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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USA Gymnastics Announces Athlete Task Force

Press release via USA Gymnastics.

The Vault: Future Florida Gator Trinity Thomas Finds Success In Tokyo

How Long Can You Stand It with Trinity Thomas

Back in 2016, we spoke with Trinity Thomas about one of the dreams she had as a young gymnast: to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Whether she participates in the next Games or not, the University of Florida-bound Thomas has already found some success in Tokyo. The York, Pennsylvania, product secured an all-around silver medal at the Tokyo World Cup in April. 

5 Routines That Impressed Us At The 2018 American Classic

Last weekend, the American Classic in Salt Lake City gave us our first look at some new elites and new routines for the 2018 season. Usually held closed-door at the Karolyi Ranch, this year the American Classic was open to the public at the University of Utah campus and also live-streamed by USA Gymnastics on YouTube. Some gymnasts used the meet as a tune-up or event to get experience, while others were going all out looking to qualify to this year’s U.S. Championships in August. 

DiCello, Jones Lead Top Difficulty & Execution At The 2018 American Classic

The 2018 American Classic took place over the weekend in Salt Lake City, with 10 juniors and seven seniors qualifying to the U.S. Championships in August. Junior Kayla DiCello from Hill’s Gymnastics won the junior all-around with the highest score of the entire competition, a 55.400, while Shilese Jones from Future Gymnastics won the senior all-around with a 53.900. 

Kayla DiCello Takes Junior AA Title At 2018 American Classic

Hill's Gymnastics' Kayla DiCello took the top spot today for the juniors at the 2018 American Classic in Salt Lake City, totaling a  huge 55.400 in the all-around, the highest score out of both the juniors and seniors. 

Ava San Jose, Mya Witte Victorious At 2018 Hopes Classic

An exciting weekend of gymnastics began on Friday in Salt Lake City, with young gymnasts from across the nation showing some stunning routines. Find out what you missed below. 

National Team Members & Top Elites Headline 2018 American Classic

The 2018 American Classic will take place Saturday, July 7, in Salt Lake City, and provide an opportunity for gymnasts to qualify for the 2018 U.S. Championships in August. Junior and senior elites will be competing and be aiming to reach a certain score in either the all-around, on three events, or on two events in order to qualify. Seniors must score a 52.0 in the all-around, 39.75 on three events, or 27.0 on two events. Juniors must hit a 51.0 in the all-around. 

Celebrate July 4th With USA Mini-Camp: Nutrition Covered In Betsy's Kitchen

Back in March, Mary Lee Tracy opened up her gym Cincinnati Gymnastics to 18 elite athletes for a USA minicamp, and with the upcoming U.S. Classic in Columbus, Ohio, and the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Boston.

The 28 Gymnasts Who Qualified To Elite In 2018

After several elite qualifiers, the field is set for the USA Gymnastics elite season, beginning with the American Classic and U.S. Classic in July. This year, over 20 gymnasts qualified to the elite level for the first time. Learn more about these newcomers and what they have to offer below.

Tom Forster Named USA Gymnastics High-Performance Team Coordinator

USA Gymnastics president and CEO Kerry Perry announced the hiring of Tom Forster as the new high-performance team coordinator for the women's program, effective July 1. In a press conference this afternoon, Perry and Forster spoke to his new role and vision for the program.