252: Myths, Legends and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History (Commissioned)

May 16, 2017 | Commissions, GymCastic, Podcast

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Welcome to another commissioned episode. Club Gym Nerd member, Alison, helped support the podcast by asking us to talk about the greatest myths, legends and unexpected moments in gymnastics history.  Thank you so much Alison!  Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

  • Greatest Myths:
    • Menstruation, height, beam width, Raducan’s gold medal, and pregnancy doping
  • Legends:
    • Age stereotype-defining heroes in the Olympics and NCAA from Chusovitina to Daria Bijak
    • Innovators from Mo Huilan, Hali Sheriff, to Elvira Teza
    • The 1974 NCAA Championship streaker
    • Champions from Khorkina, Shun Fujimoto, Gabby Douglas and Vera Caslavska
  • Unexpected Moments
    • The vault height during the all-around final at the Sydney Olympics
    • 2004 Olympics men’s gymnastics multifaceted debacle
    • Wildlife
    • Age falsification. Why do only the Asian countries get punished?
    • Lingerie gymnastics
    • The judge who gave an impossible score
    • Tie breakers, wooden legs, circus discrimination, and that one time when Alijaz Pegan broke the P-bars

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