On Academy Award night lets play around with movie titles and make them about gymnastics… pictured above “The Young Victoria… Komova”
- 13 GOING ON 30… in gymnastics it was 13 GOING ON 15 for Daniela Silivas at the 1985 World Championships.
The movie 13 Going on 30 (2004) is about a thirteen-year-old who wishes she was 30 and one day she wakes up and she is 30.
In gymnastics throughout the 80s and 90s it was very common for underage gymnasts to be given passports with falsified ages to make them age-eligible for the World Championships. While there were many, many cases perhaps one of the most obvious was Daniela Silivas, she was only 13 at the 1985 World Championships even though her official age was 15.
The age falsifying scandals continued into the new millennium forcing the FIG to impose exemplary punishments to the Federations who are the real responsibles as the athletes are only children obeying orders.
- 17 AGAIN…. in gymnastics, Oksana Chusovitina feels 17 AGAIN all the time.
In complete opposite 17 Again (2009) is a movie where a grown man wishes he could be a teenager again and he gets a second chance to taste adolescent life once more.
In gymnastics 41 year-old Oksana Chusovitina trains and competes like if she was only 17. The 7-time Olympian is not thinking about retiring any time soon as she is currently preparing for the World Championships in Montréal this fall.
- A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN… in gymnastics it refers to the United States at every single team competition since 2011.
A League of Their Own (1992) is a sports movie set in the 40s that tells a fictional story about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The film portrays their joys and struggles as they try to succeed in a sport that was only played by men until they had to go away to fight in World War II.
In gymnastics, this title could easily refer to the US Team as they have been absolutely invincible at every single team competition since 2011.
- A WALK TO REMEMBER… certainly the Olympics in Sydney were A MEET TO REMEMBER
The movie A Walk To Remember (2002) is based on a novel of the same name written by Nicholas Spark. The film portrays the affair of two teenagers who are the complete opposite of one another; he is very rebellious while she is the obedient daughter of a minister.
In gymnastics, we could change the title to A MEET TO REMEMBER for the 2000 Olympic Games. The all-around was particularly dramatic with the vault set at the wrong height, Svetlana Khorkina falling off the bars, Viktoria Karpenko tripping in a tumbling pass and Andreea Raducan getting stripped of her gold medal.
- CATCH ME IF YOU CAN… Simone Biles at every single one of her all-around competitions.
The movie Catch Me If You Can (2002) is a comedy that tells the real life story of Frank Abagnale who as a teenager in the 1960s performed cleverly planned frauds and impersonations.
In gymnastics Catch Me If You Can is what Simone Biles said to her competitors at every single all-around final she was present at.
- IF I STAY… on the beam…
Based on a novel of the same name, If I Stay (2014) is a drama that tells the story of a teenager who is having an out-of-body experience. Her body is in a coma after a car accident however her spirit wanders the hospital while she remembers her life and debates on whether to stay and live or just let go.
In gymnastics, the statement “If I Stay… on the beam” is what determines if a gymnast gets into the podium or not. This is true to almost every gymnast in the world but just to set an example Anastasia Liukin fell off the beam at the 2007 World all-around final and did not medal. During the event finals she stayed on the skill she had missed in the all-around and won the gold medal.
- LETTERS TO JULIET… in gymnastics is LETTERS TO A YOUNG GYMNAST.
In Letters to Juliet (2010) a traveler through Italy finds a “Letter to Juliet” written by a woman named Claire in the 1950s. She eventually gets to meet Claire and together they try to find Claire’s long lost love.
In gymnastics Letters To Juliet transforms into Letter To A Young Gymnast the official biography of Nadia Comaneci.
- MR AND MRS SMITH… in gymnastics is MR. AND MRS. KULESZA
Mr and Mrs Smith (2005) is a movie about a married couple of assassins who unknowingly get assigned to kill each other.
In gymnastics its not Mr. and Mrs Smith but Mr. and Mrs. Kulesza. Marta Pihan married Roman Kulesza in September of 2008 and has since hyphened her name to Pihan-Kulesza. The couple is currently expecting their first child.
This movie is also related to gymnastics through its soundtrack. The song Hood Jump was used as Floor Music by Bridget Sloan (2007) and Aliya Mustafina (2011) and the Assassin Tango melody has been used by several gymnasts including Marta Pihan-Kulesza.
- RACHEL GETTING MARRIED… in gymnastics, it was ALIYA MUSTAFINA GETTING MARRIED.
Rachel Getting Married (2008) is drama that tells the story of a woman released from drug rehab for a few days to attend her sister’s marriage and try to reconcile with her family.
In gymnastics back in November we were surprised by the news of ALIYA MUSTAFINA GETTING MARRIED. While plenty of weddings were registered after the Olympics Aliya’s was particularly surprising because it was not known she had wedding plans with her boyfriend of 12 months. She’s currently expecting her first child this summer.
- THE AGE OF ADALINE… in gymnastics, it was THE AGE OF HE KEXIN.
The Age of Adaline (2015) is the story of a woman born in 1908 who at the age of 29 in 1937 suffers a car accident where she dies but suddenly gets revived by a lightning and from that moment on she stops aging.
In gymnastics is not ADALINE but THE AGE OF HE KEXIN the one that has been questioned several times. She is said to have been 14 and therefore underage during the 2008 Olympic Games, however, the investigation that followed the Olympics did not find enough proof and she is officially registered as born on January 1st 1992.
- THE YOUNG VICTORIA… in gymnastics, it is THE YOUNG VIKTORIA KOMOVA
The British movie The Young Victoria (2009) is a historical film that portrays the early life of Queen Victoria.
In gymnastics, 2010 was about THE YOUNG VIKTORIA… KOMOVA. The daughter of Vera Kolesnikova became the first Youth Olympic all-around champion in Singapore in 2010. Despite a career full of injuries, she owns four World medals and two Olympic medals.