317: 2018 US Nationals Preview

Aug 14, 2018 | GymCastic, Podcast



US Championships Preview

    • Hurd, Smith, McCusker, and the quest to be the #2 all-arounder
    • Spencer has already decided the worlds team. Jessica tells him why he’s wrong
    • Explaining the Marz Frazier UCLA/Parkettes situation
    • Getting excited for Trinity Thomas and Maile O’Keefe 
    • Jessica’s very realistic predictions and anticipated miracles
  • JUNIOR WOMEN (42:25)
    • The Big Four battle it out, and we pick who’s going to win among Sunisa Lee, Jordan Bowers, Leanne Wong, and Kayla DiCello
    • More discussion of Levi Jung-Ruivivar because duh. We’re 99% sure she invented the violin. Don’t worry about it. 
  • SENIOR MEN (48:45)
    • Mikulak vs. Moldauer will be the best clash of nationals
    • Who’s injured, who’s coming back, and who needs a big meet
    • A period of mourning for Eddie Penev’s ACL
    • Is Yoder the new pommel prince? Will Modi keep getting Brenna’d? Who are the NCAAers to watch? Are the guys just going to phone it in because they’re too cool for school?

Men’s European Championships (1:01:30)

  • That bonkers team final and the unexpected ending on high bar
  • We break down the British team reaction and assign roles
  • Italy’s vault disaster is all of us
  • Event Finals: Rhys is King, Smart Rings is making our robot judging dreams come true, and no one even fell on high bar (?!?!) 

Gymternet News

  • Paul Ruggeri is engaged. You’ve both done very well. 
  • Jeff Thompson is suing Penn State (LOL)
  • EVO Athletics (aka Aimee Boorman Athletics) is the new temporary home of the US women’s national team training camps
  • We have more info about how the International Elite Committee changed the qualifying rules for nationals AFTER US Classic, and we rant about the IEC. 

And Remember

  • Watch CBS This Morning on Thursday
  • We have NEW SWAG available in the GymCastic store!
  • So You Think You Can Dutch? Listen for details on our Boston meet-up and and Precision Choreography contest at The Greatest Bar from 4:30-5:30 on Sunday before women’ finals!
  • Join Club Gym Nerd here.




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