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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In the News

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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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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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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The Balance Bean Situation

Road to Nationals

College Fantasy Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics YouTube Channel

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137: Lady Lisa Mason

Lisa Mason, gymnast, model, olympian, British stunt woman

Olympian, Khorkina beater, adult elite, mother and jet pack booty owner, Lisa Mason.

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This Week's Interview

Lady Lisa Mason, as she will be known on this show because she is the owner of the sexiest gymnastics property in the land (AKA, her Instagram), is an Olympian; a World Cup champion; won the British Championships three time in a row; was the youngest British Champion ever and even beat Produnova and Khorkina on Floor at a World Cup on her way to a historic all-around appearance final in Sydney–the first ever for a Brit. She’s back, competing again at age 32. Oh, and she has a daughter, goes to night school, works for a living and trains for elite competition yet still finds time to make us laugh with her uncensored tweets. We discuss:

  • Missing out on the balance beam final at the Sydney Olympics, the vault height debacle, its effect on her to this day, and her opinion of Raducan’s ban for taking cold medicine.
  • How her training has changed over the years, the dance secret that allows her to keep going, adjusting to the new vault table, handling nerves and muscle memory versus strength.
  • Teen Shenanigans: Sneaking into the Lilleshall gym at night, busking at meets abroad and putting naked teammates into suitcases.
  • Motherhood: The decision to become a mother (was labor easier because of her 12-pac abs?), post-natal pelvic floor strengthening, why she banned her own mother from meets, and her advice for parents on health and fitness.
  • Does she ever regret wearing her heart on her sleeve and being so outspoken?
  • Working at International Gymnastics Camp, which she calls a “Gymnastics Utopia” with waffles for breakfast and the competing in Pro Gymnastics Challenge.
  • Managing uneven bars despite her jetpack booty acting as a counter weight.
  • Beating Khorkina and Produnova at the old school World Cup battles where the only a back-to-back routines won gold, and got lifted up on a fork lift.
  • Training at the Romanian national training center, Deva as a kid, smuggling cheeseburgers to Lavinia Milosovici and that one time Octavian Belu apologized for his gymnast winning the silver medal instead of Lisa.
  • Loving the American way of life and how it connected her to Australian, Oregon State alum, Olivia Vivian.
  • Finding the financial resources to pursue her career as an adult.
  • What to do when the bars come unhinged but you still have to compete.
  • The beauty and elaborate modesty preservation efforts it took to photograph her naked for Sports Uncovered.
  • Then, in a GymCastic first she translates her tweets for us, so that we don’t have to look everything up on Urban Dictionary.

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Follow Lisa on Instagram, Twitter or book her for for stunts or modeling in your next commercial here. Download the Sport magazine app to see the Sports Uncovered raw photo shoots with Lisa, Dan Keatings and Hannah Whelan (no dates have been revealed as of this episode posting).

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136: Full Out Syndrome

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Alexandra “Sasha” Tsikhanovich of Bridgeport University

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In the News

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

  • Brazil’s Amanar vaulting superstar,  Rebeca Andrade.
  • The best gymnastics job posting we’ve ever seen ever – help make grand exit with flips as I quit my job.
  • Cintia Rodrigues (ESP) and Niamh Rippin (GB) instagram-nastics, a hecht full and Yurchenko double tuck respectively.
  • Play Nerd-Jack : by relating any topic to gymnastics in as few words as possible. (16:50)
  • The results, skills and return of Victoria Moors to competition at Elite Canada. (24:00)
  • Debate who has the better pike front on beam: Ellie Black or Alicia Sacramone.
  • Evan yearns for more substantive and instructional commentary from the newest college television hosts in his own version of the rage-o-meter. (29:00)
  • NCAA rankings, which 10 was really worthy (can it be a 10 if the gymnast has full out syndrome, AKA “I have to pee” legs on her landing?), and gush about Kennedy Baker and Division II powerhouse, Bridgeport star, Sasha Tsikhanovich. (34:00)
  • Highlight the best of the NCAA meets including Gnat’s double twisting Yurchenko, UW’s Allie Northey who can do a Jaeger with pointed toes, Peng Peng Lee smoking bars and beam like a G for UCLA, Cal’s Dana Ho who has Gienger that puts Nastia’s to shame, plus what to do when a judge forgets about the meet.
  • Our fabvorite unique skills of the season so far: backspin, Comaneci salto, aerial to land in Y scale, and a one armed front handspring to knee sit on beam.
  • Debut the new feature, an under appreciated gymnasts of the week in Lexi Cappalli of University of North Carolina who does a Depeche Mode floor routine with a supine worm.
  • Three ways to watch the AT&T American Cup in person even if you are on a budget.

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Video story  on Rebeca Andrade.

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135: The Duchess of Stalderland

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In the News

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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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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