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- Chellsie Memmel and Alicia Sacramone-Quinn spoke with the media about their priorities in their new positions of leadership at USAG, including:
- Artistry, the code, and what got lost in translation in the past
- The importance of having two vaults
- How to get everyone on the same page with expectations and selection procedures
- How to change camps to protect the gymnasts’ health
- How abuse would be handled moving forward
- The FIG clarified why it is not allowing the Irish gymnasts to represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games.
- We discuss what the FIG is missing and why this is not actually comparable to typical FIG nationality changes. And why is this only being dealt with now, at the last minute?
- The US has named the men’s team for the Pan American Championship
- U.S. Gymnasts have sued the FBI for $1 Billion
- Results from Osijek, where Spencer mostly wants to talk about Romania
- Plus, Tasha Schwikert on the USAG board, a new gymnastics video game, terrible news for future SEA Games, the NCAA coaching carousel, and the latest in constant vigilance news
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- Vault problems: Karlie wants to know why the US is doing fewer Amanars these days and whether it makes sense for the FIG to lower the D scores of vaults instead of focusing on E score.
- DTY: Disgracefully Tallied Yurchenko?: Casey wants to get into the illogical value history of the Yurchenko double full through the 90s, why it has never had its moment in the sun, and what the future holds for the DTY.
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The winner of the US junior national championship is the athlete who performs a double twisting Yurchenko.
The FIG is weird. They can recognise Wales as a separate entity for the Comm Games why not Northern Ireland? I’m assuming it is a dual citizenship thing becasue Ireland is a separate country to UK vs a region of the UK.
The situation with Rhys is reminiscent to the murky situation surrounding football at the Olympics with regards to the “home nations”. Under FIFA the home nations all compete under their separate teams except for at the Olympics it is team Great Britain which only included members from England and Wales in 2012 and not in any other Olympics so far but the women did compete in 2021 but I’m not sure if it included athletes from all of the home nations. The other home nation teams have avoided participation as one team at the Olympics for fear of jeopardizing their World Cup eligibility under FIFA.
The real solution for Rhys would be to have the island form a special unified Ireland team that included both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland athletes competing under a special flag similar to what the IOC did for the unified Korean team in 2018. Obviously just Northern Ireland athletes would compete as the ROI is not a member of the commonwealth and has no interest in participating.
Another little interesting tidbit is that Northern Ireland doesn’t have an official flag. They use a flag but there isn’t an official one since 1973.