369: 2019 American Classic

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Sunisa Lee (2019 American Classic) in an empty arena which is never acceptable.

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AMERICAN CLASSIC

In our first episode of the week (look out for a gymternet news episode where we fight for justice for Mai Murakami later in the week), we take a deep dive into the events of the American Classic, the first “big” elite meet of the summer. 

You can rewatch (or just watch) the replay streams on USAG’s Youtube

  • General “what even is this meet” thoughts about…what even is this meet…and whether USAG needs to try to make it an actual event, with a gentle reminder that it’s verrrrry early
  • Fangirling the queens: Faith Torrez and Ciena Alipio — why Faith Torrez was so much better than everyone else here, and what Ciena Alipio has in common with Ukrainians
  • Opportunities for comedy: Thank you to Emily Lee, Mia Heather, Ciena Alipio, and little Hopes gymnast for fulfilling the true prophecy and point of gymnastics by delivering the moments of the meet 
  • Sunisa Lee’s Nabieva + Bhardwaj. YOU GUYS. I MEAN…
  • The new juniors we’re now officially obsessed with. Spoiler: it’s all of them.  
  • Spencer’s opportunity to stop all this insufferable, deflating positivity and fill his metaphorical chalk bucket with refreshing negativity about some unpleasant trends
  • What we noticed from the seniors, including an episode CSI: Code of Points

GYMCASTIC GLOBAL

  • Dutch Nationals gave us a fight between Casimir Schmidt and Bart Deurloo on the men’s side for who has the best (most) tattoos, while Naomi Visser continues to be the talk of the town, and LIEKE WEVERS IS BACK
  • Nina Derwael upgraded her bars routine again at the FIT Challenge, adding a casual new Stalder Tkatchev piked. To her Nabieva. And Derwael-Fenton. 
  • History for Taiwan at the Asian Championships 

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