November 3, 2008

Thank God for the 2009 Code

This video was just brought to our attention. It's Korea's Park Eun-Kyong doing a seven-pass floor exercise at the recent Arthur Gander Memorial.

Brace yourselves... It's a women's floor routine which consists almost entirely of tumbling passes.

We're so glad anything over 4 passes won't be counted under the 2009 Code. Routines like this shouldn't exist. They shouldn't even be considered. Yikes.

We beg you, FIG, to bring back three-pass routines. Pretty please with sugar on top?

Park Eun-Kyong (Photo: Volker Minkus)


  1. oh. my. god. that was horrendous. i hope never to see anything like it again.

    **rinses eyes to erase awful memory**

    will the 2009 code protect us from sad excuses for floor exercises like that?

  2. If all goes well, it will! Under the 2009 Code, only the 8 most difficult elements will be counted (down from 10), and the number of tumbling passes on floor will be limited to 4 (anything done in excess of 4 simply won't be counted). So, yes, we assume that means we'll be spared five-pass atrocities from now on. Or seven-pass atrocities. Shudder.

  3. oh thank god that can never happen again. At least not so its rewarded.

  4. Yeah, we're thanking the powers that be for that too. As we said, routines like that shouldn't exist. Not in this universe or any other.

  5. Hello,

    I’m writing to you because I run a site that links to other gymnastics sites called Links to Gymnastics ( The goal of my site is to make it easier for gymnastics fans to find gymnastics sites.

    I found your blog when I was searching the web for gymnastics and wanted to ask you if you’d like a link to your site from Links to Gymnastics.

    Either way I wish you all the best!

    Sorry for having to use a comment to send the message along. (Feel free to delete it) but I did not know any other way to send the message.

    If you’ve gotten a message like this I apologize for the duplication. The internet is a pretty big place and hard to keep track of sometimes.

    David F.P.
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    P.S. 7 passes!!!!! 0_o I like the old code.

  6. Hi David:

    Sure, a link would be great. Thanks! We appreciate it.

    Kind regards,