. (Porgras is one of my new favorite gymnasts—her artistry and elegance rival the best in the world! )

9.      Lauren Mitchell wins first world gold medal for Australian women—Mitchell has cemented herself as the best ever Australian female gymnast. She’s had an incredible year, winning titles at World Championships, Commonwealth Games and World Cup events.

10.  Video now available on Universal Sports iPhone app—Universal Sports, the sole broadcasting partner of USA Gymnastics, added video to their iPhone app in late 2010. I’m happy to see this development and anxiously await a native iPad app and mobile live streaming.

Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous 2011!

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