283: Catalina Ponor Says Goodbye

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SIMONE-TERNET NEWS

  • Simone casually has all her skills back because Simone.
  • Do we think the Aly/Gabby/Simone twitter victim-shame debacle compelled Gabby to come forward with her story? And does it change how we view her comments?
  • Simone will be 23 in 2020. Gasp. What journalists are STILL getting wrong about age and women’s gymnastics!

MEET NEWS

  • IT’S THE MEXICAN OPEN GALA EVERYONE!!!!!!!
    • Ponor gives her farewell gala performances on beam and floor and they’re AH-MAZING
    • If this truly is the end for Ponor, what is her legacy in gymnastics?
    • But also:
    • Jessica details how to make Yesenia Ferrera into a world floor champ. (Hint: it’s conditioning)
  • Elite Gym Massilia
    • The Russian juniors and their rudis will soon rule us all
    • Axelle Klinckaert’s insane/amazing must-watch floor routine, starring sound effects
  • Cottbus World Cup
    • Miyachi, Bretschneider, calculated risk, and the triumph of Marvin “NO LONGER HOT MESS” Kimble on high bar
    • China has another one on PBars, and his name is Tan Di.
    • Chuso wins her 11th Cottbus vault title because obviously
    • Wang Cenyu is gorgeous on beam, but why such a short routine?
    • The future of Russian floor is Lilia Akhaimova‘s huge, strong tumbling and Maria Kharenkova‘s rebirth!

GYMTERNET NEWS

  • Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault and his statement was just as despicable as his everything else about him.
  • Up next: MSU.
  • British Gymnastics suspends men’s technical director Eddie van Hoof
  • Laura Jurca is leaving Romania for Germany
  • The FIG finally comes to its senses about naming skills after women!
  • Fabian Hambiceps stuck a high bar dismount for the last time
  • Chiaki Hatakeda is doing a QUAD on floor. A QUAD YOU GUYS!
  • Plus, we answer your feedback about college fantasy gymnastics, gymnerd dating services, and positive changes at TOPS camp!

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282: GymCastic Book Club – Fierce, by Aly Raisman

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IN THE NEWS

FIERCE (13:13)

Aly Raisman’s book, Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything, was released last week. We talk through all of our feelings about it as a gymternet family.

  • Why this is the best gymnastics book ever written for this age group
  • USA Gymnastics does not come off well. At all. It’s awesome.
  • The post-Olympic tour is a hellscape
  • Aly’s experience with Larry Nassar is quite telling about exactly how this went on for so long and the very understandable reasons that victims don’t speak about their experiences
  • We need to talk about this mysterious Fran character
  • Why the section about nutrition is a MUST-READ for all elite and NCAA coaches and gymnastics parents.
  • Seriously. Read it right now. GO!
    • Also check out Episode 230 to learn about the WellnessFX program
  • All the other sweetest, funniest, standing ovation moments we loved

GYMTERNET NEWS (1:26:45)

  • British Gymnastics athletes are taking a stand against the organization!
    • Why a group of athletes, including Max Whitlock, Ellie Downie, Amy Tinkler, is currently declining to sign new contracts with British Gymnastics
    • The athletes have some very familiar concerns about lack of transparency in terms where the money is going and an overall culture of fear and favoritism
    • Why gymnastics needs a union

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  • Open to Club Gym Nerd members only
  • Deadline: December 3rd
  • Send your story to gymcastic@gmail.com with the subject line: Tumbl Trak Handstand Story
  • The person with the funniest or most hilariously embarrassing handstand story will be chosen as the winner

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  • Deadline: November 25th
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