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328: The US Worlds Team & CEO Dumpster Fire

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IN THE NEWS

  • BREAKING TUESDAY UPDATE: Mary Bono has resigned. We perform a dramatic reading of her resignation letter. Now, to the show.
  • USAG appoints Mary Bono as its interim CEO, and Jessica and Spencer have no opinions about that. Oh wait, the opposite. 
    • The Nike tweet and why that (and her fake apology) is so, so bad
    • She worked for the damn USAG law firm
    • Meanwhile, Simone is being a CHAMPION
    • Has USAG learned NOTHING? (Spoiler: yes)
    • On what planet was a politician the right person right now?

ACTUAL GYMNASTICS

  • The US women’s worlds team has been named! And it makes sense!
    • SIMONE DEBUTED A NEW VAULT YOU GUYS
      • But seriously. This vault.
      • I mean…come on.
      • Just…
    • Streaming the selection competition — good for everyone!
    • Kara Eaker’s beam score – how realistic is this?
    • BUT WHO IS THE ALTERNATE? WHAT SHOULD THE TEAM FINAL LINEUPS BE? WHO DOES BEAM IN QUALIFICATION? We discuss.
  • A taste of next week’s worlds preview as we discuss medal prospects for the US women’s team

GYMTERNET NEWS

  • Tom Forster did a Twitter Q&A that exceeded expectations and provided some actual information!
    • What is the Ted Stevens Act, how is it influencing US Olympic qualification decisions, and does that even make sense? 
  • USAG released the Jade Carey Rules about individual Olympic qualification. We break them down, with comments.

MEET ROUNDUP

  • Youth Olympic Games — Italy has an all-around champion, Simone Biles wins meets she doesn’t even enter now, and we dork out about the future for Ireland and Finland
  • Romanian nationals — Denisa Golgota withdrew, sending the gymnastics world into a state of panic, but things look good for the 2020 seniors

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Usag board needs to be dissolved. You are correct. The whole organization is too corrupt and needs to be stopped. Period. I can\’t apply for a job without them checking my social media. I was a gymnast and loved gymnastics my whole life but what in God\’s name is going on with these people?

  2. I have a BIG question. For each of these hiring blunders, how much money is being wasted? Are they paid for the days(hours??) that they are officially “hired” ? Besides the firm conducting the searches, -who should be refunding USAG’s money for each of these blunders- Did any of them recieve any compensation for leaving? The Board members are not compensated, are they? I just keep thinking of Jailstripes Penny (YAY!!!) and his golden parachute, and then all of or athletes doing without, or with less than, because since we lost our sponsors, every nickel counts. I attended Nationals, and my tickets cost $300 MORE than they did last year!

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