384: But What about Allan?

Sep 10, 2019 | GymCastic, Podcast




  • The worlds team has been named: Sam Mikulak, Yul Moldauer, Akash Modi, Trevor Howard, and Shane Wiskus. Allan Bower is traveling alternate. 
  • The drama before the drama: VP of the men’s program Dennis McIntyre resigned on the eve of camp
    • Who is Dennis McIntyre?
    • How do we feel about him?
    • What’s with the timing? And what’s with those Danell Leyva/Jon Horton tweets?
  • What went down at selection camp
    • Why Colin Van Wicklen didn’t make the team, and why Donnell Whittenburg had to high five himself
    • The US men (that’s right, the US men) had a 97% hit rate. And Sam Mikulak (that’s right, Sam Mikulak) has gone 24-for-24, along with Akash Modi and Shane Wiskus. WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?
  • Allan Bower is the alternate. Kensley talks us through what’s going on feelings-wise. 
  • Why this was an impossible choice with no right answer, but also why the selected team makes sense


  • The Netherlands friendly was LIT as the youths say. Do the youths still say lit? We gush about Lieke and Eythora on floor for a while. As is required. 
  • Giorgia Villa and that beam routine
  • The World Challenge Cup in Szombathely brought us the return of Roxana Popa, history for South Africa, NECK TATTOOS OF LOVE, and the MAG comedy troupe—featuring Oleg and Shatilov and Spencer’s new obsession, Sofus Heggemsnes and his salute and facial expressions
  • Ioana Stanciulescu’s beam mount at Romanian nationals
  • Nominative rosters for worlds are OUT!
    • We discuss the risky strategy of leaving people off teams for Olympic qualification reasons
    • Where is our Epke?
    • NCAA women to worlds
    • Why you need to stop freaking out about the US women. For now.


  • Gymnastics coach Joseph Lewin sentenced for molesting girls
  • Our semi-regular update to use caution with backyard trampolines or trampoline parks–see image and story posted to our Twitters (warning, the image is graphic)
  • A friendly reminder that everyone should be following Chellsie Memmel on the socials because she continues to do amazing things and share them.
  • Ohashi’s ESPN Body issue is out.
  • Svetlana Khorkina is expecting her second child
  • In an interview Shawn Johnson East Says Day After the Olympics Was ‘One of the Hardest Days of My Life’ https://buff.ly/2HMxQp0
  • Mai Murakami has said she will call it quits after 2020
  • Michigan State University News
    • MSU was fined a record $4.5 million for Larry Nassar sexual abuse
    • MSU seeks to dismiss lawsuits filed by more than 100 Larry Nassar victims


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