237: Ruby Harrold

Jan 24, 2017 | GymCastic, Interviews, Podcast

Ruby Harrold (GB) college version. Photo: Chris Parent/LSU Athletics

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THIS WEEK’S INTERVIEW

Ruby Harrold from Bristol, England (The Academy Portishead), has graced our country by competing in college for Louisiana State University. She was an alternate for the London Olympics in 2012, an integral part of the historic bronze medal for Team GB at the Glasgow Worlds in 2015, and has revitalized bars like no one else. We discuss:

  • How, as a reluctant GB elite, she was recruited to college gymnastics
  • Biggest cultural difference training at LSU
  • The bars skill she has never mastered
  • Glasgow team medal vs. her Rio experience 
  • Resurrecting the Zuchold-Schleudern and keeping her difficulty in college.

Amy Smith, NCAA champion gymnast and current associate head coach at the University of North Carolina tells us about the historic #BeTrue, LGBTQ Community Support meet at UNC vs. Florida last weekend. This first of its kind in the history of gymnastics, had the largest crowd EVER for the UNC gymnastics program.

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Florida and UNC gymnasts pose together to show their support for the LGBTQ Community at this historic civil rights gymnastics competition.

GIVEAWAY

HOW: Tell us what the historic UNC LGBTQ meet meant to you. Be as creative as you want. A story about how gymnastics helped someone come out. Or how gymnastics taught you to be a better ally. Use the hashtag #ThxUNCgym on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. We will pick a winner from a random drawing of entries.

DEADLINE: February 5th, 2017 

PRIZE:

  • Three “Carolina Gymnastics Love is Love” t-shirts from the meet (sizes S, M and L) 
  • Commemorative tickets from the event
  • One pair of the famous ombre blue and black Carolina Nike shoes (size 7.5, see far right shoes in the photo above)

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