IN THE NEWS
- The roster for the US worlds selection camp has been named—and Jade Carey isn’t on it!
- What the LKJDF;LKSJDF is going on around here?
- Why this doesn’t make strategic sense for the US women’s program
- Why this might make strategic sense for Jade Carey herself
- We foresee several dozen cans of worms this could open
- The Paris World Cup and the Case of the Missing Touch Warmup
- Why that’s bad and also probably against the rules
- Ellie Black and the French dominate
- Igor was so incredibly Igor that we cannot even begin
- It took over 5 damn hours, and Jessica is not having it
- The requisite amount of Russian team drama
MISS VAL INTERVIEW
Miss Val’s book Life Is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance is available now in print or audio form! Jessica chatted with Miss Val, her co-author Coop (conflict of interest disclaimer: who also happens to be Jessica’s husband), and our potentially overqualified sound engineer for the evening Aimee Boorman, and things may have descended into a Netherlands drinking game. So, normal GymCastic stuff.
- What came first, deciding to retire or writing the book?
- Why Miss Val really retired from ballet dancing.
- What Suzanne Yoculan and Miss Val have in common when in comes to leotard feelings.
- Why American Olympic gymnasts are all the same personality type but foreign Olympians are not.
- How this book will change your life!
What: 5 winners get a copy of Miss Val’s book: Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance
Grand Prize: Book and 15 minute personal phone call with Miss Val.
How to Enter: Using the #DontWaitToDance on Twitter or Instagram tag us @GymCastic with a 5 second video doing your favorite UCLA floor choreography. Doesn’t have to be you, use your dog, fingers, make a friend do it.
Bonus entries: Link to the book. Enter as many times as you want.
When: Now to October 5th
*Conflict of Interest Disclaimer: Jessica’s husband co-authored this book.
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- 320 Spencer Blogcast: USA Gymnastics Is an Exploding Garbage Monster
- 319: Aly and Lynn Raisman
- 318: 2018 US Wonder Woman Nationals
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I need clarification on one thing about the qualifying process. If a gymnast (like Jade Carey) gets a nominative spot to the Olympics through the world cup, can they only compete in that individual event? Like if she wins vault and floor overall in the world cup can she do both? Or just one event?
No, even athletes who qualify through the world cups are allowed to do as many events as they want at the Olympics, up to and including the all-around. But they also count for two-per-country.
RE: difficulty requirement for mounts. Why not just require that it count toward the D-score, just like you\’re required to count the dismount (maybe even add it as a 9th element)? Like dismounts, the best gymnasts would have an incentive to do hard mounts, but no one would be required to do dangerous mounts they can\’t do.