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192: Regionals, Doha and Cottbus

Miracle in Michigan. Number 18 Stanford qualifies to NCAA Championships. Courtesy
Miracle in Michigan. Number 18 Stanford qualifies to NCAA Championships. Courtesy

In the News

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

  • How to watch Pacific Rim Championships from anywhere in the world (3:45)
  • NCAA Regionals (8:15)
    • The heartbreak the terror, the need for warning labels and a recap from every regional
    • Our favorite individuals going to NCAAs and superstars who didn’t make it
    • War on the Floor – Lindsay Mable vs. Nina McGee in Minnesota
    • Why the regional format SUCKS and needs to be changed immediately 
  • Doha World Cup (1:08:00)
    • Catalina Ponor wins gold on BB
    • Bai Yawen competed on a  futuristic beam that certainly was the cause of her almost fall
    • Women’s and LGBT human rights issues in Quatar
    • How are the Romanian women looking heading into the Test Event
    • Manrique Larduet of Cuba 
  • Cottbus (1:15:24)
    • Lisa Top proves the Dutch can do more than spin 
    • Is Oksana Chusovitina changing her strategy to qualify for Rio
    • Dominick Cunningham (GBR) insane new floor pass. 
    • Oleg Verniaiev update


Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include (1:22:00):

  • The Pacific Rim Championships team for the US 
  • Popa, Adlerteg, Hambuchen, Epke, Yang and Komova all injured. 
  • Olympic ticket sales low
  • Meldonium update
    • Valentina Rodionenko says the Russian team stopped taking the drug in August
    • European champion Nikolai Kuksenkov tested positive at Russian Nationals and says they took meldonium “like vitamins”
  • 1984 Olympic all-around champ, Mary Lou Retton and her self-described thunder thighs has undergone 19 surgeries!
  • Josh Dixon on the importance of being an out athlete and why the post-Olympic tour should also be sponsored by PFlag.  

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8 years ago

Hi GymCastic,

Just a quick comment about the water bottles anchoring the bars. In my experience as an older, taller, heavier JO gymnast who was a strong bar worker and really used the bars to swing…whenever I went to a meet with water bars anchoring it did create problems. The bars never felt secure and were much more unstable than when they were anchored. Maybe the bars at NCAA were anchored better than some of the meets where I competed, but the water bottle set up did not always feel safe and I think was more of an issue than simply adapting to a new situation. No offense to Evan but I\’d guess he has never competed UB! (Do they ever use water bottles to anchor men\’s HB? Serious question).

Just my two cents. Thanks for everything. Love the podcast!

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