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Episode 33: Simone Biles & Her Coaches

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2013’s breakout star, Simone Biles talks to us about competing at the American Cup, her planned upgrades on floor and vault, who she should star in a realty show with, the triple-twisting yurchenko, what to do if surprised by a confetti bomb or wild peacocks, gives advice on handling fear, and tells us her goals for 2013.

Simone’s coaches Aimee Boorman and Luis Brasesco from Bannon’s Gymnastix, tell us what it’s like to coach a person who, as Aimee’s says, “On any given day could have three new skills named after her in the code of points.” The duo opened up about strategy, concerns and philosophies on coaching Simone as a person and an athlete. We hear how Luis approaches coaching a skill that has never been done before (yes, we mean the triple twisting yurchenko in WAG), what happened the first time Aimee saw Simone, which coaches they learn from at The Ranch, how they balance Simone’s power and difficulty level while considering fun, happiness and safety. Finally, and obviously most importantly, we asked about their reaction to the video of Simone trying the standing double back!

Remember to enter the Cloud & Victory poster contest. Just send your single-cameraman-podium-training-strategy ideas to us at gymcastic@gmail.com with the subject line “Ideas for Scott Bregman” Include your name and address so that Cloud & Victory can send you this beautiful poster. Deadline is Tuesday, May 21st. Winner will be announced on episode 34!

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Simone Biles Amanar Vault at American Cup 2013

Getting To Know Simone – ah-dorables!

Make sure to check out USAG’s JO National Championships Channel, organized so you can see the event and all-around winners in each age group! SWOON!

Yao Jinnan UB AA Chinese Nationals 2013

Huang Huidan UB EF Chinese Nationals 2013

Fan Yilin UB EF Chinese Nationals 2013

Shang “Weird Cowboy Choreo award goes to..” Chunsong FX EF Chinese Nationals 2013

Natsumi Sasada BB Japanese Nationals 2013 – featuring the laid out Garrison mount!

What we thought was going to happen to Natsumi when she wound up for her Y-turn.

Kohei Uchimura High Bar HB Japanese Nationals 2013 (15.900, D 7.000, E 8.900) – featuring an Adler/Tak ½ to Kolman

Kohei Uchimura Floor Japanese Nationals 2013 – no double saltos

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shergymrag
shergymrag
9 years ago

“Simone’s coaches Aimee Boorman and Luis Brasesco from Bannon’s Gymnastix, tell us what it’s like to coach a person who, as Aimee’s says, “On any given day could have three new skills named after her in the code of points.””

I wish they would worry slightly less about new skills and a lot more about cleaning up her form.

R.B.
R.B.
9 years ago
Reply to  shergymrag

You “wish they would worry slightly less about new skills and a lot more about cleaning up her form.” I think I hear a little bit of sour grapes in your comment.

Have you ever since Simone compete live? If you had, you would know that Simone Biles is a shining STAR! She is fun and exciting and brings an energy to the sport of gymnastics that has been missing for a long time. She makes you want to cheer … she gives you goose bumps. Her form? Really?

I’ve seen your comments on youtube video’s etc. and, like I said before, it always sounds like sour grapes to me … never constructive, just mean.

R.L.
R.L.
9 years ago
Reply to  shergymrag

You “wish they would worry slightly less about new skills and a lot more about cleaning up her form.” I think I hear a little bit of sour grapes in your comment.

Have you ever since Simone compete live? If you had, you would know that Simone Biles is a shining STAR! She is fun and exciting and brings an energy to the sport of gymnastics that has been missing for a long time. She makes you want to cheer … she gives you goose bumps.

Her form? Really? Have you ever watched Simone train? Do you know the hours she spends stretching those amazing muscles, working her feet to get a better toe point? I’ve seen your comments on youtube video’s etc. and, like I said before, it always sounds like sour grapes to me … never constructive, just mean.

R.L.
R.L.
9 years ago
Reply to  R.L.

Have you ever SEEN …

shergymrag
shergymrag
9 years ago
Reply to  R.L.

If you think saying somebody’s coaches need to concentrate on their athlete’s form is a mean, nonconstructive comment, I just can’t take you seriously.

R.L.
R.L.
9 years ago
Reply to  shergymrag

I have been involved in the sport of gymnastics for 32 years. During that time I have seen many a talented gymnast broken by coach’s demands that the athlete “cement” something to their core.

It is a wise teacher who understands their student and can guide them to success.

Simone would not be an international elite gymnast today if she had been coached by people who thought her form was more important that her joy

R.L.
R.L.
9 years ago
Reply to  R.L.

And unless you are an elite coach who has watched Simone train and compete, then yes I think your comments are simply mean and non-constructive!

shergymrag
shergymrag
9 years ago
Reply to  R.L.

I still can’t take you seriously.

First of all, If you’ve been involved in gymnastics for 32 years you should know that Simone being a shining STAR! is not going to be enough to keep her from possibly being the third American.

Secondly, working on something for a long time until it becomes second nature is not going to break anyone. If there’s “demands” involved, that’s another story.

Finally, It doesn’t make any difference who it is that says something. If a comment is mean and nonconstructive coming from person A, then it’s mean and nonconstructive coming from person B.

AnonymousGymFan
AnonymousGymFan
8 years ago
Reply to  shergymrag

Nothing but sour grapes. Simone’s execution scores were higher than everyone in Antwerp – and that INCLUDES Mustafina. Give me a break.

John
John
9 years ago

Have you seen how Simone has improved her technique and lines since she was a Level 10? Obviously, her coaches are working on both her form AND new skills.

shergymrag
shergymrag
9 years ago
Reply to  John

“Have you seen how Simone has improved her technique and lines since she was a Level 10? Obviously, her coaches are working on both her form AND new skills.”

So, what, you’re telling me they waited until she was level 10 before they got serious about her form? Why is that supposed to be okay? At this point, her improvements are more like patches. Maybe they look okay but honestly they could let her down at any time. If, on the other hand, she’d already been trained with these things in mind from the beginning they would practically be cemented to her very core by now.

Ria
Ria
6 years ago
Reply to  shergymrag

This comment is funny in hindsight, now that Simone has won 3 World Championships, mostly with perfect form. But also, with this comment \”Maybe they look okay, but honestly they could let her down at any time\”, you basically conceded that her form is fine now, improved since her level 10 days. And I guess the \”patches\” haven\’t let her down after all.

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