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

Simone Biles hugging Jazmyn Foberg

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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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.

Jazmyn Foberg uses “Never Gonna Happen” by Lily Allen for her floor routine. Do you like it?

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

Jazzy Foberg photo

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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