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Pavl Rycl

I have just posted 63 images of gymnasts at work in training and warm-up on the GYMNASTS GALLERY #1 page. All come from the extraordinary work of sports photographer Pavl Rycl, whose own site at ehm.cz is well worth a … Continue reading

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Let the Dance Begin!

Well, maybe that’s more of a pose than a dance. But anyway… This vacation place we’re at really does seem to be working as a team effort. One of the cooks (yes!) on a day off on the beach near … Continue reading

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More Decisions

This well-developed Russian gymnast boy from Chelyabinsk reminds us of the life we’ve left behind in the USA – a life of wall-to-wall gymnastics coaching, ditched in favour of setting up and running fitness gyms and “sideshows” of acrobatics and … Continue reading

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So Much to Do… So Little Time!

We’ve only got until the end of the Easter break to organise ourselves for the fist six weeks in the new job in Portugal! And there is just so much going on – not least designing two new gyms and … Continue reading

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Underwear, Over There

I’ve commented several times that there is an increasing tendency for boys, especially in Eastern Europe / Russia, to appear in public in their underwear when one might expect, say, Speedos or shorts. Swimming, including public beaches, weights gyms, etc. … Continue reading

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Matthew Won’t Be Stopping BY…

…we hope! With the current ‘once-in-ten-years’ hurricane battering Cuba and headed for Florida, our UK relatives see the scenes of Floridans and Carolinas fleeing the coast and immediately presume the worst. In Tennessee, being on the fringes of hurricanes is … Continue reading

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Black-Eyed Tone

Teaching the back somersault is fun, but can  have its drawbacks! The gymnast should jump up with straight arms beside his or her ears, leave them there, and tuck up their knees to rotate backwards through the arms before landing … Continue reading

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Twisting My Words

I suppose I should have known better. ‘Bending’ a quotation to suit a different purpose, just for fun, and immediately someone complains I’ve mis-quoted. Oh well. Next time I won’t choose Latin – too many people understand it. Maybe Icelandic … Continue reading

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CSI Whales and some Acrobatic Diversions

By way of a change, whilst we wait for our place in W(h)ales to become free, a diversion. Anyone who reads the words of previous posts (as opposed to just enjoying the pictures) may be pleased to hear that my fourth book … Continue reading

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Hard Work Gains Success!

“Success isn’t always about Greatness, it’s about Consistency. Consistent Hard Work Gains Success” Another inspirational quote from a favorite weights gym. But it is absolutely right. Consider this gymnast, confidently addressing his parallel bars. He is focussed, knows exactly what … Continue reading

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