Gymnastics Olympic Champions From 1988-2004

Written by Murray Hughes

Gymnastics Olympics Champions From 1988-2004

Here arerepparttar menís and womenís all-around champions fromrepparttar 143967 last five Olympic Games -- these are just brief biographies, but they surely give you an idea of your gymnastís potential.

2004 Paul Hamm, Carly Patterson

Paul Hamm,repparttar 143968 2004 menís all-around champion in gymnastics, was born on September 24, 1982, and has a twin brother byrepparttar 143969 name of Morgan. Paul wasrepparttar 143970 first American man to takerepparttar 143971 gold forrepparttar 143972 all-around competition in a fully attended Olympic Game. He is noteworthy for some controversy surrounding his title.

Carly Patterson was born on Februaryrepparttar 143973 fourth, 1988, in Baton Rouge,Louisiana, to a pair of loving parents - her mother, Natalie, and her father, Ricky. She isrepparttar 143974 first of a pair of girls (her younger sister is Jordan). In 2004, she becamerepparttar 143975 first all-around Olympic champion forrepparttar 143976 United States in more than two decades, and was alsorepparttar 143977 first to win forrepparttar 143978 US inrepparttar 143979 past two games. The last female all-around gymnastics champion forrepparttar 143980 United States won in 1984, whenrepparttar 143981 Soviet Union had boycottedrepparttar 143982 Olympics entirely.

2000 Andreea Raducan, Alexei Nemov

Andreea Madalina Raducan was born onrepparttar 143983 thirtieth of September, 1983, in Birlad, Romania. She was trained under Octavien Belu and Mariana Bitang ofrepparttar 143984 Cetate Deva Club in Romania and began gymnastics atrepparttar 143985 age of five. She has several gold and silver medals under her belt from national and international competitions. Though she is listed asrepparttar 143986 official Olympic all-around female champion,repparttar 143987 IOC stripped her of her medal when she tested positive for pseudophedrine (the active ingredient in many decongestants) after having taken a cold pill given to her byrepparttar 143988 Romanian Olympic Team doctor. Regardless of whether or not she hasrepparttar 143989 medal, she is a champion - and an incredible one at that.

Alexei Nemov is considered to be one ofrepparttar 143990 best male gymnasts inrepparttar 143991 world, as well as being a pin-up forrepparttar 143992 girls. He was born on May 28th, 1976, in Barashevo, Russia. His start on gymnastics started early. Atrepparttar 143993 age of five, his mother took him torepparttar 143994 local gym, thinking that gymnastics would be an acceptable alternative to a more violent sport. He has had his ups and downs in gymnastics -- namely, with many injuries to his arms and shoulders -- but leftrepparttar 143995 Atlanta and Sydney Olympics with six medals each. In 2000, he was crownedrepparttar 143996 menís all-around gymnastics champion and bore his gold medal proudly.

1996 Li Xiaoshuang, Lilia Podkopayeva

Li Xiaoshuang, menís all-around gymnastics champion inrepparttar 143997 1996 Olympics, was born on November 1, 1973, in Xintao, Hubei Province, China. His career has been marked with many successes. Atrepparttar 143998 age of seven, he took up gymnastics; two years later, he was part of his provincial team, and at twelve years of age, he was part ofrepparttar 143999 Chinese national gymnastics team. He has won many gold medals in his time, including two from separate Olympic games - 1992 and 1996 - and three fromrepparttar 144000 World Gymnastics Championships. In 1995, he was awardedrepparttar 144001 well-deserved title of International Master of Sports and continues, to this date, to impress.

Lilia Podkopayeva was born on August 15, 1978 in Donestk, Ukraine. Her coach, Galina Lossinskaya, brought her through more than ten competitions all together, in which she fared well. Inrepparttar 144002 1996 Atlanta Georgia Olympic Games, she placed first inrepparttar 144003 all-around womenís competition and since then has touredrepparttar 144004 United States inrepparttar 144005 John Hancock Tour of World Gymnastics Champions.

Applying Law of Gravity to Judo

Written by Balaji B

In judo it is important to throw your opponent by making use of his loss of balance,repparttar law at work here isrepparttar 143898 law of gravity. We know that Sir Isaac Newton discoveredrepparttar 143899 law of gravitation by seeing an apple fall from a tree. All bodies inrepparttar 143900 universe attract one another. For instance,repparttar 143901 earth attractsrepparttar 143902 bodies near and around it. In turn they also pullrepparttar 143903 earth.

Sincerepparttar 143904 power of attraction, according to Newton, is proportional torepparttar 143905 mass ofrepparttar 143906 body that attracts,repparttar 143907 largerrepparttar 143908 mass ofrepparttar 143909 body,repparttar 143910 larger its attraction. All bodies nearrepparttar 143911 earth fall torepparttar 143912 earth because it has an immense mass. An airplane or a bird starts to fall torepparttar 143913 ground as soon as its power of flight is exhausted. The force of attraction betweenrepparttar 143914 earth and a two-pound weight is twice that betweenrepparttar 143915 earth and a one-pound weight.

The attraction betweenrepparttar 143916 earth and a body is called gravity. When gravity is represented by weight units, it is called weight. Now let us considerrepparttar 143917 application ofrepparttar 143918 law of gravity to judo. The heavierrepparttar 143919 opponent,repparttar 143920 more difficult it is for you to move him horizontally. It is even more difficult for you to move him vertically. Onrepparttar 143921 other hand, a larger gravity acts on him to make him fall.

In judo gravity may be represented as a force pullingrepparttar 143922 opponent downward. If you want to make him fall, you make him lose his balance;that is, you cause his center of gravity to go outsiderepparttar 143923 base. Thenrepparttar 143924 gravity that acts on him works for you to make him lean or fall. Let us studyrepparttar 143925 action ofrepparttar 143926 law of gravity by illustrations.

Lets assume that you and your opponent are standing face to face. When your opponent advances towards you to take hold of you byrepparttar 143927 left lapel. Atrepparttar 143928 same time you withdraw as much as your oponent advances. If your oponent is mentally or physically unable to let his advanced foot advance again, he will lean forward, lose his balance, and fall.

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