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.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Regionals Preview

The post season is OFFICALLY upon us. Saturday, April 2nd, six regional qualifying meets will be held. A total of 36 teams (six per regional) are competing and the top two finishers from each of the regionals will go on to the NCAA Championships in Fort Worth – April 15-16.


Expect some pretty intense competition going on in these regionals.  Gone are the days where the top 12 ranked teams were a static number and unchanging. The level of parity between the top 30 teams is dynamic and there is bound to be some upsets. I am previewing the six regionals. I will consider the teams' past performance over the course of the season, consider their consistency and their overall trend over time. So, with that, we shall get started

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Catalina Ponor's Gold Medal Beam Routine at Doha

She's back.

The glorious, one and only Catalina Ponor has made her international return to competition for Romania. Catalina showed everyone she's still got it, and probably never lost it when she won the gold medal at this weekend's Doha Cup on her signature event, the balance beam.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

NCAA Power Rankings Conference Championships

It's that time of the week and time for for my weekly power rankings.

Once again, these rankings are not based on the official Road to Nationals rankings, but rather these are stories and or people that have intrigued me or caught my attention this week.

Last week's power rankings were:

1. Soooo many perfect tens
2. Morgan Lane of North Carolina's Beam Routine
3. Battle of the beamers - Chayse Capps versus Danusia Francis
4. The Big Fives - competing to compete for bragging rights in the Big Ten
5. Shawn Johnson Professes Her Love for NCAA Gymnastics, and the reasons we all watch and love it
6. Allie Northey Beats the Second Ranked All-Arounder in the NCAA on Senior Night


Without further adieu, let's get to this week's power rankings!

Monday, March 21, 2016

NCAA Women's Gymnastics Regionals Selections

NCAA Gymnastics Regionals placements were announced  today via the live selection show on NCAA.com.


There are 36 teams. six teams per regional, plus individual all-around and event qualifiers. The Regional Sites are listed plus the seeded teams in each regional. The top 18 qualifiers ranked by RQS (regional qualifying score) have been divided and seeded into pods of three based on rank ( i.e 1-12-13, 2-11-16 etc), the remaining 18 have been placed in a regional based on geographical location.

The individual all-around and event qualifiers are also listed.  Streaming information will be provided when it becomes available.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

PAC 12 Gymnastics Championships Evening Session Live Blog

More gymnastics! Tonight it's the  PAC 12 gymnastics evening session

I'm late because I had to find a stream that would work.

But we're following Utah, Cal, Oregon State and UCLA. It should be intense competition! Utah are the defending champs, but they're facing stiff competition!

Refresh the page every few minutes for updates!

SEC Gymnastics Championships Evening Session Live Blog

I'm back for more gymnastics! This time with the SEC Championships evening session.

This session is featuring Florida, Alabama, LSU and Auburn.

Refresh the page every few minutes for all the gymnastics action!

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