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Today’s Gallery Theme: ‘Max Whitlock (and some lesser Gymnasts!)’

As a Brit living in USA and employed in coaching gymnastics, it is hard not to notice the progress of our sport in the Olympics. USA in first place with three golds and six medals in total: UK in 2nd with two and five. But the Brit in me has to come to the fore, with the amazing 23-year-old Max Whitlock from Essex getting two golds within two hours of one another – first the floor, then the pommel horse (and beating the previous star Louis Smith into silver position).

It would not be unreasonable to point out that we neither teach, nor have ever performed, to those standards!! Another pic of Max:

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And, since a lot of gymnastics moves go into diving, I should surely mention the dream team of Jack Laugher and Chris Mears and their gold… not to mention the ‘Tom’ and his partner Daniel Goodfellow getting that bronze in the synchronised: now we just need Tom to pull of the individuals… and then there are those cyclists – and a certain Andy Murray…

What an Olympics!

Enough. If you’re an American reading this you’ll be slagging me off for not mentioning all the other USA achievements. But then, Britain is a tiny country in comparison to the US sporting gene pool… oh, shut up, Tone!

Some ordinary gymnasts, now, with a few stars thrown in for you to spot:

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(…why the gloomy expression? Not the score he wanted, I guess…)

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(…hmmm: a bit over-exposed, that one)

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(Sometimes even the famous gymnasts cannot resist doing it the natural’ [and literally ‘gymnastic’] way… that’s Marcel Nguyen from Germany)

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(Yes, a younger Marcel, with his shorts on)

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(Yes, a second USA representative – they deserve a ‘slot’ here too…)

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(…and a parallel-bar handstand for the photographer, snapped by another photographer… he needs to lose that baseball cap, though…)

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And today’s ‘footsie’ finale – splits on the floor:

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Too much Olympics on the TV for you? Check out a good book instead:

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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