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167: Romanian and Italian Nationals



WHAT: Elevate of The Stage:  Xcel, J.O., with Auburn vs. Alabama dual meet finale
WHEN: January 16-17, 2016
WHERE: Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama
SPECIALNESS: It’s on podium and the college coaches will watch the top levels on Saturday night.

  • $250 off of a gym’s registration (20 or more gymnasts) to compete in the JO meet and no team Fees.
  • Four VIP passes to watch the college meet on the floor, access to hospitality and four free t-shirts.
    ***With this, the winner will have to be someone 18 or older because recruitable gymnasts can’t be on the floor during college meet competition (blame the NCAA rules).


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  2. Send us an email with the subject line “Elevate the Stage” to

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 18th
More details on the Elevate the Stage podium meet here.

In the News

In the news, Jessica, Lauren Hopkins, and Uncle Tim chat about:

  • Ages and height of the US women’s Olympic teams since 1972
  • Why Russian gymnastics fans are the best!
  • Who’s on and who’s missing from the preliminary US World Team, including Brenna Dowel!
  • Is 4th place all-around the worst place to be for an American gymnast?
  • Romanian Nationals:
    • Marian Dragulescu won a zillion medals
    • Larissa Iordache is back on top
    • Catalina Ponor is injured, but hopefully will be back in time for Glasgow
  • The Junior Japan International
    • Cameron Bock, is he the next Sam Mikulak?
    • Jazzy Foberg takes silver and Laurie Hernandez goes undefeated in the all-around in 2015
  • The London Open
    • Never count Louis Smith out, he is on the nominative roster for Glasgow.
    • Max Whitlock recovered from his mono and won with a 7.2 D score on pommel horse!
    • Brinn Bevan is gorgeous on high bar and why Kristian “The Legs” Thomas should do a cameo in an episode of Outlander.
  • Italian Nationals
    • The perilous status on Vanessa Ferrari
    • Erika Fasana is amazing on floor, as usual
    • Why Russian fans should love the new all-around champ, Tea Ugrin
    • Did Carlotta Ferlito fix her execution problems during her mono-induced competitive hiatus?


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

  • Marian Dragulescu shows us allll of the places he shaves.
  • Sho Nakamori launches
  • Sub-mash videos we want our favorite gymnasts to post on Instagram
  • Shannon Miller launched her own line with Alpha Factor.
  • Australian Olympian, Larissa Miller, shares her story of sexual abuse by a family member in order to help others.
  • Your letters and voicemails about combating abuse,  the “joker” system for elite, British teams update, lyrics in floor music.
  • Why Danell Leyva is a wonderful leader, a true feminist and a irrefutable gentlemen.

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Related Links

Update to the GymCastic-approved acceptable exit transitions from the dreaded wolf turn mentioned last week:

  • Wolf turn to gradually standing double turn
  • Wolf turn to split
    • Maddie Gardner (Canada, Oregon) wolf turn to reverse split/I’m the baddest woman in all the land – thug life beam pose
    • Chelsea Tang (OU) wolf turn to side split beautifulness
  • Wolf turn to needle scale turn

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8 years ago

First of all, great episode. I was very entertained during my commute. Thanks for the link to Bai Yawen’s instagram. She is the biggest Aliya fan and it’s the cutest thing. Did you see the video she posted of the starbucks mug that has a picture of her and Aliya on it from Worlds? Also, her profile picture on Weibo (like twitter in China) is her and Aliya hugging.

8 years ago

Quick note: Your mention of Kyle Shewfelt reminded me of Career Transition for Dancers. They do a lot to help dancers figure out their next steps in life.

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