135: The Duchess of Stalderland

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In the news,  Jessica and Spencer from The Balance Beam Situation chat about:

  • Auburn could be the bar dismount champions, especially Caitlin Atkinson half-in half-out (look out Katie Bailey)
  • Ranch News: Gabrielle Douglas, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles vs. Bailie Key, plus Laurie Hernandez is back on the team!
  • The latest NCAA rankings and why they don’t really mean anything right now.
  • Our thoughts on the latest 10’s from Brenna Dowell, Haley Scaman and Ashley Lambert.
  • Did we think Florida was underscored on beam at Alabama? Did Alabama recover from last week’s beamsaster?
  • Thank goodness the SEC Network is obviously listening to the show because they’ve fixed Courtney’s Keys.
  • The good, the gorgeous (Kari Lee’s beam! Peng’s bars! DABRITZ) and the beam start-value apocalypse from Utah vs. UCLA.
  • Kentucky at Georgia: Brittany Rogers saves the team with all of her patented Mapleleaf stadler action bar genius.
  • Comeback-MANIA in Romania! Marian Drăgulescu joining Ponor to save Romanian gymnastics!
  • Tabitha Yim gave one of the most important interviews of all time. Print it on your soul now.
  • Shannon Miller’s ex-husband is in trouble again.
  • The period, good ol’ menstruation – is it still taboo in sports? We give our expert opinions.
  • Your feedback about the Penn State gymnastics team’s 409 controversy.

 

Tabitha Yim says, “not everyone achieves their dreams and when I talk to my athletes now, I tell them I didn’t, but I’m okay. Just because you don’t, doesn’t mean you can’t be happy. You can always build new dreams and pursue them just as passionately.” Read the rest of her interview here.

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134: 409 Wins Restored, Lives Still Ruined

The PSU gymnastics team wrote 409 on their hands. Jessica is furious, find out why.

The PSU gymnastics team wrote 409 on their hands. Jessica is furious, find out why.

 

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In the News

In the news, Uncle Tim, Spanny Tampson, and Jessica chat about (time stamps in parenthesis):

  • Catalina Ponor is training again. Will she make the Romanian team? (3:30)
  • Texas Dreams is raising an army of artistic gymnasts.
  • Our listeners really liked this girl Colbi FloryTexas Prime Meet:
  • Lilia Podkopayeva  resorted to thievery and dancing as a form of protest in order to defend the efforts of her team at the Legendz Classic. (11:00)
  • Katelyn Ohashi returns to competition! (14:35)
  • Spanny declares Oklahoma the new queens of choreography and has an out-of-body gym-gasm experience watching Chayse Capps in person.(40:15)
  • Kyla Ross working new skills and applying to Stanford next year. (23:30)
  • NCAA rankings and a review of the 10’s on vault. (33: 28)
  • Kennedy Baker (Gators) does the sassiest arabian double pike in all the land. (48:45)
  • Our picks for NCAA floor champ if as of right now, including Denver’s Nina McGee. (51:45)
  • Alabama vs. Arkansas – Katie Bailey (Bama) might have done the highest full-out in the history of gymnastics; Courtney Kupets makes her debut as a television commentator. (1:01:50)
  • UCLA vs. Arizona – Sam Peszek invents a new skill to cover a wobble, and Arizona continues their Halloween themed dramatic floor choreography. (1:15:25)
  • PSU vs. Nebraska – where Nebraska continues to push the difficulty level with E’s on floor and variety on beam; while PSU star Robles steals the show. (1:21:16)
  • Rage-o-Meter: Jessica is furious that the Penn State gymnastics team wrote the number 409 on their hands, according to a television broadcast, to honor football coach Joe Paterno. Paterno who was fired for failing to report child molestation to police even though it happened in the Penn State locker room and was reported to him by an eyewitness. (1:24:35)

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Jerry Sandusky grand jury report.

Joe Paterno grand jury  testimony.

The Freeh Report.

Article: What Paterno Admitted he knew: Sandusky couldn’t have done it without him

Article Penn State Hockey : Decision to put 409 stickers on helmets overshadowing program

Article Penn State Hockey: Athletic Director Sandy Barbour apologizes for 409 sticker tweet.

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133: Interview – Katelyn Ohashi Commits to UCLA

 

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Clearly, Katleyn Ohashi and coach Laurent Landi (WOGA) have a very healthy athlete-coach relationship. Thanks for capturing this adorable moment Christy Linder!

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This Week's Interview

She is the gymnastics equivalent of panda cubs playing in snow for the first time, combined with the feeling you got when Nastia did a pirouette on bars; the perfect gymnastics happiness pill. The 2013 American Cup all-around champion, Katelyn Ohashi, has committed to UCLA and we have the exclusive interview just hours after she announced her decision to her future teammates. We discuss:

  • The candlelit moment when she told the team
  • Why she chose UCLA and when she will start
  • The status of her return to bars and what skills she’s working on
  • Surprising her coach by busting out crazy dismounts
  • The look on her face after her second pass on floor at Texas Prime last weekend
  • What she thinks of the Tumblr posts you make about her
  • Switching from coach Valeri Luikin to Laurent Landi
  • If she knows that the gymternet is obsessed with Laurent

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132: It’s Never Too Late to Start Adult Gymnastics

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Peng Peng Lee (CAN/UCLA) gracing the cover (via fan art) of a game that we all wish we could to play.

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GYMTERNET NEWS

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

  • Could it be Aliya Mustafina’s love life that drew her to a new gym?
  • If a gymnast like Shawn Johnson became a spokesperson for safe sex and contraception, could it change the image of gymnastics for the better?
  • Scandal in Singapore! How do you get revenge when your coaches are fired? Hire them like Lim Heem Wei did.
  • US elites, Ariana Guerra and Deanne Soza are back after injury and illness.
  • Pac-12 Conference adopts changes that could put them ahead of the SEC.

In the News

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

  • Updates and recaps from the NCAA meets: Georgia, UCLA, Florida, Michigan, LSU, Oklahoma, SJSU, and the men of Stanford and Cal.
  • New rules you should know about for the NCAA competition this year.
  • Elites premiers in college: Brenna Dowell, Peng Peng Lee and Brianna Brown from the famed Cincinnati Gymnastics.
  • Favorite leotards, unique skills and our opinions of veterans new floor routines, including LSU’s Rheagan Courville and Lloimincia Hall.

Related Links

Adult Gymnastics Camp 2015 details here.

Oakville Gymnastics 5th Annual World Masters Gymnastics Championships, which really just means they give out beer as a prize–details here.

Gymnastics Injury Data http://www.gymnasticsinjurydata.com/

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Taylor Rice (Stanford) makes it rain on beam.

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Episode 131: A New Hope

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

  • The freshly made senior elites, why we are excited about them, from Nia Dennis (USA) and Ryannon Jones (GB) to Flavia Saraiva (BR). (7:30)
  • The best thing about new gymternet sweetheart Ksenia Klimenko’s beam video, aside from her gymnastics; the gong show.
  • Evan reports in from the first and most mind blowing NCAA meet of the year so far; at the NorCal Classic where Cal won and Stanford came in fourth. Elizabeth Price murdered the vault, Taylor Rice made us imagine her beating Britney Spears down with a glittery hammer while Indian Princess, Kalliah McCartney, strummed at our heart strings with her tall-is-gorgeous-ness. (16:30)
  • Evan predicts the eventual rise to power of Cal’s new competitor, Toni Ann Williams, the owner of a double front dismount on beam.
  • NCAA season means we get to see our favorite elites in a whole new light. Find out who we are most excited to see – hint it’s Captain Canada for Jessica. (35:00)
  • What should the best qualities be in an adult gymnastics coach? We have the example by way of an unusual ballet teacher.

GYMTERNET NEWS

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

  • Aliya Mustafina is now working with Denis Ablyzian’s coach at a primarily male gym. (44:50)
  • Uncle Tim reviews Shawn Johnson to find out what makes her taco pie pop on Celebrity Apprentice.
  • USAG gifts us a video view of Simone Biles and her new Aliya bar dismount.
  • Roxana Popa was competing with a torn ACL.
  • Adrianna Kenebrew can do beam and squat-ons even though she’s legally blind – what’s your excuse grown ups?! Time for adult gymnastics for everyone!
  • Shilese Jones is the newest immigrant to Buckeye Gymnastics with Gabrielle Douglas and Nia Dennis.
  • Katelyn Ohashi announces her return to competition at Texas Prime as a level 10, but at age 17 why hasn’t she committed to college yet?
  • The Olympics official add “sexual orientation” to Principle 6 of the charter. Should the FIG follow suit and ban meets in countries with anti-gay laws on the books?

 

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Kalliah McCartney is our gymnastics goddess of the week. The Sacramento State junior is 5′ 7″ tall (normal human size), went to Naydenov Gymnastics (just like 2014 Secret Classic champ Jordan Chiles), and if that wasn’t enough, she is the decedent of a Native American princess in the Cowlitz tribe! We will be watching the Bulgarian trained mistress of elegance all season long. Expect her to make it to NCAA Championships again this year.

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Kalliah McCartney, a 5′ 7″ tall (normal human size) junior at Sac State is our gymnastics goddess of the week.

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130: Mary-Anne “Mez” Monckton

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Mary-Anne Monckton doing her aerial layout series on beam . Photo by Nadia Boyce.

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The 20 year-old is a student of the sport, should probably be a in the next episode of The Hard Way To Success, she still loves gymnastics despite seven surgeries, she gym nerded-out because she made a beam final with Catalina Ponor, is inspired by the number of women (20 and older) who held their own in the all-around final in Nanning–she is Australia’s Mary-Anne “Mez” Monckton!  Emma and Jessica discuss the following gymnerdery with Miss Mez:

  • Why she hated gymnastics at first and being chosen like Nadia at age 7.
  • Surviving seven surgeries with her love for gymnastics intact!
  • Trying not to freak out while competing in beam finals with her gymnastics idol, Catalina Ponor.
  • Thinking the wrong score was posted when she placed second to Larissa Iordache on beam in Doha.
  • Her description of the beloved post-beam finals celebration with Ellie at the Commonwealth Games.
  • Tales from Nanning, her favorite competitors there and her opinion on the tie-breaking procedures for finals.
  • Being coached by the infamous, Ju-Ping Tian.
  • Explaining her desire to do American NCAA gymnastics to her Australian mother.
  • Why she became a student of the sport (AKA super gym nerd), not just an athlete.
  • Jet lag tips everyone can use.
  • Her thoughts on Australian Gymnastics Jail and how the team for the Commonwealth Games were chosen.
  • She tells the most endearing Peggy Liddick story you will ever hear and shares Peggy’s sage advice.

Guest Links

Follow Mez on Twitter, her YouTube channel for progress videos or Instagram.

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Episode 129: Why Gabby Left Chow (or Chow left Gabby?) & Glasgow World Cup

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Larisa Iordache ended the year on a high, winning the 2014 Glasgow World Cup.

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In the News

This week we’ve included time stamps for each segment of the show per your request. Let us know if you like it.  Uncle Tim, Emma, and Jessica chat about:

  • The Glasgow World Cup (00:00): massive moments of joy, shooting fire, Vanessa Ferrari looking tired, pulling shorts up to belly buttons, John Orozco and Oleg Verniaiev scamping around Glasgow, why Pauline Schaefer of Germany stole the show. Plus the juniors we fell in love with from Espoir.
  • The Mexican Open (34:14): The Four Amiga’s: Boguinskaya, Daniela Silivas, Podkopayeva, and Chusovitina; the greatness that is Marta Pihan-Kulesza’s exquisite form; the return of the fierce little Italian, Enus Mariani to international competition; and most importantly, our review of the latest super bling $10,000 leotard by GK.
  • NCAA previews (52:49): Our thoughts of Chayse Capps new floor routine, the genius that is Stacey Ervin’s stick-a-thon floor routine and our gratittude for NCAA gymnastics after the long artistic drought that is the elite gymnastics code of points hell.
  • Our favorite items from the 2014 Ultimate Gym Nerd Gift Guide (1:01:16) and what Uncle Tim’s gymnastics nieces want for Christmas. It involves heavy excavation machinery.
  • Uncle Tim gives his review of Cirque du Soliel’s steampunk-inspired show, Kurios–complete with droplets of man sweat and what made the wive’s in the audience smack their husband’s mouthes closed. (1:05:34)
  • Gymternet News (1:13:43): Gabrielle Douglas’s agent dished all the dirt on why Dougy left Chow’s, an explanation for Mustafina’s poor performance in  Stuttgart, the coming out stories of a  rhythmic and artistc Olympian, how we feel about men’s and women’s Olympic trials being held separately, new skills in the code of points and why you should sign up for college Fantasy Gymnastics.
  • Mail Call (1:41:43): An outraged Russian listener, Irish Daniel asks what we think of Verona van de Leur announcing her comeback, and a very knowledgable listener takes gymnasts to task for copyright theft against choreographers.

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Check out our Gift Guide here. Draft your fantasy gymnastics team by December 27! collegefantasygymnastics.com

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Kayla Nowak of University of Oklahoma (AKA Mrs. Jake Dalton) doing her infamous Knock-Knock-Open-The-Door choreography at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

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128: Aly is Back

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Aly Raisman training in the recent USA Gymnastics documentary

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Uncle Tim and Jessica chat about:

  • Komova’s triumphant return to international competition (nobody cares if she watered down)
  • Oleg’s baby mohawk, Ruggeri’s floor , Roxana Popa’s hot new bars steal the show at the Blume Memorial.
  • Why does Boguinskaya make Chusovitina pose in front of lingerie shops wherever they go?
  • Our jazz hands filled love for Elythora Thorsdottir and Axelle Kinckaert’s big band choreography.
  • Why the Romanian juniors are leading the charge for artistry and uniqueness in eastern Europe.
  • Should all competition bibs feature names instead of numbers like the did at the Stuttgart World Cup?
  • Afanaseyeva is back with a new floor routine and a huge neck tattoo. Seriously.
  • We lament for the Mustafina who could have been in Stuttgart (it wasn’t pretty, e.g. helicopter legs triple full is back).
  • The adorable VK fan chat with Oleg Vernaiev. That American’s are the friendliest and he still hates high bar!
  • All the reasons to love german announcers especially when they talk about Donell Wittenberg and Hambuchen.
  • Andres Breischneider does the double twisting kovcas again! You better STEP UP Epke!
  • Who has the best team on paper — the NCAA signing day debate.
  • The 43-year-old mother of three, Louise Andrew’s experience competing in the masters gymnastics (AKA being the coolest mom ever).
  • The cheerleader who’s never competed in gymnastics, Laney Madsen of Gym-Max, was invited to national team training camp.

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127: T&T Worlds, Medellin Cup & Gymternet News

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In the News

In the news, Uncle Tim and Jessica chat about:

  • Our favorites from Tumbling and Trampoline World Championships and what we think artistic gymnastics can learn from these daredevils with good form.
  • Are fake music endings acceptable in floor routines or a cruel joke on the audience?
  • The floor routine to the Sia song Chandelier by Ellie Boterell of England is everything!
  • The GymCastic Floor Music contest playlist is up on Spotify here.
  • A guide to shapashnikova variations on uneven bars, because Jessica sometimes needs help with bars.
  • Standouts at the Medellín World Cup: Yamilet Peña, Mariana Chiarella of Peru and Jossimar Calvo Moreno.
  • Mustafina’s latest interview where she discusses her injuries, coaching (can’t because she doesn’t dislike children enough) and frustrations with the bar code.
  • Will the open division at Shawn Johnson’s new NCAA-esque meet series allow for international elites to compete?
  • Oleg Vernaiev talks about training in war-torn, pit-less Ukraine.

Related Links

The Gymternet’s Ultimate Floor Music Playlist is ready for you listening pleasure. Send us videos if you use one of the songs for a floor routine! Check it out here.

A GymNerd’s Guide to Shapashnikova’s on Bars:

    1. Shapashnikova = Clear hip
    2. Van Leeuwen = Toe-on with 1/2
    3. Khorkina = Clear hip with 1/2
    4. Toe on Shapash = Maloney
    5. Toe on Shapash ½ = Van Leeuwen
    6. Stadler Shapsh = Isn’t named, but sometimes called the Chow after Amy Chow
    7. Stadler Shapash half
    8. Inbar (piked) stalder Shaposh = Komova II (2011 World Championships)
    9. Inbar (piked) stalder Shaposh with ½ turn = Komova I (2010 Youth Olympic Games)

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126: Post-Worlds Hangover

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In the News

In the news, Uncle Tim, and Jessica chat with Scott Bregman, Communications Director at USA Gymnastics, who lets us know how to watch Tumbling and Trampoline World Championships starting this week in Florida.

  • Jessica hit Scott with the hard hitting question about China – the squat toilets, the lavishness of the event and being an exotic foreigner.
  • Our favorite saves from Worlds.
  • Lots of emails and voicemails from the listeners!
  • Who is the Nanning Bee on Twitter?
  • Articles about artistry that drive us nuts, especially when they rely on nostalgia to make their arguments.
  • Kenzo does a triple double at the Swiss Cup.
  • Hip thrusting and Lilia Podkopayeva at the Gala de Estrellas de Gimnasia in Mexico.
  • Jessica’s favorite new Romanian junior Alexandra Mihai and her 2.5 backspin.
  • Khorkina lets it be known that she was pissed off after the 2008 Olympics; we discuss the recent interview (there’s a lot of discussion about public crying).

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