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258: The Fluff Cast (Commissioned)

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This week, it’s the commissioned episode you’ve all been waiting for…the FLUFFCAST! We jump into all the most insane, hilarious, horrifying, sexist, perfect, amazing, diva-tastic, butterfly-gazing, Romanian candle-holding fluff pieces in the history of gymnastics broadcasts. Thank you so much to Fluff Feels for commissioning the episode we were born to do, and thank you to everyone who sent in suggestions!

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WHAT: #BeerWithBetty: The Greatest Scavenger Hunt in the Galaxy!

PRIZE: The winner will share a beer (or root beer if you are under 21) with the great Betty Okino, Olympic and World medalist, creator of the triple turn on beam, and a member of the Precision Choreography team.

HOW IT WORKS: In August, we will release a list of 10 items on this photo scavenger hunt. Your mission will be to complete each one and post a photo to Twitter or Instagram tagging @GymCastic and @PrecisionChoreo and using #BeerWithBetty. The winner will be selected at random among everyone who completes all ten items. The hunt will start at 8am on Thursday August 17 and will end at 12pm on Saturday, August 19. The winner will meet with the Betty Okino at 3pm that day! If you enter, be READY FOR BETTY because winner will meet this gymnastics legend at 3pm that day!

PLUS: We will give six additional prizes for Most Outrageous photos! The top three most outrageous photos on Friday will win a personal voice message from one of Precision Choreography’s gymnastics stars (people like Chellsie Memmel, Alicia Sacramone, Houry Gerbesian, and Hollie Vise)! The top three on Saturday will get a special shout-out on the GymCastic podcast.

BUT WAIT: Before this contest starts, we need your help coming up with the scavenger hunt list! Please tweet us your suggestions using #BeerWithBetty from now until July 31. Something like socks with sandals, overused beam poses, someone over 50 doing the splits. We will give you full credit for any suggestions we use!

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Chris Patrick
Chris Patrick
5 years ago

Way too much cursing in Fluff episode–I bailed out.

anon
anon
5 years ago

ok but like… how can you do an episode on fluff and not include Little Girls Dancing tho

Emma
Emma
5 years ago

The “Amazon Shop related products” section of this page is hilarious.

anon
anon
5 years ago

Kerri Strug’s mom’s glasses are my everything. Can’t believe you didn’t comment on it.

Crusher
Crusher
5 years ago

I had a nagging feeling the wild west photo was from one of those late 90\’s cheesefests, and a dive down a Youtube rabbit hole confirmed it. It\’s from the 1997 Rock & Roll Championship, as seen at 2:43 here, and it\’s even cringier in context: https://youtu.be/2jp090i32rc?t=2m43s

Musicman
Musicman
5 years ago

Another great podcast! Honestly there are soooo many overdramatic fluffs from the 90’s that it’s impossible to pick the worst, but you guys got the cream of the crop.

Others I remember:

1995 Nationals opening – This time it was Dan Hicks delivering the over-the-top narrative and it was a doozy, from Dominique Dawes’ “failing” body to “Shannon Miller, 18, ancient, hungry, and angry”. Ancient and angry? Who knew Shannon was so infuriated at being the ancient age of 18? Were they expecting her to kill Moceanu in a fit of rage, despite her arthritis and brittle bones? I was half expecting to see Shannon hulk out mid-competition like “Shannon…mad! Must…destroy…competition…after….dose…of…Geritol…”

I think that picture of Vanessa and Jamie in cowboy attire was from the 97 rock and roll championships that Zmeskal won – the women visited some theme park so there were all sorts of pictures of them in old-time garb. If it’s on youtube it’s worth watching just to see Lilia doing a complete cowboy FX routine, because when I think of old Westerns and cowboys I immediately think “Ukrainian gymnastics..”.

Despite the ridiculous fluffs about Zmeskal “failing” in 92 (which she so didn’t!), the one they did about her in the opening of the 1996 compulsories was actually quite good. It highlighted exactly what Jessica said that despite her disappointment in day 1 of competition she roared back in the optionals and beat anyone, like the true champion she is.

Lauren
Lauren
5 years ago

I remember watching the bizarre Romanian candle fluff and developing some bizarre half-baked belief that all of their parents (and maybe all the other children in Romania?) died on Christmas Eve. It made perfect sense to me at the time!

BruinGym
5 years ago

I have to tell you the most hilarious story as I was listening to this episode. I\’m walking and listening, and I\’m at the part where Spencer is discussing his favorite Olympics opening ceremony ever, the 2006 Turin ceremony. Right when you warn listeners that 2006 was a Winter Olympics, the emergency alert sound goes off in my earphones. I assumed it was a sound effect you added in, because then the podcast resumes as normal when the emergency alert sounder ends.

When I finally check my phone, I realize a local emergency alert had been issued for my area. But the timing was too perfect, so I ignored it!

GymCasticCrew
Admin
5 years ago
Reply to  BruinGym

hahahahah!

Bonnie
Bonnie
5 years ago

That was an amazing episode. And the part where JEssica cusses out the whole idea that women need men to make them something is the most sound-bite-worthy ever. I am noting where it is in the ep so I can play it for friends. Perfect combo of educated confrontation. Love you all so much.

Kat
Kat
5 years ago

\”Can we stop desert shaming the desert?!\”

I just found a new quote that needs to go on GymCastic merchandise.

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