150: Luke Carson

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Northern Irish stud and a man, literally filled with titanium, Luke Carson.

 

 

 

 


This Week's Interview

Northern Ireland’s Luke Carson has become a symbol of strength and perseverance around the world. A veteran of six World Championships, he was poised to send Ireland to their second-ever Olympics before an injury forced him to water down his routines. He came back from two potentially career-ending injuries to compete again.  Emma Bailey and Luke discussed:

  • You thought his leg was bad, wait until you hear about his birth defect and the awful procedure he must endure every six months! (See example video on the playlist below to fulfill your creepy curiosity)
  • The status of his injury almost one-year after the Commonwealth Games
  • The problems with metal rods and hot tubs
  • Coaching his pommel horse prodigy, Rhys Mcclenaghan and team at Rathgael Gymnastics Club
  • How he proposed to his girlfriend
  • How social media can fuel healthy competition between gymnasts
  • The both frightening and gratifying truth about funding and sponsor relationships
  • The future of gymnastics in Ireland

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149: New Rules for Tokyo Olympics in 2020

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What: Do your favorite Shannon Miller pose or choreography.

How: Post it on Twitter or Instagram, tag us and use  any of these Steve Nunno quote hashtags: #ItsMillerTime or #InterGalacticChampion or #MillerTimeContest

Deadline: Monday, June 1st

Winner: Gets a copy of Shannon’s book!

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Shannon Miller © Dave Black

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The FIG announced changes to the qualification rules for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Teams can only send four all-arounders, for a three-up three-count finals format. Qualifying teams can still also send two individual event specialists who qualify through several results from World Championships, World Cups and Continental Championships. For example, the US could still send six gymnasts to compete, four for the team medal, plus two event specialists. Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about the new rules and more:

  • New Olympic qualification rules:
    • Our gut feelings about the rule: from horror to elation and mistrust.
    • How will the new rules effect non-dominant teams and individual World medalists?
    • A list of questions that need to be answered about implementation before we can decide if this is good or bad.
    • Do we trust the FIG to implement the qualification system fairly?
    • Individuals and countries who stand to be damaged the most by the new rules.
    • What past Olympics have looked like for athletes like, Hollie Vise, Alicia Sacramone, Anna Li or Elizabeth Price if these rules had been in place.
  • Rhonda Faehn left University of Florida to be Senior Vice President of Women’s Program
    • Is Rhonda Faehn the House of Cards of gymnastics?
    • We discuss the reasons she was chosen specifically for the position.
    • Conspiracy theories about why a head college coach would leave…they never, ever leave.
    • We also think that
  • The Varna World Cup
    • How soon is too soon to start fixing the equipment after a routine?
    • Does the FIG need to have an intervention on behalf of Ri Se Gwang’s ankles?
    • Pinheiro Rodrigues won rings with an Olympic cross.
    • We got to see a Church from Dufournet.
  • Sao Paolo World Cup
    • Brazil rolled out the soccer style enthusiasm for new senior, Flavia Saraiva.
    • Approve or Disapprove: Shang Chunsong’s new back to back tumbling passes on beam.
    • Should elites use music on balance beam?
    • Enrique “Porn ‘Stach” Gonzalez Sepulveda’s side roll!
  • Gymternet News:
    • Brazilian Federation investigates racist video by Arthur Nory.
    • Nastia almost made it to the finale of Dancing With The Stars.
    • Shawn Johnson posts a cryptic message about tumbling again.
    • The ugliest leotard we’ve ever seen: The Bavarian-tard.
    • NCAA Nationals: new proposal for a four team final.

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Which Gymnast Does Your State Love the Most?

Gymnastics fans, pack your bags for New Hampshire. That’s where your people are! (Of all places!)

If you miss the Perfect 10, head for South Dakota!

We analyzed Google trend data to discover where the most dedicated gymnastics fans live. As it turns out, Kyla Ross’s biggest fans aren’t in her home state of California. They’re in her birthplace of Hawaii.

And it appears that Marta does a lot of Googling for Aliya Mustafina in Texas.

Where do you find your fellow gym nerds? Just check the maps.

 

The states with the most gymnastics fans per capita.

 

The states with the most Perfect 10 fans per capita.

 

The states with the most Nastia Liukin fans per capita.

 

The states with the most Alexandra Raisman fans per capita.

 

The states with the most Gabby Douglas fans per capita.

 

The states with the most Jordyn Wieber fans per capita.

 

The states with the most Kyla Ross fans per capita.

 

The states with the most McKayla Maroney fans per capita.

 

The states with the most Aliya Mustafina fans per capita.

 

The states with the most Simone Biles fans per capita.

 

The states with the most Sam Mikulak fans per capita.

 

The states with the most Kohei Uchimura fans per capita.

 

148: Shannon Miller

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Shannon Miller in 1991 at her first World Championships. © Mike Proebsting

 

 

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The GymCastic Book Club had the most gym nerd-tastic celebration of all time this week when Shannon Miller, thé Shannon Miller, joined us to talk about her new memoire, “It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life.”  She has more combined Olympic and World medals than any American gymnast male or female. She won the World Championship all-around two times in a row. She had multiple eponymous skills in the Code of Points. She was diagnosed with one of the deadliest forms of cancer and it ran away from her like a Level 5 who hears, “It’s time for conditioning!”  Her male coach, Steve Nunno, acted like the love child of Bela Karolyi and Donald Trump, yet he complimented her perfectly.  She did two back extension rolls in a row on beam just because the crowd loved it! She did her full difficutly on the post-Olympic tours because she wanted to give the fans what they paid for.  She is so bad ass, that when a reporter said Olga, Nadia, Mary Lou…why isn’t it just Shannon? She replied, “Who says it’s not?” SHE IS SHANNON FREAKING MILLER, the greatest American gymnast of all time. Shannon answered your book club questions and we discussed:

  • Her infamous wrists and unique salute. Yes, she talks about her wrists! We died!
  • The time she thought she was over scored.
  • If there’s anything she would do differently in order to prepare herself for a social and romantic life after gymnastics; to avoid her troubled first marriage; and what will she tell her son and daughter about finding love?
  • She competed so much more than elites do today, does she wish she competed less?
  • The strong female role models in her life: her mother and Peggy Liddick.
  • The very first training camps at the Ranch when Bela was National Team Coordinator.
  • Training as an adult and how her coaches helped her stay in the sport as she grew older.
  • Skills she worked on that the world never got to see.
  • Does she plan on running for FIG President?
  • Should we bring back compulsories and the 10? Which team would she compete for if she had done gymnastics in college?
  • When can we expect to see her back in the commentator’s chair.
  • What women should do to screen for ovarian cancer.
  • Most importantly, if Alexi Nemov is as hot in person as he is on TV.

Uncle Tim and Jessica give their recap of the book including:

  • What coaches, parents and gymnasts can learn from this book.
  • As a hardcore gym nerd, what was most satisfying answer to finally read ?
  • What part of the book made us go hmmm.
  • What we wish she had talked about more.
  • The top tips and tricks we learned from Shannon for life, gymnastics and cancer preventing pelvic exams. (1:06:32 time stamp)
  • Shannon Miller’s Tips & Tricks According to Jessica:
    • Always use two pair of grips and switch off every few days. Have two pair ready at all times during meets.
    • Turn your feet in on beam especially if you were born with them that way.
    • Have a signature look!
    • Glue bedazzles to your scrunchie.
    • Use your parents as mediators for compromise between coach and athlete.
    • Coaches, plan time in your schedule for parent meetings, just like warmups and conditioning.
    • Go on vacation, condition a little bit while you relax on vacation.
    • Every gymnastics coach agrees, no gymnast should ever ski!
    • Do at least 20 minutes of cardio every day.
    • Don’t compensate for one injury, you’ll cause another.
    • Having the mindset of a perfectionist comes at a price. You don’t have to pay the price, it’s a choice.
    • Go sightseeing when you travel. Even if it’s only for an hour. Make trips special.
    • If all of your athletes quit at age 15, it’s probably not them, it’s you.
    • Teenagers and women cannot be coached physically or mentally the way children are trained. Adapt coaching to the age of your athlete.
    • If you have knobby knees, land in 4th position and then slide your feet together fast into first position to get that 10!
    • Use bacitracin and zinc oxcide (JUST LIKE I SAID!) to heal rips.
    • What’s good for the media isn’t necessarily good for the gymnast. Don’t fall into the sexist expectation of being expected to smile all the time. Being in the zone like Nastia and Shannon is fine.
    • If you go on tour, do full difficulty! Fans paid hard-earned money to watch you.
    • Rolls on beam are awesome. Always do them to stand out like Shannon!
    • Plan for rest, not just for competition.
    • Gymnasts have to feel comfortable talking to their coaches, gymnastics is too dangerous to for silence.

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Steve Nunno Poster

If Steve Nunno quotes were Motivational Posters by Spanny Tampson. “Stop crying! There are people everywhere!” – Steve Nunno, July 25, 1996 as Miller cried about under-performing on floor exercise in the Olympic all-around final.

 

Spanny Tampson made Steve Nunno motivation posters. Keep in mind, this is not a work of fiction, these are actual quotes.

Find out more about Shannon Miller’s exercise videos, fight against cancer, books and foundation here.

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How: Post it on Twitter or Instagram, tag us and use  any of these Steve Nunno quote hashtags: #ItsMillerTime or #InterGalacticChampion or #MillerTimeContest

Deadline: Monday, June 1st

Winner: Gets a copy of Shannon’s book!

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63: Doctor Larry Nassar

 

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USA Gymnastics Team Physician, Dr. Larry Nassar

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This Week's Interview

Want to know who see’s everything at The Ranch? Who runs the room where Kyla Ross said cameras should follow the team if they really want to see where the action is at camp. Who we would pick if we were going to pick a doctor to take care of our kids while they traveled around the world flipping at speeds that would make an astronaut jealous? It’s USA Gymnastics Team Physician, Larry Nassar, A.T.C.  He’s a professor, a certified athletic trainer, an osteopath and one of the most caring human beings you could ever hope to meet. A blunt, honest, experienced professional who tells it like it is. He can do that because he’s so compassionate. This interview originally aired on December 6, 2013.

We discuss:

  • What Marta calls him about the most. (This will make you happy gymternet)
  • What it was like to be part of the 2000 Olympic “hell”
  • Dealing with parents who will not accept responsibility for their child’s health
  • The one change he would make in order to prevent injuries
  • What injustice the International Olympic Committee commits against gymnasts
  • Why The Ranch is no longer- as the fans formerly called it- “Death Camp”
  • Changing the camp culture to prevent athletes and coaches from hiding injuries
  • Gym Myth Busters injury edition: ACLs, Achilles, & Shawn Johnson’s knee injury

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147: The 2015 European Championships

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Double Downie tears in Montpelier where Ellie won the first all-around medal for a British gymnast. Copyright Sport to Sport Visuals.

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Who: Shannon Miller will be our Book Club guest in May!
Deadline: Send in questions by May 6th.
How: Order the book here, read it, treasure it forever, then send questions for Shannon to gymcastic@gmail.com or by voicemail at (415) 800-3191/Skype “GymCastic Podcast”

In the News

 

Current Australian national team member and World Cup medalist, Mary-Anne “Mez” Monckton joins Emma to give us all the details on the 2015 European Championships in Montpellier, France:

  • Preliminary Problems:
    • Before the meet even started Kristina Pravdina (AZB) and Anna Pavlova (AZB), along with Alla  Sosnitkaya (RUS) were all out with injuries.
    • Epke fell on high bar and failed to make finals. What world is this?!
  • Women’s All-Around:
    • Historic Firsts: Giulia Steingruber all-around gold was the first ever win for Switzerland, Ellie Downie’s bronze was the first ever medal for Great Britain, Poland’s fifth place all-around for Marta Pihan-Kulesza was the highest ever finish for Poland–from a 27 year-old!
    • Can the Russian women challenge the US now that they have two Amanar’s in the lineup?
  • Men’s All-Around
    • Sam Oldham returned after his awful ankle injury at Commonwealth Games.
    • The Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) vs. Oleg Stepko (AZE, formerly UKR) show down.
    • David Belyavskiy (RUS) and Verniaiev showed the world why sports and peace go hand in hand.
  • Event Finals
    • Rayderley Zapata (ESP) was allowed to repeat his floor routine after a timing error.
    • Maria Paseka (RUS) flew in last minute and won gold where difficulty won over execution.
    • The bars nail biter coming down to two-tenths for Daria Spiridonova (RUS) where perfect form came in third from Sanne Wevers (NED).
    • Champion,  Eleftherios Petrounias (GRC) actually made Emma and Mez want to watch Rings, RINGS!
    • Andreea Munteanu (ROU) won beam, but Vasiliki Millousi (GRE) stole our hearts and broke them again when she fell at the very very end of her routines.
    • Claire Martin (FRA) brought back some well deserved glory to French gymnastics after a long drought.
    • Marijo Moznik (CRO) vs. Sam Oldham (GBR) high bar debate, justified or not?
  • Fragapan’s ridiculous, unbelievable, not pretty but amazing save on beam – video.
  • We reanact Carlotta Ferlito’s tweet as she, once again, blames everyone but herself for not making beam finals.

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World pace through gymnastics: Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) David Belyavskiy (RUS) went one two a respectively at the 2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montpellier.

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146: Taylor Rice and The 2015 NCAA Championships

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Taylor Rice (Stanford) makin’ it rain during event finals at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Photo by Christy Linder.

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gymnast Bookcover on Shannon Miller It's not about perfect

Who: Shannon freaking Miller!!!! will be our Book Club guest in May.
Deadline: Send in questions by May 6th.
How: Order the book here, read it, treasure it forever, then send your questions for Shannon to us at gymcastic@gmail.com or by voicemail at (415) 800-3191/Skype “GymCastic Podcast”

This Week's Interview
Stanford junior, Taylor Rice, joins us to discuss the 2015 NCAA Championships. Taylor is known for having a different hair color at every meet, being more trouble than Tasha Schwikert for her coach/mother Cassie Rice during her youth at GymCasts and having been the first woman in NCAA history to compete a man wipe. We discuss:

  • Where did the inspiration for her back-dat-twerk-tastic floor choreography come from? That’s So Raven.
  • How early is too early to commit to a college?
  • What did Stanford do to change their results so drastically from the last few years.
  • Why didn’t she ever go the elite route and what she learned from Tasha Schwikert
  • Will Stanford be able to work a tree pose into their floor routines next year?
  • The changes would she like to see to the NCAA.

In the News
In the news, Uncle Tim, Evan Heiter, Spencer, Spanny Tampson, and Jessica chat about everything that happened at the NCAA Championships in Ft. Worth, Texas:

  • The heartbreak:
    • What does UCLA need to do differently in order to gain their former team glory?
    • The Beam-tastrophy that was the LSU prelim session and how many times are hearts broke.
    • Was Lindsay “Precision” Mabel Khorkina’d after starting on vault and getting a lowely 9.85.
  • Gym-Myth Busters: It was true that the fiberglass was falling off of the bars?!
  • We revel in the joy of two fantastic all-around champions, Kytra Hunter and Sam Peszek; fair and well deserved!
  • The haters,  the disadvantage of being the defending champions.
  • Are judges afraid to be the first to give a 10?
  • The floor curse. Beam isn’t the difficult event to start on anymore–floor took Oklahoma out of the Super Six finals.
  • The exciting finish between Utah and Floirda coming down to the very last routine and half a tenth.
  • Our favorite moments from Championships:
    • Ivana Hong getting her gymnastics on and scoring well!
    • Gymnasts who have improved in college.
    • Auburn qualifying for Super Six for the first time in 22 years.
    • Taylor Rice’s all-comedy floor routine.
    • Sam Peszek’s standing full on beam!
  • Rules changes we need for 2016:
    • Allow judges to take the quarter tenth deduction.
    • Make the regular season matter more.
    • Top 5 finishers receive All-American honors. It’s not enough to just qualify.
    • Required single bar release.
    • Teams must perform at least one vault from each of the  three vault entries: tsukahara/kazamatsu, front handspring and yurchenko.
    • Make the post-season matter: you should have to win something before Super Six.
    • Four on the floor final, get rid of the Super Six.
  • Event Finals:
    • No upgrades in vault finals that we hadn’t seen during season.
    • We overwhelmingly agree on the floor finals.
    • NINA McGEE!

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Taylor Rice (Stanford) makes it rain on beam.

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UCLA gymnastics team does Taylor Rice’s making it rain choreography as they watch from the stands during floor finals at the 2015 NCAA championships

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Nina McGee won the crowd during event finals when she tied, Brenna Dowell.

 

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Ivana Hong of Stanford shows gorgeous form and even more gorgeous dinosaur hawk.

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Taylor Rice going for comedy gold at NCAAs.

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145: Rheagan Courville

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LSU’s Rheagan Courville, The Tigress of the Bayou.

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Rheagan Courville, The Tigress of the Bayou joins us this week. The former US Classic champion, Patterson beam-dismounter, two-time NCAA vault champion, fashion icon and owner of the highest standing Arabian in the game is here! We discuss:

  • The secret to the height and consistency of her standing Arabian on beam.
  • How University of Georgia emigre, coach Jay Clark, has improve her bars about a billion percent from her elite days.
  • Cardio secrets of the indefatigable LSU floor lineup.
  • How her positive and negative experiences in the sport fuel her gymnastics now.
  • Future plans, skills she’s hiding up her sleeve and her love for Louisiana.
  • Fashion: What did Miley Cyrus tell Rheagan about her style and will she be able to up Jay Clark’s shoe game?

In the News

Jessica, Spencer from The Balance Beam Situation, Scott Bregman of USA Gymnastics and Kristen Watkins from College Fantasy Gymnastics chat about:

  • Beyond The Routine: Oklahoma Gymnastics
    • Brenna Dowell: her perspective college vs. elite gymnastics, skill strategy, transition of normal human life and her crib tour!
    • We were shocked to find out they consider themselves the underdogs and see K.J. so intimately involved in the technical aspects of coaching.
  • Predicting NCAA Women’s NCAA Championships preview by the numbers
    • How important are the rankings, does seeding really matter?
    • Which team historically kicks ass in the post-season, and which teams do worse during championship season
    • Do teams switch ranking order in the post-season or have training plans been mastered to keep injuries at bay?
  • Men’s NCAA Championships
    • Vault Gate — when the injury substitution rule can be too easily manipulated.
    • Oklahoma are concurrent champions in both men’s and women’s gymnastics right now.
    • The men’s stick bonus allows each team to carry around a gigantic eraser and get rid of mistakes.
    • Stanford’s Sean Senters did the TRIPLE TWISTING YURCHENKO!

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Who: Shannon freaking Miller will be our May Book Club guest.
Deadline: Send in questions by May 6th.
How: Pre-order your book here, read it, treasure it forever, then send your questions for Shannon to us at gymcastic@gmail.com or by voicemail at (415) 800-3191/Skype “GymCastic Podcast”

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Squire’s Rings “salute”

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144: Counter Kim at Game of Regions 2015

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M’rcy Matsunami (Univ. of Alaska) has a toe-on Counter Kim shorthand tattoo (as seen above-left). She is our Game of Regions Champion.

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In the news, Uncle Tim, Emma, Evan Heiter, Spencer and Jessica chat about NCAA Women’s Regional Championships (AKA GAME OF REGIONS!) and the Ljubljana World Cup:

  • 2:05 Our reactions to McKalya Maroney’s heartfelt and funny video about her struggle with Adrenal Fatigue and its devastating symptoms.
  • 11: 45 Game of Regions round-up; we created special headlines to describe the drama, tears and triumphs at each Regional and let you know which individuals, competing without the benefit of a team to boost their scores, stole our hearts.
    • Should individuals have a separate regional qualification meet for NCAA Championships? Would it be more fair? We discuss.
    • We declare M’rcy Matsunami the most exciting thing to happen to NCAA gymnastics since Kennedy Baker’s Dos Santos and Danusia Francis’s “Nush” beam dismount. She competed a toe-on Counter Kim at the Cal Regional! See petition below.
    •  Risa Perez’s faces vs. Laurie Hernandez’s faces, a short dissertation.
    • Minnesota Unleash Shock and Awe Campaign to Destroy Auburns dreams of NCAA Berth… j/k everyone fell on bars.
    • Nina McGee of Denver could still be the 2015 NCAA floor champion.
    • Find out which host-school won the Game of Regions Webcast Award for Excellence in GymTernet Broadcasting 2015.
  • 1:20:30 Ljubljana World Cup
    • Why did the gymnasts refuse to warm-up in the practice gym, and what Nellie Kim allegedly had to say about that.
    • Eythora Thorsdottir (NED), Sasa Golob (SLO) and Jonna Adlerteg (SWE); why you should sit your baby gymnasts down in front of the YouTubes and make them watch these performers!
    • Spider web leotards, Alexander Shatilov’s beard (uber hipster or switching to Amish?), Slovenian training conditions, Oksana Chusovitina without Boguinskaya, and the next generation of Braziian gymnasts look like WOGA-Chow-Soviet stars.
  • Would Marta Karolyi ever allow the Romanian team to workout with the Americans at the Ranch?
  • An update on SB101, Indiana’s gay discrimination bill. Spoiler alert, it was amended!

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Get M’rcy Matsunami to Texas! Petition to NCAA, host school Texas Women’s University and TMU coach, Courtney McCool to have M’cry Matsunami exhibition bars for pre-meet entertainment in Fort Worth at the NCAA Championships! Texas Women’s University on Twitter,  Courtney McCool on Twitter, the NCAA.

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143: The Return of Gabby Douglas

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Reigning all-around Olympic Champion, Gabrielle Douglas returned to competition for the first time in three years at the Trophy Jesolo in Italy. © Filippo Tomasi/USA Gymnastics

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In the News

In the news, Mary-Anne “Mez” Monckton, Emma and Jessica chat about Jesolo:

  • The Italian crowds reaction to the triumphant return of the reigning Olympic all-around Champion, Gabby Douglas and the reigning Olympic floor champion, Aly Raisman.
  • Which gymnasts made a case for themselves  not to be ignored at Jesolo: Erika Fasana, Alysssa Bauman, and Laurie “Baby Sharkira” Hernandez.
  • How to tell how Marta feels; The Marta’s head-squash vs. the scruff of the neck kitten-grab.
  • Was the mood between Gabby and Chow strained?
  • The XL Center Bat, The Antwerp Moth, The Nanning Bee and now, The Jesolo Dog.
  • Mez tells us what it’s like to compete on the infamous Janssen-Fritzen floor which put half of the competitors on their butts
  • Jesolo Judges: Why were the judges 100 miles away from the apparatus and did it effect the scores? Plus, how the judges broke protocol; they just couldn’t’ help themselves.
  • Why Carlotta Ferlito quit Mtv Italy’s Ginnaste – Vite Parallele reality show.

The British Championships:

  • Flame cannons; juniors beating seniors; special awards; and Amy Tinkler, the smiliest winner of all time.
  • Ellie Downie’s successful but strange competition, walking off of the beam rather than dismounting.
  • Kelly Sim did a full-in dismount off of beam!
  • Why we love British Disability Champion, Tasha Coates who is allergic to exercise.

The Gymternet News:

  • Douglas Family Gold: Oxygen is working on a series about Gabby Douglas and her family. Can it be done tastefully or will it make her out to be a train wreck?
  • SB101: Indiana has legalized discrimination against LGBT citizens. How this would impact gymnastics and why we are cheering on Steve Penny, Josh Dixon and Danell Leyva in their fight against Indiana’s Governor Pence.

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The world rankings from The All Around here.

Beyond The Routine: WOGA watch here.

Find out what it’s like to be allergic to exercise. An essay by British Disability Champion, Tasha Coates here.

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