The Men's Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 3

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The Men's Artistic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 3

November 30, 2016

By Jacky Wischnia, MTC President





The end of 2016 is approaching quickly… In this Newsletter -our third already- we look back on a year filled with superb gymnastics, from the Swiss efficiency at the Bern Europeans, over our annual training camp to the pinnacle of our sport, the Rio Olympic Games. And, of course, we also look ahead to the next season. With a new Olympic cycle, new Code of Points … we propose big changes and innovation in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics: the use of the Smart Rings Project and including the reference judges in the E score evaluation. Curious? Just keep reading!

The UEG Men’s Technical Committee wishes all judges the best of luck for the upcoming judges’ courses. We appreciate all the time and effort you dedicate to our sport!




With the directives published and the website launched, the countdown has begun! As the first big international competition under the new code of points, all eyes will be on Romania’s second-biggest city Cluj-Napoca! Will the established seniors remain at the top of the game or will new faces emerge? Don’t miss out on this exciting competition. Join us from 19 to 23 April in Romania!

We hope to use the Smart Rings technology for the first time in senior competition, after successful tests at the last 2 European Championships. Another big change we propose concerns the judging. In order to improve the accuracy of the final execution (E) score we suggest to include the scores of the reference judges. So instead of counting the middle score of 5 scores, we will count the middle 3 scores of 7 scores. In addition a judge will be replaced when his/her own country competes on his / her apparatus. This is of course to remove the potential for bias and conflict of interest. To do this, an additional judge will be added, judge E6, whose score will replace the judge of the competing country.




With 7 teams, Europe was well-represented in the Rio Olympic Arena. And our gymnasts fought for the top honours with passion and dedication. The Russian men, the reigning European Team Champions, performed brilliantly on their way to the silver medal, while the battle for the all-around crown between Kohei Uchimura and Oleg Verniaiev has entered the history books as the most exciting and closest final ever. Plus, historic gold medals -2 within an hour- for Great Britain when Max Whitlock won both floor and pommel horse, and Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen ending his international career on an absolute high, finally claiming the gold medal that still eluded him. Greek Lord of the rings Eleftherios Petrounias capped off 2 incredible seasons where he won everything he could win in an impressive way and Oleg Verniaiev clinched gold on his forte parallel bars. Out of the 24 available medals, 13 returned to the European continent: 5 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze! Congratulations to all the gymnasts, coaches and judges!








Our annual training camp for juniors was held in Tirrenia, on the Italian coast close to magical Pisa and historical Florence. Known for its world class gymnastics facilities, we welcomed 26 gymnasts and 22 coaches from 14 Federations. The level of the gymnasts was excellent, there was definitely talent in Tirrenia!

We welcomed two new experts to our experienced staff and for the first time Trampoline was added to the programme as it’s an important tool for the development of each gymnast.

The 2017 training camp will be held from 3 to 13 July! Interested? Contact your Federation for more information!



The Swiss capital Bern hosted an excellent European Championships in the PostFinance Arena. For the seniors it was an important test, only 2 months shy of the Olympics. And the juniors had their first taste of stepping onto the podium and into the spotlight. With extensive media coverage and sold out competitions, these Championships proved that gymnastics is as popular as ever. The Swiss audience also showed their knowledge of gymnastics, cheering for all athletes and appreciating the many wonderful performances.




With my best regards

Jacky Wischnia
MTC President