Month: December 2013

GymCastic’s Top 6 Episodes of 2013

2013 was a great year for GymCastic episodes. We had several months of record-breaking traffic and scintillating conversation. Over the past 12 months, we have enjoyed reading your comments on our site, your e-mails, your tweets, and your Facebook posts. We love you,...

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By the Numbers: 2013’s Top All-Around Gymnasts

'Tis the season for listicles. In the upcoming weeks, gymnastics blogs will bring you their top 10 gymnasts of 2013, their top 8 floor routines of 2013, their 13 favorite leotards of 2013, and, if they're like us, their top 5 favorite CILFs (Coaches I'd Like to...

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A Gym Nerd’s Guide to NCAA Bars

When Mackenzie Caquatto performed that bar routine in 2013, people flipped out. "Like, how can she score a perfect 10 without a same-bar release? That's not a real bar routine!" I'll admit that I was one of those people, but if I set aside my personal preference for a...

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A Gym Nerd’s Guide to NCAA Beam

When it comes to watching college beam, elite gymnastics fans typically have one of two reactions: Oooo! A gainer full? How nifty! No one does that in elite! I want to see more of that! A gainer pike off the end? Seriously? Is that even a skill? It should be, like, an...

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A Gym Nerd’s Guide to NCAA Floor

College gymnastics programs do not use the FIG's Code of Points. In order to determine skill difficulty, the NCAA uses the Junior Olympic Code of Points. At times, the difficulty values of both Codes overlap. Other times, however, certain skills are downgraded in the...

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