With celebrating the joys of Christmas time, we bring you bits of news that may have just escaped your gaze through turkey and presents!
Thomas Bouhail injured
The French star, Beijing 2008 Vault silver medalist and Worlds 2010 Vault Champion is reportedly likely to miss the London 2012 Olympics since suffering injury during training this week. The French newspaper Le Figaro reports that Bouhail sustained a fracture to his tibia - fibula in training this week, he has reportedly also already received surgery. From cases I have seen of this injury, the usual recovery time has been six to sixteen weeks, but overall the ability of the bone to hold a full load can be up to a year. Fractures heal well but obviously, no two fractures are the same. You can see an xray of this type of fracture below. Bouhail will undergo plenty of physiotherapy and rehabilitation over the coming months, with the Olympic Games just 7 months away, it is highly unlikely that he will compete.Official confirmation is yet to be received from the French Gymnastics Federation.
French Gymnastics Federation cancels Bercy World Cup
The French Gymnastics Federation have pulled the plug on the category A World Cup event which normally takes place in March. The event which tends to attract big names has not done so for the 2012 competition. The reason cited by the Federation pulling the plug is the failure of the FIG to secure the top gymnasts for the competition. The deadline for definitive entries was December 17th , the top eight gymnasts in the World were invited but not even half of the top three gymnasts per piece would have been on show in Paris. Many have pointed out that the Bercy World Cup was due to be held the same weekend as the Pacific Rims and also the European Championships close by so gymnasts would either be competing or saving themselves for upcoming competitions. Read the FIG’s official press release below:
Lausanne (SUI) / FIG offfice, December 21, 2011: We regret to inform you that the French Gymnastics Federation (FFG) has canceled the World Cup competitions in gymnastics on the 17 and March 18 in Paris-Bercy.
In his letter dated December 19, 2011, FFG President Jacques Rey deplored the non participation of the best gymnasts from Japan, Russia and the United States qualified for the event. Indeed, for many devices, only half of the gymnasts were registered in time and among the top three gymnasts per apparatus, half would not have been represented in Paris.
The FFG and its President Jacques Rey are sorry to see that the minimum conditions for sustainability of this World Cup have not been met and that a cancellation was necessary.
We regret the sad news fell as a result of a year rich and dramatic. However, we take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012.
Nastia Liukin promotes NBC’s new 24 Hour Sports Network
Diego Hypolito out of Test Event
The Brazilian 2005 and 2007 World Floor Champion has been forced to withdraw from the London 2012 Test Event in January due to a shoulder injury. The injury was sustained at a training camp in France earlier this month.
Jennifer Pinches & Hannah Whelan visit Ratgael Gymnastics Club
Our friend Peter Lockhart at Rathgael Gymnastics Club sent us on the finished product of Hannah Whelan and Jennifer Pinches. Here they meet with Arlene Hunsdale, the lovely Head Coach and all of the gymnasts. Check it out:
Watch Argentina’s Federico Molinari as he prepares for the London 2012 Test Event
Kenzo Shirai of Japan opens his floor routine at the Voronin Cup with a quad twist