My family does snowboarding only recreationally due to the commitment in ski racing during snow season. So, maybe my posting here really doesn't apply. My interest really lies in seeing how the experts in both fields can apply the traits found in skiing and gymnastics towards each others.
My 13yo J3 is also an USAG WAG optional gymnast (with substantial competitive dance training from a couple of years back). While I can see how she uses the skills and strengths of each to feed off each other (which I won't touch on here), I also see many differences that can be viewed as negatives in execution. To start, the proper stance of the two is entirely opposite to each other. In fact, the wider stance in modern skiing is extremely damaging in gymnastics scoring and is considered as sloppiness (except for a few skills such as a double tuck). Similarly, experience has shown that a narrow/tight stance used in gymnastics had caused many many crashes on a race course for her.
IMO, the tumbling seen with typical freestyle riders and skiers is more appropriately found in cheerleading (yeah you thought gymnastics was sissy) and acro/comtemporary dancing. A rider or skier without proper training cannot execute gymnastics skills in acceptable form. I have every reason to believe the snowboarding programs that are referenced in this thread are drastically modified to suit the moves performed in a terrain park or inside a pipe.
Originally Posted by therusty
My brother was a competitive gymnast and from what I saw the image problem is completely undeserved. If anything, I'd worry more about a gymnastics injury hurting your kids snowboarding. One of my bro's theories is that the Olympic gymnasts don't have any special talent over any other gymnasts. They're just the one's who were lucky enough to be left standing after everyone else got weeded out by injuries. They may have mats, harness and tons of safety precautions, but they tend to have a "go for it" attitude that can get scary at times. After 4 years of collegiate gymnastics, his injury rap sheet was a couple of pages long and his medicine cabinet was stocked to survive WWIII. But even at the high school level these kids finish the program gorilla strong and in body builder shape.
therusty, I'm sorry about all the injuries your bro has to face. But, to say that the primary reason a gymnast makes it to the Olympics is due to his/her escape from injuries is just as undeserving as a gymnast being called a sissy. I can tell you without a doubt that these world class gymnasts are unmatchable by any other so called expert/high-level ones. In fact, the gap in skills and strength between the 1st and 4th place can be very evident, even to a general spectator. (just check out some of the stuff on UniversalSport.com). Would that be true if you say that about any top ranked skier?Edited by chanwmr - 11/15/09 at 10:42pm