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Paris Olympic Trials Recap

Jessica is back from Olympic Trials in Minneapolis, Spencer watched and scored every routine from home. Hear directly from athletes and selection committee member, Alicia Sacramone, in this episode. We discuss:

00:00:00 Jessica is back from Paris Olympic Trials in Minneapolis. Spencer watched and scored every routine from home. Hear directly from athletes and selection committee member, Alicia Sacramone, in this episode. We discuss:

00:00:32 The Women’s Paris Olympic Team of Olympic veterans, Simone Biles, Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles, Suni Lee and newcomer Hezly Rivera
Traveling alternates: Joscelyn Roberson and Leanne Wong
Non-traveling alternates: Tiana Sumanasekera and Kaliya Lincoln

00:5:40 Why, for once, the rank all-around team is not controversial

00:10:51 Alicia Sacramone on the team selection process and fifth place Hezly Rivera

00:15:22 Adult gymnast facts and returning all-around Olympic Champions Simone Biles and Suni Lee

00:18:11 Injury armageddon taking out Shilese Jones, Skye Blakely and Kayla DiCello

19:53 Alicia Sacramone comments on the medical decision for Shilese Jones to pull out of night two

00:22:21 Jordan Chiles talks about her AC joint sprain and LCL spain with fractured fibula

00:35:42 Simone Biles talks but the Redemption Tour team, age and affirmations

00:38:31:03 Suni Lee on age, her therapist and how she handles pain

00:54:39:39 The lows and highs from failing to honor all injured athletes to NBC doing something really cool with science

01:02:57 Heazly Rivera (might be ? the first female U.S. Olympic gymnast of Dominican Republic descent)

The Men’s Paris Olympic Team of Asher Hong, Stephen Nedoroscik, Frederick Richard, Brody Malone, Paul Juda
Traveling alternates: Shane Wiskus and Khoi Young
Non-traveling alternates: Patrick Hoopes, Yul Moldauer and Donnell Whittenburg

1:24:46 Why Shane Wiskus went home early

Simone Biles’ coach for 15 World and Olympic medals, including Olympic all-around gold, has a book coming out. Pre-order Aimee Boorman’s book now.

  • Simone Biles’ coach for 15 World and Olympic medals, including Olympic all-around gold, has a book coming out. Pre-order Aimee Boorman’s book now.

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Kate Maben
Gym Nerd
16 days ago

How did you not mention Chelsie as a past Olympian who could do a beam routine?! She literally did an elite beam routine 3 years ago…in an elite competition!

Flyakite
Gym Nerd
16 days ago

Is there ANY WAY you guys can infuse the NBC commentary with your intelligent observations? Please?

Wendy Wainwright
Gym Nerd
16 days ago
Reply to  Flyakite

Yes! So much material there! And guess what! The BBC not only shows gymnasts doing gymnastics while they hop on over to another routine already begun, but they like their gymnasts. And are proud of them! Even if they aren’t amazing! So that’s different. Also they call things by very different names. Maybe that plays into the whole international scoring issues.

Wendy Wainwright
Gym Nerd
16 days ago

I’ve already forgotten the guy’s name, the one from the Air Force academy. Didn’t know they had gymnastics there. But, my husband went to West Point (also no idea if they have a gymnastics team) and was second in his graduating class because of his abysmal nearly failing grade for the mandatory gymnastics class which was calculated into their gpa. So…a lifetime of bitterness. Possibly why he doesn’t like watching gymnastics. He’s also 6’3” and not the most flexible guy. There is also, vaguely related…football. So army/navy, huge rivalry, and Air Force. I think Air Force lets you out of your service commitment if you are drafted for the NFL. Army….well, first you have to go out and do the five years you owe West Point on some pretty miserable deployments for that free education. Navy…I think they do stick you on a ship for six months a year for five years before you get any chance of taking up a civilian life. Service academies, super weird. Didn’t even know they were colleges until dating my husband. Still weird. But good job Air Force guy!

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