Sunday, July 24, 2016

Keeping Up With The Round Lake Gymnasts: Escaping Bans and Retirements

The Russian Team has had it's share of drama populating the headlines lately. The tension is palpable with the impending possible doom of an entire ban of Russia from the Olympics, retirements and the usual reality TV-show like hijinks.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

USA Gymnastics Women's Olympic Trials Live Blog Day 2

This is it...

The moment of truth...

In a couple of short hours, USA Gymnastics will name the 2016 Rio Olympic Team. There are so many questions. Will it be the five athletes that Marta named three weeks ago? Simone, Aly, Gabby, Laurie and Madison? Will Gabby recover from her beam disaster on night one to be the Gabby we all know and love? Most importantly, who will be named the alternates? Will the #Mashton debate will be settled once and for all?

Quick recap from night one - Simone is currently leading the pack and is well on her way to getting the lone guaranteed Olympic Team spot.  Coming up on her heels, one Miss Laurie Hernandez. Someone forgot to tell her that she's competing for her place in a team that is akin to getting into an Ivy League university (Although, if we must get specific, more students get into, let's say Stanford than athletes make this team). Laurie is as cool as a cucumber and saunters about the arena as if to say "NBD, just another competition."

Gabby Douglas's relationship with the beam hit a new low on Friday after she fell on an L turn, giving her a measly 13.7. Hopefully, she pulls out some angry beam tonight and just fucking nails it. Aly Raisman is also as cool as a cucumber. This isn't her first dog and pony show, she knows how it goes. While Madison Kocian hit all four of her events, including her signature event, bars. Ashton Locklear also had a painful break-up with the beam after falling on her acro series, but - the #Mashton debate still rages on.

To get answers to all your burning questions refresh this page every few minutes for all the action from San Jose.

Let the games begin...

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Women's Olympic Trials - Day 1 Thoughts

Well, one night of trials is over and done with. There is still one more night of intense competition in this pressure cooker.

I wish that metaphor were hyperbole, but alas, I kid you not. The pressure is on in San Jose. This is really it, you eff up too badly here, your dreams of Olympic glory end.

So who is holding up under the intense scrutiny? Let's take a look and see.

Friday, July 8, 2016

USA Gymnastics Women's Olympic Trials Live Blog Day 1


Tonight is the first night of two nights of competition, the second being held Sunday night.  Marta Karolyi, women's team coordinator is looking at Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian as being the five that go to Rio in a few weeks. But, Maggie Nichols is expected to come back in the all-around tonight. Will she challenge for a plane ticket to Rio?

There is also the much hyped showdown of #Mashton - Madison Kocian and Ashton Locklear facing off for the bars and beam spot. Make no mistake, this debate is a heated one. It may even be a bigger debate than Bernie vs Hilary for that coveted Democratic presidential nominee. So which one is the triumphant Hilary and who will be runner up Bernie in this scenario?

Refresh the page every few minutes for all the action in San Jose!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

US Olympic Trials Podium Training Notes

The moment four years in the making. Women's Olympic Trials starts tomorrow. Oh yes!

The men already had their trials and the team was announced, stirring up a flurry of emotions from all over the gymternet. Sunday's women's team announcement is likely to bring up the same reactions.

This afternoon, the ladies were practicing their stuff in podium training. We got a small glimpse of training through USA Gymnastics and the Gods of YouTube.

Here are some thoughts - along with some fun videos:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Alyssa Baumann WIthdraws From Trials

Another day, another withdrawal.

Today, Alyssa Baumann joined Jazzy Foberg, Bailie Key and Norah Flately in the ranks of fallen athletes in this Olympic Trials/Hunger Games.

Cue the three fingered salute

Monday, June 27, 2016

USA Gymnastics 2016 Women's National Team Roster & Trials Competitors

With the conclusion of the P&G Gymnastics, eight gymnasts earned an automatic berth to the Olympic Trials next weekend in San Jose, California.

USA Gymnastics has announced the full national team roster for the seniors, additionally, all national team members will go on to compete at trials. 

Here are the ladies of team USA who will be competing for that coveted Olympic Team spot:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

P&G Championships Live Blog - Seniors Day 2

The last day of the women's P&G Gymnastics Championships are upon us. Tonight, the national champion will be crowned and the national team will be named.

Most importantly, we will know who will advance to Trials in two weeks in San Jose.

Here are some notes from night one -

Simone Biles is currently the leader (I know HUGE surprise- and I mean that very sarcastically), leading with a ginormous 62.9. She's basically got a healthy two point plus lead over current second place holders, Aly Raisman and Laurie Hernandez who are both holding steady with a solid 60.450.

Laurie has been cool has a cucumber this whole competition. Her coach, Maggie Haney I assume is a follower of the KJ Kindler/Oklahoma philosophy of competition (Basically, don't worry about anything else besides what you can control). It's working so far, Laurie is making a stellar senior debut and she's definitely making a name for herself for a spot on that Rio team. Plus, you gotta love the faces she makes during her floor routines.

Aly is looking as solid as ever and now that she's a little older, she's got more polish to her gymnastics. She's much cleaner on her form than she was in 2012. She's improved her splits in her leaps and her jumps and OMG, that Patterson dismount on beam. That's as close to stuck as I've ever seen anyone do.

Gabby Douglas, the reigning all-around Olympic champ had some issues on night one, mostly with beam. But she still came away from the first night in fourth place and she managed to finish strong on floor.  Gabby's not going to be one to count out in this Hunger Games - I mean, Olympic Selection process. She's a competitor in every sense of the word and she's going to fight tooth and nail to get on that Olympic team (and possibly drop a swarm of tracker jackers on to the heads of the career - oh wait, that was something different).

MyKayla Skinner - sitting in 7th place currently. She's improved her form tenfold on floor. The double double layout actually looks like a double double layout. That's been three years in the making. She's still vaulting her Cheng with only one arm - which apparently, Tim Daggett has no problems with. Her spot on an Olympic team really depends on if Aly Raisman makes it. With Simone Biles basically being a lock - there's really room for one more vault/floor specialist. Besides, she's weak on beam and bars, which could also count against her. But, we shall have to see.

Alyssa Baumann - pretty as ever on beam, but she was really struggling with consistency all night.

Madison Kocian - definitely strong on bars. She could likely make the team just for that reason.

Well - without further adieu, let's follow the competition! Refresh the page every so often to follow along!

P&G Champs Jrs Day 2 Live Blog

I'm back for another exciting round of live-blogging. This time, I'm live-blogging day two of the juniors. I couldn't do day 1 so easily since I was at work and work was super busy that day.

Anyways, enough about me, it's time for gymnastics. Since Jordan Chiles had withdrawn from P&Gs a couple days ago and we had some prominent juniors move up, we've seen some interesting action on the floor. Mailie O'Keefe is the day one leader. Can she keep up her lead? Refresh the page every 10 minutes or so to find out!

USA MAG 2016 Olympic Team

After two days of competition at the Men's Olympic Trials in St. Louis, the men of USA Gymnastics have their 2016 Olympic Team.

Friday, June 24, 2016

P&G Champs Seniors Day 1 - Live Blog

Welcome, welcome to this edition of "the Hunger Games" cough, I mean the USA Gymnastics Olympic selection process. This stop the P&G National Championships- the seniors first day.

I'm live blogging the NBC feed- follow along for my commentary, score updates and lots of snark. Refresh the page every so often for the latest commentary!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Elise Ray Officially Named Washington Head Coach

Elise Ray, 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist,  US National Champion, NCAA champion, has been named the head coach at the University of Washington's gymnastics program, following the retirement of longtime head coach, Joanne Bowers.

Maddie Desch Retires From Elite

Yesterday, US gymnast Maddie Desch announced her retirement from elite gymnastics via her Instagram account.

Maddie, who trains at Great American Gymnastics Express, aka "GAGE" explained she came to the decision to retire due to a nagging injury that prevented her from training at the elite level.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pac Rims 2016 - Senior Event Finals Live Blog

Time for Senior Event finals at the Pacific Rim Championships.

I'm a little late to the game, sorry about that. So I'm starting with uneven bars for women.

Refresh the page every 10-15 minutes or so for the deets.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Pac RIms Live Blog - Women's Team & All-Around Session 2

Subdivision 1 has concluded at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships, now on to Subdivision 2 - featuring team USA, New Zealand, Canada and Japan.

Expect a cameo from Georgia star, Brittany Rogers who is representing team Canada. When this girl ever has time to sleep is beyond me.

Pac Rims Live Blog - Women's Team & All Around Jr Women

Since live blogging made my life so easy during NCAA season, I'm going to be live blogging the Pac Rims. It's women's team and all-around subdivision one right now.

Refresh the the page every so often for updates!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NCAA Power Rankings: Regionals Edition

Well, Regionals have happened... It was rough, I gotta tell you.

I've had a couple days, and I feel like I've emotionally recovered enough to do Power Rankings Regionals Editions. Or maybe this is just therapy for me.

As per usual, these aren't the official Road to Nationals rankings (or in this case the rankings after Regionals), rather they are stories and people that have caught my attention throughout the week, whether it be note-worthy events or a reaction to something.

Previously for Conference Championships, the power rankings were:
1. UCLA's side eye inducing beam total
2. Peng Peng Is Injured...Again
3. Florida wins the SEC Championship; Coach Jenny Rowland has her Oscar Moment
4. Kaytianna McMillian of Oregon State does a hella cool back spin on floor
5. Zoe Draghi of Cal's funky floor choreography
6. No tens for you, Ebee Price or McKenzie Wofford

With that, here are the Regionals Power Rankings:

Monday, April 4, 2016

Pac Rims Team: #TeamBrenna is Back

Yesterday, Team USA announced the team competing at the Pacific Rim Championships this coming weekend.

A miracle happened. #TeamBrenna is back. That's right, one Miss Brenna Dowell, Oklahoma Sooner, bars phenom is back. She was named to the team along with Worlds' teammates' Simone Biles, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman. Also named to the team: Ashton Locklear, 2014 Team World Champion and the most anticipated new senior of the year: Laurie Hernandez.

Artwork via USA Gymnastics

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Utah Regional Live Blog

I'm back. I've recovered from the trauma of the last regional and I'm here to provide all the deets for the Utah Regional from Salt Lake City.

As per usual, refresh the page every few minutes to follow along.

Regionals Live Blog

Today we have the NCAA Gymnastics Regionals. These six meets will determine who will get a ticket to Fort Worth in a couple of weeks for the NCAA Gymnastics Championships.

There are so many regionals all at about the same time, I'm going to do one giant live blog for all of them. Refresh the page every few minutes or so for all the updates.

We'll begin our journey in Georgia for the Athens Regional.


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