Saturday, May 4, 2013

Aliya Mustafina Falls On Her Bar Release And Alexandrov Fails To Catch Her (GIF)


  1. Funny post. But I have to say, I don't recall seeing any coach catching a gymnast. :-)
    Laura T.

    1. I think Valeri Liukin is good at catching.

  2. He's not supposed to catch her... gymnasts know how to fall they do it every single day. That is no where near the first time she fell on that skill and it won't be the last time. The coach did nothing wrong.

  3. You aren't supposed to catch the gymnasts all the time.
    As a child or a smaller person, it might be fine to catch someone, but only if 100% sure they can catch them. Trying to catch someone when they can't can hurt the gymnast (and the spotter!) more than just falling.
    Otherwise, the best thing to do is to just spot them for confidence and make sure they're falling in a way that won't hurt them when they land (i.e. on their butt or stomach and not their head). They're trained to fall this way should they fall anyway, as to not hurt themselves. So nothing was wrong here :)