|Angelina Kislaya (http://www.angelinakislaya.com)|
|Marlies Rijken by Sandra Janssen|
|Jennifer Khwela is one of the gymnasts on the meet trail this month.|
“The standard is very high. In the individual overall I finished sixteenth, but the difference between eighth place to 20th was only a few marks and I feel I can do better.
|Orchard with Hopfner-Hibbs|
Orchard has been handed the role of women's national coach - beam and artistic preparation and joins the British team with 30 years of coaching experience, including four Olympic Games, 11 World Championships, four Pan-American Games and three Commonwealth Games.Arguably the highlight of her coaching career, where she was until recently Canadian national technical advisor, was aiding Canadian gymnast Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs to her countries first ever World Championships medal - beam bronze in Aarhus in 2006.
"I remember Sir Matthew Pinsent's report in 2005. He thought it bordered on cruelty but you walk into an alien culture, you look at what people are doing and you make a value judgement based on your own system."I believed at the time, and I still think it's true, that people react to flavour-of-the-month opinion. Every Olympic Games we come up with the same gems of gossip - Chinese children, Russian children, Romanian children being abused. We pick up where we left off every four years."
1. there are significant socio-cultural and socio-economic issues to be addressed which cannot and should not be addressed in a blog...they are far too complex.Certainly, this is a difficult and complex subject, introducing larger scale global and cultural issues than we are used to seeing in discussions of gymnastics.