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Monday, December 17, 2012

The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame-- Video Blast!

I stumbled across an IGHOF video as I was looking up some other footage, and I discovered a really great little library of gymnastics history! Each inductee has a brief video summary of their life in gymnastics. I've learned some things about gymnasts I was already familiar with and some things about gymnasts I'd only heard of. 

Go to the IGHOF YouTube page or start with a video like the one about Agnes Keleti, below, and you'll soon be clicking through a trail of fascinating videos. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Video blast!

I haven't posted in a while. What can I say, November and December are just crazy busy.

Still, I do find time to get sucked into gymnastics videos on YouTube. Here are some I highly recommend:

Cathy Rigby competes compulsories in the 1972 Olympics
I just love watching stuff like this because I know that if I had a time machine I could be in the Olympics. I know if I had a time machine I should probably do something noble like warn people about an impending disaster or assassinate Hitler or something, but come on, a cartwheel on beam? That's it? I'm there.

Faster, Higher, Stronger: a history of gymnastics in the Olympics (BBC)
This is a great documentary and includes quite a bit of old footage I've never seen before, including European chicks that don't shave their armpits, tee hee hee.

NADIA! In its entirety, in higher quality than the one I previously linked to
My kids have now seen it and agree that it's pretty much the greatest movie ever made. (With Spanish subtitles.)

Sporting Greats documentary about Nadia, so you can compare with the fictionalized movie account.
Has anyone ever asked Nadia what she thinks of her movie? That would be my number one interview question.

The Secret of Deva documentary
A fascinating glimpse into the daily lives and training of young Romanian gymnasts. Interesting how they must achieve approximately level 7 or 8 (handsprings on beam, giants on bars) before they ever compete.