119: How to Watch Nanning Podium Training & The Tumble Finale Recap

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Our recap of the Tumble Finale

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This week Scott Bregman, Director of Content and Communications for USA Gymnastics, joins us to talk about live coverage direct from the 2014 World Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China. Then in the official unofficial podcast of BBC One’s Tumble recap, Emma and Jessica chat about:

  • Which celebrities and gymnasts we’d like to see on the next season of Tumble.
  • The alleged sex tape of Louis Smith that doesn’t exist.

  • Nadia performing for the first time in 20 years!

  • Host Alex cutting off a judge AGAIN!

  • Our favorite moments from the show.

  • The Bobby and Kristin romance that we haven’t recovered from.

Here is the full schedule of the the live (if all goes well) broadcast from Nanning.

schedule of live streaming from worlds

 

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Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) like TunnelBear to watch podium training and the qualification rounds being broadcast by USA Gymnastics at USAGymWorlds.com 

Find an adult gymnastics program in the US on Jessica’s website masters-gymnastics.com. Or discover the gymnastics program that’s right for you with a video introduction to all of the different disciplines of the sport.

Find out more about BBC One’s Tumble on the official website. Watch routines on the BBC One YouTube Channel.

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2014 Tumble Champions, Bobby and Kristin!


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The judges perform on the Tumble finale.

The judges perform on the Tumble finale.

 

Bobby holds Kristin on Tumble

 

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118: Pan American Championships and the American Men at US Championships

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This week on GymCastic, it’s raining men.

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In the news, Uncle Tim, Evan, Cordelia Price, and Jessica chat about:

  • The triumphant return of CUBA (WAG 4th place team) and how much we want Yesenia Ferrera and Manrique Larduet to defect too!
  • Marvin “The Hot Mess of Unlimited Potential” Kimble
  • Comparing the US men’s scores at the national championships to the rest of the world (see chart below)
  • How we felt about the US men’s team selection process
  • Pan American Championships: the good, the bad and the injuries (Maggie Nichols, noooo!!!)
  • Yamilet Peña and the tale of the sliding sting mat
  • Marta gives advice to parents and Arthur Zanetti loves to take pictures with Cordelia
  • Sexy Data: How did Pan Am Championship scores compare to P&G Championships for the US women
  • How the performance of the US women at Pan Am’s effected their positions for the world team
  • We lament the loss of thrown back artistry from our beloved, Tomás “Porn Stach” González
  • How Donell Whittenburg stole the show at P&G Championships

 

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How competitive was the men’s competition at the Pan American Championships? This chart shows the top men’s all-around scores for the qualification rounds at each competition. Pan Am’s for men were more competitive than Commonwealths, about equal to Europeans, but not as competitive as Worlds. Compiled by Cordelia Price.

 

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Apply for tickets to the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto here.

Jessica Lopez (L to R), Mykayla Skinner and Yesenia Ferrera of Cuba.

Jessica Lopez (L to R), Mykayla Skinner and Yesenia Ferrera of Cuba.

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117: Youth Olympic Games, Romanian Nationals, Russian & Novara Cup

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The Youth Olympic Games artistic gymnastics champions.

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In the News

This week Bea, Blythe, Emma and Jessica chat about:

  • Romanian Nationals
    • Could Larisa Iordache have a higher difficulty value at Worlds than Simone Biles?
    • Jessica picks her new junior superstar: Andreea Iridon.
    • The state of the Romanian World Team and the dreaded (for the seniors) bars.
  • The Swiss, Romanian, Germany Friendly meet
    • An update on Swiss stalwart, Gulia Steinbruger.
    • Germany’s steller bar workers are getting it done!
  • Youth Olympic Games
    • The most overwhelming display of affection and sportsmanship we’ve ever seen in the history of gymnastics.
    • The educational component of the YOG that none of us knew about!
    • Becky Downie pushing her coach away from the camera to stop from dying of teenage embarrassment.
    • Vault final was won by a Chinese gymnast, Wang Yan with a big 14.783
    • Giarnni Regini-Moran, another sign of the next super power is British Gymnastics.
  • Novara Cup
    • The fan insanity/zero security for athletes at Italian gymnastics meets.
    • The return of veterans, Joana Adlerteg (SWE) and Julie Crocket (BEL).
  • Russian Cup
    • The return of Victoria Komova on bars from her growth spurt and injury.
    • Aliya Mustafina is back, with a vengence!
    • The glorious zero-craps-given attitude of Tatiana Nabiyeva.
  • Sandra Isbasa to do Romanian Dancing With The Stars.

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Get more from Bea over at The Couch Gymnast.

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116: Louis Smith, Amelle Berrabah of Team Sexy & Tumble Episode 5 Recap

Amelle with her partner, sports acro world champion, Doug Fordyce, Louis Smith and David-Roy Wood with, no biggie, Nadia.

This week’s interviews are with: Amelle Berrabah, shown here with her pro partner, sports acro world champion, Doug Fordyce; Louis Smith who gives us the deets on his Euros disappointment; and Amelle’s coach David-Roy Wood who talks about what he learned from, no biggie, Nadia.

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This Week's Interview

It’s interview-o-rama today on the show! Louis Smith is here to answer your Book Club questions. Amelle Berrabah, the British singer and finalist on BBC One’s gymnastics tv show, Tumble, is here with her coach David-Roy Wood (who also coaches Princess Catherine). And by the way, Amelle is going to continue with adult gymnastics when the show is over because she loves the fitness results she’s achieved during training! To conclude, Jessica and Emma recap Tumble episode 5 before the big finale on Saturday where NADIA WILL BE PERFORMING!

  • Louis Smith tells us:
    • If he was every suspicious of his dad’s motives when he came back into his life.
    • Exactly why he was so upset about not being named to the GB squad for Europeans and how he thinks it should have been handled.
    • If there is any truth to the Lucy Mecklenberg romance rumors
    • How he concentrated on training with Lisa Mason and Rochelle Douglas in the same gym and advice for asking out a teammate.
    • What he would change about Tumble for next season.
  • Amelle and Dave tell us:
    • What they learned from Nadia’s surprise visit to their balance beam training session.
    • About the training schedule and pressures of Tumble.
    • Overcoming fear and doubt when there are millions of people watching.

Find an adult gymnastics program in the US on Jessica’s website masters-gymnastics.com. Or discover the gymnastics program that’s right for you with a video introduction to all of the different disciplines of the sport.

Find out more about BBC One’s Tumble on the official website. Watch full episodes on the BBC One YouTube Channel.

If you are outside of the UK and want to watch Tumble on BBC One, you can use FreeTVCafe.net here.  Use at your own risk. There are a ton of play buttons that will automatically download crap onto your computer. Be extremely careful not to click on an advertisement. Less risky is using a VPN like TunnelBearZenmateGetUsVPN.

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115: Kenzo Shirai

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2013 Floor World Champ, Kenzo Shirai of Japan. Copyright Toshiaki Fujii.

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This Week's Interview

Kenzo “The Prodigy” “Quad King” Shirai of Japan is here! The 2013 World Champion on floor, who did the quad as his last pass (because he’s that good), chats with Jessica about:

  • Upgrades on high bar
  • How he learned the quad
  • His challenge for the US team at Worlds
  • His favorite American gymnast.
  • His advice for Aly Raisman on how to master the quad twist.

Special thanks to our interpreter, Sho Nakamori!

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Follow Kenzo on Twitter here.

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Kenzo Shirai showing his absolutely perfect twisting form. Copyright Toshiaki Fujii.

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2014 US Championships Photo Gallery

 

School has started, everyone is back to work after summer vacations, the blahs are setting in. We all need a little Monday pick-me-up while we wait for Worlds. How about a photo gallery from the fabulous Ms. Christy Linder! Can you spot the GymCastic exclusives? ‘Cuz we faaaancy!

If you can’t get enough of Christy’s fantastics photos, see more on Twitter, Facebook or request her for your meet on her official website.

114: Fallout From Gymnastike’s Handling of Maroney Hack & Tumble Episodes 3 and 4 with special guest Jenni Pinches!

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In the News

This week, Jessica, Olympian Jenni Pinches, and Emma Bailey chat about the latest gymternet controversy and BBC One’s Tumble episodes three and four:

  • News broke over Labor Day weekend that a hack took place that exposed racy photos of several celebrities and athletes, including McKayla Maroney. We discuss how the gymternet has responded–specifically how Gymnastike and parent company Flocast, handled the news–and the backlash they have received.
  • How much Jessica loves coach, Katie Richards from Heathrow who presents stickers for goals met and gives exactly zero craps about the feelings of wimps.
  • Was it fair that this week the celebrities didn’t have to use real rhythmic equipment?
  • All trampolines should be covered with rose petals from now on.
  • The awkward sexual innuendo moment between Louis Smith and host, Alex.
  • The magic Dave-Roy Wood must be working on Amelle because she hasn’t developed any mental blocks after a terrifying crash!
  • How to avoid accidental choking when attempting rhythmic gymnastics.
  • Behind the scenes scoop from Emma and Jenni who were in the studio.

Related Links

Read Jenni’s thoughts on Tumble and more on her blog or Twitter. Emma is on Twitter and blogs about her gym nerd here. Danusia Francis has been blogging about Tumble on her blog as well. Check out all of Emma’s nerdtastic adventures in gymnastics fandom at MoominWhiskey Meets.

Find an adult gymnastics program in the US on Jessica’s website masters-gymnastics.com. Or discover the gymnastics program that’s right for you with a video introduction to all of the different disciplines of the sport.

Find out more about BBC One’s Tumble on the official website. Watch full episodes on the BBC One YouTube Channel.

If you are outside of the UK and want to watch Tumble on BBC One, you can use FreeTVCafe.nehere.  Use at your own risk. There are a ton of play buttons that will automatically download crap onto your computer. Be extremely careful not to click on an advertisement. Less risky is using a VPN. Try TunnelBearZenmateGetUsVPN

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113: Junior & Senior Women’s Finals from the 2014 US Championships in Pittsburgh, plus an Interview with Kim Zmeskal Burdette

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Repeat senior champion, Simone Biles hugs new junior champ, Jazmyn Foberg by Christy Linder.

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Today, straight from the P&G Championships in Pittsburgh, Jessica, Lauren, Dvora, Cordelia and Lindsey recap the event and:

  • Kim Zmeskal tells us about the Hunger Games-themed leotards and the core values of her coaching. Her interview begins at 1:45:35.
  • The rise of MG Elite, is quite possibly the top junior gymnastics program in the country.
  • Laurent Landi, coach of Alyssa Baumann and Madison Kocian at WOGA, stopped by the GymCastic studios to give us an injury and goal update on his seniors.
  • The wise, reliable, Kyla Ross.
  • Breakout fan favorites, Jordan Chiles, Morgan Hurd, Macy Toronjo, Emily Gaskins, Marissa Oakley, Maile O’Keefe, Jazmyn Foberg, Deane Soza and Alexis Vasquez.
  • The Uneven Bars Situation: Ashton Locklear, Madison Kocian, Kyla Ross and seemingly fantasy, gym nerd created bar routine of Brenna Dowell.
  • Would it make any difference to our World and Olympic results if the US ladies went to more World Challenge Cups around the world?
  • Should USAG President, Steve Penny, revoke the broadcast rights from NBC for showing John Orozco crying in London on the big screen in the arena while John waited to go on pommel horse?
  • We present the deeply coveted GymCastic Execution and Artistry awards.
  • Will Simone Biles be the Kohei Uchimora of women’s gymnastics?
  • Missing in action – where was Kyla’s coach Howie this weekend?
  • The MyKayla Skinner factor – she’s made huge improvements.

Extra special thanks to the DoubleTree hotel in Pittsburgh for finding a great room for the podcast and feeding us warm cookies to sustain our recording long into the night!

Related Links

Results from the 2014 US Championships here.  Lauren writes for the Gymter.net, Dvora is at Unorthodox Gymnastics, find Cordelia and Lindsey on Twitter.

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A Christy Linder photo gallery is coming soon!

Scene of the crime by Lindsey Green.

Scene of the crime by Lindsey Green.

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Watch every routine from the P&G Championships on the USA Gymnastics YouTube page here.

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112: Junior & Senior Women’s Prelims from the 2014 US Championships in Pittsburgh

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Junior Leader after day one, Jazmyn Foberg. Photo by Christy Linder.

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A full recap of day one of the women’s competition. We discuss:

  • Swaggie Maggie Nichols rise in the ranks
  • The ranging case of nerves that swept the juniors.
  • Trends in routine construction for the top teams
  • How awesome Evan Heiter and Sam Peszek were at commentating LIVE.
  • Favorites for World and Pan American Games.
  • Adeline Kenlin and the coolest vault of the competition and Lexy Ramler getting the biggest cheers for her bar routine.

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The 2014 WAG Rankings from The All Around here.

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The Official Unofficial Podcast of Tumble on BBC One, Episode 2

Beth Tweddle on BBC One's Tumble episode 2

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This week Jessica and Emma Bailey recap episode two of the BBC’s new show Tumble. We consider these important topics:

  • What time to arrive at the BBC One studio if you want to be in the live studio audience for Tumble.
  • Would the American post-Olympic tour benefit from hiring the Tumble creators?
  • The tear-jerking, beauty of the “Butterfly” performance by Beth Tweddle featuring some of our favorite junior elite gymnasts from the British squad.
  • Which gymnasts (hint, Simone Biles) should wear Lucy Mecklenburgh’s green leotard from this week’s show?
  • We speculate on the veracity of the incompetence demonstrated by the celebrities during their practices.
  • Does Sarah Harding have poor cardio or is she just unaware that her mouth is hanging open throughout her performance?
  • Claudia Fragapane gave great advice and the English champions from the commonwealth games
  • Was the romance storyline between Kristin Allen and Bobby Lockwood just a ruse to throw us off of the H Watkins and John Partridge, romance?
  • Natalia Ilienko shed tears after the show.
  • Determine that everything in life should come down to a “Vault Off”
  • Nadia’s triceps.
  • Alex cuts off Louis Smith and Jessica is enraged!
  • Is the quality of this show greatly improved because of the variety of professionals from different gymnastics disciplines: acrobatics, circus, artistic etc.
  • Two contestants were members of the Royal Ballet – not normal humans, these are super athletes.
  • We predict Amelle will be the last woman standing.

Related Links

Jenny Pinches blog on Tumble. Danusia Francis has been blogging about Tumble on her blog as well. Check out all of Emma’s nerdtastic adventures in gymnastics fandom at MoominWhiskey Meets.

Find a gymnastics program in the US on Jessica’s website masters-gymnastics.com.

Find the gymnastics program that’s right for you with a video introduction to all of the different disciplines of the sport.

LeoCards, iconic leotard postcards and posters by Meg here.

Find out more about BBC One’s Tumble on the official website.

Watch full episodes on the BBC One YouTube Channel.

If you are outside of the UK and want to watch Tumble on BBC One, you can use  TVPC.com here or FreeTVCafe.nehere.  Use at your own risk. There are a ton of play buttons that will automatically download crap onto your computer. Be extremely careful not to click on an advertisement. Less risky is using a VPN like Zenmate or GetUsVPN

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The green Egyptian scarab leotard Lucy Mecklenburgh wore on episode two of Tumble on BBC One.

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Nadia’s LeoCard and swatch watch.

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