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318: 2018 US Wonder Woman Nationals

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2018 US NATIONALS

  • Feelings Corner: Starring Jessica O’Beirne and TEAL WONDER WOMAN GUARDIAN ANGEL HUGS
  • Senior Discussion (8:35): This was a historically well-hit nationals. Does it undermine the notion that the women need regular national team camps? And is it weird how much credit we give the coaches instead of the athletes?
  • Gushing: Simone, Morgan, Riley. Duh. 
  • Err: What was the deal with Ragan Smith? 
  • Plus: Jade Carey sticking a Moors, justice for Kara Eaker, TRINITY, some love for Jaylene Gilstrap, and Jordan Chiles’ attempt at Wolfkino Part 2 didn’t really work out. Twice

RAGE

  • We’re very concerned that Tom Forster doesn’t understand the Olympic qualification process (36:04)
  • Kerry Perry deigned to address the media, and it was awful
  • Ron Galimore: STILL THERE
  • What change can really happen when people who DON’T EVEN BELIEVE THE SURVIVORS are being given positions of power in the women’s program?

OK, BACK TO NATIONALS

MEN! (1:26:36)

  • Where does champion Sam Mikulak fit in the international all-around scene?
  • Day 1 was….bad. But it’s all going to be OK.
  • LEAVE. POMMEL. HORSE. ALONE. (It’s the good event now.) 
  • Team conundrums
    • Kensley and Spencer debate Allan Bower’s place on the team
    • Donnell Whittenburg wasn’t even named to the national team, and John Orozco has some thoughts. Is there racial bias in the men’s program dressed up as concerns about “work ethic”?
    • Should Colin Van Wicklen be doing this Dragulescu?
  • Massive conflicts of interest and judging favoritism aren’t just a women’s thing!
  • Most importantly: Taco Bell sponsorship ideas

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3 COMMENTS

  1. While I agree Donnell shouldn\’t have been left off the national team, your argument that it\’s not about work ethic, it\’s about competition, is kind of invalidated by the fact that Donnell competed very poorly, and that\’s what the decision was based on. I agree it\’s a terrible message to say you would have been better off not competing at all, but he wasn\’t in a petition position, he competed at nationals and that\’s what they had to base his selection/non-selection according to the rules. You can\’t both compete, and petition; it\’s one or the other, and Donnell chose competing.

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