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STEVE BUTCHER INTERVIEW
Time to gym nerd out with us in the deepest of deep dives because Steve Butcher knows all the things. In our second interview with the former International Gymnastics Federation MTC President and FIG Sports Director we discuss:
- What exactly happened at the Tokyo Olympics when Simone Biles coach ran over to him to remove Simone from the meet
- The new FIG rules Simone’s Tokyo health struggle inspired
- His thoughts on the FIG decision to open the door for Russia in Paris
- Judging pommel horse at the the 2012 Olympic Team Final; the Kohei dismount controversy
- What happened at the 2012 Olympics when US head coach, Kevin Mazeika, asked about changing the US mens team final lineup
- Judging bias evaluation and what the data showed after Tokyo
- Fujitsu robot judging, how it started and what’s to come for gymnasts
- The future of World Championships from site selection to qualifying to reducing costs
- Proposed changes to the next Code of Points
- Why men have more opportunities for medals than women in artistic gymnastics
- Leaving the FIG to join Evo
- Advice to gym nerds who want to rise to the top of the FIG like he did
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RESOURCES & CITATIONS
- Scoring Controversy Takes Center Stage Mens’ Gymnastics Final (Kohei Pommel Horse dismount)
- Steve Butcher first American ever elected MTC President
- Gymnastics History and Code of Points Archive from Dr. Uncle Tim
- Neutral Deductions: a men’s gymnastics deep dive from Dr. Kensley Behel
- To follow the effects of the Russian invasion to Ukraine at Gymnovosti
- The Highest D and E scores from The Gymternet
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