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Episode 26: Ivana Hong

Ivana Hong
2007 Team World Champion, Ivana Hong is now a sophomore at Stanford. Photo courtesy of Stanford University.

This week we talk to toe-point champion of the universe, Ivana Hong. She was a member of the 2007 gold medal winning World Championship Team and won a bronze medal on balance beam at the 2009 World Championships in London. We ask what she learned from each coach she had during her elite career, if she will join Cirque du Soleil or return to elite after college, what advice she’d give her younger self, what it takes to be so tranquil on beam, and how she learned to be so very very elegant.

We tell our favorite drunken and/or it-can’t-be-that-hard gymnastics wipeout stories, talk about NCAA conference title meets, Jesolo, Cottbus, and French nationals. Plus our favorite British Olympian, Jenni Pinches, joins us to talk about the British Championships. Check out her blog for full details with videos. Don’t forget to tweet #SendJenniToMoscow to @BGMediaTeam and DFTBA!

The most perfect double front of all time, as performed by Ivana Hong.

Ivana at the 2012 NCAA’s Team Finals.

Italy’s Erika Fasana posted a photo of her face after seeing Biles perform.
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30 year-old, 2000 Italian Olympian, Adriana Crisci, competed AA for Italy’s B team at Jesolo!

Our favorite stereotype buster 6-foot-tall Alexander Shatilov (ISR) on HB at Cottbus

Adorable and powerful Jr. Brit Louise McColgan’s floor routine from British Championships.

Anna Dementyeva (RUS) Floor, Turnier der Meister, 2013 Cottbus

Maegan Chant (CAN) Floor, Turnier der Meister, 2013 Cottbus

Anastasia Grishina (RUS) BB, Turnier der Meister, 2013 Cottbus

Anastasia Grishina (RUS) UB, Turnier der Meister, 2013 Cottbus

Matthias Fahrig ,Floor, Turnier der Meister, 2013 Cottbus


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11 years ago

A combination of this and last week’s discussions reminded me of the most awkwardly hilarious moment of the Glasgow world cup: every time one of the Japanese athletes finished a routine, they played … Gangnam Style. Every. Single. Time.

Cordelia Price
Cordelia Price
11 years ago

Correction. I graduated from MIT. I have a friend who did gymnastics for MIT (I tweeted a photo of her and the team). I did not do gymnastics for MIT.

11 years ago

Loved the British Championships recap. On a shallow note, I thought the British ladies’ team were so neat and well-dressed. Their Quatro and Alpha Factor leotards are so much nicer than the US ladies’ GK ones, and I loved all the matching buns.

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