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Episode 129: Why Gabby Left Chow (or Chow left Gabby?) & Glasgow World Cup

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Larisa Iordache ended the year on a high, winning the 2014 Glasgow World Cup.


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This week we’ve included time stamps for each segment of the show per your request. Let us know if you like it.  Uncle Tim, Emma, and Jessica chat about:

  • The Glasgow World Cup (00:00): massive moments of joy, shooting fire, Vanessa Ferrari looking tired, pulling shorts up to belly buttons, John Orozco and Oleg Verniaiev scamping around Glasgow, why Pauline Schaefer of Germany stole the show. Plus the juniors we fell in love with from Espoir.
  • The Mexican Open (34:14): The Four Amiga’s: Boguinskaya, Daniela Silivas, Podkopayeva, and Chusovitina; the greatness that is Marta Pihan-Kulesza’s exquisite form; the return of the fierce little Italian, Enus Mariani to international competition; and most importantly, our review of the latest super bling $10,000 leotard by GK.
  • NCAA previews (52:49): Our thoughts of Chayse Capps new floor routine, the genius that is Stacey Ervin’s stick-a-thon floor routine and our gratittude for NCAA gymnastics after the long artistic drought that is the elite gymnastics code of points hell.
  • Our favorite items from the 2014 Ultimate Gym Nerd Gift Guide (1:01:16) and what Uncle Tim’s gymnastics nieces want for Christmas. It involves heavy excavation machinery.
  • Uncle Tim gives his review of Cirque du Soliel’s steampunk-inspired show, Kurios–complete with droplets of man sweat and what made the wive’s in the audience smack their husband’s mouthes closed. (1:05:34)
  • Gymternet News (1:13:43): Gabrielle Douglas’s agent dished all the dirt on why Dougy left Chow’s, an explanation for Mustafina’s poor performance in  Stuttgart, the coming out stories of a  rhythmic and artistc Olympian, how we feel about men’s and women’s Olympic trials being held separately, new skills in the code of points and why you should sign up for college Fantasy Gymnastics.
  • Mail Call (1:41:43): An outraged Russian listener, Irish Daniel asks what we think of Verona van de Leur announcing her comeback, and a very knowledgable listener takes gymnasts to task for copyright theft against choreographers.

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Kayla Nowak of University of Oklahoma (AKA Mrs. Jake Dalton) doing her infamous Knock-Knock-Open-The-Door choreography at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

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9 years ago

I’ve only listened to the Verona van de Leur part and I’m just gonna say that her comeback is not happening. Regardless of whatever happened in her past, she’s just not. The way she talked about it in an interview with NOS (Dutch national television).. nope. She was like ‘well considering the state of Dutch gymnastics, it shouldn’t be that hard’ like lol do you even know how different gymnastics is compared to way back when you competed? It’s just not going to happen.
If it does, that’s great. I hope she can prove me wrong. But I highly doubt it.

Nick Mann
Nick Mann
9 years ago

That movie is called “Beginners”…and Christopher Plummer (aka Captain Von Trapp) won an Academy Award for his role 🙂

Also, if you’re a figure skating fan, 2014 Olympic Silver Medalist Eric Radford came out in an interview from OUT Sports.

The Liukin
9 years ago

I cracked up over the bit where Jessica and Emma discuss men’s leos. I highly recommend you guys watch Chinese nationals some time because I’ve seen a handful of guys wear sparkly and shiny man leos in recent years.

9 years ago
Reply to  The Liukin

As long as I don’t see any hot pink dudes leos that are so ugly, they wouldn’t even be worn at a Pride Parade, I’m okay with that.

9 years ago

I would love to see McKayla Maroney do Bouginskaya’s guitar FX routine:

Simone Biles take on the great Olga Strazheva FX routine:

Gabrielle Douglas take on Courtney Kupets FX routine from 2004

9 years ago

According to what I had heard, the \”business arrangements\” that actually caused the issues with Chow\’s was that Chow had had a coach leave the gym along with pretty much that entire training group, and so he asked all his remaining high-level coaches and big prospect gymnasts to sign a non-compete contract. This basically states that they can\’t leave Chow\’s for another gym until after the 2016 Olympics and it\’s pretty insanely unethical, there was the threat that USAG might step in with legal issues, etc, etc. So Gabby and co. basically decided they weren\’t going to put up with that.

Men\’s total program change: Yin Alvarez is the new Marta.

I think the easiest way to get good beam mounts out of every gymnast would be to make the mount necessarily count as one of the eight elements. They had done that with dismounts on one of the events a while back iirc. I\’d also like to see more uprises on UB rather than kips- Ebee is the only elite who\’s really done them lately and they just lended a little something extra to her bars.

I don\’t think it would hurt at all to ask permission to borrow choreography, etc.

I think in gymnastics a lot of times a floor routine comes to be very closely identified with its performer (at least on the elite scene) and so copying a routine would be seen as like… a junior high stalker-ish way of trying to be them? Not sure exactly how to put it in words. On the other hand there are some pieces (eg. Hava Nagila, just about anything Tchaikovsky, the song that both Shushunova and Dawes used, etc.) that see a lot of use just because they\’re good songs to dance to, but every routine choreographed to them is a different interpretation.

I liked Podkopayeva\’s Figaro routine, but at the same time, for all that it was iconic it was very much a product of its time and I\’m not sure how well it would go over if someone did revive it today for any purpose other than explicitly to pay homage to Pod for a show or gala. Not to mention, again, weird stalkerish \”I love you so much that I wanna do everything exactly the way you did it!\” vibe. But I digress.

9 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

no idea why every apostrophe grew a slash to go along with it but hey!

Alexandra Luz Muñoz Sala
Alexandra Luz Muñoz Sala
8 years ago

I don’t know if you covered this because this article is previous to Lais Souza coming out but I thought it would be appropriate to mention it here. She says she has a girlfriend and has always been comfortable about it, that her family have always known about it and everyone is ok with it. It’s super cute. By the way she’s also moving her arm, it’s so emotional…

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