Uncle Tim’s Mythbusters

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MYTHBUSTERS

  • Today, Uncle Tim makes his triumphant return to the podcast to deliver a cornucopia of busted myths and preposterous facts that he has uncovered during research for gymnastics-history.com, including:
  • Why was the Sydney vault too low? We finally know!
  • The (less exciting) real story of Vera Caslavska, Larisa Petrik, and the 1968 floor final
  • A 1968 beam protest
  • A men’s judging fight!
  • Plus, Jessica and Spencer go head-to-head in a gymnastics history True/False quiz

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Cecilia I Kinzie
Cecilia I Kinzie
6 months ago

Right after listening to this podcast about equipment malfunctions, I happened to turn on the American Cup 2020 on YouTube only to see a French gymnast hit her heels against the low bar. Her coach complained and a bunch of men came out and did a bunch of stuff to the bars and then she was allowed to start completely over. Do you have any more info on this equipment malfunction at the American 2O20.cup and any ideas why it happened? Thank you, love the podcast

anon
anon
5 months ago

If I remember correctly, the collar for one of the spreaders slipped resulting in the bars moving closer together WHILE she was doing her routine. If I had to guess it would probably just be a case of the spin lock slipping because it wasn’t tightened properly. AAI uses a different system for the spreaders than any of the common European brands so it’s easy for foreign delegations unfamiliar with the equipment to be confused with the process for adjusting settings.