Friday, October 9, 2015

Proposed Code of Points 2017-2020 - Part One

The FIG has released the proposed code of points that will be in effect for the 2017-2020 quad.

This code will be in effect through the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. So just what changes are they proposing? Is this good, bad, or just plain ugly? Keep reading to find out.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

USA World Championship Team Announced

The wait is finally over for the ladies of team USA.

After two selection camps and nearly two months of waiting, USA Gymnastics has announced their World Championship team competing in Glasgow, Great Britain in a couple of weeks. The seven woman team is comprised of nearly all veterans. The seven include two returning Olympians, a world champion and an NCAA standout.

Without further adieu, they are:

Brenna Dowell
Simone Biles
Aly Raisman
Gabby Douglas
Madison Kocian
Maggie Nichols
MyKayla Skinner

The non-traveling alternates are Bailie Key and Alyssa Baumann. 

The World Championships will be held in Glasgow, Great Britain, Oct. 23- Nov. 1. Full schedule and details will follow at a later date.

Congratulations to the girls who made the team and to all the talented athletes even in contention for a spot on the team.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Aliya Mustafina Out of Worlds Replaced by Anastasia Dmitrieva

It was the biggest will she or won't she question this year. Will Aliya Mustafina compete for the Russian team at the upcoming world championships.... or will she not?

The latest news coming from the Russian Federation is that Aliya is out of worlds...again.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Two US Gymnasts to Represent Belarus at Worlds

In a surprising move, two US gymnasts, Alaina Kwan and Kylie Dickson are now representing the Belarus at the world championships in Glasgow, Great Britain later this month.

Kyla Ross Out of Worlds Selection

Kyla Ross has ended her bid for a  spot on a third world championship team and withdrawn from worlds selection camp for the world championships in Glasgow, Great Britain.

USA Gymnastics released a statement earlier today confirming Kyla's withdrawal from the selection camp, which starts Oct. 6th. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Preventing Abuse - Resources and Statistics

While abuse is a difficult subject to talk about, it's incredibly important that we talk about it. We need to talk about it and acknowledge it and when we talk about it. we can prevent it.

Keeping Up with the Round Lake Gymnasts: Aliya Mustafina Back in Contention For Worlds Team

Over in Round Lake, there is no shortage of drama when it comes to selecting a team to go to Glasgow in October.

In the past couple days, the Russian Gymnastics Federation announced their preliminary world championships team  for the Worlds in Glasgow, Great Britain and their star, Aliya Mustafina announced she would not be contending for a spot due to a chronic back injury. Now, just days after this announcement, Aliya has apparently done a 180 and decided to give the worlds team a shot.

Marvin Sharp Found Dead in His Prison Cell - Suicide Suspected

Elite gymnastics coach Marvin Sharp was found dead in his jail cell last night, the result of a suspected suicide.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Aliya Mustafina to Miss Worlds

The drama continues for the Russian team.

Today, it was announced that 2015 European Games all-around Champion and stalwart of the Russian team, Aliya Mustafina will miss the World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Worlds Team Rosters

The World Championshipsnin Glasgow, Great Britain are just around the corner.

In an effort to keep track of the team announcements, I will be compiling the rosters as they are announced. 

Elsa García
Alexa Moreno
Ana Lago
Amaranta Torres 
Karla Retiz
Ahtziri Sandoval


- Elisabeth Seitz
- Leah Grießer
- Lisa Katharina Hill
- Sophie Scheder
- Pauline Schäfer
-Fabian Hambüchen
- Marcel Nguyen
- Andreas Toba
- Andreas Bretschneider
Final spots will be named after a qualification event, being held Oct. 3.

Russia (Provisional):
Ksenia Afanasyeva
Viktoria Komova
Daria Spiridonova
Seda Tutkhalyan
Maria Kharenkova
Maria Paseka
Aliya Mustafina (possibly)

Romanian WAG team for Glasgow 
Cătălina Ponor, 
Larisa Iordache, 
Diana Bulimar, 
Ana Maria Ocolișan
Silvia Zarzu
Netherlands women's team for World Championship: 
Vera van Pol
Eythora Thorsdottir
Mara Titarsolej
Lisa Top
Tisha Volleman
Lieke Wevers
Sanne Wevers 
Andreea Iridon as reserve.
Great Britain
Rebecca Downie, Ellie Downie Ruby harrold, kelly simm, amy tinklier and charlie fellows 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Gymnastics Infographics Featuring VIktoria Komova (Satire)

With the Rio Olympics only a year away, and it's essential to know all about your favorite competitors.

Earlier this week, I shared a couple of infographics featuring Gabby Douglas, Aliya Mustafina and Nastia Liukin, created by the gymternet members on Tumblr, that help fans keep track of their favorite athletes. The good folks on the gymternet have compiled another gym infographic.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Gymnast Infographics Featuring Nastia, Aliya and Gabby (Satire)

With the Olympics in Rio fast approaching, it's hard to keep the new gymnastics stars straight.

Luckily, the Gymternet is full of dedicated gym fans with excellent Photoshops skills to help you with the facts on your favorite gymnasts, past and present. I have gathered a group of infographics in the style of The Onion to help you learn all about the Gymternet's favorite athletes.

Team USA Worlds Selection Camp Participants Announced

Just a few days after the conclusion of the P&G Championships, USA Gymnastics has named the athletes for world selection camp in October.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Simone Biles Takes her Third National Title at P&G Gymnastics Championships

Simone Biles became the first woman since Kim Zmeskal to win three consecutive all-around national titles with a lead of nearly five points with a two night total of 124.100.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Wolf Turn Intervention

Dear Ladies of Team USA:

You've made a lot of progress since my last letter, where I demanded that you stop wearing that ghastly, ubiquitous hot pink.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Simone Biles Goes Professional

The inevitable has happened.

Two time world all-around champion, Simone Biles has forfeited her NCAA eligibility and has gone professional.

Simone herself broke the news on her Twitter account earlier today.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

MyKayla Skinner's Re-Imagined Floor Routine

Last night at the Secret Classic, US gymnast , team world champion and vault  bronze medalist MyKayla Skinner debuted a new floor routine with an interesting an music choice.

Secret Classic - A Gym Hangover Recap

The US Secret Classic concluded last night. There was returning favorites and new challengers and old familiar faces who rose to the occasion.

It's a year out from the Olympics, and really, this is the time where it counts. Team USA is deeper, which makes the field more competitive. The USA could have several Olympic teams. This meet is the start of the "season" for Team USA. From here, the girls will compete at the P&G Championships in Indianapolis in a couple of weeks, from there, a selection committee will chose from a pool of girls at the Worlds selection camp, which they will be invited to depending on their finish at Championships.

Here are some highlights from the meet.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Secret Classic Play By Play Live Blog Test - Junior session

Starting at rotation 2. - joined the party a little late .

So far. Laurie Hernandez is in first with a 15 even on bars.

maillie O'Keefe- beam- flip flop flip flop layout two feet switch to switch half. Long pause before series of aerial cartwheel to LOSo- falls off the beam. Sw. Ring.  2 bhs to double tuck dismount 

Abigail Walker UB- TX Dreams- full in dismount steps back.

Alyssa Al Shari FX - 2 and a half twist front walk over 

Syndey Scharpf- bars - little pinks low jump jaeger tkatchev to pak  stalder shoot to high bar. 

Jordan Chiles on bars - she's ok. After the scary vault. Tkatchev not pak Ray toe on 1/1 to giengr full out dismount.

Gabby Perea - beam switch half wobble switch ring- balance check  2 and a half dismount

Grace Quinn- endos oh HB. Looks unsure. Fell on her jaeger. 

Stream keeps jumping in between routines which drives me nuts. 

Cue the jeapordy theme song for Poor Colbi Flory by the bars. 

colbi - Jaeger bail toe on 1/2 off the bar DLO finish 

On to the second part of the rotation 

Deanne Soza's lines on beam are to die for. L turn to full switch half, back tuck  Dbl back dismount - steps to the side.

Elena areas  bars tkatchev toe in half pak tau to high bars giant half . May Mohave under ravaged 

Jazmyn Fogerg (jazzy!) Beam - aerial catw Sw leap small analancd check. Double tuck dismount hop back but seems like a solid routine. 

Laurie on balance beam bhs Loso. Solid. Sheep jump front tuck. Aerial cartwheel  - hesitates and again on a  Sw half some balance checks dbl tuck dismount step back. Didn't finish nearly as solid as she began.

Regan - jaeger ricna pak legs separated stalder full full out dismount. Solid routine 

Aria Brusch of Cincinnati on beam shaky Sw half nice full turn long pause 2 bhs to dbl pike- chest down 

Caitlin Smith- Paramount elite bars - chow to HB pak stalder half to shoot to HB jaeger falls on her dismount.

chae Campbell- beam squat thru to wolf turn bhs to 2 losos back tuck front tuck- leg comes up dbl tuck dismount 

On to rotation 3

Thoughts So far- 
Chiles, Laurie, Jazzy and Ragan Smith- all rock all solid. Not the greatest beam set for Laurie - she seemed a little nervous as the routine went on. 

Want to see more of Emily Gaskins. 
Caitlin Smith- loved her bars. Sucks for the fall. Deanne Soza -'looks lovely. Glad she's healthy again after that scary eye infection. 

Rot 3

Syd beam- bhs to 2 Loso nice.  Switch leap- height and amplitude wobble aerial carj ful turn switch ring 2 1/2 dismount 

Alonya Shchnnekova- home girl Komovw to HB long line step forward on dismount 

Chiles  on beam side somi on nem. Switch half wobble poke jump aerial cartwheel front tuck to wolf jump double tuck sticks tha landing!

Here's Emily gaskins talking to Nunno
Back to Jaylene  hillstralon floor beautiful slots from her  divulge pike lively L turn dbl back squats down 

Grace q front tuck to wolf jump bhs Loso off the beam fed aerial wolf jump side somi cheat down split jump tonsisson e double pike dismount big step forward 
 Deanne Sosa FX full twist through to dvl back dbl l turn dbl pike stuck 

colbi bb - wolf turn - tx dreams specialist I guess switch leap bhs to Loso wobble aerial carw front tuck side somi fed aerial wo sheep jump. 

Jazzy Fx- out of voids full in and out of bounds again. Dvbl tuck? Like her fx music . Stands out dbl pike to finish. 
Olivia Dinn- beam Sw to Sw half fed aerial to split leap nicely done funthr  aerial cartwheel bhs Loso front tuck switch tuck wobbles a bit. On switch ring 

Warming up on podium outside touch warms up is a no no little girl. Elena

Elena Dvl turn bhs bhs Lo to 2 ft.falls front tuck switch ring aerial cartwheel 2 1/3 dismount 
 Second half of rotation 3-

Laurie leads after 2 rotations per Mr. announcer man. 
 Christina Deisdero in first after her third rotation with 42.65
Jazzy is in second with 42. 6 and chiles is in 3rd 42.3 still more to come
Laurie fx-  DLO arbajna to drag jump  love her dance front Lo to front full switch ring dlbmturkc tour here foals to film dbl pike- takes several steps back and goes out of bounds . Lame sauce. 

Ragan smith beam- wolf turn mount switch to straddle jp bhs to two foot layout pike full front tuck switch ring small blanc  check pike jump bhs bhs dbl pike. Awesome routine 

Time to pause for moi.
Back feel my break  Morgan Hurd beam- bhs to two Loso s wiggles slightly  dissing to aerial cartwheel 2 1/2 dismount . Small hoo forward

Abigail walker fx dreams beam- she looks like a tiny bailie  handstand to reverse planche mount shades of Kim z- her coach. Love live  aerial cartwheel sheep jump bhs Loso film turn split to straddle jump  switch to back tuck dbl tuck dismount 
 Poor Kaitkyn sits down down her dismount on fx

Onto rotation 4
Laurie leads with a. 43.550
Ragan smith second 42.7

Emily Gaskins!! On beam- finally! Hello Steve Nunno- long time no see. 
Sw through most bhs Loso belief elb fed aerial to split jump switch to back tuck front tuck aerial cTwhel dbl pike dismount 

Deanne Souzsa d t y

Deissero UB Maloney to bbl looses it and humor off tkatchev vial Ray to HB full out dismount
 Jazzy Vt- DTY 

Laurie vt- DTY pikes down a but. Hoops but solid 

Dunno fx- pike full in front full to stag  do pike sticks it cold. BOOM, beeyotch! That's what I am talkin about.

Adeline Kienkjb beam - aerial cartwheel to Loso bhs bhs to 2 foot layout Sisslns 

Madeline something from TV dreams - balletic style switch full sbl pike gorgeous leaps dbl back 

Ragan smith and her west side story music. Is she a shark or a jet? Ends with a clean double pike 

Time for the second part of rotation four- in the home stretch now.

Abby Paiukson beam- Arabian bhs Loso falls off on sheep jump

Chiles floor- front dbl full rolls out and out of bounds 

Final Results 
1. Laurie Hernandez- 58.450
2. Ragan Smith - 57.700
3. Jazm Foberg - 57.400


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