Episode 10 : Greg Marsden

Blythe brings us news on up and comers from the Asian Games, NCAA signing week and Philip Boy. We begin the first part of our chapter by chapter feature on the tome, The History of USA Gymnastics: the early years through 1991. Uncle Tim takes us back to the days of Frederich Jahn and the Turners. We delve deep into the proposed deductions for artistry in the 2013 code and talk to marketing badass Greg Marsden of the University of Utah. Check out our votes for most artistic routines below (haha, not Boy’s fall, that’s the reference to our news segment…you guys think you are so funny…).

Sandra Izbasa Interview

FIG Proposed 2013 Code of Points

SuperGymmie’s YouTube Channel

Philip Boy’s scary high bar peel:

Our votes for most artistic routines:

Spanny is only referring to the  straddle sit-switch half turn-to straddle sit. Not the whole routine. Puuulease!

Episode 9: Chellsie Memmel, Swiss Cup & FIG Presidential Proposals

This week we talk about our favorite routines from the Swiss Cup and discuss the platforms Grandi, Stoica and Titov ran on in their FIG presidential campaigns.  We talk to Chellsie Memmel who gave us very honest and frank answers about her experience being eliminated from the 2012 Olympic trials process; how Steve Penny suggested her retirement after Classics, being announced as an alternate live on television in 2004, finding love while being an elite athlete, making the team but competing with a severe injury in Beijing and how she made the decision to move on from her longtime coach Jim Chudy at Salto.

Correction: We forgot about Ebee’s international assignments! She’s exactly the type of gymnast we were talking about. We stand corrected and bravo for sending Elizabeth Price to the fall Euro series Marta.

Louis Smith Calendar

Blythe’s Notes from the 2012 Swiss Cup

Rybacki is the new Kathy Kelly

Karolyi confirmed as U.S. National Team Coordinator; Liukin, Rybacki get new job

Visa no longer the title sponsor for US Nationals

Platforms of the FIG presidents from the fantastic blog / FIG Watchdog,  The All Around 

Dvora for Deadspin U.S. Gymnastics Turns Its Back On Chellsie Memmel, Genuine Badass



Episode 8: Jermaine Browne & Jill Hicks

This week we talk to Jermaine Browne, Artistic Director of the Kellog’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions about artistry and performance in gymnastics. Uncle Tim reviews the men’s gymnastics routine maker iPad app. We discuss the perfect number of members for an Olympic team, pick our Halloween costume contest winner and uncover evidence that Khokina’s video interview was indeed mistranslated. We also talk to NCAA coach and current Kellog’s tour chaperone for the Fierce Five, Jill Hicks about helping gymnasts stand up for themselves, trust, NCAA recruiting, changing technique in college, puberty, body dysmorphia and finding happiness.

Halloween Costume Contest entries! Click to see bigger image. Top 4 are circled. Congratulations!

Jermaine Browne Official Website

Respect My Step

Jill Hicks Consulting

Scottish Federation threatens mass resignation

McKayla Maroney’s awesome in-depth interview on WRTV

Giulia Steingruber, Igor Pakhomenko capture Arthur Gander Memorial titles

The historic 7 Tumbling Passes of Death floor routine by Eun Kyung Park of South Korea at the 2008 Arthur Gander Memorial

Mistranslated video fluff on Khorkina