Motor Systems | Muscle & Connective Tissue
Analysis of the men’s golden olympic high bar routine 2012
*Corresponding author: Bert Otten
Human Movement Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, Netherlands
F1000Posters 2013, 4: 39 (poster) [English]
Poster [2.97 MB]
Opening Symposium of the Sport Science Institute at the Willem-Alexander Sportcentrum, Groningen 2012 , 28 Nov 2012, P000
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
The Dutch gymnast, Epke Zonderland, arrived at a winning score of 16.533 at the 2012 Olympics in London during the high bar finals. He showed three consecutive flight elements – something which has never been done before during the Olympics. It is of interest to analyse this routine in terms of biomechanics and control, not only in order to explain, but also to find possible bottlenecks in future developments.
Although the three flight elements are on the verge of what is possible, a fourth one should be possible if the energy level is maintained.
After stating this on 29/10/12 in the Aula of the University of Groningen, Epke Zonderland picked it up and succeeded a four-flight routine on 2/11/12 and posted it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwT079ShGgc
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