Montage Monday: Inspiration

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"I think we all need a pep talk." This video has little to do with gymnastics directly but I still wanted to share it. This little boy, Kid President, is wise beyond his years. I don't know if anyone else is at the point in the (school) year where all you can do is ask yourself why. Why am I learning this? Why does it matter? Why is it still snowing/raining/not as sunny out as usual? Why does my boss hate me? Why can't I catch my Tkatchev like Dougie? Why? Why? Why? It's nice to have a little reminder every now and then that we're all here for a reason and to get a little motivation. This pep talk was perfect -"It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance."

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Kiwigymnast16 does a great job in this montage with Hall of Fame by The Script and includes both WAG and MAG. You get to see a lot of athletes and a lot of the joyous occasions - stuck landings, gymnasts pleased with scores, and teams celebrating.
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@pvanswim pointed out this montage to me and Spanny says it takes her back to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The song is "Power of a Dream" by Celine Dion and even though I'm not a (real) gymnast, I find this montage incredibly inspiring. So watch it. I had a smile on my face for the rest of the night after I watched it.
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Note: I have exams coming up so I likely won't be posting for the next few weeks. I should be back around Valentine's Day. As always, you can reach me on twitter, facebook, and tumblr. I'm also thinking of getting on the video bandwagon and finally showing you some of my adult gymnastics stuff. We'll see!

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On The Rise: Switzerland

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A new series looking at countries that are On The Rise and may be able to challenge the countries at the top, mainly the "Big 4" - USA, Russia, Romania, China - at the team or individual level.

Ilaria Käslin

Switzerland is a country that has recently made a name for herself with Ariella Kaeslin. After her retirement, the legacy of great vaulters continued with 2012 European Bronze Medalist Giulia Steingruber. Steingruber has proven to be an excellent all-arounder after placing 14th in the Olympic all-around final. The Swiss have great things to look forward to in continued representation from Steingruber and the rise of some junior stars. As a team, Switzerland placed 11th in the senior team competition and 13th in the junior team competition at the 2012 European Championships. In this profile, we'll look at Steingruber along with 2 juniors, Ilaria Käslin and Laura Schulte who should help to contribute to the rise of Switzerland in this quadrennium.

Giulia Steingruber
Starting off this series with a personal and surprise favorite, Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland. Steingruber is most known for her vaulting ability. Sadly, she fell in qualifications and was in the terrible 9th place just missing out on making the vault event finals. Otherwise, she had a shot of landing on the podium in the Olympic Vault Event Finals with a Rudi (handspring on, 1.5 twist off - 6.3 D). She upgraded her 2nd vault to a Tsuk double full for the 6.0 start value, an increase from the 5.2 D-score of a Tsuk full that she usually competed, but fell.
Accomplishments: 3rd place VT, 4th AA 2012 European Championships, 9th place VT Olympic qualifications, 14th Olympic AA, 5th place VT 2012 Test Event
Skills: VT - Rudi (front handspring on, 1.5 twist off - now a 6.2),  and Tsuk double (6.0), beam - switch split-side somi, floor - double layout, BB - The Steingruber - a gainer full off the beam



100th Post: The Real Sportsmen of the Year

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Gabrielle Douglas was nominated for the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. The field was very competitive with other great athletes like tennis superstar Serena Williams, the most decorated Olympian of all time in swimmer Michael Phelps, and one of the most heartwarming stories of the Olympic Games in sprinter Oscar Pistorius. In the end, the award went to professional basketball player LeBron James. However, when he accepted his award, he acknowledged what he called "the real sportsmen of the year."

Below is a story of two brothers, Conner and Cayden Long. They were given the title of "2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year" but I agree with LeBron James, they are the the true Sportsmen of the Year. They remind you what it is to be passionate about something and what it means to truly love.

Grab a tissue before you watch this. (Facebook link here)


Montage Monday: American Cup, Olympics, & NCAA!

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We still have a few more Olympic montages rolling in but we can start to look ahead in the competition season. We are now on week 3 of the 2013 Women's NCAA Gymnastics season (week 2 for the men) and we are waiting for the start of the upcoming elite season. 

Kyla Ross - American Cup 2013 Preview
The field for the American Cup to be held on March 2 has been announced. On the women's side we have American headliners Kyla Ross and Elizabeth Price along with a rather strong field of Olympians and strong contenders for future World teams: Vanessa Ferrari (ITA), Larissa Iordache (ROM), Elisabeth Seitz of (GER), and Asuka Teramoto (JPN), + 1 Canadian, +1 more athlete to be announced. On the men's side, we will see Danell Leyva and Jake Dalton of the USA up against Jorge Hugo Giraldo Lopez (COL), Marcel Nguyen (GER), Sergio Sasaki (BRA), Kristian Thomas (GBR), and Oleg Verniaiev (UKR), +1 more athlete to be announced.

Chris Saccullo has made a lovely montage of Kyla Ross as an American Cup 2013 preview. It's a techno/dubstep remix but it fits the style of the video perfectly. The video isn't too long at just 2 minutes and really seems like perfect advertising to me - the music is upbeat and has just short clips of Kyla doing amazing things that should get everyone, obsessed gym fans and grandmas in Topeka alike, to want to watch the televised gymnastics event.

Kyla Ross - 2013 American Cup Preview from CSaccullo on Vimeo.


Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular Trailer

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Credit: Aly Raisman (@Aly_Raisman)

The Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular airs tonight (Sunday, January 20th) on NBC 4-6PM EST. The musical guests will be R5 and the Fresh Beat Band (I haven't heard of any of them either). The hosts of the event will be gymnastics greats Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner and figure skating great Peggy Flemming. Seven gymnasts will be present along with nine figure skaters. The event is presented by Hilton Honors who represents the three male athletes - Chris Brooks, Jonathan Horton, and 2012 Olympic Bronze All Around Medalist Danell Leyva. On the women's side, a host of all around champions will be there - the 2008 Olympic Champion Nastia Liukin, the 2011 World Champion Jordyn Wieber, and the 2012 Olympic Champion Gabrielle Douglas. They will be joined by the new face of Pandora jewelry: 2012 Olympic Floor Champion Aly Raisman. The photo above is of Aly for Pandora in Marie Claire magazine. More information about the event can be found here.

It's been almost two weeks since the athletes released this teaser video to Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City's "Good Time." Bart Conner even gets back on the parallel bars for this!

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First Montage Monday of the Year!

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Welcome back! Hope you all had a lovely New Year! Montage Monday is switching to bimonthly. Check out Arabian Punch Front on facebook or twitter (@ArabianPF_blog) in between to check for any updates.

The Beauty of Gymnastics. London 2012 Edition.
By uswntgymfan
Song: Varou by Sigur Ros
Great montage of gymnastics and London 2012. How beautiful gymnastics is! She included a lot of my favorite footage that makes me laugh or smile. It's definitely one of those slow motion montages but it reminds you that every moment is important and significant in gymnastics and that each athlete brings shines her own light on the sport.

Fight For You. The Fierce Five & the Magnificent Seven.
By AshleyakaFlipper2
Ever wondered what the Fierce Five would look like up against the Magnificent Seven? Ashley does so well with match up montages - comparing Dominique Dawes' double layout with Jordyn's double double on floor, Amanda Borden and Kyla Ross' double tuck dismount off beam, or both Jordyn and Dominique Moceanu's full twisting double layout dismount off bars. Guess which two vaults were compared? I know we all wondered what the two teams would look like side by side, and now we get to see.

Алия Мустафина - Небо принадлежит тебе / Aliya Mustafina - The Sky Belongs To You was made by Chris Saccullo. Chris continues to push the envelope with his montages. Here, he overlays scenes of earth from space as Mustafina's tumbling. I love how she's tumbling over off and that there are clips of her saluting in the sky - the sky belongs to you. Let him know what you think in the comments to the video!

Fansgymnastic just made this montage of Gabby Douglas back in November. It's to a rap/hip-hop song and some of my favorite parts are the clips of other people reacting to Gabby's performances, like the rest of the Fierce 5 during her UB and Jordyn and Gabby's mom, Natalie Hawkins, during the AA. Check it out! Gabby Douglas - I WANNA BE BIGGER



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Thank you a million times @fiercefivephoto/fiercefivephotos on instagram (*no s on twitter!) for this edit! Click to enlarge. Please give credit to her!

No matter who you are or where you're from, whether you love the power, the grace, the artistry, the precision, if you're rooting for the rookie or the veteran, the home team or one abroad, we're all here because we love the sport - the wins, the losses, the stories, the triumphs. Here's to another great year and quad!


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