“The amanar vault has a start value that is .7 higher than the double twisting yurchenko. The gymnasts able to perform the amanar vault have an “unfair” advantage according to the USA Gymnastics Committee. After the 2012 London summer Olympics, the amanar vault will not be allowed in competition because of the advantage.”—
I have a hard time believing this for several reasons. First, the Amanar will only have a .5 advantage over the DTY when the 2013 COP goes into effect, which makes me think that someone made this up, because USAG would have definitely not be basing their decision on the current COP when they know the future one. Second, USA built their vault dominance on Amanars, so why would they prohibit their gymnasts from doing something that made them so successful? It just doesn’t make sense, so I believe this person is just making this up.
OK, I have to ask, who's Nastia? BTW, Olga Korbut was my hero when I was a kid.
Nastia Liukin won the all-around gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Her mother, Anna Kotchneva, was a rhythmic gymnast. Her father, Valeri Liukin, was also a gymnast, and represented the USSR in the Olympics. Nastia was born in Russia, but her family moved to the US when she was young and became American citizens, so she competes for the US. Valeri Liukin is also the coach at WOGA, the gym where Nastia trains, as well as past Olympic all-around gold medalist Carly Patterson, and many other elite gymansts.
While I agree that the comments about Shawn’s weight are disgusting (as well as the article that basically praised her because she lost weight, instead of focussing on the real problem) I’m not sure if I agree with the comment about international judges “discriminating” against gymnasts with a certain body type. First of all, national scores (especially in the US) are much higher that international ones, so if you get a 16 in the US and then a 15.5 at worlds it might not be because the judges hate you, maybe it’s just that they take more deduction for lack of artistry, or feet not pointed and stuff like that, things that nationally are deducted less Also, usually a typical american gymnast’s body type is very muscolar which often makes her less flexible and that’s where they take a lot of deductions. But I also think that, for the same lack of flexiblity/artistry/precision, a thin Liukin-like gymnast might get less deductions because she looks more graceful, even if in reality she isn’t, and I guess that’s the point Dawes is trying to make in the article.
I don’t think there is an international stigma against any body type. Cheng Fei and Anna Pavlova are closer in body type to Shawn than Nastia, yet they do well because of their grace and poise, which I feel Americans generally lack. Americans being scored worse internationally is just due to the fact they are scored really high domestically.