223: Tasha Schwikert

Sep 28, 2016 | GymCastic, Interviews, Podcast

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THIS WEEK’S INTERVIEW

Olympic medalist, NCAA Champion, law school graduate (currently waiting for her bar results) and legend of the dance floor, Tasha Schwikert, joins us this week. Tasha (and her baby daughter) joined us to discuss:

  • Gym Mythbusters: did she really learn a back handspring on the side of the bathtub, did she give her NCAA AA trophy to Maloney, and more…
  • Her famous perceived snub of USA Gymnastics president, Steve Penny.
  • Being designated a Vegas Gymnast and a rebel by the New York Times. 
  • Her lifelong relationship with GymCats coach Cassie Rice.
  • The difference between Bela Karolyi and Martha (Marta) Karolyi as national team coordinators. 
  • How she managed not to tear her achillies despite lifelong achillies problems. 
  • The 2000 Olympics:
    • Making the team as the second alternate
    • What she thought of fans perception that it was her fault Jamie Dantzscher and Alyssa Beckerman were snubbed in Sydney.
  • The current abuse investigation and cases against USA Gymnastics:
    • Her experience and opinion of the abuse review system she served under. 
    • Serving on the USAG Ethics, Grievance and Safe Sport Committee where she voted to ban coaches like Don Peters.

IN THE NEWS

Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

  • The allegation update of Dr. Larry Nassar
    • 20 more women have come forward
    • Contradictions between the USAG and Nassar quotes
    • Nassar fired from MSU
    • Update on the Georgia case that seeks to release all of the abuse allegation files USAG has 
    • USOC announced a Safe Sport agency
  • Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi seems like a jerk 
  • Ferrari surgery and future
  • Jessica’s review of the Kellogg’s Tour 

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