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In our second episode of the week covering the gymternet news only. Earlier this week we took a deep dive into the events of the American Classic, the first “big” elite meet of the summer. Let us know if you like the new format. 

STORIES OF THE WEEK

  • Japan has gone crazy — Mai Murakami is not on Japan’s worlds team, despite being healthy and MAI. Spencer explains how this travesty has been allowed to occur because of Japan’s unnecessarily intransigent, early, and all-around-focused selection process
    • Kohei and Kenzo are ALSO not on Japan’s worlds team (pause for gasps), though it’s kind of a different situation going on there
  • USAG is making rules again — Jessica takes us inside the world of the Leotard Cut Debacle and new USAG leo rules that had the gym-parent community up in arms this month
    • The new Safe Sport regulations are out, which are good in theory but we have some questions about grooming, practicality, and spelling
    • New selection procedures — changes to the women’s Olympic team selection, the Simone Clause, the independent observer, and WHAT ON EARTH is going on with the athlete rep situation
    • The junior worlds team has been named, and the Pan Ams training squad is official
  • The US men went to Japan – Kensley has an update on the US men’s journey to Japan and what the US can learn from Japan’s approach to MAG

GYMTERNET NEWS

  • Depression news: Rebeca Andrade has suffered another ACL injury, Parkettes coach John Holman has been restricted, Bailie Key has retired, and more
  • Skill news: Yeo Seojeong has a new front handspring 2/1 vault that she landed successfully at Korea Cup, and Keisuke Asato is training a piked Ri Se Gwang 
  • Squeal news: Jessica has things to say about wrestling, littles overcoming obstacles, and gymnastics babies

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