Stacey Ervin is a member of the 2013 NCAA National Championship team from Michigan and Jess’s favorite tumbler. He talked with us about: stag jumps, artistry training, how Michigan star Jordyn Wieber influenced him, training with Olympian Sam Mikulak, the infamous Michigan “Fail” video, how to make pommel horse more interesting, surviving the grief of his mother’s death as a freshman in college, his Drăgulescu upgrade, working a triple double, landing with purpose, and then… Uncle Tim creates a 7.3 floor routine for him during the interview! It’s a gymnerd’s fantasy-gymnastics dream come true!
Blythe and Uncle Tim relay all of the important facts from the World University Games in Kazan, Russia including: Ksenia Afanasyeva‘s Amanar (AKA the “Afanar”), Mustafina‘s pre-meet illness and yellow Pokemon leotard, the triumphant return of Hong Un Jong the 2008 Olympic vault champion, who after being banned, vaulted into first place at age 24, Denis Ablyazin ballistic floor routine, Yang Hak Seon maniac vaulting skills, Grandi cleaning house and cleaning up the reputation of rhythmic gymnastics, Louis Smith‘s new book, and two upcoming masters (adult) gymnastics meets!
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Our interview with Sam Mikulak
Paolo Principi’s Walstrom (full-twisting Yamawaki)