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381: I’m Just Pissed Off Already—US Nationals Review

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US NATIONALS

SENIOR WOMEN

  • The saga of 6-time national champion Simone Biles
    • From GOAT leos to badass quotes to “piece of shit” routines to the triple double and the double double to winning…a bowl, we dissect all things Simone
  • But also…this meet was weird you guys
    • What happened to Riley McCusker on day 2?
    • Was this whole Pan-Ams-right-into-nationals thing a bad idea?
    • Morgan Hurd’s floor routines—from day 1 bizarreness to day 2 triumph
    • Queen Sunisa rises above

LI LI LEUNG

  • The media had a 45-minute session with Li Li Leung and Kensley tells us everything she learned about new positions, the Daniels Report, bankruptcy, decertification, the Legacy Elite investigation, the Edward Nyman debacle, and the future of USAG

SENIOR WOMEN CONTINUED

  • Some CSI: Code of Points Unit with Leanne Wong’s floor, NCAA triumph for Trinity Thomas and MyKayla Skinner, Jordan Chiles winning the E score crown, Jade Carey Olympic qualification implications, and much more

MEN

  • The MOST IMPORTANT stars of the meet, like Donnell Whittenburg’s sweatband and Gage Dyer’s full-twisting butterfly
  • Sam Mikulak hit 12-for-12 you guys. Sam Mikulak. At nationals. Also, his pommel horse warmup is a penguin dance. FYI. 
  • Updates on Colin Van Wicklen and Alec Yoder, our ideas for Akash Modi sponsorships, Shane Wiskus’s one-arm Cassina, why Brody Malone was left off the national team, and what the worlds team outlook is now. 
  • Kensley talked to Brett McClure about how the Pan Ams performances were compared to nationals performances for the purposes of selection and which athletes want to go the individual world cup route
  • Which MAG athletes want to do floor with music
  • Asher Hong finally competed at nationals, and Colt Walker and Taylor Burkhart were junior champions

JUNIOR WOMEN

  • Kayla Di Cello and Konnor McClain in an epic fight to the finish
  • This meet was oddly consistent for juniors
  • Highlights including the unintentional soundtrack to Konnor McClain’s beam, Ariel Posen’s sissone, Sydney Morris’s back full on beam, and the beam-coach reaction cam.
  • Which juniors might be in the mix for Tokyo

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