428: Black Lives Matter This Week Too

Jun 9, 2020 | GymCastic, Podcast

Photo: Indiana State University

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HEADLINES

  • Kurt Thomas, 1978 and 1979 world champion, died of a stroke at age 64. We discuss his legacy.
  • More athletes detail stories of racism in college gymnastics—what Alabama’s Tia Kiaku, Auburn gymnasts Kennedy Finister and Telah Black, Florida’s Kytra Hunter, and Nebraska’s Ashley Lambert said this week
    • Why the aggressively empty platitudes from coaches like Dana Duckworth and Courtney Kupets-Carter bother us so much—and why we love the statement from Sac State
    • Plus, do we need to change our outro? And what should it be?

GYMTERNET NEWS

  • European Championships have been rescheduled for December in Baku. Jessica is concerned for COVID reasons. Spencer is concerned for rule-consistency reasons. Kensley is optimistic. No one is surprised by any of this.
  • The FIG published the new, official Olympic qualification rules for 2021
  • The retirements of Courtney McGregor, Senna Deriks, and most of Romania
  • Which US elites have decided to keep training for Tokyo
  • NCAA transfer news for Addy De Jesus, Bailey Ferrer, and Mercedes Sanchez
  • Problems with the FBI, NCAA, and Kathy Klages, as per usual, and a coach suspension at Chelsea Piers
  • Nile Wilson released a documentary on his battle with addiction and mental health—we watched and have thoughts
  • Plus, feedback on Alexis Brown, why the gymternet didn’t come for Sam Mikulak like it did for Ashton, and sports’ exploitation of black athletes

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