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The Best College Gymnasts You’re Not Watching (Commissioned)

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THE BEST COLLEGE GYMNASTS YOU’RE NOT WATCHING

This episode has been commissioned by the Courtney Bumpers Fan Club, where we discuss the college gymnastics things we don’t talk enough—past, present, and future (?)

  • Vault: Elites Could Never Edition, starring Kendall Whitman and Allison Zuhlke
  • GymCastic Mythbusters: “Increasing difficulty requirements makes smaller teams less able to contend”
  • A Moment in History: The single best beam routine in the history of college gymnastics, the single best mount in the history of college gymnastics, and the single best movement quality in the history of college gymnastics
  • On the importance of one-knee elements, backspins, and Korbuts
  • Elizabeth Culton: When is she getting a 10?
  • Discussion: Leotard bonus, is it real, why does it happen, and what do we do about it?
  • QUIZ: Gymnasts, firsts and records you should know about that Hope Spivey Sheeley’s famous rewind floor routine at Georgia.
  • More important than the Gym Slam, the QuadraDiva: A gymnast who has won four or more of the five individual college gymnastics titles (all-around, vault, bars, beam, floor)
  • Discussion: Going viral. Can it happen for gymnasts from smaller schools?
  • Plus, why we need to talk about gymnasts Ariana Castrence, Emerson Hurst, Nika Takagi, Emma Milne, and Kendal Knaps.
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Beth Tucker
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Beth Tucker(@beth-tucker)
1 month ago

Is the new 10.00 vault a Phelps? Named after 1996 US Olympian Jacie Phelps? It sounds like that is was you are describing. Exciting!!

Matt McClain
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Matt McClain(@matt-mcclain)
1 month ago

According to the Wall Street Journal in March 2021, “fewer than 10% of Division I athletic departments—the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association—generated enough revenue to cover the expenses of their sports programs.” The NCAA for sure makes a ton of money, but the vast majority of college athletics departments are not even breaking even, unfortunately.

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