Olympic Trials-Journal #4

Olympic Trials- Post 4 Just killing a little time here on the biggest day of my coaching career. I’d say biggest day of my life but I do have 3 outstanding children and recall their births as being the most special life altering events ever. Gymnastics has to take a back seat to some things.…

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Olympic Trials-Journal #3

Olympic Trials- Post 3 Tick, tick, tick … it must be game day. Time moves second by second and if I didn’t know better I would swear that the big hand on my watch just backed up one minute. Tick, tick tick. I feel like the 5 year old kid on Christmas eve, anticipating wonderful…

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Olympic Trials-Journal #2

The final days of home training went extremely well. The details that often fall victim to the time crunch, started materializing, piece by piece. You could actually see Jordyn’s confidence meter pushing towards swagger. As always there is still work to do and improvements to make, but it was refreshing to see the growth and…

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Olympic Trials-Journal #1

With the 2012 Olympic Trials peaking its head around the corner, I find myself wondering how it is that we actually arrived at this point. Having been involved in this sport since the invention of chalk (not really) I have had several friends and colleagues that have traveled this very road. Some arrived at the…

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Reflection on Pac Rim Championships

The 2012 Pacific Alliance Championships, held in Everett, Washington (just north of Seattle) was a spectacular event in so many ways. The organizing committee should be commended for running a first rate, classy event. The facility was perfect for a gymnastics event, large enough to host an impressive crowd yet small enough to offer great…

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John and Jordyn Essay

   A Few weeks ago I had a college student request to do a story (an essay) on Jordyn, myself and the Twistars program. The final product follows. Thanks Claire for putting this well written document together (I do have to wonder about the impact it may have on shattering my “tyrant” image however). Great…

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World Championship Wrap-up

I have to say that I have been refreshingly impressed with the overall response to the “behind the scenes” look at the 2011 World Championships blog series. I am relieved that most appreciated the coach’s perspective and did not consider the content gospel but merely insight and opinion. I think the goal of providing an…

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All Around Finals

If you recall I started this little project (the behind the scenes look at the World Championships) with a little apprehension. I was asked to do it by some, but advised not to by others. After considering the unknown, I felt that the educational benefit may be worth the pain I may have to endure.…

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Jordyn Wieber is the 2011 World Champion!!

Congratulations to Jordyn Wieber-World Champion!! Read the full story at USA Gymnastics Interview with Jordyn %CODE12% Interview with John %CODE11% Interview with Martha Karolyi %CODE10%  

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Game Day 2: 2011 World's

Receive these Blog updates directly to your email in-box.  Just enter your email in the box to the right.  Then be sure check your email for a message from FeedBurner and click the link in that email to activate your subscription.     ___________________________________________________________ It’s tough to do gymnastics with your feet off the ground and…

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