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In The Know

  • The baseball bat award is a nice touch for Louisville
  • It’s not looking good for Chuso’s return to the Olympics
  • Grace McCallum got her first 10 on floor
  • Mya Lauzon got a 10 on beam
  • Ragan Smith now has back-to-back 10s on beam
  • Suni’s full-twisting jaeger is beautiful in person
  • Trinity hit four for four and got her championships qualifying score
  • Jayla Hang is looking good
  • Simone Rose is too
  • Don't sleep on Hezly Rivera

The 5th Rotation: February 26, 2024

What We’re Talking About

Winter Cup, Kayla, Suni, Gabby, Trinity, NQS, Cottbus, Oklahoma and more. It was a heck of a week, highlighted of course by the action in Louisville, KY. In short, Kentucky is now Gator country. Florida Gator on sabbatical while she pursues her Olympic dreams, Kayla DiCello, looked fantastic while posting a big 56.850. Florida commit Skye Blakely (54.650) took silver and Hezly Rivera (54.000). And in her first elite meet since tying the all-time perfect 10 record at Florida, Trinity Thomas, debuted in 4th (53.250).

Of course, the big news is what didn’t happen. Just before she was scheduled to arrive in Louisville, Gabby Douglas posted that she contracted Covid and needed to pull out. Sunisa Lee was there to compete bars and beam and looked amazing throughout podium training and warmups. Unfortunately, when the judges were at the tables taking score she missed her full-twisting Jaeger. Regardless, watching her hit that skill over and over was a highlight.

At the Cottbus World Cup we saw another bars genius, Kaylia Nemour, drop an insane 15.433 routine to take the title, while Emma Malabuyo picked up more points to keep her Olympic hopes on track.

In college… Oklahoma, with all their championship teams, just posted a program record score of 198.675–a score they don’t need considering they’re the only school with an opening NQS above 198.




  • Winter Cup Champion: Kayla DiCello
  • Winter Cup Champion: Yul Moldauer
  • Gym Slam: Leanne Wong

What’s On the Socials?





“I was just kind of rotting in my bed and hoping that it would all go away.” ~ Sunisa Lee, Comeback Queen

Suni chatted with the before Winter Cup on her road to recovery.

“At that moment, I knew the team needed my score, so I just had to go out there and do my routine the way I had been practicing it.”
~ Leanne Wong, Gym Slammer

Leanne Wong scored her first perfect 10 on floor this week, giving her a career gym slam (a 10 on all four apparatus).

“I’m so sad to say that I won’t be competing this weekend. I was excited to get back out on the competition floor, but unfortunately, I just tested positive for COVID.”
~ Gabby Douglas, Gold Medalist in a Holding Pattern

Gabby posted this message on social media just before Winter Cup began.

“I just started working it when I came back from Pan Ams.”  ~ Kayla DiCello, Winter Cup Champion

In her post-meet interview Kayla shares how long she’s been working her Hindorff.


Bonus Episode

Listen to this past week’s bonus episode: Winter Cup Podium Training 2024

Cocktail of the Week:

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1 oz. Spiced Rum
5 oz. White Rum
5 oz. Jamaican Rum
1 oz. Coconut Cream
5 oz. Ube Simple Syrup
.5 oz. Lime Juice
5 oz. Pineapple Juice

Make Your Drink:
Combine all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
Shake only briefly, just to combine. Strain into a glass with crushed or pebbled ice.

Stick the Landing:
Top with fresh grated nutmeg.

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This column was composed and compiled by Steve Cooper, Editor, GymCastic; as performed by hosts Jessica O’Beirne and Spencer Barnes.

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<ul> <li>The baseball bat award is a nice touch for Louisville</li> <li>It’s not looking good for Chuso’s return to the Olympics</li> <li>Grace McCallum got her first 10 on floor</li> <li>Mya Lauzon got a 10 on beam </li> <li>Ragan Smith now has back-to-back 10s on beam</li> <li>Suni’s full-twisting jaeger is beautiful in person</li> <li>Trinity hit four for four and got her championships qualifying score</li> <li>Jayla Hang is looking good</li> <li>Simone Rose is too</li> <li>Don't sleep on Hezly Rivera</li> </ul> <div align="center"><a href=""> <img src=""></a> </div>The 5th Rotation: February 26, 2024
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