157: The 2015 Secret Classic

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2015 junior Secret Classic Champion, Laurie “Baby Shakira” Hernandez. Photo © Christy Linder

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In the News

This week on the podcast, a full recap of the Secret U.S. Classic from glorious Chicago suburbs.  Uncle Tim, Lauren, and Jessica chat about the best upgrades, moments, skills and routines, including:

  • Scoring: don’t get too excited, there was a stick bonus in place.
  • Text book bars that made our hearts sing:  Madison Kocian, Brenna Dowell and Laurie “Baby Shakira” Hernandez.
  • Injuries that took some out and others down:  Norah Flatly, Marissa Okaely and Kyla Ross.
  • Which 2000 Babies (also known as juniors who will turn 16 in the Olympic year) will be a major threat for the 2016 Olympic team. Yes, this means we talked all about Ragan “Fievel” Smith.
  • Ashton Locklear and the Mystery of the Zero Scores solved!
  • Bailie Key’s premier meet as a senior gymnast! Finally!
  • Brenna Dowell had a rough day with a terrifying beam fall, but we loved her toe-on tkatchev caught in mixed grip to Ezhova! Will this help or hurt her chances of making the World team?
  • Let’s play a game called “What did Skinner’s floor music sound like to you?”
  • Simone Bile’s new floor routine (spoiler alert, we loved it!); will Laurie Hernandez and Simone start a new trend in elite floor?
  • What’s next for Emily Gaskins and Steve Nunno. Maybe he was too calm and that’s what hurt her performance.
  • Gabby Douglas, her competitive excellence, Russian-style podium training, future upgrades and clarifying gymnastics facts for those you didn’t know that she meant American Olympic history when she said,”No one has ever done it before.”
  • Aly Raisman looked gutted after her mistiming on floor led to a fall, but we saw big improvements from her.
  • Our favorite moments: Abby Paulson’s aerial layout series on beam; Trinity Thomas being adopted by Lauren; Maggie Nichols owning the podium; Polina Shchennikova’s bars; Simone and her team flying on a private jet; Kaitlin deGuzman’s toe point; Deanne Soza, Deanne Soza and DEANNE SOZA!
  • Uncle Tim rages out over Felicia Hano’s vault injury.

GYMTERNET NEWS

Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

  • Marta’s retirement announcement and our speculation about her replacement.
  • Shawn Johnson got engaged to NFL player Andrew East on a baseball field, but we tell you how we could have proposed to her in a much more gymnastics-appropriate way.
  • The Canadian pop star who is named after Nelli Kim
  • USA Gymnastics President, Steve Penny, awkwardly interviewing Simone Biles.
  • We got a letter from a listener who told us all about training with Steve Penny and Peggy Liddick during the Shannon Miller era at Dynamo in Oklahoma!

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The Gymternet’s best moments from podium training, complete with Gifs!

Two women have repeated as the Olympic all-around champion in back to back Olympic Games, Larisa Latynina of Soviet Union in 1956 and 1960, and Vera Caslavaka of Czechoslovakia in 64 and 68. No American all-around gold medalist (we’ve only had four ever!), has ever made a second Olympic team; only one has even officlally tried, Nastia Liukin, by competing at the Olympic Trials. It’s pretty common to make another Olympic team. Four Olympic all-around gold medalists have made a second Olympic team after winning all-around good: Larisa Latynina, Věra Čáslavská, Ludmilla Tourischeva, and Nadia Comăneci.

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156: Pan Am Games Event Finals and Secret Classic Preview

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This week Uncle Tim and Jessica discuss the Pan American Games Event Finals with 2004 Olympic floor champion and CBC analyst Kyle Shewfelt!

  • Gym Myth Busters: We found out, straight from the men’s FIG Technical Committee President, if Manrique Larduet (CUB) was deducted for excessive celebration after his parallel bars routine in qualifying.
  • We had to know Kyle’s opinion: should the men’s all-around final have gone to Manrique instead of Sam Mikulak (USA)?
  • Why Canada, Cuba and Flavia Lopez Saraiva (BRA) stole the show in Toronto.
  • The Out of Bounds Championship floor final, a first of it’s kind.
  • Kyle and our listeners came up with the solution the Yamilet Peña (DOM) and the Produnova of Death vault situation. Nellie Kim, now hear this!
  • Why Daniele Hypolito (BRA) is a hero and true sportsman (even after being robbed of a bronze in the vault final).
  • Why Rachel Gowey (USA),  Jessica Lopez (VEN) and Amelia Hundley’s (USA) floaty bars made us smile.
  • Ellie Black (CAN) told Kyle Shewfelt why she was able to achieve to her highest potential during the most pressure packed final of the competition: beam.
  • Ana Sofía Gómez Porras (GUA) finally redeemed herself on the floor, but she presented a text book example of why a gymnast should never tumble with hands side by side on beam!
  • How difficult is the full-in off the end of the parallel bars, done by Jossimar Calvo (COL), compared to a double-tuck off of the side; Kyle weighs in.

GYMTERNET NEWS

 

Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

  • A preview of the Secret Classic: from college elite Brenna Dowell to 2011 world team gold medalist, Sabrina Vegas; to reigning Olympic champions, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas; it’s going to be a great meet!
  • Does being named to a Pan Am Team hurt a gymnasts chances of being on a World or Olympic team?
  • Shannon Miller’s coach, Steve Nunno, is back!  It’s has been confirmed to a fan website first; congratulations Full Twist! Emily Gaskins (AKA Baby Podkopayeva) of Intensity Gymnastics in Florida, is being coached by Steve Nunno and Romanian Olympic gold medalist, Lavinia Agache.  We discuss the implications–at length!
  • Plus, rhinestones, not just for facial injuries anymore.

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  • If you want to hear Kyle Shewfelt’s analysis of the Pan Am Games, download the CBC Sports App for streaming replays, available on Android and Apple.
  • Check out Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics, it is a marvel; from business plan to layout and function, it needs to be the centerfold of a gymnastics school design and business magazine. They have acrobatics, adult gymnastics classes, rhythmic, tumbling, trampoline, gymnastics cross training, yoga, Gymsanity, Warrior Gymnastics (What is this? We want to do it!) and parkour. If the GymCastic headquarters were in Calgary, we’d live at Kyle’s gym.

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  • Secret Classic coverage begins on Friday with live podium training here or USA Gymnastics YouTube Channel. The senior competition will be on Universal Sports. If you aren’t in the US and are having trouble with access to Universal Sports, try using a VPN. Our listeners recomend TunnelBear, Hola, ZenMate and GetUsVPN.
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155: University and Pan Am Games

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Manrique Larduet (CUB) urges the crowd to show their appreciation for his parallel bars routine at the Pan American Games. © Grace Chiu

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In the News

This week Mary-Anne “Mez Monckton from the Australian national team, Uncle Tim and Jessica chat about:

  • Pan Am Games Team Finals and All-Around Competitions:
    • Do we like Elfi Schlegel better on on ESPN or NBC?
    • We answer the most important question of the meet: Where’s Marta?
    • Cuba, Cuba and more Cuba! Manrique Larduet (CUB) and Marcia Videaux Jimenez (CUB) thrilled us.
    • Yamilet Peña (DOM) and the Execution score vaulting problem; should Yamilet Peña have gotten credit for her Produnova/buttahara/chalk skid mark landing?
    • If Manrique was deducted for excessive celebration, was it justified?
    • Was Daniele Hypolito (BRA), aka “Hypolito The Great” and “No Gripz Hypolitz,” unfairly deducted for a fall on her beam dismount?
    • Yes, darling of the Games, Flavia Saraiva (BRA)  touched the beam for a 1.0 deduction but Jessica doesn’t care.
    • Winning with a fall: the Sam Mikulak (USA) vs Manrique all-around showdown.
    • Did the US team make the right decision by not letting Donnell Wittenberg (USA) repeat his Cassina after slamming his head against the ground and possibly suffering a concussion in all-around finals?
    • Jorge “The Hair” Vega (GUA) and his ode to Japanese gymnastics.
    • Ellie Black (CAN) informed the world that she is the shield maiden of the North!
    • We love that Maddie Desch (USA) went for all her difficulty, including a laid-out full on beam.
    • Who would we put up in a team final on beam? Amelia Hundley (USA) and Ana Lago (MEX).

    University Games in Gwangju, South Korea:

    • Mary-Anne “Mez” Monckton (AUS) on her experience competing at the Uni Games after nine months out for ankle reconstruction.
    • Mez talks about her coping mechanisms for handling disappointment.
    • A MERS outbreak may have kept some teams at home, but the bars almost falling on judges, plastic sheets on the beds, and unpredictable schedule kept the competitors living the phrase, “be prepared for anything.”
    • The Russian training system in action: how Maria Paseka hit her routines by laying around a lot.
    • With a score of 92 (higher than Kohei’s (JPN) in the last two Worlds), is Oleg Vernaiev (UKR) now THE legitimate threat to Kohei?

GYMTERNET NEWS

Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

  • Steve Nunno is coaching, maybe, we hear….
  • Nia Dennis has left her longtime gym, Buckeye, for Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Chicago.
  • Keira Brown has officially transferred to Penn State.
  • Kyla has a new skill on bars; a Bhardwaj (Pak full) watch the video by Deanne Hong Productions.
  • We read your feedback about Aly Raisman’s statement on eating disorders in The Body issue of ESPN magazine.

 

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154: Aly in The Body Issue

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Olympic gold medalist, Aly Raisman in the 2015 ESPN magazine’s Body issue. Click on the image for her video and interview with ESPN.

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In the News

In the news this week, Uncle Tim and Jessica chat about:

  • Aly Raisman’s take on the lack of eating disorders in gymnastics and learning to have muscle pride in ESPN’s Body Issue
  • Raducan asked the Olympic Committee to give her gold back, they said no.
  • International Gymnastics Federation President, Bruno Grandi’s interview on the 2020 Olympic qualification changes:
    • Grandi says gymnastics has a business problem; but is really just a marketing problem?
    • We agree with Grandi most of the time, but when he leans on nostalgia for evidence, we tear his arguments to shreds!
    • Grandi argues that Romania has been hurt by the lack of elegance in the code. He must mean this 1978 routine from Romanian, Emilia Eberle. Famous for the hump the floor choreography.
  • Menstrual Cups for gymnastics. If you have used them for gymnastics, tell us about your experience.
  • How not to flirt with girls at gymnastics
  • Gym Myth Busters:
    • Is difficulty really the strongest predictor of all-around rankings?
    • Do height or weight matter in elite gymnastics?
    • Shawn Johnson promotes self love on The Secret Life of The American Teenager.

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  • Full Out Movie has an air date! August 9th 4pm after the NFL pre-season game on LA/San Diego television.
  • 2000 Olympic Trials: Special Victims Unit from The Balance Beam Situation
  • Do Height and Weight Matter in Women’s Elite Gymnastics? Uncle Tim has the answer.
  • E-Scores vs. D-Scores: Which is the strongest predictor of all-around rank? Find out here.
  • Sexy Data: Which event is the strongest predictor of all-around rankings?
  • Lauren Mitchell wishes to stress that she has yet to make a decision on her gymnastics future
  • Gymnast Kiera Brown dismissed from the team due to violation of team rules

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Gymnastics competition begins on July 11 with the men’s team finals, which also serve as the all-around and individual event final qualification. The women take the floor on July 12 for team finals.

  • Pan American Games scheduling and listings here.

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153: Inaugural European Games

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Seda Tutkhalyan (RUS), Giulia Steingruber (SUI), Lisa Top (NED) on the vault podium at the inaugural European Games in Baku.

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In the News

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

  • The unusual format of 3 up 2 count over two days for team, and men and women on the floor at once.
  • One per country rule for finals – spoiler alert, we hated it!
  • The level of difficulty might have been lower than usual (12.8 for bronze on bars) but the performances were gorgeous! We choose our favorite routines and skills
  • The return of Komova! Rejoice!
  • Showdown of the Olegs, plus the big payout for medals given to Oleg Stepko by Azerbeijan. He made bank!
  • The Russian Dream Team: Seda, Aliya and Komova
  • Giulia Steingruber, is she the new Sacramone of vault and floor?
  • Concussions in context: Brinn Bevin high bar fall and why concussions are always serious.
  • Fabian Hambüchen’s dinasour roars and new floor skill.
  • Miguel Rayderley Zapata from Spain won floor just like Jessica told you guys he would! If you don’t love him,  you are not paying attention!

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Runner Up: Petition and Parade Granted

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Our Winner, who is getting a copy of Shannon’s new book, Raymond White!

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Episode 38: Svetlana Boginskaya

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Svetlana Boginskaya

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In June, 2013 the Belarusian Swan graced us with her presence. Svetlana Boginskaya (Boguinskaia) is a 14-time Olympic and World medalist and is as elegant as she is fierce. This is a woman who is not afraid to speak her mind! Bogi gives us the scoop on: Alexander Alexandrov and why he left Russia, what happened at Round Lake when the USSR collapsed, the real story behind her snub of Kim Zmeskal at the 1991 World Championships, the politics behind Natalia Kalinina being left off of the Barcelona Olympic team, what makes her gymnastics camp different, why she thinks she isn’t artistic, dating as a teen gymnast in Moscow, her Bolshoi choreography, her favorite routines, coaching Oksana Chusovitina in 2013, and why raising kids is harder than doing a sixth Olympics or trying to understand Bela Karolyi‘s english. Check out the videos below for the background.

Guest Links

Follow her on Instagram under the username “Svetlanaboguinskaia”, check out the schedule for her camp here or email her for choreography at info@ogccamp.com. If you are ever in the Houston area, make sure to visit her resturant, Mazzei’s Gourmet Pizzeria in Katy, Texas.

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

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This Week's Interview

On November 12, 2014, Chellsie Memmel stopped by. 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.

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

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152: Four Nations Cup Italy, Russia, Romania and Colombia

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Four Nations Cup all-around champion, Seda Tutkhalyan (RUS)

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In the news, Jessica, Emma and Bea chat about:

  • The rules for pre-floor routine walk out choreography; our dos and don’ts.
  • Laura Jurica (ROM) has made progress on bars.
  • If there were gymnastics-satyr made of Mustafin’s arms and Shawn Johnson’s power, it would be little Russian power house, Seda Tutkhalyan.
  • The throwback Pozar-esque folk dance floor from new senior Anastasia Dimitrieva (RUS).
  • The triple full from Zarzu (ROM) that looked as easy as a playground cartwheel.
  • An update on training for comeback masters, Catalina Ponor and Dragulescu.
  • Brazilian babies, Rebeca Andrade and Flavia Saraiva put the world on notice at the Flanders International.
  • Nastia got engaged and announced the founding of The Shine Agency, but questions about what Shine will actually do still remain.
  • Douglas Family Gold will air on Oprah’s Oxygen channel later this year, and Emma has many concerns!
  • A listeners discovers that Paul Ruggeri predicted the future of Olympic qualifying on this very show in 2012.
  • Since Bea is Romanian, we got a little pronunciation tutorial–even Nadia would be impressed with.

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What: Do your favorite Shannon Miller pose or choreography.

How: Post it on Twitter or Instagram, tag us and use hashtag #MillerTimeContest

Deadline: Monday, June 15th

Winner: Gets a copy of Shannon’s book!

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151: Danell Leyva

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Danell Leyva and his towel. © Christy Linder

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This Week's Interview

The artist, Danell Leyva joins us this week. Known for his flair on every event, he also stands out as a staunch nonconformist. Revealing photos of Danell were tweeted during the London Olympics. He was nonplused and casually took home bronze in the all-around. He was passionately opposed to the gay discrimination laws passed earlier this year in Indiana and supported his teammate, Josh Dixon in calling for an immediate change of venue for the national championships in Indianapolis. We talked on the day the FIG released the new qualification rules for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We discuss (please note that all time stamps in parentheses are “ish”) :

  • Danell’s transformation from passive peacemaker to playground scrapper.
  • Celebrities who smoked cigars in the arena during the Olympics.
  • The financial importance of a national team spot (34:00).
  • Which vaults hurt and which vaults make his body feel good.
  • How he has stayed surgery and medication free all these years (26:00)
  • Tim Daggett (16:00)
  • Cuban defectors at the Pan Am Games (19:00)
  • Gay marriage and moving the P&G Championships out of Indiana (21:00)
  • The Cuban-Soviet system parents, Yin and Maria implement at his gym, Universal (31:00).
  • Conspiracy theories and growing up Cuban (42:00)
  • Photo scandal and why it wasn’t a big deal (48:00)
  • What he thinks of Oleg Vernaiev, Epke Wonderland and Paul Hamm as a coach (1:00:00).
  • The back injury that almost took him out of the Nanning event finals (1:04:00)
  • What made him instantly get over his infamous face smashing high bar routine that took an all-around world championship away from him in 2011 (1:10:00).
  • His childhood as the kid a) who couldn’t jump and b) was always walking directly in front of someone mid-flip (1:17:00)
  • Why Yeessooo had to become a catchphrase before Yin’s reputation was ruined forever (1:22:00).
  • Why his mom, Maria, said he’d be fat or in jail if it wasn’t for gymnastics.
  • His brief history as a pacific turned playground street fighter (1:33:00).
  • The real reason for the brief downfall of his gymnastics after the 2012 Olympics and his relationship status (1:37:00).
  • The new FIG Rules allowing four member teams plus two individual event specialists from qualifying countries.
  • How the new rules will change his strategy going into World Cup competition.

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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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150: Luke Carson

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

 

 

 

 


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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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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 15th

Winner: Gets a copy of Shannon’s book!

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