FloGym Awards: 2017 World Championships Edition

Although the 2017 World Championships ended over a week ago, many of us are still living in that post-worlds glow and continuing to remember exciting moments from the competition. To add to the list of official medal winners, we have put together our own list of awards from Montreal to highlight some of the most noteworthy moments. Check out our list below.

Most Beautiful Performance: Brooklyn Moors On Floor

Although Canada's Brooklyn Moors did not win a medal at this worlds, she did win the Longines Prize for Elegance, an award based on "elegance, harmonious movement, and emotion during performances." One look at her floor routine and you can see why Moors deserves this award. Check out her routine from qualifications below, which also placed her into the floor final:

Video via FIG Channel

Best Save: Epke Zonderland On High Bar 

During the men's high bar final, Epke Zonderland, one of the best high bar workers in the world, performed a Kovacs release and nearly fell after only catching with one arm. Instead of falling, he swung through a giant to continue his exercise. There were a lot of good saves during worlds, but this one was by far the most impressive. 

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Best Reaction: Bart Deurloo After Zonderland's High Bar Save

Zonderland's save obviously drew looks of shock from many people in the arena, but one of the best reactions captured was of his Dutch teammate Bart Deurloo, whose face showed what we were all feeling. Check out Bart's reaction below:

Most Impressive Tumbling: Kenzo Shirai 

Without a doubt, Japan's Kenzo Shirai is the most impressive tumbler in the world. His skills include a triple twisting double layout, triple twisting double tuck, and a quadruple twist. Unsurprisingly, Shirai won the gold medal in the men's floor final with his outstanding routine. Not only are his skills big, but his execution is excellent as well, and he was also awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance this year for the men's side. Check out Shirai's routine below from qualifications:

Video via FIG Channel

Best Breakout Performance: Jade Carey In Floor Finals

USA's Jade Carey has risen to the top of elite gymnastics very quickly over the past year. A year ago, she was competing as a Level 10 gymnast, but was invited to the national team camp by Valeri Liukin and proved her worth from there. Carey has improved vastly since her time as an elite, making the national team earlier this year and then earning a spot on the worlds team. Not only that, but she qualified to both finals she was aiming for -- vault and floor, and won silver medals on both. Her floor routine best showcases her improvements this year:

Video via USA Gymnastics

Most Innovative: The Chinese Women Chalking The Bars

Our most innovative award goes to the Chinese gymnasts, who showed everyone that chalk need not be wasted by using an upside-down umbrella to catch the chalk as they chalked the bar up. Even Liukin was impressed by this technique and mentioned in an interview that it would certainly help keep the gym cleaner. Check out a video of the technique below:

Best Twitter Interaction: Morgan Hurd And J.K. Rowling

Those who know USA's Morgan Hurd know that she is a huge Harry Potter fan. Thanks to some fan intervention, people on Twitter alerted J.K. Rowling to the fact that Hurd had just won the all-around world championship title. The following Twitter interaction ensued, much to everyone's delight:

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What's The Difference: The Tkatchev Family

You know those skills where the gymnast swings around the high bar, lets go of it, flies impossibly high in the air with her legs perfectly positioned and her toes perfectly pointed and then catches it on the other side? Those are the Tkatchev skills, a family of skills done on the uneven bars with a seemingly exponential number of names and nuances. Here’s the gym-nerd’s guide to knowing your Tkatchev from your Ray, Galante, Ricna and all of the rest of them, because knowing those tiny, tricky differences makes watching gymnastics even more of a delight. 

SEC Gymnastics Preview: Individuals To Watch In 2019

The SEC is known for having the top gymnastics teams in the NCAA, and with that comes some of the top individual gymnasts. Now that the NCAA Championships will only include eight teams instead of 12, some teams that are used to contending and advancing to NCAAs will end up sending only individual gymnasts to the national postseason. Therefore individual competition may be more competitive than ever before, especially in the ultra-competitive SEC.

2019 Cancun Classic Offers Michigan A Chance To Bond, Start Season Strong

The Michigan women’s gymnastics team couldn’t have picked a better way to kick off its 2019 season. The Wolverines will join Iowa State, West Virginia, and Rutgers at the Cancun Classic in Cancun, Mexico, on Jan. 4.

6 Ways For Gymnastics Coaches To Better Prevent Injuries

For any high-performing gymnast, injuries are essentially inevitable. But there are ways that gymnastics coaches can approach their training program — both physical and mental — that can help prevent the injuries that are potentially avoidable, and to create an environment where gymnasts are both safe and empowered. We spoke to some of the country’s top coaches to get their philosophies, their methods, and their strategies.

SEC Gymnastics Preview: Traditional Powers LSU, Alabama, & Florida Reload

As always, the Southeastern Conference is loaded with talent — traditional powerhouses like Florida and LSU, but many more top teams in the nation. This year you'll be able to catch a few of these teams, and much more, right here on FloGymnastics. But before we can start watching the meets, let's dive into each team's standing, who they added and lost, and what may be to come in the 2018-2019 season.

Big Ten Power Michigan Starts Their Gymnastics Season Strong At Exhibition

The University of Michigan Women’s Gymnastics team is usually the team to beat in the Big Ten, and if their exhibition meet on Saturday, December 2, is any indication of how their year will go, this season will be no exception. The team squared off with three other Michigan teams at 2 PM in the Crisler Center, marking the fifth year in a row Michigan has competed against Eastern Michigan for an exhibition meet in this location. The Wolverines competed against Central Michigan as recently as last spring but has not faced off against Western Michigan since 2011.

USA Gymnastics Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

USA Gymnastics has filed a voluntary petition for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. USAG posted the news in a press release along with a post outlining frequently asked questions.

10 Gymnastics Skills From The Past That Aren't Performed Anymore

In gymnastics, it’s no secret that skills go in and out of style faster than you can say “Tsukahara.” Between upgrades that make simpler skills obsolete, changing trends, and banned skills, gymnastics fans know the skills they love seeing performed today will likely become irrelevant down the road.

5 Of The Most Common Gymnastics Injuries & How Best To Prevent Them

We’ve all heard the horror stories: the pop! from a too-short vault, the head-first crash from a beam dismount, the terrifying falls from a release skill on bars. But the majority of gymnastics injuries — 65–70 percent of them, in fact — aren’t dramatic; they happen from years and years of over-use. 

NCAA Gymnasts To Watch At Elevate The Stage Birmingham

Just over one month is left until the NCAA gymnastics season begins, and teams all over the country will compete weekend after weekend in dual meets, quad meets, and even meets on podium — like Elevate the Stage. The 2019 NCAA season includes two Elevate the Stage events with the final one happening in Birmingham, Alabama.