261: 2017 U.S. Classic

Aug 1, 2017 | GymCastic, Podcast




Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica discuss everything important and unimportant that happened at Saturday’s U.S. Classic.

    • Our favorite, favorite, favorite future presidents
      • Emma Malabuyo basically Simone-ed the entire junior and senior fields
      • The glory of Kara Eaker on beam
      • Annie Beard wins the performance award of the meet
      • Gabby Perea won bars WITHOUT EVEN DOING A DISMOUNT
      • Jay Jay Marshall channeled Kennedy Baker with her Dos Santos
    • Surprises who rocked our worlds
      • Audrey Davis unites the magic of China and Ukraine on bars
      • Madelyn Williams has presence on floor and a bars that’s ready for seniors
      • Lilly Lippeatt and Love Birt are tiny adults made of perfection
    • Moments of the meet
  • Lauren’s inside scoops from the Hopes competition, including the girl who threw off her crutches and tried to do a bars routine and the newborn baby who will soon rule us all on beam.

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    • Jessica is NOT HAPPY about gymnasts being allowed to pass compulsories and compete elite when they don’t have the foundation to compete safely.
    • The big winners of the meet
    • Gymnasts that made us burst into a standing ovation
    • We give out the Simone Biles 2013, Classic Doesn’t Really Matter awards
    • Major trends we noticed in routine composition and judges doing their job


  • Russia repeats as champions at EYOF (European Youth Olympic Festival)
  • The Olympics are coming to LA in 2028. Yea or Nay? We discuss.
  • The FIG Executive Committee announced the JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    • How many people should be on each team? And is it 50?
  • That video of Simone getting her wisdom teeth out. We translate.
  • There’s going to be a SIMONE BIOPIC. Memo to producers: we’ve already cast all the parts.


The winner of the Norbert’s sectional beam  is Laura Dahlin! Thanks so much to Laura and to Norbert’s for supporting the show!


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 in Anaheim on August 19th! 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 Holly Vise)! The top three on Saturday will get a special shout-out on the GymCastic podcast.


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