A picture of a mixed pair I took at the 2008 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships. Sorry, I forget who they or where they came from, but could be Russian). I don’t usually post the girls here (y’know… gay, and that) but I have reason to be proud just now.
Son Leo and his ‘sister’ Jaymee, both 10 3/4 years, give their first solo show this weekend! No I’m not posting pix of our 10-year-olds here, so you’ll have to settle for a description. By the way, they live as brother and sister, with their two mums (lesbian couple Karen and Clare), and we’re their dads….. long story. It starts here.
So, Leo and Jaymee have grown up with acrobatics and showmanship all their lives. We’ve all trained them – and our many acrobatic and like-minded friends also.
They start with synchronised tumbling, before going into some basic hand-to-hand balancing – Jaymee on top – which they slowly transition through a whole bunch of moves until it is Jaymee supporting Leo on top! Both equally strong…
For these sequences they perform in matching costume: just-below the knee sparkly tight-fitting shorts, with the additional of a modesty ‘top’ bikini piece for Jaymee. You’de never get Leo to wear a shirt anyway, and at this point he removes his shorts to reveal a matching Speedo-style thong, for he is about to launch himself on his bed of nails. ‘Maximising the pain!’ Here, Jaymee provides added weight on his already sturdy frame, performing solo balances, one-hand too, on his stomach and also hand-walking around on him. Then he turns over and she repeats the ‘torture’ by jumping on him hard, before assisting him off and demonstrating the quality of the nails by throwing an apple at them…
Then it’s the glass – both of them walking and lying on it, again with added weight. And, before the remarks about child cruelty come flooding in, I refer you to the physics and to many early posts discussing this subject…
Next comes a duo on two pairs of pedestals, choreographed mainly by our mate Ivo, the guy who really got Dave and I into this business 12 years ago. Although the moves are easy (for them), getting them synchronised has been a real effort for everyone. We had tears and rebellion for a while, but they both know how worthwhile the effort was when they see themselves on video!
Finally, a bit more tumbling and a couple of finale combination balances, like this one, performed here also in the 2008 world Championships by a men’s pair: the double planche…
Well, I’m sure they’ll go down a treat. They are the openers for a private evening, mainly featuring musical groups, for about 100 people, and the rest of us won’t even appear on stage, although the four parents will be there in support. Jaymee and Leo really do deserve their first moment of personal fame: they’ve worked so hard for it and we’re real, real proud of them.
Preparing for your sport – whatever it is – ahead of a competition. Warming up, stretching, the anxious anticipation and, for some sports, the waiting for your turn… here, I’m not 100% sure what sport is being prepared for here, but I’m torn between swimming (lycra, but why the red overshorts?), wrestling, or – well, you decide!
The waiting game in gymnastics is easier to recognise:
Last few posts have been missing those
so here are a few to catch up!
Check out these shoulders…
And, for that matter, check out this scowl!
One really chunky built guy to finish off and give us all a little inspiration to keep busy in the gym. Bye for now.