415: American Cup of Coronavirus

Mar 10, 2020 | GymCastic, Podcast

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COVID-19 NEWS

Jesolo is officially canceled, Qatar has instituted a quarantine period, Vanessa Ferrari JUST got out of Italy in time, Colin Van Wicklen has withdrawn, and the FIG told USAG to wash its hands. We’re diving right into the disease news and how this affects Olympic qualification.

AMERICAN CUP

  • We discuss Morgan Hurd’s glorious return to her rightful place atop the podium, the DAMN BARS breaking, Jennifer Gadirova emerging as the future of all that is right and good, Ellie Black being the most delightful person, and…sigh…Giorgia Villa.
  • Jessica delivers our annual Rage-o-Meter response to the NBC commentary
  • Sam Mikulak hit 6-for-6 and won, plus the best opportunities for comedy in the men’s field

INTERVIEW

Jennifer Iacopelli author of Break The Fall 

This young adult (Ages 12–up.) novel is the going to be a favorite or gym nerds young and old. From Publishers Weekly: 17-year-old Korean-American gymnast Audrey Lee, working to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in spite of recent back surgery, finds her lifetime dream on the line for complex reasons. One day after qualifying to represent the U.S., the US coach is arrested for sexually abuse. Tension builds as the athletes’ training team is fired and the young women begin working under a new coach with unorthodox methods. Plagued by back pain and constantly worrying that every routine might be her last, Audrey’s emotional roller coaster grows more turbulent when she’s forced to put her budding romance with her new coach’s son on hold.

This book is safe read for young adults. There are no descriptions of abuse.

MEET NEWS

  • The US women swept Gymnix, and MyKayla Skinner won gold on bars (BARS)…though maybe with the wrong D score…oopsies
  • Emily Lee tore her fingernail off and needed stitched but still gymnastics-ed all over the place
  • Jessica really enjoys MyKayla Skinner’s YouTube channel
  • Long Island University is adding a women’s gymnastics team for the 2021 season
  • Trinity got her 10.000 on floor
  • And we choose our way-too-soon Olympic teams following American Cup

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