Tom Forster was filmed at the GAT Convention by gymnastike. He gave a lecture on Uneven Bars training and demonstrated drills for training L grip, which is something many people starting to get heavily involved into gymnastics ask about. Training L grip is extremely important, as many of the American girls do not use L grip, mixed grip, etc need to if they are to really rack up bonus points on bars and compete with the Russians and Chinese.
Tom is one of the best American bar coaches on all time. He stopped coaching day-to-day, but he could certainly be an asset for someone hoping to improve on Uneven Bars. His gymnasts were strong on bars as a gym (like CGA), but they performed inverts, front giants, etc that were rarely seen during the mid '90s.
Eliot Halverson is taking the year off from skating due to his recurring back injury. He had taken time off last summer due to his back. Eliot had worked hard after missing Nationals and I definitely hope to see his artistic skating again next year.
The JGP Romania started today.
In the ladies, Yuki Nishino leads, Rosa Sheveleva is second, Kristiene Gong is third and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is in fourth after a fall. Elizaveta is less than three points out of the lead.
Joshua Farris and Keegan Messing continue the strong showing by the American men on the JGP. The two are 8-10 points ahead of the rest of the field.
Interviews with Jeremy Abbott and Grant Hochstein from Champs Camp have been posted on Ice Network. Grant may be our favorite new 'artistic male skater' of recent years.
Marian Dragalescu told IG that he takes full responsibility for failing to comply with out-of-competition drug tests. He plans to compete at Worlds and is working on a 6.8 D-score floor routine.
Nikolai Andrianov is fighting for his life against a rare fatal neurological disorder.
Alex Buscaglia posted videos from Pan Ams on his youtube channel.
Jeremy Ten has been added to the field at Skate Canada.
Jeremy Miranda, Rhonda's main gay, took a break from choreographing floor routine to film auditions for a role he is up for in Cirque du Soleil.
Video of Nastia Liukin's skating lesson with Evan.