145: Rheagan Courville

Rheagan Courville thows shade at the judges

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

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This Week's Interview

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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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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142: They Broke Bart Conner

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South Durham Gymnastics Club, home of English all-around champion, Amy Tinkler.

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In the News

English Nationals, NCAA Conference Championships and Jesolo are on the menu this week. Uncle Tim, Emma, Spencer, Spanny, Evan, and Jessica chat about:

  • Princess Catherine leading her troops to battle to strike fear into the heart of the balance beam.
  • Senior champ Amy Tinkler, is her pepto-pink gym at South Durham, the key to her success?
  • Claudia Fragapane’s improvement from her American Cup fall-a-thon.
  • Lisa Mason’s triumphant performance, pep talks to the baby gymnasts, Artistry award and practically leaping onto the judges table to dare them to deduct from her floor routine!
  • The British Bars Revolution: Kelly Sim and Becky Downie are doing bars that make you wonder if their routines aren’t actually YouTube edited pranks.
  • Jingoistic floor routine musical advice for the Rio Olympics, from a self-proclaimed Brazilian cultural expert.
  • Louis Smith competed well but raised some eyebrows with his post-meet exit.
  • The reason for Max Whitlock’s spectacular but  limited performance plus, injury updates on our favorite English gymnasts.

NCAA Conference Championships (28:00)

  • Shawn Johnson tweeted that she wants to coach a college team. Where do we think she’d fit in and what are the most important traits of a great coach?
  • Bedazzling Beelzebub sparkle-tards -The leotard debate.
  • New vocabulary word “pusillanimous: showing a lack of courage or determination; timid. as in, wimp.
  • Would Minnesota’s Linday Mable get better scores if she was a member of one of the six schools that have won an NCAA Championship.
  • Regional seeding and our picks for biggest upsets.
  • Coolest vault in college, Alex Marasco –  Yurchenko ½ on or a Yurchenko full-on Cuervo.
  • Most robbed vaulter last weekend, Jaida Lawrence of West Virginia.
  • Rage-o-Meter regarding the Pac 12 Networks decision to zoom in on every inopportune moment of every routine. Dear Director’s of  Television Gymnastics, here are the rules:
    • We do not use stick and ball sports analogies to explain artistic gymnastics.
    • Never, ever, zoom in during a routine, ever. That’s what secondary camera playbacks are for.
    • We do not zoom in between the hip bones and thighs, ever. If that accidentally happens, the director will immediately switch to a different camera.

Jesolo Competition Preview! (1:35:00)

  • How did this meet become the debutant ball of US Gymnastics?
  • Gabby, Aly, Simone, Skaggs, Hernandez, Flatley –  gymnasts we are most excited to see in Italy!

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WATCH JESOLO LIVE! Watch the defending World Champion, Simone Biles compete against the defending Olympic champion, Gabby Douglas, for the first time since the 1980 Olympic Games!  The Italian Gymnastics Federation will carry a live webstream of the Jesolo competition on its YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/user/FGIfederginnastica.

Schedule: March 25, junior team qualification; March 26, senior team qualification; March 28, junior and senior team and all-around finals; and March 29, individual event finals.The defending champion (US) and host country automatically participate in the finals on March 28, and the top eight athletes, with a maximum of two per team, advance to the event finals on March 29.

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141: Listener Feedback Show

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This week it’s an all-listener feedback show. An entire episode dedicated to you, our dear listeners. Uncle Tim, Spanny and Jessica chat about:

  • Nastia giving good face on Dancing With The Stars
  • Why Nastia said she has never taken a ballet class.
  • Who are the best freshman in NCAA this year
  • Why were Tory Wilson and Bridgette Caquatto given mathematically impossible scores last week?
  • How many economically disadvantaged gymnasts have made it to the top in elite?
  • Why do we have such crazy gymnastics dreams, and we share some of our own.
  • Rule Change! When a gymnast has more than one eponymous skill, should she be able to give her subsequent skills the name of her choice?
  • Cheerleading friend or foe?
  • Jingoistic music, is it only advantageous to the home competitor?
  • E-Score home judging for all?

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Photo Gallery: 2015 American Cup

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Results of the 2015 American Cup in ginormous Cowboy Stadium in Texas.

Women’s all-around
1. Simone Biles, USA, 62.299
2. MyKayla Skinner, USA, 57.832
3. Erika Fasana, Italy, 56.633
4. Jessica Lopez, Venezuela, 56.365
5. Elsabeth Black, Canada, 56.132
6. Vanessa Ferrari, Italy, 55.731
7. Emily Little, Australia, 55.165
8. Natsumi Sasada, Japan, 53.733
9. Claudia Fragapane, Great Britain, 52.532

Men’s all-around
1. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 90.597
2. Ryohei Kato, Japan, 90.098
3. Donnell Whittenburg, USA, 89.932
4. Sam Mikulak, USA, 88.598
5. Yusuke Tanaka, Japan, 88.098
6. Jossimar Calvo, Colombia, 87.897
7. Andrey Likhovitskiy, Belarus, 86.965
8. Daniel Purvis, Great Britain, 86.332
9. Alexis Torres Serrano, Puerto Rico, 83.664

If you want more of Christy Linder’s fantastic photos, see more on Twitter, Facebook or request her for your meet on her official website.

140: The 2015 American Cup

Simone Biles hugs Katelyn Ohashi after winning the 2015 American Cup.

Simone Biles hugs Katelyn Ohashi after winning the 2015 American Cup.

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In the News

This week we are joined by very special guest and World Cup silver medalist, Mary-Anne Monkton of Australia. Uncle Tim, Evan and Jessica recap of the 2015 American Cup in Cowboy Stadium AKA Simone Biles new house:

  • Marta was on the Nastia Cup broadcast doing commentary again and it was fantastic!
  • Oleg gave Uncle Tim the best birthday present ever!
  • MyKayla Skinner crashed her Cheng in podium training and completely missed her hand. (see photo gallery link below).
  • Head Scratcher of the week: How does a gymnast get invited to a World Cup. Read all 16 pages of Rules here or this:
    • The top seven all-around placers at World Championships are invited. If that includes the host country already, the 8th placer is invited. If it doesn’t include the host, the 8th spot is reserved for the host. The FIG Executive Committee can invited a 9th wildcard. If after inviting the top eight they don’t have eight participants, they then invite placers nine through twelve from Worlds. If they still don’t have eight, they then invite each federation in the order they finished in the team competition at World’s (up to the eighth place team) to send a gymnast until they get eight. Then the wildcard gymnast is selected by FIG.
  • Do we think it’s fair the way NBC characterizes Simone as unbeatable, as if the pressure doesn’t compound exponentially the more she wins?
  • Debate our favorite moments and best saves of the meet: MyKayla Skinner on beam or perhaps Sam Mikulak on high bar.
  • We give our thoughts on leveraging the host country’s music and cultural dances in floor routines.
  • We pretend we are Aimee Boorman and devise a strategy to keep Simone Biles happy, healthy and engaged.
  • We pretend to be Sam Mikulak and devise a plan for him to convert the consistency he had for his NCAA team to his elite career.
  • The High Bar tension controversy: are the men supposed to all use the same tension on the high bar? No, we are asking. We want to  know!
  • Nastia Liukin gets her first grade from us as a commentator.
  • Fashion: what did we think of the Nastia Cup leo, and could Nastia’s Swarovski crystals on the nails work for the men
  • Friday the 13th of NCAA Gymnastics. Every meet had a terrifying crash. The worst of which was Shelby Hilton from University of Kentucky. We have an update on her and opine that perhaps a little angel named Kylie had something to do with that crash.
  • The Rage-o-Meter ; Trautwig needs to acknowledge that the majority of the gymnasts on the World Cup circuit are in their 20’s and that’s the new norm. And many women in their 20’s make the US Olympic team and even win medals.
    • We launch a new campaign. Tweet to NBC #NoPolosForNastia

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Ellie Black (CAN) layout landing position on balance beam.

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Podium Training Photo Gallery of the 2015 American Cup

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In this photo gallery we present the many goofy, joyful, happy faces of Simone Biles during podium training for the American Cup in Cowboy Stadium. MyKayla Skinner missed a hand, completely, on the vault table and had an overall rough practice. Erika Fasana (ITA) and Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) show off their tattoos. People just can’t keep their hands off Mr. Sam Mikulak. Marta runs this mutha’. At age 29, Jessica Lopez (VEN) is absolutely stunning. Emily Little (AUS) and Claudia Fragapane (GB) debuted a butterfly on floor (cue collective gym nerd freak out!); and Ellie Black (CAN) reps the maple leaf like a champ.

If you want more of Christy Linder’s fantastic photos, see more on Twitter, Facebook or request her for your meet on her official website.

139: Steve Butcher, President of the FIG Men’s Technical Committee

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FIG Men’s Technical Committee President, Steve Butcher

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This Week's Interview
This week the President of the International Gymnastics Federation Men’s Technical Committee, Mr. Steve Butcher is here. Yes, the Nelli Kim of men’s gymnastics talks about spring board thieves, fashion rules, Execution score data analysis (nerdgasm!), tons of Code of Points nerdtastic details, gymnastics jail and if he would want his own son to do elite gymnastics. This is important to you women’s gymnastics fans becuase MAG and WAG rules must now inform each other. What happens in men’s effects the women’s rules! We discuss:

  • The FIG’s analysis of Execution score parity between men’s and women’s judges.
  • The downfall of having too many examples of Execution scores on the FIG Helpdesk.
  • Bruno Grandi’s statement that biomechanics will become a bigger part of the Code of Points versus the medical aspect of athlete health.
  • Bringing back the 10.0 and making it Execution score more visible during competitions.
  • Date for the next Code of Points newsletter with bonus content for the first time in 20-ish years.
  • Artistry in men’s gymnastics: What President Butcher’s female friends say they want to see on men’s floor exercise.
  • Country imposed minimum scores which prevent gymnasts from competing in major international competitions.
  • Release from gymnastics jail for judges – how judges from non-power house countries can gain more experience.
  • Misconceptions about the powers of his position and responsibility for the current Code of Points.
  • How closely he works with Nelli Kim to make sure women’s and men’s gymnastics inform each other.
  • The rule making process — concnesus or majority.
  • Fixing the Broken Grip Rule!
  • Can the FIG regulate the manufacture of grips like they do the equipment?
  • Getting the FIG to match the gold standard for social media and streaming video that USAG has set.

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138: Prince Emyre Cole

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Who’s that in the middle? Why it’s Winter Cup Prize for Elegance winner, Mr. Emyre Cole.

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In the News

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

  • LSU putting a whoopin’ on Florida where Bridget Sloan returned to competition for the Gators. But Tiger fans are riled up by the bad sportsmanship allegations levied by Faehn and Caquatto. We give you our opinions on the controversey.
  • Massive scores at Alabama v. Georgia meet with seven 9.9 or above in the first three rotations for the Tide. Meanwhile, Georgia is having their worst start since 1998.
  • Lindsey “Perfection” Mable moves into first in the all-around ranking this week with a 39.545 RQS (regional qualifying score), but Rheagan “Alpha Tigress” Courville scored a season high of 39.825 at home. We tell you what the RQS means at this point in the season.
  • The only non-pro gymnast from the Fierce Five, Kyla Ross, committed to UCLA.
  • Understanding the new four-year-guarantee scholarship rules and what it means for gymnastics teams with more than 12 gymnasts on their roster in 2016. It’s not retroactive people!
  • The comeback is real! Gabby Douglas shows off a new bar combo and a solid standing full in the latest USA Gymnastics video.
  • Updates on seniors from the latest US National Team camp at the Ranch; Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and even Sabrina Vega.
  • New gymnastics movie alert! The Bronze, starring Bernadette from Big Bang Theory is getting rave reviews, but not for the dialog.

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Emyre Cole with his coach, Nalani Cook

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