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GymCastic Podcast is a weekly gymnastics talk show. The hosts interview people who love gymnastics almost as much as we do, discuss the latest news, events and offensive leotard fashion.


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  • 291: Not a Good Look
    Wed, Feb 14, 2018

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    First, Jessica has two op-eds out, one in HuffPo and one in the LA Times‚ÄĒwhich you MUST read otherwise we can't be friends anymore. Also, we explain why you might see that Nassar interview showing up in your feeds this week. BUT THEN:

    • Clarifications about the February verification at LSU regarding chaperones, compensation, and reimbursement
    • WOGA is in trouuuuuuuuble for its handling of sexual abuse complaints
    • Aly says Geddert might have known in 2011. He's also facing a criminal investigation. Oh, look how that worked out.¬†
    • The House of Representatives is initiating an investigation into all the major players. Spencer and Jessica have dreams about what comes next.¬†
    • GUH. FRAN. COME ON.¬†
    • MSU might actually fire someone. Whaaaaaaa?
    • The FIG president issues a plan to address sexual abuse. What Jessica thinks his fashion choices tell us about his intentions.
    • The Oleg Verniaiev interview that must be read to be believed.

    MEET NEWS

    • Is UCLA for real? Is Florida...going to be for real?
    • Ivy Lu is the best bars worker you've never seen
    • Kennedy Baker got a 10! We compare her "piked" Dos Santos to the OG "layout" Dos Santos.
    • Crack or Correct: Should Myia Hambrick be getting 10s? The most hilarious overscore of the week. Plus, Alex McMurtry's DTY scores.
    • Brenna Dowell did beam exhibition, and it was AMAZING.
    • Could Romania have a bars solution?
    • Aliya did bars and beam exhibition in France, and we're making 1700 plans for her life.
    • English Championships!
      • Ellie Downie is back!
      • Amy Tinkler and Claudia Fragapane are basically bars specialists now
      • Georgia-Mae Fenton is bringing throwback Valdez realness on beam

    FEEDBACK

    • Triceratops hair
    • The overtraining epidemic among the littles
    • A new listener (you might recognize) is almost, kind of obsessed with us
    • Stacey Ervin tries out for WWE. Jessica dies.¬†
    • JESSICA LIES
    • The virtues of the national camps
    • Hypocrisy from college coaches?!?!?! Never!
    • Mother Earth tries to sabotage Khorkina
    • A special Jessica RAGE-O-METER about broadcasting gymnastics¬†

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

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    • Buy one of our awesome clothing and gifts¬†here.

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  • 290: Valeri is Out
    Wed, Feb 07, 2018

    GYMTERNET NEWS (03:28)

    • Valeri Liukin has RESIGNED as National Team Coordinator!
      • Our reactions
      • Was Valeri forced out, or did he decide this himself?
      • Who should succeed him as NTC?
    • The state of the current WAG program
    • Larry Nassar's FINAL sentencing (37:33)
      • We might never have to look at him again!
      • The dad who lunged at him in court. Yea or Nay?
    • Michigan State offices raided by law enforcement
    • The USOC failed to act on Nassar's abuse for a full year (Shock! Surprise!)
    • Senator Gillibrand calls for the DOJ to investigate the USOC
    • The New York Times says at least 40 people were abused by Nassar AFTER the FBI already knew about him.
      • What an ACTUAL FBI agent told Gina Nichols, and why it sort of blows up USAG's party line

    THE. SIMONE. MOVIE. (52:38)

    • Ironically amazing or actually amazing?
    • WHAT WAS THAT RANCH?
    • That thing where Aimee has to explain to Martha what gymnastics is
    • The Biles is really just a whip 1/2, you guys
    • Why the casting of the national team maybe needed some work
    • And SO MUCH MORE.

    MEET NEWS (1:08:57)

    • All about THAT Oklahoma/UCLA meet
      • We find out how many times Jessica cried
      • Why this meet perfectly encapsulated everything about college gymnastics and everything sport should be
      • Spencer has to ruin the mood by whining about the scores
    • Charlie Tamayo is out at Georgia
    • Alex McMurtry explains why she opted out of elite
    • Brooklyn Moors won Elite Canada and has a new, UPGRADED floor routine (1:34:18)¬†

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  • 175 Years
    Wed, Jan 31, 2018

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Victim Impact Statements and why everyone should go to USAG meets dressed as Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.
      • Mattie Larson made a big impact talking about how USAG created an abusive environment. ¬†McKenzie¬†Wooford¬†backed her up.¬†
      • Rachael Denhollander¬†gave a speech to go down in the history books, "What Is A Little Girl Worth?" Who should play her in the Oscar-winning movie?
      • We explain why Judge Aquilina was legally allowed to be partial so everyone can calm down.
    • USOC cracking down...now...suddenly. We have feelings.¬†
      • Why the Daniels Report wasn't enough.
      • Aly Raisman hit the USOC back with her own demands for an independent investigation.
      • We want a Truth and Reconciliation hearing with Valeri Liukin.
    • Congress passed Senate Bill 534 Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act. Next step is Trump's signature.¬†
      • These three voted against the bill. Feel free to vote them out of office:
            • Justin Amash, Michigan‚Äôs 3rd congressional district
            • Thomas Massie, Kentucky‚Äôs 4th congressional district
            • Mark Sanford, South Carolina‚Äôs 1st congressional district
    • John Geddart of Twistars was¬†suspended, then hilariously announced he is going to retire.
      • He moved the gym into his wife's name, if/when he is banned by USAG, he will have to be entirely unaffiliated with the gym if the gym wants to retain its membership.
      • Jessica called the police on him and it didn't go well.
    • MSU
      • Lou Anna Simon resigned. Still no one fired at MSU except for Nassar.
      • MSU produced two different Title IX investigation reports. The the version¬†not given to the victim said Nassar was ‚Äúexposing patients to unnecessary trauma‚Ķ‚ÄĚ
      • Joel Ferguson, a trustee and vice-chair of the MSU board, has not stepped down. Instead he¬†supported Simon: ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs so many more things going on at the university than just this Nassar thing.‚ÄĚ
    • Miss Val on¬†radio last week said, ex-USAG President, Steve Penny, told her he let Marta get away with being abusive because she won.

    NCAA RECAP! (1:24:43)

    • The week of CRACK!
      • Even Kathy Johnson had to take to Twitter to complain!
      • The judges gave Alex McMurtry's upgraded DTY, doesn‚Äôt stick, a 10
      • The judges gave OU's beam rotation¬†9.9s, even¬†Bre Showers¬†
      • Florida needed 9.925 to win, judges gave it to¬†Baumann
      • Maggie Nichols didn't get a 10 on vault, Kennedy¬†Baker no 10 on floor
      • Stanford/Oregon State bars scoring was ridiculous
      • UCLA beat LSU at Metroplex with 197.625

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  • 288: Ding Dong The Ranch Is Dead
    Tue, Jan 23, 2018

    IN THE NEWS

    Victim impact statements in the sentencing for Larry Nassar began last week and continue this week. You can continue to watch it live here.

    • Update: Upon order of USOC, Paul Parilla resigns. John Geddert suspended¬†!
    • Kyle Stephens:¬†‚ÄúLittle girls don‚Äôt stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.‚ÄĚ
    • Lindsey Lemke:¬†‚ÄúLarry, I hope you, Lou Anna Simon, Kathie Klages, John Geddert, and all of USAG are scared, because you have pissed off the wrong army of women.‚ÄĚ
    • The awfulness of Geddert, quote by quote, story by story
    • 14 were warned of Nassar abuse at MSU, at least one of whom is still working with the gymnastics team! WHAT?!
    • Jordyn Wieber:¬†"Larry Nassar is accountable. USA Gymnastics is accountable. The U.S. Olympic Committee is accountable. My teammates and friends have been through enough and now it's time for change."
    • Aly Raisman:¬†‚ÄúImagine feeling like you have no power and no voice. Well, you know what, Larry? I have both power and voice, and I am only beginning to just use them."
    • That insane letter Nassar wrote to the judge
    • Miss Val opens can of Whoop Ass on USAG
    • What you can do:
      • S 534 Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 ‚ÄĒ Make sure it passes.

    USAG announces that it will no longer be using the ranch.

    • What do we make of this?
    • Is it progress or just cynicism?
    • A listener asks: Why can't the women just use the Olympic Training Center?

    Plus, is decertification an option? What does that actually mean? And what was the deal with Nastia's apology?

    MEET NEWS

    • A rundown of the current leaders in NCAA gymnastics
    • All of Elizabeth Price's accomplishments over the last three weeks (there have been a lot)
    • insane floor save from MyKayla Skinner
    • Sabrina Vega scores 9.950 on floor
    • Our obsession with the¬†Toni-Ann Williams¬†slip-and-slide vault warmup
    • Stella Savvidou's one-arm floor routine: amazing, dangerous, or both?

    FEEDBACK

    We respond to your questions and comments all about

    • Piked Arabians on beam?
    • The difference between moral duty and legal duty
    • Clarification on what "the Liukin" actually is
    • Does the US train too hard leading up to competition? (Hint: YES)
    • Why can't we just get rid of camps entirely?
    • Bad coaching vs. good coaching
    • Little Girls In Pretty Boxes
    • NCAA gymnasts as possible individual competitors in 2020

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

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  • 287: Simone and Maggie Too
    Wed, Jan 17, 2018

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Jessica and Spencer discuss

    • Simone Too
      • Shutting down the ranch and options for an athlete and parent association
      • Karolyi Ranch PTSD is real
    • Maggie Nichols is Athlete A
      • Maggie and her coach Sarah Jantzi reported Nassar to USA Gymnastics in June 2015
      • Complaint states that Steve Penny discouraged her parents from reporting to law enforcement
      • Nassar was allowed to see patients for two years while under criminal investigation by MSU
    • USAG's awful reaction statement reveals not a web of lies, but a web of stupid
      • We break down USAG's commitment to "well, actually"-ing the survivors, while simultaneously admitting misdeeds
      • The trouble with Fran. When is an "investigator" actually an "investigator"?
      • USAG claims it did not identify interviewed athletes by name. Really, though?
    • At what point is it time to close down USAG and start over?
    • Geddert
      • In motion to dismiss, he claims Rachael should really be suing her own mom
      • Survivor statements indicate he knew as early as 1997
      • A listener asks why we seem to hate Geddert so much on this show. We explain. Read the details of police investigations into Geddert here.
    • MSU follows suit
    • Marcia Frederick, first US Gymnastics world champion, shares story of abuse
    • Paul Ziert asks who approved the Maroney settlement and where the money came from

    NCAA NEWS (50:00)

    Actual gymnastics!

    • The week that vault turned impossible
      • The Maddie Desch vault debacle, explained
      • The difference between elite and NCAA vault rules, and why NCAA is SAFER
      • Why is everyone trying to vault when their steps are off?
      • "Persistedness" ‚ÄĒ a deep dive
    • Suzanne's back and she's already being SO Suzanne
    • Lauren Rice is amazing and life is unfair
    • The triumphant return of CRACK OR CORRECT?
      • Emma McLean's floor 9.975
      • The beam start-value massacre at the Elevate the Stage quad
      • Would Denelle Pedrick have scored higher for a "name" school?
    • The GymCastic seal of approval goes to Khazia Hislop of UNC for floor (at 1:30:00)

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  • 286: Cover Your Eyes and Silently Scream
    Wed, Jan 10, 2018

    MAGGIE NICHOLS IS ATHLETE A

    2015 US Team World Champion, floor bronze medalists and 2017 Oklahoma NCAA Team Champion, Maggie Nichols has come forward as a survivor sexual abuse by Larry Nassar. "Up until now, I was identified as Athlete A by USA gymnastics, the US Olympic Committee and Michigan State University. I want everyone to know that he did not do this to Athlete A, he did it to Maggie Nichols."

    • OC Register: Maggie Nichols, first Nassar whistle-blower, goes public
    • Time: He Violated Our Innocence.‚Äô Maggie Nichols Says She Was Abused by Team Doctor Larry Nassar
    • Sports Illustrated: Says John Nichols, ‚ÄúAfter Maggie reported [in June of 2015], we were told to be quiet, don‚Äôt say anything to anybody, that USA Gymnastics was going to handle it. Later on, we would ask what‚Äôs happening and they‚Äôd say they were contacting the FBI. I was led to believe that the FBI was going to be handling this.‚ÄĚ USA Gymnastics has not responded to SI‚Äôs requests for comment.
    • You can read Maggie's statement in its entirety here
    • Take Action
      • Tell Maggie how much you appreciate her on her twitter
      • Sign up for Champion Women's action alerts.
      • Support Feinstein's¬†Senate Bill 534 Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 by contacting your legislator. Find your representative here.

    NCAA SEASON BEGINS

    The first weekend of the NCAA season is in the books, and the theme was endurance. (Or lack thereof.)

    • Michigan upsets Alabama.
      • The Oscar-worthy tearjerker that was everyone's facial expressions before their third pass.¬†
      • Bailie Key's stress dream of a debut beam routine, how it gets better, and how Jess still gives her a 10.
    • Kennedy Baker's flu-cramp sets the tone for Florida's rough performance.
      • When Amelia Hundley is falling, something is very wrong indeed
      • Alyssa Baumann is back from the health wars and looks like she never left
    • Was...was UCLA the most prepared team on floor this weekend?
    • Do any of these first-week problems even matter?
    • Kyla going up second on bars: A way-too-deep discussion.
    • The change in beam requirements and the problem with forward + backward "series"
    • SARAH. FREAKING. FINNEGAN.
    • Denver is coming for everyone, and Lynnzee Brown is about to be a star.
    • Why Peng's bars score of 9.975 was exactly correct

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    • USA Gymnastics struck a deal with McKayla Maroney to keep abuse quiet
      • Confused about who's arguing what, what arguments makes sense, what arguments¬†definitely don't make sense, who's lawsuiting whom, who knew what when, and what the timeline for all this was? We break it all down simply enough that even we can understand.
    • USOC CEO apologizes
    • Fran Sepler made some statements. And they were a PROBLEM.¬†
      • To summarize, the investigator for USAG just‚ÄĒhypothetically‚ÄĒadmitted that she didn't report to police or CPC a child molester who was still working with kids. USAG did... after 5 weeks.
    • Deanna Hong's phenomenal documentary piece,¬†Why I Spoke Up: Rachael Denhollander
    • WHAAAAA? A new team-final format was slipped into the FIG's updated technical regulations, and we love it.
    • We have some questions about the characterizations (and accent situations) unveiled in the trailer for the Simone movie.
    • Voronin Cup
      • Komova is back and nailing her Arabian.
      • She is the bars execution queen (because everyone knows giant swings don't count).
      • We break down Nabieva's floor drama (because Nabieva) in detail.
    • Oleg had surgery on his everything

    FEEDBACK

    We discuss your questions and comments, including

    • Is it possible to do a Pak double back?
    • More about undies and tinkling when tumbling
    • Are puppies sexist? (One of us still doesn't understand the question.) Here are the ice skaters with puppies at Olympic Trials.¬†
    • A tiny complaint that we need to do more episodes (we agree!)
    • What NCAA gymnastics can learn from lacrosse about early recruiting
    • VAULTING ON TOP OF ACTUAL HORSES

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
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  • 285: Bring on 2018
    Wed, Dec 20, 2017

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    This week, we get all the yucky parts out of the way at the beginning. 

    BUT ALSO (42:00)

    • Simone participated in the most hilariously un-fact-checked local news piece ever.
    • Maria Paseka will miss 2018 with back surgery
    • Our thoughts on the Russia Winter Olympics "ban" and Khorkina's bonkers response
    • A 12-year-old verbally committed to Georgia
    • Max Whitlock is learning air flares on pommel horse, just like Jess prophesied!
    • Morgan Hurd, Yul Moldauer (and Brooklyn Moors!) are going to American Cup

    BRING ON 2018

    • NCAA season is soon upon us! We discuss (01:12:11):
      • Florida or Oklahoma as the #1 team
      • Suzanne is back. How does one explain Suzanne? We try.
      • Former elites we're excited to see (Bailie! Jazzy! Nia! Alyssa!)
    • All the exciting new friends who are about to turn senior, like (01:31:00)

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  • 284: Morgan Hurd
    Wed, Dec 13, 2017

    INTERVIEW

    This week, we have a very special chat with new world all-around champion, expert zombie-worm escaper, official badass woman, and favorite gymnast of young-adult authors the world over, MORGAN HURD. We discuss:

    • Whether we're still allowed to call her Morgiboo
    • Which gymnasts she fangirls out over
    • If she's totally sick of people talking about her glasses yet
    • All the behind-the-scenes scoop from worlds
      • What she thinks about camp secrecy and possible SPIES
      • What she thought about the lighting in the arena and training gym
      • What happened when Ragan got injured before the AA final
      • Who cried the most when she won
    • Current training and TOP-SECRET upgrades
    • Ideas for getting "the Hurd" in the code of points (we have a lot)
    • Upcoming competition plans
    • HARRY POTTER
      • Which house Morgan would be in
      • Morgan and Spencer throw down about Hagrid's teaching abilities
      • Statues of Dobby and fuzzy sock tributes
    • Which song from Hamilton would make the best floor music
    • Nastia's obsession with her
    • Getting confused for a child literally all the time
    • How she decided on Florida
    • What she thinks about NBC's "China would really love to have her" comments

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  • 283: Catalina Ponor Says Goodbye
    Wed, Dec 06, 2017

    SIMONE-TERNET NEWS

    • Simone casually has all her skills back because Simone.
    • Do we think the Aly/Gabby/Simone twitter victim-shame debacle compelled Gabby to come forward with her story? And does it change how we view her comments?
    • Simone will be 23 in 2020. Gasp. What journalists are STILL getting wrong about age and women's gymnastics!

    MEET NEWS

    • IT'S THE MEXICAN OPEN GALA EVERYONE!!!!!!!
    • Elite Gym Massilia
      • The Russian juniors and their rudis will soon rule us all
      • Axelle Klinckaert's insane/amazing must-watch floor routine, starring sound effects
    • Cottbus World Cup
      • Miyachi, Bretschneider, calculated risk, and the triumph of Marvin "NO LONGER HOT MESS" Kimble on high bar
      • China has another one on PBars, and his name is Tan Di.
      • Chuso wins her 11th Cottbus vault title because obviously
      • Wang Cenyu is gorgeous on beam, but why such a short routine?
      • The future of Russian floor is Lilia Akhaimova's huge, strong tumbling and Maria Kharenkova's rebirth!

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    • Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault and his statement was just as despicable as his everything else about him.
    • Up next: MSU.
    • British Gymnastics suspends men's technical director Eddie van Hoof
    • Laura Jurca is leaving Romania for Germany
    • The FIG finally comes to its senses about naming skills after women!
    • Fabian Hambiceps stuck a high bar dismount for the last time
    • Chiaki Hatakeda is doing a QUAD on floor. A QUAD YOU GUYS!
    • Plus, we answer your feedback about college fantasy gymnastics, gymnerd dating services, and positive changes at TOPS camp!

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    TUMBL TRAK

    We have a winner in our $200 Tumbl Trak gift certificate giveaway!

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
    • Buy one of our awesome goodies¬†here.
    • Use our Amazon link to shop for anything!
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  • 282: GymCastic Book Club Ė Fierce, by Aly Raisman
    Wed, Nov 22, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    FIERCE (13:13)

    Aly Raisman’s book, Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything, was released last week. We talk through all of our feelings about it as a gymternet family.

    • Why this is the best gymnastics book ever written for this age group
    • USA Gymnastics does not come off well. At all. It's awesome.
    • The post-Olympic tour is a hellscape
    • Aly's experience with Larry Nassar is quite telling about exactly how this went on for so long and the very understandable reasons that victims don't speak about their experiences
    • We need to talk about this mysterious Fran character
    • Why the section about nutrition is a MUST-READ for all elite and NCAA coaches and gymnastics parents.
    • Seriously. Read it right now. GO!
      • Also check out Episode 230¬†to learn about the WellnessFX program
    • All the other sweetest, funniest, standing ovation moments we loved

    GYMTERNET NEWS (1:26:45)

    • British Gymnastics athletes are taking a stand against the organization!
      • Why a group of athletes, including Max Whitlock, Ellie Downie, Amy Tinkler, is currently declining to sign new contracts with British Gymnastics
      • The athletes have some very familiar concerns about lack of transparency in terms where the money is going and an overall culture of fear and favoritism
      • Why gymnastics needs a union

    TUMBL TRAK GIVEAWAY

    Send in your story of a funny or embarrassing handstand moment (the more embarrassing the better), and you could win a $200 Tumbl Trak gift certificate!

    • Open to Club Gym Nerd members only
    • Deadline: December 3rd
    • Send your story to gymcastic@gmail.com with the subject line: Tumbl Trak Handstand Story
    • The person with the funniest or most hilariously embarrassing handstand story will be chosen as the winner

    NORBERT'S GIVEAWAY

    Norbert's is giving away a four-foot sectional beam!

    • To win, just email us at¬†gymcastic@gmail.com¬†with the subject line "I want the Norbert's beam" and tell us...that you want the Norbert's beam
    • Deadline: November 25th
    • While you visit norberts.net to fantasize about that glorious little beam, check out NORBERT‚ÄôS Gifts For Gymnasts Feature.¬†Order by Dec 1st to receive your item by Dec 24th.
    • For a 10% discount enter code "Gymcastic" at checkout when you visit norberts.net.

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  • 281.5 Aly Raisman Comes Forward As Nassar Victim
    Wed, Nov 15, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    Aly Raisman appeared on 60 Minutes this week, relating her own story of abuse by Larry Nassar and making known her dissatisfaction with USA Gymnastics' handling of abuse at the time, as well as now.  We discuss:

    • How awesome Aly Raisman is
    • How awesome Aly Raisman is
    • And how awesome Aly Raisman is
    • The need for education and communication among children, adults, coaches, and administrators about what is acceptable behavior and what is not
    • Why many of the victims didn't know they were abused until years later
    • What a stupid question "Isn't the timing just a book sales ploy?" is

    Plus,

    And finally,

    • Jessica O'Beirne presents the O'BEIRNE MANIFESTO FOR CHANGE. Six areas in which USA Gymnastics must improve immediately, otherwise nothing will ever get better and they will never gain back the trust of the members.
      1. Transparency: Daniels Report compliance list link on the USAG homepage.
      2. Gymnast Union: Athletes and parents need to start a union to eliminate the conflicts of interest inherently built into any National Governing Body system and to end the fear of retaliation.
      3. Consequences: Debbie Van Horn, Paul Parilla and the rest of the board need to go, immediately.
      4. Comprehensive Training: Every employee from president, Kerry Perry to the receptionist and all board members of USAG need in-person, day-long abuse prevention training on an annual basis.
      5. Alcohol: One drink when coaching duties are over with a meal, per day. Period.
      6. No Grey Areas: All national team staff, parents, athletes and coaches need to be educated and empowered to enforce SafeSport rules. And to call eachother out for violations.

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  • 281: Myths, Legends, and Unexpected Moments PART 2 (Commissioned)
    Wed, Nov 15, 2017

    This week's episode is commissioned by Club Gym Nerd member Beth, who commissioned a sequel to our first show all about the biggest myths, legends, and unexpected moments in gymnastics history because there were just too many to pack into a single episode the first time around. Thank you for letting us do this, Beth!

    • But first, Jessica's greatest dream has FINALLY come true in this week's Club Gym Nerd episode dedication!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE x100000000.

    MYTHS AND LEGENDS

    • Myth Un-Busted??? The latest, secret information about Soviet pregnancy doping
    • Is there really a real-life skill called the Miller? Or did NBC lie to us? (BOTH!)
    • Did Verona van de Leur really leave gymnastics to become a porn star?
      • Bonus: More gymnastics nudity "scandals" than you ever wanted to know about!
    • Did Title IX really kill men's college gymnastics?
    • Is there really such a thing as the international look? Or did NBC lie to us?
    • Did Armine Barutyan really do a double layout beam dismount?
    • Is the American Cup really the SCAMerican Cup?
    • Will she really¬†"never get those scores internationally"?
    • Did a Soviet gymnast's tampon really fall out during her floor routine?
    • Did Cristina Bontas's saliva really make Yang Bo fall in the 1992 beam final?

    UNEXPECTED MOMENTS

    • When the pommel breaks off in your hand
    • When Bela was so obsessed with pissing off Ellen Berger that he almost costs Mary Lou her gold medal
      • Bonus: Which barnyard animal did Bela compare Ellen Berger to in 1988?
    • The many (many) (many) fractures of the 1992 Olympic team
    • Dominique Moceanu gets emancipated from her parents, and her dad hires a hit man to kill her coach
    • Gymnastics in the bath?
    • The magical changing age of Hong Su Jong

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  • 280: Comeback Season
    Wed, Nov 08, 2017

     

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    • Check out the behind the scenes video from the unicorn of gymnastics, concurrent elite and college gymnast, New Zealand/Boise State's Courtney McGregor.¬†
    • It's comeback season!
    • NCAA news
      • Bailie Key is back and beaming for Alabama
      • Madison Kocian had successful labrum surgery
      • Sabrina Schwab has medically retired
      • Maggie Nichols and Kyla Ross are still pulling out new tricks because of badassdom
    • Mixed gender gymnastics
      • Is mixed-gender team competition the future of gymnastics? We discuss the merits of the mixed team format at the Swiss Cup.
      • Kenzo is the greatest uneven bars worker of our day
      • The #manbeamwar is in full swing!
    • Trigger warning section
      • Larry Nassar's trial will not be moved. Plus, his child porn charges cannot be used in the assault trial. Is this horrible or normal law things?
      • Tatiana Gutsu went on a Russian TV show, spoke about her rape in detail, and was treated horribly. She is the bravest ever.

    FEEDBACK

    • What really happened with the redo vaults in 2000
    • The truth about Raducan and Amanar's positive tests in 2000, and what we're going to do about it!
    • Other gymnasts who could potentially "Ray" (perform three eponymous skills in the same routine)
    • Thoughts for making floor exercise less sexist
    • More ideas for how to fix worlds
    • Why we're wrong for wanting to move worlds out of Doha

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  • 279: Svetlana Khorkina The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Commissioned
    Tue, Oct 31, 2017

     

    This week's episode was commissioned by Club Gym Nerd member Bella, who asked for an episode about all things Svetlana Khorkina: the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

    • Part 1: Getting philosophical with the question, who is Svetlana Khorkina?
      • The height. The hair. The diva. The queen. The drama. The "villain."
    • Part 2: The good
      • The champion ‚Äď 7-time Olympic medalist; 20-time world medalist; 47 medals across Euros, worlds, and Olympics
      • The innovator ‚Äď 7 eponymous skills, at least one on each event. We pick favorites.
      • The artist ‚Äď all-time favorite Khorkina floor routines.
        • Carmen from the 1996 Olympics
        • The 2004 choreographed kiss
        • THIS very special, very bonkers ghost/snowman exhibition routine.
      • A diva is magical
      • All-time best Khorkina moments
        • The scream heard 'round the world during the 2000 all-around final
        • The 1996 Olympic gala dismount
        • Giving the vault final spot to Zamolodchikova
        • That time Zamo did the worst bars routine of all time and Khorkina died of hilarity
    • Part 3: Chatting with Luba
      • Luba from Gymnovosti gives us the inside scoop on Khorkina's new book "The Magic of Winning" and the cultural and social context in which the legend that is Khorkina is situated.
      • She has translated all the details and best quotes from "The Magic of Winning" on her site.
    • Part 4: The bad and the ugly
      • The 2000 Olympic Team Final meltdown
      • The definitely real, vast international gymnastics conspiracy against Svetlana Khorkina
      • Why Khorkina is basically if tumblr were a person
      • Her not-great reaction to the AA silver in 2004
      • Khorkina wisdom
        • On how success feels: "I didn't feel anything, apart from maybe when I was on the top podium and they were underneath."
        • On modesty:¬†‚ÄúI changed people's attitudes. It's very good to be sexy. My career made it clear that tall girls can do incredible things. I opened the way. Now I'm famous all over the world.‚ÄĚ
        • On dealing with disappointment:¬†''I will leave what happened on the vault far behind me, like the North Pole.''
        • On ewww: ''Age isn't important to me. 'You know they say a man sometimes prefers older women because they can satisfy him more. It's the same in gymnastics.''
        • On losing graciously:¬†"I've seen a much tougher opposition than her. Let's see how long she can remain on top. Can she keep going and compete in two more Olympics like myself?"
    • Part 5: Is Svetlana Khorkina the greatest gymnast of all time?

    FURTHER CRAZY-QUOTE READING

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  • 278: 2000 Sydney All-Around Final (Commissioned)
    Wed, Oct 25, 2017

    This week's episode is commissioned by Club Gym Nerd member Courtney, who commissioned an episode all about the Sydney women's all-around final saying simply, "Because I know the gymternet has feelings." We sure do. Thanks for letting us do this, Courtney! Pre-meet

    • Russia drama! (Because of course.) Produnova is pulled from the final in favor of Zamolodchikova. Jessica doesn't have feelings about it at all.¬†
    • Watch along with us here¬†competition video
    • NBC's fluff and obsession with father figures and male influence. (See: The Fluff Cast.)
    • The vault is probably fine.

    This trash competition

    • Why the meet was cursed right from the start.
    • Several minutes discussing Kristen Maloney's shiny silver leotard, because of deep and important thoughts.
    • Elise Ray's SCARIEST vault warmup of all time.
    • Why did some people struggle with the low vault and others not? We have theories.
    • KHORKINA and the difference between artistry, elegance, carriage, and actual execution.
    • Maria Olaru, how she's basically treated like garbage, and NBC's super inappropriate comments.
    • Jessica and Spencer disagree about a certain vault and whether it's hideous or not.
    • The improvement in Chinese floor routines from 1996 to 2000.
    • Elise Ray doing all three Rays in one bars routine.
    • Why Viktoria Karpenko is one of the greatest gymnasts ever to live.

    The vault

    • Extensive feelings about what SHOULD have happened when the problem on vault was discovered, and why what actually happened was very, very wrong.
      • Should the entire meet have been redone?
      • Should everyone have been made to vault again?
      • How do we account for people making other mistakes after vault?
    • Are there any actual, better rules in place should this situation happen again?
    • Khorkina's post-vault bars routine and whether the vault issue made her fall on bars.
    • One woman with the scariest job in the entire world.

    The meet continues

    • Yang Yun's beautiful foot-ography and a very rare, very special Spencer Rage-o-Meter about Al's racist floor music comments.
    • Everyone who's leading has to collapse Part 7: Yelena Zamolodchikova.
    • The most bizarre score of the entire meet (spoiler alert: it's a Romanian bars routine).
    • Everyone who's leading has to collapse Part 8: Viktoria Karpenko.
    • Al rooting for Lisa Skinner to chuck a dangerous vault she's never done before.
    • Andreea Raducan's glory rising to the top above this trash heap.

    The aftermath

    • Andreea Raducan stripped of her medal for testing positive for a substance found in cough medicine that is no longer even banned.
    • Whether we recognize the stripping of Raducan's medal. (We don't).
    • In 2010, Dong Fangxiao was found to have been underage and her results nullified.
    • The ridiculous inconsistency in the application of age rules.

    The big question

    • If the vault had been set correctly, who would have been on the podium?

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  • 277.5: McKayla Maroney Alleges Abuse from Nassar
    Wed, Oct 25, 2017

    We have two episodes for you this week. This is a quick update on the latest sexual abuse allegations by McKayla Maroney and Tatiana Gutsu. A separate episode, our commissioned recap of the 2000 Sydney women's all-around final, is also out right now.

    • McKayla Maroney's statement
      • Response from USAG
      • Response from teammates
      • Our interview with McKayla Maroney, where she discusses the toxic environment at USA Gymnastics, under Martha Karolyi and alleges neglect and emotional abuse by her personal coaches. That interview was recorded in October of 2015.
      • Our thoughts, and Aly's thoughts, on the Terin Humphrey response¬†
      • What you can actually do
        • USAGym is looking for individuals to serve on Standing Committees of the Board of Directors
        • Call your senators to tell them to support SB 534 or thank them for already doing so
        • Tweet at the gymnasts to show your support
    • Tatiana Gutsu's statement
      • The horrifying¬†backlash from Russia
      • Why efforts to defend "your friend" undermine support of the victim and discourage others from speaking out

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  • 277: Post-Worlds Therapy Session
    Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    Spencer and Jessica detox from worlds by working through their feelings about

    • SIMONE IS COMING BACK! AND SHE'LL BE COACHED BY THE LANDIS!
    • Aly Raisman's book comes out November 14th and is available for preorder. We have many hopes and dreams for it.¬†
    • The NCAA has fulfilled Greg Marsden's vision and approved a no-bye postseason and four-team championship
    • Our latest crusade: Why worlds must be moved out of Qatar
    • Our proposals to fix the format of world championships in order to improve the level of competition and condense the length

     

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet includes:

    • Russian drama!
      • Seda is in trouble, but Spencer's not having it
      • Paseka knows about her vault form, YOU GUYS
      • Aliya¬†is skipping her checkup in Germany to go to the national team camp
      • Dalaloyan competed injured in the vault final. Should he have given up his spot to Eddie Penev?
      • We definitely don't cause any international incidents while discussion the Kabaeva/Putin relationship.
    • International Gymnast magazine is in¬†trouble¬†for what it said about Gabby.¬†
    • Norway is on the forefront of gender equality, and we have some recommendations for the IOC and FIG.¬†
    • Samir Ait Said wants to become an MMA fighter. Because of course he does.¬†
    • High school boys are being barred from joining the women's gymnastics team and we are NOT having it.
    • Kenzo can do a Mustafina turn. Should he put it in his routine?
    • SafeSport updates about Dominque Moceanu, Mary Lou Retton, Michigan State, Jeena Nelson (a sex offender volunteering at Altius Gymnastics Club in Utah, not the one in WI) and 1992 Olympic Champion, Tatiana Gutsu has accused Vitaly Scherbo of rape.

    YOUR FEEDBACK

    • Is having bizarre donut-shaped medals with holes in them really that weird?
    • Excellent proposals for how to integrate robo-judging
    • Do we have a double standard when it comes to calling out racism?
    • STOP PICKING ON JADE CAREY
    • Tales of crazy-ass vault runs, plus a gymternet assignment!

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  • 276: World Championships Day 7 ó Event Finals Part 2
    Mon, Oct 09, 2017

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 7

    Spencer, Lauren, Kensley and Jessica chat about:

    • Men's Vault
      • The medalists
      • Highlights
      • Lowlights
      • Mediumlights
    • Women's Beam
      • The medalists
      • Highlights
      • Lowlights
      • Mediumlights
    • Men's PBars
      • The medalists
      • Highlights
      • Lowlights
      • Mediumlights
    • Women's Floor
      • The medalists
      • Highlights
      • Lowlights
      • Mediumlights
    • Men's HBar
      • The medalists
      • Highlights
      • Lowlights
      • Mediumlights
    • What went on inside the arena
    • State of our pre-final storylines

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  • 275: World Championships Day 6 ó Event Finals Part 1
    Sat, Oct 07, 2017

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 6

    Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about:

    • Men's Floor
      • The medalists
      • Highlights
      • Lowlights
      • Mediumlights
    • Women's Vault
      • The medalists
      • Highlights
      • Lowlights
      • Mediumlights
    • Men's Horse
      • The medalists
      • Highlights
      • Lowlights
      • Mediumlights
    • Women's Bars
      • The medalists
      • Highlights
      • Lowlights
      • Mediumlights
    • Men's Rings
      • The medalists
      • Highlights
      • Lowlights
      • Mediumlights
    • What went on inside the arena
    • State of our pre-final storylines

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  • 274: World Championships Day 5 ó Women's All-Around Final
    Sat, Oct 07, 2017

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 5

    Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about:

    • Results
      • The medals
      • Who won the D and E score races
    • Surprises and upsets
    • Full recap of all the greatness in the final: details, scores, and moments we loved
    • What went on inside the arena
    • State of our pre-final storylines

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  • 273: World Championships Day 4 Menís All-Around Final
    Fri, Oct 06, 2017

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 4

    Spencer, Kensley and Jessica chat about:

    • Results
      • The medals
      • Who won the D and E score races
    • Surprises and upsets
    • Full recap of all the greatness in the final: details, scores, and moments we loved
    • What went on inside the arena
    • State of our pre-final storylines

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  • 272: World Championships Day 3Women's Prelims
    Thu, Oct 05, 2017

     WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 3

    Spencer, Lauren, Kensley and Jessica chat about:

    • Women's Results
      • Larissa's injury, Cata's retirement
      • Official qualifiers to finals
      • Who won the D and E score races
    • Surprises and upsets
    • Favorite moments
      • Subdivision 3 - Iordache, Ponor, Eythora, Wevers, Steingruber
      • Subdivision 4 - Alt, Seitz, Boyer, Devillard, Ferrari, Kovacs, McGregor
      • Subdivision 5 - US team, JPN team, CHN team, Andrade, Fidelis, Ferrera, Varinska
    • What went on inside the arena
    • State of our pre-competition storylines
      • Any reason to doubt Smith v. Iordache now?
      • The Tabea Alt new-skill parade?
      • Is it Japan's time?
      • Andrade as AA threat?
      • Yesenia Ferrera
      • China Olympic low-balling - now in final session?

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  • 271: World Championships Day 2 ó Men's and Women's Prelims
    Wed, Oct 04, 2017

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2

    Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about:

    • Men's Results
      • Official qualifiers to finals
      • Who won the D and E score races
      • Top moments of final subdivision?
        • Epke, Calvo, Zanetti, Nory, McClenaghan, Arican, Pornstache, Yang Hakseon,
    • Women's results
      • Two subdivisions down today, three to go tomorrow including the US, China, Japan, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, and France, so we know nothing
    • Surprises and upsets
    • Favorite moments
      • Subdivision 1 - Fragapane, Tinkler, Fenton, Mizzen, Rodriguez, Toni-Ann
      • Subdivision 2 - RUS team, CAN team, Derwael
    • What went on inside the arena
    • State of our pre-competition storylines
      • Fenton/Derwael race for the stalder tkatchev 1/2
      • Cintia Rodriguez toe shoot 1/1
      • Paseka's vaulting
      • Moors on floor being all Moors

     

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  • 270: World Championships Day 1 Men's Prelims
    Tue, Oct 03, 2017

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1

    Spencer, Lauren, Kensley and Jessica chat about:

    • Watch all of our video coverage from Worlds here.
    • Results
      • Reminder: There's still one more subdivision for the men tomorrow featuring Brazil, South Korea, and the Netherlands among others, so things will change.
      • Who's definitely making finals
      • Who definitely isn't making finals
    • Surprises and upsets
    • Favorite moments
      • Subdivision 1 - Oleg, Igor, Manrique, Bretschenider, Nguyen, Davtyan, Merdinyan, Petrounias, Beckford
      • Subdivision 2 - US team, British team, Hegi, Braegger, Yusof, Ude, Seligman
      • Subdivision 3 - JPN team, CHN team, RUS team, Dragulescu, Zapata, Ait Said, Tommasone, Bertoncelj
    • What went on inside the arena
    • State of our pre-competition storylines
      • Oleg v. Kohei ‚Äď is it a rematch?
      • Is Kenzo an all-around gymnast now?
      • Miyachi and Bretschneider ‚Äď race for the "Bretschneider II"
      • Possible US upgrades - Penev TTY, Mikulak triple back 1/1
      • Max Whitlock pommel horse upgrades

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  • 269: 2017 World Championships Preview
    Tue, Sep 26, 2017

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about:

    • All the exciting GymCastic goodies you can expect from us at worlds!!!
      • Lots of video clips and video analysis from us starting with PODIUM TRAINING this Friday!
      • A podcast every single day of competition starting with men‚Äôs prelims on Monday through finals on Sunday .
      • We might try something else we‚Äôve never done before for Club Members, so if you haven‚Äôt made sure you can login and get to the extended version of the Maggie Haney, Aimee Boorman interview, please do so now.
    • How to watch
    • US team selection (7:30)
      • WE GOT VIDEOS FROM SELECTION CAMP!!!! #ScottandRhonda4ever
      • Why a Smith, Hurd, Carey, Locklear team is weird, unexpected, and controversial
      • Why a Smith, Hurd, Carey, Locklear team makes total sense
      • That time Italy looked at the US's "controversial" selection and said, "Hold my beer..." (18:44)
    • Women's All-Around (23:53)
      • True or false: It's Ragan Smith v. Larisa Iordache for the all-around title
      • Who else should we be watching in the medal hunt? (Hint: lots of people)
      • We preemptively award the Longines Prize for Elegance to at least six people (36:16)
    • NEW SKILLS ALERT (41:16)
      • Why it's extra, extra important to pay attention to Nina Derwael, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Tabea Alt, Cintia Rodriguez, and Aiko Sugihara this year.
    • Event Finals (48:00)
      • The major players on each apparatus
      • Questions we still have heading into the competition
        • Is Paseka...good?
        • Does Ashton Locklear have the execut...BUT HER INBARS
        • Will Nina Derwael make history for Belgium
        • Will Iordache get that giant 6.7 D?
        • Will the floor final be Japan's time?
      • Our 100% accurate, definite, guaranteed podium predictions
    • The part where we remind you to pay attention to other gymnasts for reasons like being in their 20s or being tall or having a good backstory (1:20:26)
      • This year's submissions: Jonna Adlerteg, Farah Hussein, and Courtney McGregor
    • Letters to Bogi
      • What the three of us want for Gymnastics Christmas this year. It's a lot.
    • Men's competition storylines (1:27:12)
      • Kohei v. Oleg: The Rematch?
      • Is Kenzo becoming a real boy? (i.e. all-arounder?)
      • Samir Ait Said's return from the Rio leg snap
      • Yul Moldauer bringing the pretty back to USA Gymnastics
      • The Marvin Kimble resurrection
      • The return of Dr. Epke
    • Men's super-duper exciting skills to watch¬†
      • TTYs from Artur Dalaloyan and (maybe now) Eddie Penev
      • Sam Mikulak's possible triple back 1/1 on high bar
      • Whittenburg's triple pike on rings
      • Hidetaka Miyachi's MOST AMAZING HIGH BAR EVER and the race for the double twisting layout Kovacs
      • Max Whitlock's MI6, classified, top top secret new pommel horse skills
    • UMMMMMM, the mascot for worlds?!?!?!?!¬†

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  • 268: Aimee Boorman and Maggie Haney on The Olympic Experience
    Wed, Sep 20, 2017

     

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Aimee Boorman, lifelong coach of 2016 Olympic Champion and bazillion time World Champion, Simone Biles; and Maggie Haney, coach of Olympic team gold and beam silver medalist, Laurie Hernandez, joined us to discuss their Olympic experience: 

    • Advice for other coaches on how to survive an Olympic year
    • Why having a thigh gap is no good for gymnasts
    • Culture changes at the national team camps that made the system work¬†
    • How camps are different under Valeri Liukin than they¬†were under Martha Karolyi
    • Standing up to Martha
    • All the skills Simone could have had named after her if Aimee and Simone hadn't decided on the bubble wrap policy.
    • How Riley McCusker got her Chinese bar dismount.

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  • 267: Growing Up In Cuba Charlie Tamayo
    Wed, Sep 13, 2017

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Creator of the laid-out double arabian, Charlie Tamayo, is here. The first male gymnast to win a World medal for Cuba tell us what it was like to grow up in the Cuban gymnastics system. We discuss:

    • Being¬†selected for a special sports school
    • Daily life at the National School of Gymnastics, including ballet classes
    • Conditions in Cuba, from power to food to the politics of getting a phone
    • What gymnasts were¬†told when they¬†weren't allowed to compete internationally
    • The vault that he thought would change his life
    • What happened to his competition and gala earnings¬†
    • Learning a full twisting double back vault before it was named for¬†Ri Se-gwang
    • Competing with a broken ankle
    • Defecting
    • Learning to coach in the United States
    • Some videos of Charlie Tamayo training the Tamayo¬†and inside his gym in Cuba

    WE ARE GIVING AWAY TICKETS TO WORLDS!

      • Prize : One ticket to all four all finals, including the sold out Women‚Äôs All-Around Final
        • Deadline: September 18th at midnight Pacific
      • Who Can Enter: Club Gym Nerd members only. Join¬†here.
      • How to Enter: Tell us who you want to win at Worlds in Montreal.
        • ¬†Email: gymcastic@gmail.com using the subject line GymCastic Worlds Tickets OR
        • Twitter or Instagram using ¬†the hashtag¬†#GymCasticWorldsTickets

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  • 266: Screams of Joy
    Wed, Sep 06, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

     Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • Chinese National Games
      • Jiang Tong's scream of joy after hitting floor¬†
      • Retirements, including Bai Yawen and¬†Shang Chunsong
      • Chen Yile killer beam,¬†TingTing is the top senior in AA qualification - beam
      • Fan Yilin¬†rocking a new¬†Huang Huidan/Riley McCusker dismount
      • Wang Yan‚Äôs brush-your-shoulders-off ¬†floor routine
      • China announced Worlds Team: AA -Liu Tingting, Luo Huan; VT, BB, FX - Wang Yan; UB - Fan Yilin
    • Romanian Championships
        • The craziest scoring of any national championship in the World.
        • Larissa¬†Iordache had a very head-shakey E score on beam,¬†but¬†upgraded to a Fabrichnova on bars
        • We enjoy Catalina Ponor's death-stare-down at the beam after an unusual two falls in a row. Then we interpret Ponor‚Äôs new floor routine
    • Varna World Cup, Italian and¬†Swiss¬†Nationals¬†
      • Andrade Amanar
      • We seethe about Brazil's decision to only send two athletes to Worlds this year. SEETHE!
      • Deisree Carofiglio¬†of Italy has a Dowell and so.much.drama. in her floor routine!¬†
      • The official roster for US Worlds Training Camp is: Carey, Chiles, Frazier, Gaskins, Hurd, Locklear, McCusker, Schennikova, Smith, Thomas.

    GYMTERNET NEWS (46:56)

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Aliya Mustafina has returned to training at Round Lake with her baby.¬†
    • John Geddart got caught in what seems to be a big fat lie about disgraced ex-MSU coach, Kathie Klages working at his gym.¬†
    • Simone's therapist, Robert Andrews has written the best article ever on why gymnastics has found itself in hot water; the culture of disempowerment:¬†USAG Sexual Abuse Scandal Is A Symptom Of Deeper Issues
    • Danell Leyva will be on¬†Danell Leyva¬†Mira Quem Baila
    • GAT Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to help gymnastics clubs impacted by Harvey.

    FEEDBACK (46:56)

    • 1996 Olympic commentary and what gymnastics was like in the 70's
    • Accidental upgrades like the WolfKino:¬†Stella Nistor accidental double pirouette
    • Katelyn Ohashi speaking up
    • Where is Gabby Douglas?
    • Bone Density and gymnastics feedback from a Bioengineer
    • How far can the bars be spread apart in FIG competition?
    • Competing back-to-back from Floor to Vault

    WE ARE GIVING AWAY TICKETS TO WORLDS!

    • Prize One: ¬†A of pair tickets (so you can bring a friend!) for every final, including the sold out Women's All-Around Final.¬†
      • Deadline: September 11th at midnight Pacific
    • Prize Two: One ticket to all four all finals, including the sold out Women's All-Around Final
      • Deadline: September 18th at midnight Pacific
    • Who Can Enter: Club Gym Nerd members only. Join here.
    • How to Enter: Tell us who you want to win at Worlds in Montreal.
      • ¬†Email: gymcastic@gmail.com using the subject line GymCastic Worlds Tickets OR
      • Twitter or Instagram using ¬†the hashtag¬†#GymCasticWorldsTickets

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  • 265: Russian Cup, University Games, and Feedback
    Tue, Aug 29, 2017

    • All of our good thoughts and leotard sparkles are going out to the people of Texas, as we give 10 Khorkina glares to Hurricane Harvey. Here are the NY Times recommendations for how you can help.

    MEET NEWS

    Spencer and Jessica tell you everything you need to know about

    • The Russian Cup of Valentina Crazy Scores
      • How Melnikova won the all-around and hit beam (!), and it was all because of that sad Instagram post from Euros
      • Elena Eremina's 57.900 from qualification is the highest AA score in the world this year
      • Jessica explains why having a baby makes you better at floor, like Eleonora Afanasyeva
      • Maria Kharenkova is back with confidence! (And the highest scores of the meet on beam and floor)¬†
      • Is she challenging Anastasia Ilyankova's spot on the worlds team?
      • Uliana Perebinosova wears white socks on bars and is the next coming of Beth Tweddle
    • The Larisa Iordache University Games Starring Larisa Iordache
      • Iordache's massively risky beam that could be a 6.7 D score, and that she can fall on and still win the all-around.
      • Canada's team was NCAA strong and put the US to shame
      • Daria Elizarova is 26, has the most impressive tumbling in the meet, and didn't get the memo about not smiling
    • Southeast Asian Games
      • Rifda Irfanaluthfi of Indonesia is the Simone of Southeast Asia
      • Farah Ann doesn't need a last name anymore and is made of pizzazz and jazz hands
      • Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines aren't sending anyone to worlds. We have feelings.

    ATTENTION CLUB GYM NERD MEMBERS

    • We are giving away tickets to worlds. That's right: Tickets to the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Montreal this October, including the sold-out women's all-around final. Check your email in September for details.
    • Plus, Club Gym Nerd members will receive exclusive access to the loooooong version of September's upcoming Aimee Boorman and Maggie Haney interview. (We basically imprisoned them in a sweltering hotel room for 78 hours and made them answer all of our questions‚ÄĒlike torture but with snacks.)
    • Note: Everyone will get to listen to the episode when it is released, but only Club Gym Nerd members will get the extended producer's cut.

    MINI COMMISSION

    • This week's mini-commission‚ÄĒGAME OF WOLF TURNS‚ÄĒis brought to you by Slothanova. Thanks for supporting the show!
    • She asked us to rate the wolf turns from P&Gs in the following categories: Comedic Genius, Doesn't Make Me Want to Burn Down the Building, Close to Perfectly Executed, and Transformative Life-Changing (Jordan Chiles Wolfkino) Art. It's what we were born to do.
    • For GIFs of the horror-larity we discuss, check out The Wolf Turns of Nationals.

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    • It was a good week for hilarious falls
    • Katelyn Ohashi wrote about cruel, unwanted body remarks she received and how body shaming has affected her life in Dear Standards.
    • Kathie Klages, deposed Michigan State head coach who did not report concerns about Nassar, is filling in at Geddert's Twistars. Geddert is also named in suits along with Klages for failing to report concerns about Nassar.
    • NCAA coaching news

    FEEDBACK

    • Clarifications and additions to our coverage of nationals
    • Aly Raisman = hero
    • Jessica explains inbar skills
    • Genius ideas for women to get the same number of medals as men
    • Why it's very good that USAG is not buying the ranch
    • Details on the famous Sho Fujimoto kneecap incident of '76
    • Why the men don't do step-out passes
    • A heartwarming story about removing the board from the 1988 Olympic Trials
    • How to advocate for gymnastics and reconcile all of the problems with our love for the sport

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  • 264: 2017 PG Championships Mega Recap
    Tue, Aug 22, 2017

    2017 US Elite National Championships

    • Results, the stick and vault bonus disclaimer, plus E and D winners. ¬†(1:48)
    • Award Ceremony (6:11)
      • The 2017 Jessica O'Beirne Pussilanimouses Will Never Be Heroes Award to Sienna Robinson
      • The Best New Accidental Skill¬†Award to Jordan Chiles
      • The Living Legend Hero Team Captain Award to Aly Raisman
      • The Wrong Answer Award to Nastia Liukin and Tim Daggett
      • The Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Fall Award to Leah Clapper once, and twice
      • The Funniest How I Learned This Skill Award to Emily Gaskins
      • The What Could Possibly Go Wrong Award to John Macready. Again.
    • Women's junior competition¬†(37:35)
      • Maile O'Keefe is a hit machine with room to upgrade
      • Emma Malabuyo is the real deal in the competition floor and off
      • "THE GAGE JUNIORS" is the new "hello."
        • Kara Eaker's 9.250 beam E is the highest non-vault E score of the whole meet
        • Leanne Wong held her L turn position for 88 minutes and it was breathtaking
        • JaFree Scott shows how to Arabian on beam
      • Adeline Kenlin did her Podkopayeva! Or is it a Faux-dkopayeva?
      • Jay Jay Marshall has all the skills and is planning an upgrade revolution
      • Anya Pilgrim's casual Patterson
      • Gabby Perea has the highest bars D score in the world
      • Olivia Hollingsworth and how to do a double Arabian
      • Fake inbar skills and fake dismounts: an oncoming epidemic?
    • Women's senior competition¬†(1:04:27)
      • Ragan Smith only won by 3 and a half points. Simone would be so disappointed
      • The Smith Floor Controversy of '17
        • The problem with using "Dixie"
        • The problem with using wolf whistles
        • Did we like it anyway?
      • Jordan Chiles comes back from Classic with a triumphant second place
      • Riley McCusker hit a lovely 8 for 8 and got third even with downgrades
      • The epic greatness of Trinity Thomas on floor, with a 2.5 stepout, a butterfly, and swashbuckling!
      • Did Morgan Hurd really have a "bad" meet?
      • Marissa Oakley's phenomenal bars
      • Jade Carey
        • The best she has looked on floor so far this year
        • Did Amanar problems hurt her worlds chances?
      • Ashton Locklear ‚Äď where does she fit right now?
      • Our WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS dream teams
        • We found the nation of feelings, so that feelings can send a team to worlds
    • Men's senior competition¬†(1:37:15)
      • The US men's worlds team is Moldauer, Mikulak, Whittenburg, Penev, Naddour and Kimble
      • Alternates are Modi, Bower, and Van Wicklen
      • And Spencer would like to know what's the meaning of all this!!!!
      • Jessica has the inside scoop from Brett McClure on his process
      • Our highlights

    This month at Norbert's

    For the month of August, our dear friends at Norbert's have a case of 36 1-lb boxes of Taiwanese Gymnastic Chalk for $275, shipping included.

    #BEERWITHBETTY

    Thank you to everyone who participated in Beer with Betty! https://twitter.com/GymCastic/status/899326036957028352

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  • 263: PG Championships Preview with Jon Horton
    Wed, Aug 16, 2017

    MEET NEWS

    It’s P&G Championships this week, and we’re joined by two-time Olympic medalist, two time World medalist, high bar ninja Jon Horton for our very special national championship preview episode.

    • How to watch
      • Live podium training ‚Äď Wednesday, August 16 ‚Äď USAG Youtube
      • Junior webcasts, starring Jon Horton, Sam Peszek, and Jordyn Wieber ‚Äď USAG Youtube
        • August 17 - Junior men day 1 - 4:00 ET/1:00 PT
        • August 18 - Junior women day 1 - 4:00 ET/1:00 PT
        • August 19 - Junior men say 2 - 3:00 ET/12:00 PT
        • August 20 - Junior women day 2 - 2:00 ET/11:00 PT
      • Senior TV coverage
        • August 17 - Senior men day 1 - 10:30 ET/7:00 PT - Olympic Channel
        • August 18 - Senior women day 1 - 11:00 ET/8:00 PT - NBCSN
        • August 19 - Senior men day 2 - 9:00 ET/6:00 PT - NBCSN
        • August 20 - Senior women day 2 - 7:00 ET/4:00 PT - NBC
    • Senior men (9:00)
      • The changing of the guard in US men's gymnastics
      • Why Jon ultimately decided to announce his retirement
      • Yul Moldauer is bringing pretty back and fighting with Akash Modi for the title of best man
      • Why the Olympic experience made Alex Naddour the best he's ever been
      • Eddie Penev's magical floor and insane acrobatics
      • Donnell Whittenburg is half CGI and breaks all the rules on rings
      • Darkhorse Allan Bower who might surprise everyone
      • Is the US better on pommel horse than high bar now? WHAT????
      • What the selection committee values most in choosing a worlds team
    • Junior women (28:16)
      • Can Maile O'Keefe and Adeline Kenlin challenge Emma Malabuyo? The scores say yes.
      • Is Gabby Perea going to win bars without a dismount because of awesome again?
      • Difficulty brigade
        • Is Jay Jay Marshall going to hit all her insane acrobatics and challenge for the top floor D in the world?
        • Will Adeline Kenlin show her Podkopayeva?
        • Will Sunisa Lee get her Nabieva?
      • Leanne Wong is doing a couple JO routines and still beating all the people because of execution
    • Senior women (36:00)
      • Ragan Smith has brought a sack of upgrades this summer. Is the title hers to lose?
      • Battle Royale: Riley McCusker and Morgan Hurd for the second all-around spot
      • Is Ashton Locklear still the queen of bars?
      • Can Jade Carey do it every meet?
      • Will Marz Frazier show us her new Amanar?
      • Did everyone get the memo about floor leaps?

    GYMTERNET NEWS (46:07)

    • Kristen Smyth has "stepped down" as Stanford's head coach. Jessica brings the inside scoop, and Jon tells us what qualities make for a successful college gymnastics coach versus club coach
    • Ellie Downie is going to miss worlds, so worlds is canceled. Sorry.¬†
    • Thais Fidelis of back handspring + Arabian fame on beam is the new Brazilian champion
    • The case against USAG, MSU, Geddarts, etc. over Nassar abuse has been sent to arbitration. GOOD NEWS! It means the case should settle and victims won‚Äôt have to tesitfy.
    • Brooklyn Moors is the Pan Am floor champion, and Jon discusses what's so difficult about front tumbling, half out skills (spoiler alert: it's everything about them).
    • The Russian worlds team has kind of, sort of been named, and a certain Olympian isn't on it.
    • Training videos galore!
      • Carl Meader showed a stretched Gaylord. Because that's a thing now.
      • Evangelina Plyta does a Maloney to Deltchev and Tkatchev to Gienger.
      • Taeja James is working a front triple full!
      • Jordyn Brent is training a YURCHENKO DOUBLE BACK. WHAT THE WHAT.

    FEEDBACK (1:10:35)

    We get to your emails about

    • Crying in gymnastics and Jon's perfect response
    • Elfi's completely different personality when she's commentating in Canada
    • Conflicts of interest in judging and the messed-up system of Brevet judging
    • More advice about Congress, including the MUST-SEE speakers who dish all the dish
    • Clarifications about gymnastics drag queens, the Swedish worlds spot, Rayderley Zapata's floor, the MO salto, the Rio leos, and something Jessica forgot to be outraged about from 1996 event finals.
    • Plus, Jon tells us how he feels about his gay teammates.

    BEER WITH BETTY

    Beer With Betty: The Greatest Scavenger Hunt in the Galaxy STARTS THURSDAY!

    • Here are the 10 tasks you must complete.¬†Submit video OR photo by tagging BOTH @gymcastic and @precisionchoreo with hashtag #beerwithbetty on Twitter or Instagram by noon on Saturday August 19th.
    1. Man Wipe
    2. Pose in front and of P&G Championships sign. The more ridiculous your interpretation of poses on the sign the better!
    3. A coach watching bars (or any routine) with their head tilted to the side
    4. Someone casually waiting in line in wolf turn position
    5. Pretend to mount a piece of non-gymnastics equipment mouthing ‚ÄúI got this‚ÄĚ a la Laurie Hernandez
    6. Find mustached person (doesn’t have to be real) and recreate Bela carrying Kerri. (Bonus! Precision will choreograph a free beam routine for anyone who does this with Steve Nunno playing the part of Bela)
    7. 5 folks strumming tummy guitar a la Boguinskaya’s 1989 FX routine
    8. A leotard that needs a seizure warning
    9. Simone’s ending pose amongst a group of unsuspecting people
    10. Gather 10+ people to do their best gymnastics salute (bonus for college style)
    • Help us out by numbering your entries. You¬†must tag both¬†@gymcastic¬†AND¬†@precisionchoreo
    • STARTS: 8am on Thursday, August 17 and will end at 12pm on Saturday, August 19.
    • The winner will meet with THE Betty Okino at 3pm in Anaheim on August 19th!
    • Remember: You don't have to do them in order! As long as they are completed between Thursday, August 17 and Saturday at NOON.
    • There are daily awards so be creative! Anyone or anything can be in the photos. It doesn‚Äôt have to be you.
    • Make sure you are following us and Precision so we can message you with details of the TOP SECRET LOCATION right after the deadline of noon on Saturday so you can be there right on time to meet Betty at 3pm in Anaheim.

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  • 262: 1996 Olympic Event Finals Commissioned
    Tue, Aug 08, 2017

    This week, we bring you the final installment in our epic 1996 Olympics TRILOGY: the event finals. This episode is brought to you by Club Gym Nerd member Kris (who also commissioned the 1996 all-around final because of legendary status‚ÄĒthe rest of us could never), who thought it only fitting that we leave no stone unturned and no competition un-dissected when it comes to the glory and wonder and pageantry of the 1996 Olympics. Correct. Thank you for supporting the show, Kris! ¬† ¬† You can watch the 1996 Event Finals along with us¬†here. Spencer¬†and Jessica discuss:

    • VAULT
      • Round-the-clock Kerri Strug ankle coverage
      • Why the vault format at the 1996 Olympics was...weird
      • Jessica's plan to institute martial law at gymnastics meets
      • MO FREAKING HUILAN. END OF STORY.
      • Spencer has a problem with certain vaults having certain 10.0 starts (because of course he does)
      • Who should have won bronze: Gogean or Galieva? (Or Boginskaya!)
      • Shannon Miller's death-trap Tsuk of death
      • GroshevaEarringSituation.com
      • ARE THERE NO RULES FOR JOURNALISTS AT THIS MEET?
      • Amanar's controversial-ish victory
    • BARS
      • Fun with casual sexism!
      • Is the current code inhibiting our appreciation of Podkopayeva's bars?
      • Dominique Dawes and the age-old question of over-scoring stuck landings
      • Svetlana Khorkina and the low-bar clip heard (but not seen) 'round the world
      • Level 4 transitions in an Olympic event final
      • Are Tim and Elfi unnecessarily/undeservedly harsh on the Romanians compared to the other nations?
      • The INNOVATIVE DIFFICULTY of co-silver medalists Amy Chow and Bi Wenjing.
      • Aggressive American bias in commentary
      • Who really should have won which medals?
      • URGENT: What is Khorkina drinking? And is it a special bars potion?
    • BEAM
      • How many VHS tapes does it take to measure a beam?
      • Moceanu's terrifying head-crash onto the beam
      • KOCHETKOVA WAS ROBBED. THE INJUSTICE WILL NEVER DIE.
      • Shannon Miller's perfect, difficult, intergalactic champion routine
      • Lilia Podkopayeva's almost-as-perfect, difficult, intergalactic champion routine
      • Gina Gogean's "unexciting" routine, whether it really was "unexciting," and the etiquette of scary-fall replays
      • That shot of Shannon's face immediately after Galieva fell
      • The only medal ceremony we got to see (look how that worked out) and the outfits these poor women were put in
    • FLOOR
      • China's editorial comment on American trash dancing
      • Everybody in the entire world starts with a floppy, bent-knee double layout
      • Kochetkova's score and whether it was an apology for the beam result
      • Should Simona "nutrocker" Amanar really have scored better than Dawes? We discuss.
      • Moceanu's best routine of the Olympics and why it should be a lesson for all future codes of points
      • Even Lilia Podkopayeva's uncontrolled landings are more artistic and more deserving of gold than anything anyone else has ever done
      • The 100% true story behind Mo Huilan's floor routine (it involves roller-scoring and It's A Small World)
      • Did the judges actually get it right?

    CONTEST

    WHAT: #BeerWithBetty: The Greatest Scavenger Hunt in the Galaxy! PRIZE: The winner will share a beer (or root beer if you are under 21) with the great Betty Okino, Olympic and World medalist, creator of the triple turn on beam, and a member of the Precision Choreography team. HOW IT WORKS: In August, we will release a list of 10 items on this photo scavenger hunt. Your mission will be to complete each one and post a photo to Twitter or Instagram tagging @GymCastic and @PrecisionChoreo and using #BeerWithBetty. The winner will be selected at random among everyone who completes all ten items. The hunt will start at 8am on Thursday August 17 and will end at 12pm on Saturday, August 19. The winner will meet with the Betty Okino at 3pm in Anaheim on August 19th! If you enter, be READY FOR BETTY because winner will meet this gymnastics legend at 3pm that day! PLUS: We will give six additional prizes for Most Outrageous photos! The top three most outrageous photos on Friday will win a personal voice message from one of Precision Choreography’s gymnastics stars (people like Chellsie Memmel, Alicia Sacramone, Houry Gerbesian, and Holly Vise)! The top three on Saturday will get a special shout-out on the GymCastic podcast.

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  • 261: 2017 U.S. Classic
    Wed, Aug 02, 2017

    U.S. CLASSIC

    Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica discuss everything important and unimportant that happened at Saturday's U.S. Classic.

    • JUNIORS
      • Our favorite, favorite, favorite future presidents
        • Emma Malabuyo basically Simone-ed the entire junior and senior fields
        • The glory of Kara Eaker on beam
        • Annie Beard wins the performance award of the meet
        • Gabby Perea won bars WITHOUT EVEN DOING A DISMOUNT
        • Jay Jay Marshall channeled Kennedy Baker with her Dos Santos
      • Surprises who rocked our worlds
        • Audrey Davis unites the magic of China and Ukraine on bars
        • Madelyn Williams has presence on floor and a bars that's ready for seniors
        • Lilly Lippeatt and Love Birt are tiny adults made of perfection
      • Moments of the meet
    • Lauren's inside scoops from the Hopes competition, including the girl who threw off her crutches and tried to do a bars routine and the newborn baby who will soon rule us all on beam.

    Want to commission a mini-discussion? Club Gym Nerd members can do just that! We'll answer your burning questions or passionately discuss your favorite topics, anything and everything even tangentially gymnastics related.

    • This week, a loyal Club Gym Nerd member asked us to talk about the National Gymnastics Congress in Anaheim this year: whether it's scary (it isn't!), how to act, what to do, and the best way to get the most out of the experience.
    • Plus, a bonus discussion featuring our definitely expert and unimpeachable advice on how to handle conflict in the workplace!

     

    • SENIORS
      • Jessica is NOT HAPPY about gymnasts being allowed to pass compulsories and compete elite when they don't have the foundation to compete safely.
      • The big winners of the meet
      • Gymnasts that made us burst into a standing ovation
      • We give out the Simone Biles 2013, Classic Doesn't Really Matter awards
      • Major trends we noticed in routine composition and judges doing their job

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    • Russia repeats as champions at EYOF (European Youth Olympic Festival)
    • The Olympics are coming to LA in 2028. Yea or Nay? We discuss.
    • The FIG Executive Committee announced the JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
      • How many people should be on each team? And is it 50?
    • That video of Simone getting her wisdom teeth out. We translate.
    • There's going to be a SIMONE BIOPIC. Memo to producers: we've already cast all the parts.

    GIVEAWAY

    The winner of the Norbert's sectional beam  is Laura Dahlin! Thanks so much to Laura and to Norbert's for supporting the show!

    CONTEST

    WHAT: #BeerWithBetty: The Greatest Scavenger Hunt in the Galaxy! PRIZE: The winner will share a beer (or root beer if you are under 21) with the great Betty Okino, Olympic and World medalist, creator of the triple turn on beam, and a member of the Precision Choreography team. HOW IT WORKS: In August, we will release a list of 10 items on this photo scavenger hunt. Your mission will be to complete each one and post a photo to Twitter or Instagram tagging @GymCastic and @PrecisionChoreo and using #BeerWithBetty. The winner will be selected at random among everyone who completes all ten items. The hunt will start at 8am on Thursday August 17 and will end at 12pm on Saturday, August 19. The winner will meet with the Betty Okino at 3pm in Anaheim on August 19th! If you enter, be READY FOR BETTY because winner will meet this gymnastics legend at 3pm that day! PLUS: We will give six additional prizes for Most Outrageous photos! The top three most outrageous photos on Friday will win a personal voice message from one of Precision Choreography’s gymnastics stars (people like Chellsie Memmel, Alicia Sacramone, Houry Gerbesian, and Holly Vise)! The top three on Saturday will get a special shout-out on the GymCastic podcast.

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  • 260: U.S. Classic Preview
    Tue, Jul 25, 2017

    MEET NEWS

    Lauren, Jessica, and Spencer preview this weekend's U.S. Classic!

    GYMTERNET NEWS (53:15)

    • By popular demand, Spencer and Lauren literally fight to the death about the Canadian worlds team: Ellie Black, Isabela Onyshko, Shallon Olsen, Brooklyn Moors.
    • Norah Flatley retires from elite. She plans to drop to L10 and then go to UCLA.
    • Christina Desiderio is going to LSU this year.
    • Cuba is going to worlds after all!!!!! The team will be Manrique Larduet, Randy Leru, Yesenia Ferrera, and Marcia Videaux.
    • Lieke Wevers is working on a Erceg mount! Her sister, Olympic BB champ Sanne, is working on an Onodi mount.
    • Adrian Stoica will not run for another term as head of Romanian federation. But guess who is being put forward as a possible replacement...ANDREEA RADUCAN.
    • Lauren previews all the D'Amato twins and other juniors we need to know about competing at the European Youth Olympic Festival this week.
    • An item-by-item dissection of screenshots from the WEIRDEST FREAKING GYMNASTICS APP in the known universe. (1:17:33)
    • ¬†But really, WHAT THE MOTHER OF CRAP IS THIS THING?!?!?
    • And last, but certainly not least, we read the best letter we've ever, ever, ever received. It should hang in the Smithsonian.

    GIVEAWAY

    Thanks to the good people at Norbert’s, we’re giving away a beam! It’s a 4-foot long sectional beam, valued at $79, covered with beam suede and filled with solid (but very light weight) crosslink foam, perfect for learning those jump or acro skills that might be a little ouchy to try for the first time on the hard beam. This giveaway is for Club Gym Nerd members ONLY. Just enter by email at gymcastic@gmail.com with the subject line "I WANT THE NORBERT'S BEAM." You just may be the lucky winner selected at random. In honor of the month of July, Norbert's also has a red, white, and blue folding panel mat for just $150, shipping included. CONTEST

    WHAT: #BeerWithBetty: The Greatest Scavenger Hunt in the Galaxy! PRIZE: The winner will share a beer (or root beer if you are under 21) with the great Betty Okino, Olympic and World medalist, creator of the triple turn on beam, and a member of the Precision Choreography team. HOW IT WORKS: In August, we will release a list of 10 items on this photo scavenger hunt. Your mission will be to complete each one and post a photo to Twitter or Instagram tagging @GymCastic and @PrecisionChoreo and using #BeerWithBetty. The winner will be selected at random among everyone who completes all ten items. The hunt will start at 8am on Thursday August 17 and will end at 12pm on Saturday, August 19. The winner will meet with the Betty Okino at 3pm in Anaheim on August 19th! If you enter, be READY FOR BETTY because winner will meet this gymnastics legend at 3pm that day! PLUS: We will give six additional prizes for Most Outrageous photos! The top three most outrageous photos on Friday will win a personal voice message from one of Precision Choreography’s gymnastics stars (people like Chellsie Memmel, Alicia Sacramone, Houry Gerbesian, and Holly Vise)! The top three on Saturday will get a special shout-out on the GymCastic podcast. BUT WAIT: Before this contest starts, we need your help coming up with the scavenger hunt list! Please tweet us your suggestions using #BeerWithBetty from now until July 31. Ryan on twitter is already owning the suggestion game.

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  • 259: The Nassar Plea, Parkour Responds to FIG, and Ranch Updates
    Wed, Jul 19, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    • Jessica speaks with John Manly of Manly, Stewart, & Finaldi, who represents Olympic and world medalists in the cases against Larry Nassar and USAG, about
      • The plea deal offered to Larry Nassar last week
      • The mistakes made in communicating with victims about the deal
      • Who the real bad guys are here
      • How settlement agreements can be used to change a culture and make an organization safer

    MEET NEWS

    Jessica and Spencer chat about:

    • American Classic
      • Jade Carey's star turn (that no one has seen)
      • WHY SPENCER DOESN'T WATCH GAME OF THRONES OMG
      • Margzetta Frazier's new Amanar
      • The triumphant returns of Elena Arenas and Deanne Soza
    • National Team Camp
      • Jordan Chiles is back, and it's going to be spectacular
      • Sunisa Lee did not attend but gave us an apology Nabieva.
    • How to watch the U.S. (no longer Secret) Classic on July 29th.
    • Men's National Qualifier
      • Sam Mikulak returns on pommel horse, exactly five months after tearing Achilles
      • Marvin Kimble wins the AA! Cue [hitting pommel horse joy-scream]!
    • Spanish Championship
    • Swedish Championship
      • Marcela Torres, 28, hadn't competed since early 2016, came back to win her third-straight national title
    • Central American Sports Festival
      • YESENIA FERRERA IS BACK
      • Her floor is the most important thing in your life and ranks among the best in the world.
      • But, Cuba isn't registered for worlds. NOOOOOO.

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    • Jessica speaks with founders David Thompson and Victor Bevine of the¬†International Parkour Federation¬†and WFPF about the FIG's attempts to take over jurisdiction of parkour and why they went to Switzerland to fight it.
      • The history of parkour: It involves hot Frenchmen called the¬†Yamakasi
      • The Ultimate Parkour Challenge show on MTV
      • How parkour competition works.
      • PK Silver, Parkour for seniors.
      • Parkour coach¬†Certification¬†
      • Find our more about adding Parkour to your gym at USAG Congress in Anaheim here.
      • Have insurance worries? USAParkour has you covered.
      • Find a gym with Parkour in the database.

    GIVEAWAY

    Thanks to the good people at Norbert's, we're giving away a beam! It's a 4-foot long sectional beam, valued at $79, covered with beam suede and filled with solid (but very light weight) crosslink foam, perfect for learning those jump or acro skills that might be a little ouchy to try for the first time on the hard beam. This giveaway is for Club Gym Nerd members ONLY. Just enter by email at gymcastic@gmail.com and let us know that YOU WANT THIS BEAM. You just may be the lucky winner selected at random.

    CONTEST

    WHAT: #BeerWithBetty: The Greatest Scavenger Hunt in the Galaxy! PRIZE: The winner will share a beer (or root beer if you are under 21) with the great Betty Okino, Olympic and World medalist, creator of the triple turn on beam, and a member of the Precision Choreography team. HOW IT WORKS: In August, we will release a list of 10 items on this photo scavenger hunt. Your mission will be to complete each one and post a photo to Twitter or Instagram tagging @GymCastic and @PrecisionChoreo and using #BeerWithBetty. The winner will be selected at random among everyone who completes all ten items. The hunt will start at 8am on Thursday August 17 and will end at 12pm on Saturday, August 19. The winner will meet with the Betty Okino at 3pm that day! If you enter, be READY FOR BETTY because winner will meet this gymnastics legend at 3pm that day! PLUS: We will give six additional prizes for Most Outrageous photos! The top three most outrageous photos on Friday will win a personal voice message from one of Precision Choreography’s gymnastics stars (people like Chellsie Memmel, Alicia Sacramone, Houry Gerbesian, and Holly Vise)! The top three on Saturday will get a special shout-out on the GymCastic podcast. BUT WAIT: Before this contest starts, we need your help coming up with the scavenger hunt list! Please tweet us your suggestions using #BeerWithBetty from now until July 31. Ryan on twitter is already owning the suggestion game.

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  • 258: The Fluff Cast (Commissioned)
    Wed, Jul 05, 2017

    This week, it's the commissioned episode you've all been waiting for...the FLUFFCAST! We jump into all the most insane, hilarious, horrifying, sexist, perfect, amazing, diva-tastic, butterfly-gazing, Romanian candle-holding fluff pieces in the history of gymnastics broadcasts. Thank you so much to Fluff Feels for commissioning the episode we were born to do, and thank you to everyone who sent in suggestions! Jessica and Spencer dissect:

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    WHAT: #BeerWithBetty: The Greatest Scavenger Hunt in the Galaxy!

    PRIZE: The winner will share a beer (or root beer if you are under 21) with the great Betty Okino, Olympic and World medalist, creator of the triple turn on beam, and a member of the Precision Choreography team.

    HOW IT WORKS: In August, we will release a list of 10 items on this photo scavenger hunt. Your mission will be to complete each one and post a photo to Twitter or Instagram tagging @GymCastic and @PrecisionChoreo and using #BeerWithBetty. The winner will be selected at random among everyone who completes all ten items. The hunt will start at 8am on Thursday August 17 and will end at 12pm on Saturday, August 19. The winner will meet with the Betty Okino at 3pm that day! If you enter, be READY FOR BETTY because winner will meet this gymnastics legend at 3pm that day!

    PLUS: We will give six additional prizes for Most Outrageous photos! The top three most outrageous photos on Friday will win a personal voice message from one of Precision Choreography's gymnastics stars (people like Chellsie Memmel, Alicia Sacramone, Houry Gerbesian, and Holly Vise)! The top three on Saturday will get a special shout-out on the GymCastic podcast.

    BUT WAIT: Before this contest starts, we need your help coming up with the scavenger hunt list! Please tweet us your suggestions using #BeerWithBetty from now until July 31. Something like socks with sandals, overused beam poses, someone over 50 doing the splits. We will give you full credit for any suggestions we use!

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  • 257: The Daniels Report
    Wed, Jun 28, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    • Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor, was commissioned by USA Gymnastics to conduct an independent review of USAG's handling of sexual misconduct, and her report is OUT.

    MEET NEWS

    Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • National championships galore!
      • Canada - Brooklyn Moors steals the show with a Podkopayeva
      • Mexico - Nicolle Castro is going to save the world with her bars
      • Germany - Pauline Tratz is ready for NCAA, and Michelle Timm teaches an important lesson on how to lie on the beam properly
      • Australia - Emily Little's scary fall ‚ÄĒ but she's going to be OK!
      • France - Marine Boyer's best-ever beam, and Juliette Bossu is the definition of expressiveness and musicality on floor
      • Japan - Kohei puts all the HB specialists to shame

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    FEEDBACK

    • Reactions, corrections, and theories about the 1996 Olympics episodes
    • Gender equity at the Olympics
    • Vanessa Atler was better in 1999 than she thinks she was
    • The real reason for the open-ended code
    • How we get US women sent to the University Games
    • The power of adult gymnastics!

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  • 256: 1996 Olympic All-Around Final (Commissioned)
    Wed, Jun 21, 2017

    This week, it's Part 2 of our very, very, extra special commission series about the 1996 Olympics, this time brought to you by Club Gym Nerd member Kris. Brave Kris channeled Lilia Podkopayeva and rose to Mount Olympus as a true and eternal hero by asking us to talk about the explosion of world champions that was the 1996 WOMEN'S ALL-AROUND FINAL! Thank you so much for supporting the show, Kris!   Jessica and Spencer discuss:

    • Withdrawals!
      • Kerri's foot and its many, varied costumes throughout the all-around final
      • Marinescu being replaced by Amanar because Marinescu "didn't work hard enough." HRRRRMMMM (4:16)
      • Romania's admitted age falsification, featuring conspiracy theories about why those medals have never been stripped but China's have (8:16)
    • How we got here: an ode to compulsories
    • Rotation 1 (13:20)
      • Intro fluff about what a failure it is to get silver or bronze
      • Khorkina's no-look salute and perfect "Phantom of the Opera" beam soundtrack
      • Was Gogean really "predictable" and "not that exciting"?
      • Spencer spends 715 minutes on the epic LITTLE ROZA GALIEVA fluff (31:52)
      • The most overtly sexual floor routine in the history of gymnastics
    • Rotation 2
      • Khorkina's brilliant Carmen floor routine, meerkat impression, and...month-long hospital trip???
      • Pod tucks her legs on bars. Was her score fair?
      • Shannon's bat toes, insane beam save, and why you have to pay close attention to her leo
      • The Mo salto. The end
      • Kochetkova's¬†beam set is the best argument for D-scores
      • Was NBC more positive back in 1996?
    • Rotation 3 (1:08:14)
      • American hopes are dashed on the floor in a stream of tears
      • "Stop crying. There's people everywhere." Why Steve Nunno's behavior was completely unacceptable
      • So many camera flashes. Because safety and security didn't exist in 1996.
      • Overtly patriotic leos: Yea or Nay?
      • Theories about who picked Simona Amanar's floor music, which may or may not involve horcruxes
      • Lily Pod makes her Soviet grandmother proud with her perfection
    • Rotation 4
      • Why Podkopayeva always had the edge heading into the final rotation and didn't "take advantage of others' mistakes"
      • Khorkina misses bars and begins an Olympic AA tradition
      • How should the Romanians have actually ranked?
      • Contradictory Mo Huilan fluffs
      • Mo's floor heartbreak and potential chicken-dance penalty
    • The final result
      • You could tie for medals! What a concept!
      • Piskun kisses Pod on the nose because too adorable for words
      • The most insulting interview in NBC's history
      • Bela and Nunno try to out-Trump each other

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  • 255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned)
    Tue, Jun 13, 2017

    This week, we have another very special commissioned episode for you to sink your ears into. Loyal Club Gym Nerd member Robin helped support the show by asking us to talk about everyone's favorite competition, the meet that launched a million gym nerds, and probably the most important moment in the entire history of sports, the 1996 OLYMPIC WOMEN'S TEAM FINAL! Thank you so much, Robin! Jessica and Spencer discuss:

    • Olympic Trials Drama! (6:24)
      • Compulsive gym hopping
      • Miller and Moceanu injury petitions
      • All those heartbreaks (Kulikowski! Jennie Thompson! Kristy Powell!)
    • JUICY, JUICY 1996 FLUFF (15:59)
      • "Little girls dancing for gold" (Jessica has some feelings)
      • Romania apparently training inside Dracula's castle
      • "Just Shannon" and Shannon's epic snapback
      • Racist propaganda fluff about Mo Huilan
      • Putting Dominique Moceanu on a seesaw for some reason
    • The competition (35:40)
      • The important debate: who's better, John Tesh or Al Trautwig?
      • How unbelievably super awesome the US team was on bars
      • Romania's endless injury drama
      • Karolyi legs and form nostalgia
      • What we think every time we see the Moceanu parents
      • Deep thoughts about Geza Pozar floor routines
      • Why Svetlana Khorkina is better than all of us in every way
    • THE VAULT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD¬†
      • A second-by-second breakdown of the Kerri Strug vaults
      • The Strug parents (clap clap clap, chop chop chop)
      • What Bela said to Kerri after her vault
      • Did she actually do it on one leg?
      • Should Kerri have been allowed to vault again when the US would have won anyway? (1:40:49)
      • Was Russia not able to hear the floor music? Did it matter?
      • The worst, most unprofessional, unsafe scene you've ever seen
    • The GALA¬†(1:47:54)
      • The US group dance to the YMCA and the Macarena. It happened.
      • The biggest cheer than anyone has ever received
      • Sexy Alexei's pommel horse
      • Khorkina's epic bars dismount
    • Fairytale endings! (1:52:33)
      • Where are they now?

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  • 254: Vanessa Atler
    Wed, Jun 07, 2017

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Vanessa Atler is an American treasure and fans have loved her from the moment they first saw her elegant power. She's a multi-time national champion, multi-World Cup champion, Goodwill Games event champion. She would probably have made the 1996 Olympic team had she been age eligible. She was one of those gymnasts for whom nothing ever worked out the way it should have and fans hearts broke along with her through the 1996-2000 quad. We discuss:

    • Why she requested the¬†interview with us
    • Her thoughts on age limits and¬†specialists (13:10)
    • Elements she worked¬†on but never competed (19:25)
    • Dealing with emotions and tears of frustration
    • The Comaneci-Salto & The Rybackis - (22:34)
      • Why didn't she just take¬†the Comaneci¬†out of her routine and win all the things?¬†
      • Beth and Steve's differing opinions on bars¬†
      • What worked and didn't work with the Rybackis¬†
      • How being at Charter Oak¬†effected her own coaching
      • Did she seek¬†counseling or therapy? (31:01)
    • Her early online presence‚Ķ and her mom's (32:50)
      • Epic fluff from 1997 on Vanessa's online diary
    • 1999 Goodwill Games and¬†Sang Lan's¬†vault accident (34:43)
    • Why she left the Rybackis (39:00)
    • The real story behind the ankle injury¬†(47:57)
    • Why she did¬†not train with Bela Karolyi (50:47)
    • The letter Larry Nassar said USAG received about him that caused him to be banned from the Ranch (52:16)
    • Pre-2000 Olympics,¬†moving¬†to WOGA¬†(1:00:01)
      • What did and didn't work for her with Valeri¬†
      • How Valeri helped make her more confident on bars
      • Weigh-ins (1:04:29)
    • 2000 Olympic Trials
      • When an agent gets into the mix: where the "you didn't make the team because you were fat" rumor came from (1:08:35)
      • Bela told her he'd put her on the team¬†
    • Did she try and compete after 2000?
    • What are her feelings toward gymnastics now?
    • Being on the realty show "Starting Over"
    • Outside¬†influences: family members and agents
    • The decision to turn¬†professional
    • Fibromyalgia after her motorcycle accident
    • Dealing with anxiety and food
    • Talking about her support for the defendants¬†in the Larry Nassar case (1:36:00)
    • Worlds in China: Nassar asking who wanted a¬†cortisone¬†shot without parental consent and alone in room (1:39:36)
    • What she¬†overheard during a coaches meeting through the walls of a hotel (1:44:11)
    • Would she want her son to participate in elite gymnastics?
    • What she does to keep gymnastics fun for her gymnasts
    • What are her upcoming plans‚Ķ is another book in the works?
    • What are her thoughts on the Nassar situation and USAG today?
      • How terrible the food was when she was at the Ranch for national team camp (2:00:11)
      • The text message exchange asking for support for Nassar (2:02:04)
      • Asking for help for her bulimia and being told to do what it takes (2:03:55)

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  • 253: Koper, Asian Champs, Osijek and Youcan is back
    Wed, May 24, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • Koper World Challenge Cup in Slovenia (results)
    • Osijek World Cup in Croatia (results);
      • Irish 17-year-old Rhys McClenaghan won¬†pommel because you have to stay on the horse people!
      • Obsessed with Kirill Prokopev FX - flares
      • Shelgunova challenges Flavia‚Äôs choreography fall
      • Thais Fidelis Dos Santos won BB¬†and floor and¬†her back handspring arabian is HUGE!
    • Asian Championships
      • It's one million degrees in Thailand and the training hall was outside. Despite¬†FIG recommendation for a¬†heat index equal to or less than 39
      • Tingting won all the things
      • South Korea/North Korea world peace picture
    • NHK Trophy
      • Kenzo almost beat Kohei in the AA with his¬†15.900 (7.2 D) on FX
      • Kohei‚Äôs 40th straight victory in an AA meet

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Technology & Gymnastics
      • What we want to see mainstreamed in gymnastics to prevent injury and aid judging
      • The My USAgym app
      • The new concussion detection test that uses spit to identify brain injury in juveniles.
      • Robo judging with 3D lasers
    • NCAA Happenings:
      • Georgia hires Courtney Kupets and dun dun dunnnnnnn volunteer Suzanne Yoculan
      • Mckenzie Wofford is undergoing surgery for her scoliosis
      • Zoe Draghi's speech from women's gymnastics' annual banquet at Cal
      • LSU gymnast Lexie Priessman won SEC title on torn knee cartilage, coach D-D Breaux says
    • Missouri Gymnastics Stolen Money and Team Policies
    • Insane Skill News
    • Aliya Mustafina interview
    • USA Gymnastics won't buy famed Karolyi ranch after all. Hummm, wonder why?
    • Who's coaching your kids? Background checks not required in NC
    • USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation:
      • Deposition in sexual abuse case delayed to allow former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny to attend Indy 500¬†parties. Not a joke folks!
      • Nassar May 12th Hearing:
        • John Geddert allegedly walked in on Larry abusing one of the victims and said,¬†‚ÄúThat must have hurt‚ÄĚ
        • Plaintiff Rachael Denhollander destroyed Nassar's defense team!
        • Nassar's defense is that children don't understand the difference between sexual assault and legitimate medical procedures performed without gloves, parental notification, consent or explanation. Seems legit.
        • Nassar hearing¬†continues this Friday, May 26th.¬†
          • News reports:
            • Details from preliminary hearing for Larry Nassar
            • Three alleged victims testify against Nassar in graphic, tense court hearing
            • Nassar attorneys quiz women on whether treatments helped
            • "My trust had been used against me as a weapon, and I never wanted to trust again" - Denhollander
            • Meet the 7 women and girls testifying against Larry Nassar on Friday
      • Bill requiring Olympic sports organizations to report sex abuse allegations advances
        • Senator Diane Feinstein introduced her bill (S534), read the text of the bill here and her press release here.
        • Call your representative (find them here) to thank or tell them to pass this bill!
        • To support the victims use hashtag #GymJaneDoe
    • British Gymnastics continues to be amazing. Love to Move¬†is a chair based activity program to fight dementia

    FEEDBACK

    • The body shaming of McKayla Maroney
    • Pregnancy Doping - the science behind the myth explained!
    • Episode 252 Myths, Legends and Unexpected Moments Commissioned show feedback:
      • David Henderson at the¬†2000 Pontiac International Team Championships. The¬†pommel broke off in his hand and the shards on the pommel base ripped his pants.
      • Rianna Mizzen (AUS) had to call animal control to remove this snake from her gym.¬†
      • Khorkina is the VBBF (VBBF pronounced phonetically = eponymous skill on every event)

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Jessica Steyers, former competitive gymnast, NBC Olympic gymnastics producer and who is now a NY licensed clinical social worker certified trauma psychotherapist. We discuss:

    • Red flags and warning signs
    • How to help if a victim comes to you
    • If USAG's response on social media hurt or helped victims
    • The line between grooming and healthy coach-athlete bond
    • How listeners can support victims
    • NBC's on-air interview with Nastia

    Resources: The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential. Here is a list of all the Child Protective Services hotlines in the country. Stopitnow.org has great information on spotting behavioral signs in adults

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  • 252: Myths, Legends, and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History
    Wed, May 17, 2017

    Welcome to another commissioned episode. Club Gym Nerd member, Alison, helped support the podcast by asking us to talk about the greatest myths, legends and unexpected moments in gymnastics history.  Thank you so much Alison!  Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    • Greatest Myths:
      • Menstruation, height, beam width, Raducan's gold medal, and pregnancy doping
    • Legends:
      • Age stereotype-defining heroes in the Olympics and NCAA from Chusovitina to Daria Bijak
      • Innovators from Mo Huilan, Hali Sheriff, to Elvira Teza
      • The 1974 NCAA Championship streaker
      • Champions from Khorkina,¬†Shun Fujimoto, Gabby Douglas and¬†Vera Caslavska
    • Unexpected Moments
      • The vault height during the all-around final at the Sydney Olympics
      • 2004 Olympics men's gymnastics multifaceted debacle
      • Wildlife
      • Age falsification. Why do only the Asian countries get punished?
      • Lingerie gymnastics
      • The judge who gave an impossible score
      • Tie breakers, wooden legs, circus discrimination, and that one time when Alijaz¬†Pegan broke the P-bars

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  • 251: Chinese and JO Nationals
    Wed, May 10, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    • Chinese National Championships 2017 (1:40)
      • The floor fell apart
      • Shang Chunsong got a 3 on bars with a scary fall/ invents clear-hip seat drop to back tuck for 0.8 CV
      • Lo Huan gorgeous beam and bars
      • Li Qi (pronounced Lee Chee *squeals*) 6.3 D score (WOAH!) beam with so many missed connections.
        • Adorable gallop to handstand
        • Her floor is ready for NCAA. So. Ah. Mazing.
      • Chen Yile¬†switch ring to catastrophe but is it the future of chinese bars
      • Du Siyu silver on bars
      • Lu Yufei doing a GORGEOUS¬†Fabrichnova¬†
      • Zou Jingyuan stole the show and got really mad when he wasn't perfect on the 6.6. D p-bars routine.¬†
    • Level 10, Junior Olympic National Championships (26:07)
      • Watch every routines here.
      • Kalyxta Gamiao (Hawaiian Island Twisters) toe-on counter Kim
      • Aleah Finnegan (sister of Sarah) won age group AA/BB
      • Leanne Wong - Basically just won the 2020 US Bars title
      • Lexy Ramler (Minnesota, Kid Sport) toe-on full twisting shaposh to immediate pak; ¬†also highest BB score of competition (aerial + split ring)
      • Ky George (Cal) will be the next NCAA floor star, highest FX score of meet
      • Vault:
        • We explain the JO vault bonus.
        • Kai Rivers (LSU, won the Nastia) - DTY (automatic 80-point Geddert behavior deduction)
        • Haleigh Bryant - handspring pike ¬Ĺ is Rachel Slocum good
        • Lexi Graber got a 10 for this 1.5

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include (41:59):

    • Nikita Nagornyy casually chucking a Tsuk double-double.
    • A gymnastics name pronunciation database!
    • Should Parkour be an Olympic sport and under the FIG?
    • All the college coaching¬†news
    • The US men are actually going to University Games!
    • "The Damage I've Done" Kristen Maloney
    • Everyone should sing their heart out during their gymnastics dance class like these kids.
    • When you miss prom because you qualified for Nationals, your coaches take you out for dinner in your prom dresses
    • FEEDBACK:
      • Gender outrage: How is gymnastics gender unequal when rhythmic is only for women!
      • Military academy hazing
      • How to include Nassar news without triggering
    • RAGE-0-METER
      • Stop the glitter trampoline insanity! Wear goggles and a mask!

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  • 250: Cluj European Championships
    Wed, May 03, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about:

    • European Championships (2:00):
      • Results Finals Day One, Finals Day Two
      • Broken heart moments
      • Euros highlights and¬†lowlights:
        • Devillard won the vault title with a Rudi + DTY
        • Dragulescu won the FX title in Cluj
        • Angelina Melnkiova (RUS) coming back from heartbreak to win floor.
        • Nina Derwael UB win 14.633 (6.1), first ever for Belgium!
        • Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) mindset perspective.
        • Braegger (14.933 / 6.8) slayed Cluj with this HB
        • Oleg won another PB gold!
        • Ponor winning¬†beam gold at home.
        • Maria Paseka had a 9.95 in NCAA, stuck cold DTY¬†
        • Eremina near face-plant on beam
      • The Massive scoring error on Ponro's floor routine that took 30 minutes to correct (25:06)
      • Our favorite skills, combos or single routines
        • Oleg not dying, even though he balked on his HB dismount
        • Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) TTY
        • Belyavskiy took PH gold when Berki incurred a 0.3 deduction for mounting late!
        • Evangelia Plyta bars - Maloney + Deltchev, Tkachev + Gienger
        • Ana Filipa Martins (PRT) return to competition
        • Best combo: Paseka vault + reaction lady¬†("State Bird of the Gymternet"¬†is Euros vault gif lady)
        • Mr. 6-feet-tall Shatilov is back with a double front pike half out
        • Vendula Merkova's (CZE) Onodi to Y turn; kicking booty spin, on¬†beam
      • Shennanigans (43:50):
        • Bellu making his old athletes do abs in Cluj
        • How media etiquette differes from country to country
        • Crowd reactions and fans
        • Valentina Rodionenko is blaming the judges for the WAG AA results
    • Men's NCAA Championship (59:00)
      • Oklahoma finishes perfect season with third straight national championship¬†
      • Why Anthony McCallum's back-to-back NCAA vault title is so impressive ¬†
      • Air Force gymnast, Tim Wang,¬†made history at NCAA Championships¬†
      • Hazing on the Air Force gymnastics team: Cadets, coach were punished after investigation

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Head¬†coach¬†Danna¬†Durante fired ¬†from University of Georgia (1:06:48)
    • Lacy Dagen, Ashley Hiller granted releases from Florida and Jazzy Foberg is going to Florida early
    • USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation (1:17:24):
      • Joe Catrambone¬† arrested and jailed for alleged sexual and physical abuse at Atlantic Coast Gymnastics in New Jersey
        • US Elite gymnast, Margzetta Frazier and her family reported Joe Catrambone's verbal abuse in 2015.
        • Tina Frazer talked to us about why she thinks this situation could have been avoided.
      • Nassar:
        • 3 more MSU Title IX inquires find Nassar violated policies
        • Appeals court won't toss lawsuit against USA Gymnastics¬†
        • Nassar's abuse didn't stop with the USAGym team; it apparently has affected the Romanian National Team, too
        • Doctor at center of USA Gymnastics scandal left warning signs at Michigan State
        • Nassar's foundation appears to have violated state law since 2014
        • After Nassar: A community responds to a local face shrouded in national scandal
        • Newest accuser in Nassar case says she was sexually abused in 1992
        • Karmerin Moore Video¬†explaining how Nassar¬†asked to videotape her at age 13
        • Radio interview with Nassar supporter who had intravaginal adjustment
    • More Gymternet News (1:27:35):
      • Mihai's thoughts on his first National Team Camp in Australia
      • 16-year-old Russian elite gymnast claims coaching neglect resulted in hip replacement
      • Thema Williams's multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation will proceed
      • Ashleigh Gnat can casually do an Amanar
      • Nadia controversy
      • Gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci defends Ilie Nastase after shameful Fed Cup outburst
      • Gymnastics great Nadia¬†blasts 'offensive' Nastase
      • We pitch Disney shows for Laurie Hernandez (spoiler alert, we all hate live action Disney kids TV¬†shows)

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  • 249: NCAA Championships
    Wed, Apr 19, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

     Spencer,  and Jessica chat about the 2017 NCAA Championships:

    • Semifinal One:
      • Scoring started tight/correct but did it stay that way?
      • Utah gymnast sent a lovey message to apologizes for alleged behavior of their fan
      • OU was shaky, UCLA shook up their lineups and improved
      • Ross made history by becoming the first female gymnast¬†ever to be an Olympic, World and NCAA champion.¬†
      • Maggie Nichols vs. the beam
      • Fans of the Year Award goes to Iowa!
      • Crack or Correct : Denver's¬†Karr stuck her 1.5 but didn't get the score she deserved.¬†
    • Semifinal Two:
      • Alex McMurtry (FL) wins¬†all-around and stuck her DTY after not doing one for a month.
      • LSU on fire but used all their fuel too early.
      • Save of the Meet Award:¬†Lauren Johnson (Georgia) bars gienger
      • Living Your Best Life Award:¬†Ashley Lambert (NEB) floor and tweet to RuPaul
      • Stick of the Meet:¬†Mollie Korth‚Äôs stuck DLO 1/1
    • Event Champions (full results)
      • Jessica loves all the ties, Spencer hate them
      • Should every judge's score count to eliminate ties?
      • Katie Bailey (Alabama), only gymnast with an event title the last two consecutive years
      • Alex McMurtry only gymnast to get 10 from all 6 judges
    • Team Finals
      • Oklahoma 198.3875 (highest Super Six score ever)
      • LSU 197.7375¬†
      • Florida 197.7000¬†
      • UCLA 197.2625
      • Utah 196.5875¬†
      • Alabama 196.0000
      • Oklahoma: least controversial, most well-deserving team of all time.¬†
      • Maggie Nichols got a 10 on beam and from at least one judge on every single routine she did.
      • Breaking down what happened to LSU
      • How¬†Dana Duckworth became an international hero with one simple interview.
      • Peng Peng got a 10 on beam. FINALLY!
    • Behind the Scenes Shenanigans
      • The bars weren't set up correctly for podium training
      • Athletes had a 15 hour day during semifinals day
      • Human Bowling: Florida warm-up¬†
      • F-yeah we beat Florida video breakdown
      • McKenzie Wofford dropping the trophy
      • St. Louis as a host city
      • Ft. Worth future host city
      • ESPN should buy the rights to every single gymnastics meet world-wide because their coverage was stellar!

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    Watch European Championships:

    • http://www.clujeurogym2017.ro/en/video/
    • FloGymnastics
    • EuroVisionSport
    • We like the Tunnel Bear VPN to watch geo-restricted content
    • LEGISLATION ALERT: Senator Diane Feinstein introduced her bill to make failing to reporting sexual abuse a crime and creating a 10 year time frame for victims to come forward (S534). Read the text of the bill here and her press release here.
    • Call your representative (find them here) to thank or tell them to pass this bill!
    • To support the victims use hashtag #GymJaneDoe

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  • 248: London World Cup
    Wed, Apr 12, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news,  Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation:
      • Gag Order lifted
      • Dantzcher claims USA Gymnastics lawyers 'tried to dig up dirt on her¬†sexual history and past boyfriends' after she filed lawsuit claiming the team doctor sexually abused her for years
      • If you aren't horrified that the judge in the Nassar case hasn't recused herself, read this https://t.co/Ph3EtYvr7s
      • Ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar's medical license revoked for 3 years
      • Ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar planned to return to clinic before inquiry ended
      • IndyStar wins top investigative reporting award
      • Head of SafeSport, based in Colorado, seeks to cleanse America's troubled Olympic movement
      • U.S. Center for SafeSport has a phone line, 720-524-5640
      • By the numbers, the Dr. Larry Nassar case is worse than the Jerry Sandusky and Bill Cosby stories ‚ÄĒ put together.‚Ķ
    • The London World Cup
      • Watch routines here.
      • The E Score Beam Controversy
      • Beam Champ, Ana Perez make your¬†connections, win with¬†13.233 (D:5.300 E:7.933)
      • O'Beirne Code
        • If you have to hang onto the beam with your feet while laying down, it's a deduction. Exhibit A.
        • If you aren't compressed into a full pike position, if it looks like a missed toe circle, it¬†should not get credit for a¬†piked stalder. Exhibit B.
      • The Sadness
        • Ellie Downie and Georgia Mae Fenton injured.
        • Liu Jinru hobbling around the arena the entire meet (VT rudi to crunch)
        • Melnikova didn't do well, so she'll probably win Euros.
      • Our Favorite Routines
    • Japanse Championships
      • Kohei Uchimura won¬†10th straight national individual all-around
      • Mai Murakami stuck the *<#&! out of everything on floor.
    • WAG World Rankings by Score
      • FX Mai 14.25
      • BB Eythora 14.85
      • UB Riley 15.05
      • VT Tie Sae and Andrade 15 flatAA Riley McCusker 56.6 (highest is actually Gabby Parea 57.225)

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Aly Raisman follows in the footsteps of greats with tampon endorsement deal but manages to also be a hero and stand up for social justice at the same time.¬†
    • Aly Raisman expects to keep Mihai Brestyan as coach¬†
    • Komova might be training again, Russian names Euros team including Paseka!
    • Eight new elements named, added to the MAG Code of Points
    • FEEDBACK:
      • Should Gymnastics Decathlon be a World or Olympic sport?
      • Responses to USAG's question about calling law enforcement within 24 hours of suspected crime.
      • A listener called her rep, who had no idea about Feinstein's bill
      • Tanning Beds will kill you
      • LEGISLATION: Senator Diane Feinstein introduced her bill (S534), read the text of the bill here and her press release here.
      • Call your representative (find them here) to thank or tell them to pass this bill!
      • To support the victims use hashtag #GymJaneDoe

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  • 247: Progress?
    Wed, Apr 05, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about:

    • Progress is being made at the top of the elite program
    • Regionals Recap (5:00)
      • Session I: Oklahoma, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Oregon State, Denver.¬†Session II: LSU, Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Georgia, Nebraska
      • Denelle Pedrick, Central Michigan, vault with a DTTTYYYYYY
      • Answer to criteria for¬†the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year vote? There was no criteria.¬†The coaches simply did¬†not vote¬†for MyKayla Skinner.
      • Leotards: OSU and Oklahoma's lehenga choli style
      • Kentucky gymnast Shelby HIlton update
    • Jesolo (44:30)
      • Results
      • Ermine's Nabieva,¬†Victoria Nguyen‚Äôs Chinese beam
      • Riley McCusker = E score heaven¬†
      • Trinity Thomas¬†just being fantastic¬†
      • Nina¬†Derwael,¬†Elisa Iorio,¬†Ana Padurariu,¬†Abby Paulson,¬†
      • Everyone needs to do choreographed warmups to music like the French!
      • Will Brazil beat the Russians in the future? We think so.
      • 10 minutes just about Varvara from planet Zubova

    USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation (1:17:10)

    • Rachael Denhollander won her IX case against Larry Nassar
    • The new judge in the Nassar case¬†is an adjunct professor at MSU College of Law. MSU is a defendant in the case along with John Geddart and USA Gymnastics.¬†
    • Attorneys challenge 'gag order' in Nassar case
    • USA Gymnastics Blasted for Skipping Senate Hearing on Sex Abuse
    • Statement from USA Gymnastics in response to our¬†questions about how soon they are requiring themselves to report suspected criminal conduct:
      • GymCastic: "Does USAG report possible criminal misconduct ¬†(sexual or non-sexual) to law enforcement immediately (within 24 hours of receipt)?¬†If not, why?"
      • ¬†USAG: USA Gymnastics makes reports to law enforcement/child protection services consistent with its legal obligations, as well as to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.¬† To be clear, if USA Gymnastics receives a complaint or report of alleged sexual abuse from anyone, a report must be filed with both law enforcement/child protection services and the U.S. Center for Safe Sport.
      • GymCastic follow up:¬†Can you please clarify what the time frame is for your legal obligation?
      • USA Gymnastics response: "The timing for the legal reporting obligation varies by state. As noted previously, if USA Gymnastics receives a complaint or report of alleged sexual abuse from anyone, a report must be filed with both law enforcement/child protection services, consistent with legal obligations, and the U.S. Center for Safe Sport."

    FEEDBACK

    • Body Hair and Male Hugs
    • Double Don't Square the E Score: ¬†Hey guys, this is Evan the engineer. I just wanted to comment on the mathematical implications of the notion Jessica has suggested several times in the past about E-score deductions being squared. I agree that something needs to be done to increase the impact the execution score has on the final score relative to that of the D score; especially on vault, I think a fall should be something like a 3-point deduction, but that‚Äôs just me editorializing. I absolutely appreciate Jessica‚Äôs sentiment here, but I think a more mathematically-sound approach would be for deductions to be scaled geometrically, i.e., multiplied by some common factor across the board, like doubling all deductions (incidentally, halving the D score and keeping the deductions the same would have the same effect mathematically, which if I‚Äôm not mistaken I believe Bruno Grandi actually suggested doing himself), or multiplying by some other specified factor. The problem with squaring E-score deductions is that the increase in a gymnast‚Äôs deductions becomes de-linearized relative to the scores of other gymnasts; that is, the amount the deductions are increased varies relative to the magnitude of the deductions themselves, rather than by some fixed factor, which would be more fair. For instance, consider a geometric scaling up of deductions (what I think is fair) by a factor of 2. Gymnast A originally receives an E score of 8.5 (1.5 in deductions) while gymnast B receives an E score of 8.0 (2.0 in deductions); if these deductions were each scaled upward by a factor of 2 gymnast A would receive an E score of 7.0 (3.0 in deductions) while gymnast B would receive an E score of 6.0 (4.0 in deductions). Relative fairness is preserved because though both gymnasts are deducted more harshly, Gymnast B still receives 133% the deductions of gymnast A in each case (2/1.5=4/3=1.33), and ultimately because of this the weight of the D-scores would be reduced. However, squaring deductions sacrifices this deduction-increase relativity; using this approach gymnast A would receive an E score of 7.75 (1.5^2=2.25 in deductions), while gymnast B would receive an E score of 6.0 (2.0^2=4.0 in deductions). Here gymnast B receives 178% of the deductions of gymnast A [note gymnast A‚Äôs score increases under this system while gymnast B‚Äôs remains the same]; effectively, gymnast B is deducted more for being deducted more in the first place. Perhaps paradoxically, because power series converge with a base value below 1, if a gymnast C originally receives an E-score of 9.3 (0.7 in deductions), under the squaring system their E-score would actually increase to 9.51 (0.7^2=0.49 in deductions). For these reasons, I think elevating the importance of execution could be best achieved by scaling the E-score deductions up by some factor geometrically rather than squaring, or, novel concept, if judges actually took the deductions they could/should/need to at all times. Because, math. Thanks for reading.

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  • 246: Kathy Johnson Clarke Regionals Preview
    Wed, Mar 29, 2017

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Kathy Johnson Clarke,  American Cup champion, World medalist, 1984 Olympic team silver medalist and Olympic bronze medalist on beam... and one of our favorite television commentators who practically raised with the foundational video, Gymnastics' Greatest Stars, is here to preview Regionals with us! We discuss:

    • Her love for the Soviets and kindness in commentating
    • Spencer and Kathy preview every regional!¬†
    • The judging situation in NCAA gymnastics
    • Kathy Johnson-ing¬†
    • Morgan Lane; Erin¬†Macadam; Lauren Rice (beam with robot, floor performance); Diana Mejia on bars;¬†Taylor Houchin; Haylee Young of Iowa State ¬†(floor),¬†Maddie Karr (VT);¬†MJ Rott;¬†Mary Jane Horth, senior with¬†THOSE BARS;¬†Stacie Webb, BB;¬†Autumn Jorgensen, BB, JO national champ;¬†George Washington's Drouin-Allaire and Winstanley;¬†Kirah Koshinski, WVU - underappreciated 1.5 and DLO;¬†Rachel Stypinski, Kent State - all the 9.9s.
    • Age and training hours
    • What makes for good gymnastics television
    • 1978 World Championships and the famous floor routine that broke through the Soviet stronghold... ¬†and medaled in floor finals with¬†Elena Mukhina and Nelli Kim.¬†
    • Why she has been so fearlessly outspoken on abuse and¬†safeguarding in gymnastics and youth sports.

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    Congressional hearings on Senate Bill 534 - watch it here 

    • Call your representative (find them here) to thank or tell them to pass this bill!

    USA Gymnastics Blasted for Skipping Senate Hearing on Sex Abuse "I'm deeply disappointed they've sent a statement but no witness to question," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said, "If they really cared, they would be here," he added. "They have to answer for what happened here." USOC apologizes to sex abuse victims, says Olympic sports culture needs change. Olympic Gymnasts Recount Their Experiences of Sexual Abuse at a Senate Judiciary Committee 

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  • 245: Penny is GONE
    Wed, Mar 22, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • USA Gymnastics President has resigned after the USOC called for his ouster
      • Why this is not the time to move on because nothing has changed
      • Three¬†things that still need to be done to¬†prevent abuse at USA Gymnastics
      • USAG using¬†SafeSport¬†for¬†sexual abuse only--that means they are still going to do their own policing on¬†non-sexual abuse¬†misconduct and crimes.¬†
    • NCAA Conference Championships (13:59)
      • Regionals (38:30)
      • Skinner's "snub"/character counts (35:15)
    • Stuttgart World Cup (42:30)
      • Results
      • Tabea Alt wins, layout to two feet BB mount
      • Eythora Thorsdottir's ¬†floor save
      • We almost start a Morgan Hurd podcast (47:32)
        • Watch Morgiboo's¬†beam dismount; double double FX with pointed toes and legs together!
    • Baku World Cup (54:55)
      • Results
      • The crazy lighting problems
      • Oksana Chusovitina winning all the things because, Chuso
      • Catalina Ponor had a very Romanian ¬†floor¬†day
      • This is basically the Vasiliki Millousi BB code
    • Crack or Correct: The Most Controversial Scores from Baku, NCAA, Stuttgart (1:03:51):
      • Tabea Alt's bar judges' score vs. Eythora and Pauline Schaefer
      • Judges gave Maddie Stover a mathematically impossible beam score.

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include (1:10:42):

    • Oleg Stepko has gone to Ukraine for personal reasons
    • Interview with new Australian WAG National Coach, Mihai Brestyan
    • Geza Pozsar is working with Japanese gymnast Aiko Sugihara on her floor and beam routines
    • Ellie Downie is working a Cheng!
    • "This was the best decision for me and it‚Äôs a more positive environment too" ‚Äď Amy Tinkler on switching gyms
    • Average¬†Human-Sized Gymnasts (AKA tall for gymnastics):
      • Leo Genders (Army) watch video of six-foot-one-inch-tall gymnast.¬†
      • 5'9" gymnast Becky Rozsa of the SUU Flippin Birds
    • FEEDBACK (1:24:24):
      • Razor burn cure
      • Regular season champions are awesome!
      • Ireland: "I think basic safe guarding and child protection was one of the most valuable couple of hours I have ever put into my career as a coach"
      • Why no "good countries" at American Cup?

    RELATED ARTICLES

    USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation

    • NY TIMES "Ex-Gymnastics Chief‚Äôs Career: Swift Success Marred by Years of Scandal"
    • Nasser accused of performing¬†vaginal acupuncture¬†on MSU gymnast
    • A 20-year toll: 368 gymnasts allege sexual exploitation
    • 78 women or girls suing MSU and Nassar in federal court and a California state court. Five other lawsuits name Nassar and USA Gymnastics
    • "This is the first step of many that need to occur.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Dominique Moceanu
    • Former gymnast Jeanette Antolin wants sponsors to pressure USA Gymnastics to make changes to combat sex abuse
    • FAQ: What to know about the sex abuse case of ex-MSU Dr. Larry Nassar
    • MSU doctor resigned after removing Nassar patient files
    • Jessica Howard has an op-ed in the NYTimes¬†: "Cracking Down on Abuse in U.S. Gymnastics"
    • Editorial: Still much work to do inside USAG
    • The Larry Nassar case should fuel serious discussion about how to stop sexual abuse
    • Critics say Steve Penny's resignation not enough in wake of sex abuse allegations involving USA Gymnastics
    • Jessica Howard on USAGym Board meetings: "The meetings seemed to revolve around two things: money and medals.‚ÄĚ
    • Women Claim Michigan State University Tried to Hide Dr. Larry Nassar's Sexual Abuse of Athletes
    • MSU Abuse Scandal: Coach Had Gymnasts Sign Card for Dr. Larry Nassar¬†

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  • 244 Russian Championships and Gymnix
    Wed, Mar 15, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about:

    • Russian Championships 2017:
      • ¬†Seda Tutkhalyan tied ¬†for the beam title¬†with¬†Viktoria Trykina¬†and her monster double back¬†
      • Daria Spiridonova tied for gold on uneven bars at the Russian Nationals
      • Natalia Kapitonova tied for gold on uneven bars with a 14.700
      • Nina Derwael new bar routine vs the Russians amazingness
      • Lilia Akhaimova floor champion 13.8
      • Elena Eremina's Nabieva release
      • One of the best TTYs ever by Artur Dalaloyan
      • Who does a triple back + a full-twisting double back as a side pass? Dmitri Lankin does!
    • Gymnix
      • Why the gymternet is obsessed with the Italian juniors
      • Giorgia Villa of Italy has a few lovely bar combinations
      • Brooklyn Moors: ¬†front tumbling dismount ¬†
      • ¬†Sunisa Lee's has big things planned on bars¬†
      • We loved all-around champ,¬†Maile O'Keefe on beam
      • Gabby Perea taking the whole Legacy Elite thing seriously -¬†bar routine, which won her the gold medal
      • Lauren compares¬†Gymnix to the¬†American Cup which had horrible fans
      • Photo Galleries of Gymnix on The Gymter.net
    • NCAA Recap
      • Shake up in the bottom of the rankings
      • RSQ scores are getting critical
      • The Stanford Situation
      • Georgia beats Utah
      • Lauren Rice of Sacramento State doesn't take herself too seriously, but entertainment¬†she does.
      • Ashley Lambert¬†of¬†Nebraska came back from a broken neck and all the surgeries to do this floor routine.
      • Hall of 10's : Ohashi;¬†Here's Kaytianna McMillan's 10.0;¬†Stacie Webb BB 10 of Southern Utah, Flippin Birds
      • Crack or Correct: Peng's 9.925 on beam, all the senior night 9.975s,¬†Cami Drouin-Allaire v. Angi Cipra

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Secrets to maintaining a perfect bikini line during¬†gymnastics season.¬†
    • Louis Smith's agent sent to jail
    • Anastasia Grishina's family stole all of her money and¬†she is now homeless.¬†
    • USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation:
      • The U.S. Olympic Committee is likely to call for the resignation of USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny
      • Sexual abuse attorney "demands" USOC de-certify USA Gymnastics
      • USOC has take over National Governing Bodies many times for drugs and financial problems, but only once, that we could find, for sexual abuse.
      • The USOC is not without blame:¬†In 1999 USAG President Collarasi wrote a letter telling the USOC about sex abuse problems long before the USOC took action
      • Two ¬†Senators want answers from USOC on sex abuse policies and procedures for a lot of sports, including gymnastics
      • Six Months Later, Michigan State Notifies Female Athletes About Its Sexual Assault Scandal - WHERE IS THE LETTER FROM USAG TO ITS ATHLETES?!?
      • Tony Retrosi of Gym Momentum letter¬†
      • Could this be in USAG official's future: Penn State Ex-Officials Plead Guilty to Child Endangerment in Sandusky Case
      • What you can do:
        • LEGISLATION: Senator Diane Feinstein introduced her bill (S534), read the text of the bill here and her press release here.
        • Call your representative (find them here) to thank or tell them to pass this bill!
        • If you are a USAG member:
          • Ask to be interviewed for their review
          • Call for a vote of no confidence
          • Run for a position when elections come up

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  • 243: Senate Bill 534
    Wed, Mar 08, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • The¬†American Cup¬†&¬†Nastia Cup:
      • Our favorite routines of the weekend from Yul Moldauer and¬†Colbi Flory's¬†beam¬†to¬†Sam Oldham¬†floor
      • The Bart Deurloo Story - crotch¬†vs ¬†pommel horse
      • Elite Code trends e.g., Dos Santos¬†no pause¬†before acro skill on beam, front tumbling and wolf turns-in-a-row-hell
      • Which was better: American Cup, Nastia Cup or any NCAA meet
      • Ignorant things Al Trautwig said
      • The¬†Nastia Interview about Nassar
    • NCAA Update (43:10)
      • Highlights and DII/III teams beating DI teams, Cal's bar dismounts
      • Spencer explains why George Washington is the hipster gymnastics team
      • Eye Roll of the Week Award
      • Crack or Correct :¬†Ohashi‚Äôs¬†10 on beam and¬†Gnat vs. McMurtry¬†vault,¬†Rachel Schick beam

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Aly Raisman's coach, Mihai Brestyan, is the new Australian national team coach.
    • Romanian, Swedish, Canadian and Russian news
    • Simone Biles¬†broke her rib on the post-Olympic tour but didn't get a diagnosis for two and a half weeks!
    • USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation:
      • LEGISLATION: Senator Diane Feinstein introduced her bill (S534), read the text of the bill here and her press release here.
      • Call your representative (find them here) to thank or tell them to pass this bill!¬†
      • To support the victims use hashtag #GymJaneDoe
      • THE DOCUMENTS:
        • A judge released 5,600 pages of court records detailing how USAGym handled sexual abuse allegations over 10 years
        • Allow a convicted sex offender to keep his membership? A USA Gymnastics regional chairman supported that¬†
        • Here's USAGym's statement on the decision to release 54 administrative files related to sexual misconduct¬†
        • "The coach is as much a member as the athlete," President Steve Penny testified in records re: sex abuse¬†
        • The unsealed documents include emails from USA Gymnastics to coaches, FBI Interviews, and more
      • Feedback:
        • Why was the FBI so slow to investigate Larry Nassar?
        • Letter from a transgender gymnast
        • Defamation vs. banning abusers

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  • 242: Standards
    Wed, Mar 01, 2017

     

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    • Melbourne World Cup
    • NCAA
      • Beligerent¬†fans at Utah (6:25)?
      • Chalkography rebellion!
      • Crack or Correct:
    • Winter Cup (21:01)
      • Yul is amazing. End of story.
      • Anthony McCullum's vault is gorgeous.
      • Chris Brooks won his only event, HB
      • Donell Whittenburg did his triple pike dismount on HB
      • There were a lot of Winter Cup-ness moments, AKA¬†injuries and crashes
      • Watch every single routine here
    • News and assignments for the American women!
      • New seniors intro video
      • American Cup - Ragan Smith and¬†Riley McCusker

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Nancy Hogshead-Makar former professor of Sports Law and head of women's sports advocacy group, Champion Women, joins us to interpret our strong feelings about the Legendres interview from last week's show. We discuss (36:10):

    • How did USAG allegedly fail the Legendres?
      • Lack of a standard and professional protocol for the entire process
      • Focus on individual athlete rather than safety for¬†all future athletes
      • Should be given the¬†whistleblower policy in writing and have¬†an advocate (or ombudsman) present to advise them of their rights¬†
    • What can parents and club owners learn from this?¬†
      • Liability falls to the institution when alcohol is involved and your insurance company will probably not cover you.¬†
      • Beware the Waiver: Imagine your child is abused, the¬†coach is found guilty and you have agreed to pay for his lawyers
      • You're The Boss: How to talk to kids about permission for physical contact
      • Athletes must have permission to say NO to their coaches
      • Thinking of an athlete like a solider is inappropriate.
    • Lack of Oversight
      • There is no¬†unified¬†process or government agency that can remove abusers from coaching
      • Prisoners have more rights than athletes representing the U.S.
      • SafeSport
        • Independent
        • Ethical Firewall between victims and the organization
        • Power to enforce policies
    • USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation Update (1:03:34)
      • Fallout from the Legendre interview in last week's episode
      • Vitaly Marinitch reportedly¬†no longer at the Olympic Training Center boys program.
      • USAG responds to our episode
      • Feedback from the men's team
      • USA Gymnastics failed to report Nassar to the FBI for five weeks
      • Sen. Feinstein rebukes USA Gymnastics on sex abuse (again)¬†
      • "It‚Äôs obviously terrible and it should never have happened, but there is an investigation." ‚Äď Aly Raisman¬†
      • 150 coaches and officials associated with Olympic governing bodies have been convicted of sex crimes since early 80s¬†
      • Government probe of sex abuse prevention in Olympic sports went nowhere¬†
      • Three gymnasts went public in this¬†60 Minutes special
      • ‚ÄúBela Karolyi grabbed my butt and told me to lose it,‚ÄĚ Antolin said in an interview ¬†
      • "Dominique Moceanu says¬†USA Gymnastics, Karolyis ‚ÄėSet the Stage‚Äô for ‚ÄėAtrocities‚Äô in Physician Sex Abuse Case"¬†

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include (1:24:08):

    • Jeff Thompson at Penn State finally fired!
    • Kathy Klages, Dr. Larry Nassar sympathizer and former MSU gymnastics coach was suspended.
    • Aly Raisman on How Her SI Swim Photoshoot Made Her Feel 'Confident'¬†
    • FEEDBACK (1:32:13):
      • Why are all the gymnasts getting kidney stones? A possible answer
      • Do we talk about politics too much or not enough?

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  • 241: The Pittsburgh Incident
    Wed, Feb 22, 2017

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    If you are a regular listener, you know that USA Gymnastics is embroiled in a massive sexual abuse scandal that was first brought to light by the Indianapolis Star in the summer of 2016.  Today’s show will focus on an incident that illustrates the compounded fear athlete victims have when their life’s work is at stake.

    On Sunday, August 24, 2014 after the P&G Championships in Pittsburgh, Olympic hopeful Steven Legendre and his wife Alaina went to the hotel bar. It was there that Alaina alleges U.S. Olympic Training Center men’s coach, Vitaly Marinitch sexually assaulted her. Since the incident isn’t mentioned as a catalyst for Vitaly's stated voluntary resignation, the Legendres have decided to publicly share their story to offer greater transparency to the sport they love and have dedicated their lives to.

    Alaina Legendre (née Williams) was a U.S. trampoline national team member for six years and national champion several times over. Steven Legendre is an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, an NCAA champion and multi-World medalist.

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    60 Minutes Former Gymnasts Allege Sexual Abuse.

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  • 240: Chalkography
    Wed, Feb 15, 2017

    MEET NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    • Hall of 10's¬†
      • Alex McMurtry scored a 10 on UB ¬†
      • Madison Kocian scored a 10.0 on UB
      • Peng Peng Lee *finally* scored a 10.0 on UB
      • Maggie Nichols 10.00 on FX¬†
    • Gymnastics theme meets we want to see:
      • GymKata, Sean Melton-themed, Screw Elite Gymnastics theme, Judges Appreciation theme, Save the Tatas Education with live demonstrations.
    • Funniest (only because she is ok)¬†vault crash¬†we've ever seen
    • Morgan Lane ranked 4th now on BB 9.950¬†
    • What constitutes over celebrating on the mat in NCAA?
    • Why Kyla Ross changed her floor routine
    • Crack or Correct: The Most Controversial Scores of the Week
      • One judge gave Katelyn Ohashi a 10 for this beam routine
      • One judge gave Rachel Slocum a 10 for this vault
      • One judge gave Kyla Ross a 10 for this bar routine
    • The end of Chalkography? New rule .02 deduction for "excessive chalk" in NCAA
    • ¬†Men's NCAA Gymnastics update
    • New men's national team qualifying rules at Winter Cup that make Jessica rage

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Olga Korbut¬†auctioning off all of her medals
    • Ysenia Ferrera has returned to the Cuban National Team!¬†
    • Gymnast Anthony Wise gets back on the horse after three-year layoff + battle with anorexia¬†
    • Wendy Hillard says she was left off World Team for being black
    • Should USAG drop Under Armour for¬†Nike?
    • Brazilian Federation in hot water after financial irregularities
    • Why do so many Russian team members have kidney stones?
    • Chuso punch front mount to immediate punch front on beam
    • Ponor is doing¬†Onodi + Aerial walkover + Double turn #BDSMwithCata
    • USA Gymnastics MSU Sexual Misconduct Investigation:
      • Interview with one of the accusers from the 90‚Äôs, ‚ÄúSo many different people shoved it under the rug.‚ÄĚ
      • 12 unanswered questions about the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal¬†
      • Trying to keep track of all the accusations? M Live has helpful interactive map

    YOUR FEEDBACK

    • A terrified coach asks what to do when¬†told to ignore written safety protocols on her first day.
    • A report on the new Women's Technical Committee President, Donatella Sacchi had to say at Nick Ruddick's Gymnastics Conference
    • How do adult gymnasts support their chests to compete in¬†backless leotards?
      • See tutorial on taping boobs for backless leotards here
    • A letter from an MSU cheer team member who alleges that her team was punished for reporting abuse with¬†the support of Larry Nassar.

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  • 239: Elite Canada, Reykjavik and NCAA
    Wed, Feb 08, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about:

    • Quiz: World, Olympic and National Team Members in the NCAA (sexy data here)¬†
    • ¬†Elite Canada (6:20)
      • Junior Ana Padurariu swept and beat the seniors scores (bars, beam¬†featuring the back dive mount)¬†
    • The Reykjavik International 2017¬†videos here¬†(11:00)
    • NCAA (19:40)
      • Kiana Winston joins the 10.0 Club on floor,¬†but then drinks water
      • Ebee¬†would have joined if there were justice in the world
      • Lizzy Leduc¬†is becoming a star at Illinois (9.950 BB)
      • Brianna Comport is throwback perfection¬†front tumbling goddess
    • Crack or Correct
      • Britney Ward (Missouri) absolutely robbed of a 10 on this vault
      • Mia Hambrick (LSU)¬†SAME
      • Kyrstin Hoffa (UW) floor¬† demonstration mastery and amplitude on every single skill¬†

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include (39:00):

    • Trampoline champion Pam Clark slams British Gymnastics¬†
    • Why Russia keeps pregnant athletes on the national team (hint, human rights!)
    • Anatomy Of Athletes, will feature Vanessa Ferrari
    • Sofia Hults: Delivering the floor exercise realness that you need right now¬†
    • Aja Sims weiler to comaneci salto¬†
    • USAG Sexual Abuse Investigation Update (54:00)
        • Texas Rangers went to Karolyi Ranch for sex abuse case
        • SCATS:
          • National team members sue¬†Don Peters and Nassar for sexual misconduct and abuse
          • Orange County Register journalist Scott Reid‚Äôs investigation revealed that SCATS has violated USAG‚Äôs policy against banned members at USAG clubs.¬†
        • Nassar:
          • Nassar medical license¬†suspended
          • John Geddert¬†sued for allegedly failing to protect his gymnasts from sexual abuse.
          • A gymnast tried to report¬†Nassar as early as 1997
          • Police questioned Nassar about his conduct in 2004
          • MSU athletes¬†ordered to not talk about Nassar
          • "If those allegations are true, MSU may be obstructing justice, which is a crime."¬†
          • Current MSU head coach, Kathie Klages accused of failing to report and intimidating, alleged Nassar victim
          • MSU coach suggests Nassar treatments were legitimate and he was framed
    • FEEDBACK (1:03:24):
      • McKenna Kelly's vault injury
      • Mom causes blackout during meet
      • What's Ashton Locklear up to now
      • Leotard sizes and fit
      • Inauguration-themed floor routine
      • Instant replay in NCAA
      • Routine judging receipts
      • Award ceremony straddle conga lines

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  • 238: Maggie Nichols & KJ Kindler
    Wed, Feb 01, 2017

    THE NCAA NEWS

    Spencer and Jessica recap the week in college gymnastics:

    • Who has joined the hall of 10's.
    • McMurtry DTY, Karas Michigan 1.5 for 9.975, Zaakira Muhammad, WVU, perfection on a full for 9.900.
    • Kennedi Edney wasn‚Äôt supposed to do AA, steps in on floor with this--that wasn‚Äôt even in the lineup before, wins AA.
    • Taryn Fitzgerald at Stanford front aerial landing on two feet.
    • Crack or Correct: The most controversial scores of the weekend.
      • McMurtry‚Äôs DTY - only got a 9.995. Should it have been a 10?¬†
      • Sofie Seilnacht got a 9.7 from one judge, 9.75 ¬†from the other for this gorgeous beam routine. Robbed or fair?¬†

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEWS

    The 2015 team World Champion, bronze medalist on floor and national treasure, Maggie Nichols, talks about her transition from elite to college gymnastics at Oklahoma. KJ Kindler, two-time national championship coach of the defending NCAA champs at OU join us to nerd out about:

    • Maggie Nichols (21:00):¬†
      • The arm landing position question answered!
      • Oversplits
      • How she increased¬†her level of fitness after her ACL tear.
      • Going pro
      • Secret skills she worked on that fans never got to see.
      • Skills she's thrilled she'll never have to do again!
    • KJ Kindler (38:25):
      • How she manages to dominate from January through April.¬†
      • What are her secrets to such a dominant, consistent beam team.
      • Did she always know that Chayse Capps was going to be a star
      • How did Brenna Dowell and KJ negotiate Brenna's return to elite last year
      • The story behind the Syrian refugee floor routine and how the team handles the current political turmoil (American Refugee Committee).
      • Sultry choreography
      • Why Natalie Brown had to take the¬†slither out of her routine. Watch it¬†here, RIP "The Slither."
      • Chayse Capps beam drop.

    GIVEAWAY

    HOW: Tell us what the historic UNC LGBTQ meet meant to you. Be as creative as you want. A story about how gymnastics helped someone come out. Or how gymnastics taught you to be a better ally. Use the hashtag #ThxUNCgym on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. We will pick a winner from a random drawing of entries. DEADLINE: February 5th, 2017  PRIZE:

    • Three "Carolina Gymnastics Love is Love"¬†t-shirts from the meet (sizes S, M and L)¬†
    • Commemorative¬†tickets from the event
    • One pair of the famous ombre blue and black Carolina Nike shoes (size 7.5, see far right shoes in the photo above)

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  • 237: Ruby Harrold
    Wed, Jan 25, 2017

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Ruby Harrold from Bristol, England (The Academy Portishead), has graced our country by competing in college for Louisiana State University. She was an alternate for the London Olympics in 2012, an integral part of the historic bronze medal for Team GB at the Glasgow Worlds in 2015, and has revitalized bars like no one else. We discuss:

    • How,¬†as a reluctant GB elite, she was recruited to¬†college gymnastics
    • Biggest cultural difference training¬†at LSU
    • The bars skill she has never mastered
    • Glasgow team medal vs. her Rio experience¬†
    • Resurrecting the Zuchold-Schleudern and keeping her difficulty in college.

    Amy Smith, NCAA champion gymnast and current associate head coach at the University of North Carolina tells us about the historic #BeTrue, LGBTQ Community Support meet at UNC vs. Florida last weekend. This first of its kind in the history of gymnastics, had the largest crowd EVER for the UNC gymnastics program.

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    GIVEAWAY

    HOW: Tell us what the historic UNC LGBTQ meet meant to you. Be as creative as you want. A story about how gymnastics helped someone come out. Or how gymnastics taught you to be a better ally. Use the hashtag #ThanksUNCgym on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. We will pick a winner from a random drawing of entries. DEADLINE: February 5th, 2017  PRIZE:

    • Three "Carolina Gymnastics Love is Love"¬†t-shirts from the meet (sizes S, M and L)¬†
    • Commemorative¬†tickets from the event
    • One pair of the famous ombre blue and black Carolina Nike shoes (size 7.5, see far right shoes in the photo above)

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  • 236: Dream Theme Floor Routines
    Wed, Jan 18, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • The University of North Carolina gymnastics team is hosting an LGBTQ Community Support meet on Friday, January 20th.
    • Artistic themes for floor routines that absolutely need to be performed ASAP (4:24)
    • The NCAA Recap:¬†
      • Oklahoma (15:51)
        • Chayse Capps beam 9.975 ¬†vs Peng Peng beam ¬†
        • Most controversial comments made by Kelly Garrison (Steves) Funderburk
      • ¬†Florida (27:16)
      • Alabama ( 35:06)
      • Windy City Invitational (43:08)
      • The strangest trend in NCAA right now - teams running¬†behind the vaulter (39:30)¬†
      • The most controversial scores of the week (41:38):¬†Ashleigh Gnat LSU 10 for her DTY vault¬†and¬†Chayse Capps UB 9.9

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Simone Biles interviewed by Tom Hanks on¬†Wait Wait Don't Tell Me¬†
    • Eythora, Oleg, Mikulak and Ragan Smith headline the ¬†American Cup¬†
      • Qualification rules for all-around World Cups explained (1:00:41)
    • Nile Wilson injured
    • Aliya Mustafina is¬†with child
    • Trampoline Parks are bad.
    • FEEDBACK your hilarious letters and solutions to all problems gym nerd (1:11:31):
      • How to watch NCAA meets if you live outside of the US: Slingtv international package and lets you add SEC and Pac12 for about $25/month or¬†NastiaFan101take12
      • Why do college gymnasts sit in a straddle conga line after the meet?¬†
      • Simone Biles & Aly Raisman will appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and are treated completely differently than men for doing so.¬†
      • A newbie Fantasy NCAA gym player has created super villain nicknames for his entire roster.¬†
    • RAGE-O-METER: Leotard sizes and panty peek-a-boo.¬†

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  • 235: Happy 2017
    Wed, Jan 11, 2017

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    • Our favorite and least favorite moments from 2016
    • NCAA Recap
      • Five freshman¬†World Champions competed this weekend, including for the first time ever, two Olympic gold medalists.
      • The Bars score controversies - Skinner and Kocian
      • Balance beam situations - Georgia and UCLA
      • Natalie Brown's Syrian refugee-themed floor routine (from preseason)
      • Beam Queens: Sarah Finnegan's 9.950 beam routine, Kiana Winston's 9.950 beam routine¬†
      • SWAGGIE MAGGIE NICHOLS!!!!
      • Macy Toronjo (UCLA/Texas Dreams) exhibitions after going blind in both eyes earlier this year.
      • NC State: The puking beam dismount
      • Chayse Capps and Ashley Gant superstar-ness

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Aliya Mustafina doesn't miss gymnastics
    • Oleg Stepko's coach went back to Ukraine
    • Cheerleading granted provisional Olympic status¬†
    • Pegxit : Peggy Liddick will lease Gymnastics Australia
    • Jake Martin on coming out to his OSU teammates and being team captain¬†
    • Putin‚Äôs daughter does this weird acro-ballroom dance hybrid sport and is good!
    • USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation update:
      • New lawsuit by MSU softball athlete who went to the administration about Nassar‚Äôs procedure in 1998
      • International Gymnastics Federation ‚Äėvery concerned‚Äô by US sex abuse claims¬†
      • 18 women sue USAG, MSU and John Geddart's Twistars club for failing to protect them from sexual abuse at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar
    • Simone Things and Aimee Boorman being a hero coach and shinning example to all
    • Gabby Douglas becomes ambassador against online harassment
    • Amy Tinkler has parted ways with her personal coaches
    • Maria Paseka refuses to retire!

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  • BBS: Mexican Open Gala of Insanity
    Thu, Jan 05, 2017

    We'll be back next week on our regular schedule. Until then, enjoy all the NCAA recaps from Spencer at https://balancebeamsituation.com/

     

  • 234: Chris Brooks
    Wed, Dec 21, 2016

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    If you need inspiration, are a coach of a gymnast who doesn’t quite get it, or need New Year’s resolution help, this is the episode for you. Chris Brooks has been through all the things and his message is very powerful. From the great Texas gymnastics tradition, he overcame personal tragedy and a horrific injury to make the Rio Olympic team at age 29. He had grip lock as a junior, but recovered and won an NCAA Championship at Oklahoma. While in college, his father, who got him into gymnastics and was a gymnast himself, was killed in a car accident. Chris was named Olympic team alternate in 2012. Then he made the all-around final at the Rio Olympic Games just a few months before his 30th birthday. We discuss:

    • The full Cheeseburgers on Horse story
    • The famous hug between John Orozco and Chris Brooks after being named to the 2016 Olympic Team.
    • How he peaked and gave up excuses to finally make the Olympic team.¬†
    • Is the U.S. men's team really not doing well or is it actually improving?¬†
    • Was¬†the judging fair in Rio?
    • What does he think of the new changes to the Code of Points?
    • His grip lock accident. (Article on preventing grip lock)
    • Cheering hard: Did he ever get in trouble for being too loud?
    • What was it like being coached by Olympic Champion, Rustom Sharipov?
    • What to do about Winter Cup?
    • Does he dislike being objectified (by the screaming gym mom's at Winter Cup)?
    • The¬†2015 floor faceplant.
    • Performing in the¬†Victoria‚Äôs Secret Fashion Show.
    • His future plans.¬†

    RELATED ARTICLES

    • Indianapolis Star Out of Balance Investigation series¬†

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  • 233: Danell Leyva 2016
    Wed, Dec 14, 2016

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Danell Leyva is back on the show (listen to his first appearance here)!  The eight-time World and Olympic medalist was the only American man to earn a medal for the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games with a bronze in the all-around. He did that after not even being named to the team! When John Orozco was hurt, he moved from Rio alternate to team member. He was the 2011 world champion on the parallel bars, defending silver medalist going in to 2015 Glasgow World, but failed to reach the podium. He came back a year later at the 2016 Olympics in Rio to win parallel bars and horizontal bar silver. We discuss:

    • Why dog bites are obviously good luck for him.¬†
    • Who should have won the Rio Olympic all-around and p-bars finals.¬†
    • Rio got bad press, but London had some of the same problems.
    • What he thinks of the USA Gymnastics sexual abuse allegations.
    • Being called the¬†"temperamental Cuban American" in the pre-event finals arena video at¬†Worlds in 2015.
    • Girlfriend Power: How he changed his mindset from Glasgow to Rio and got the joy back.
    • Being named alternate to coming home with the most medals of any¬†U.S. male in Rio.¬†
    • Race and his ethnic heritage.¬†
    • His p-bars striptease at the Rio Olympic Gala.¬†
    • Was doing the post-Olympic tour worth it this time around?¬†
    • What was it like in the arena when Samir Ait Said (FRA)¬†fractured his leg on vault in Rio.
    • What he would do to¬†help the men's team--individualize!

     

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  • 232: Conflict of Interest
    Wed, Dec 07, 2016

     IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include (30:00):

    • Tickets for Worlds are on sale now.
    • College Fantasy Gymnastics draft is now open. It closes on December 30th.
    • The Simone Biles News: Florida, Competing in Montreal and some favorite parts from her book, "Courage to Soar."
    • 33% of the FIG delegates wanted to maintain their conflicts of interest.
    • Laurie Hernandez reportedly made $360,00o on Dancing With The Stars.¬†
    • Lisa Skinner (AUS) in serious accident during her Cirque performance.¬†
    • USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation:
      • Dr Larry Nassar was¬†arrested for sexual assault of a girl¬†(not a patient) in his house while she was between the age of 6-12.¬†
      • Third civil lawsuit brought against Nassar, bringing the total to three.
      • 13 women to¬†sue Michigan State over Nassar's¬†alleged sex assaults.
      • The sexual abuse against cases involving¬†professional male soccer players in the UK, reminds us that this is a worldwide problem not dependent on sex.¬†
      • A Way Forward for USA Gymnastics from a compliance and ethics expert.¬†
    • Feedback (1:15:20):
      • Ukraine episode¬†
      • The chocolate milk consipracy¬†
      • Drugs and drinking in gymnastics

    CONTEST

    The NorbertCastic Mini Bar & Mat Combo Contest. Vote for the winner here. 

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  • 231: The Rise and Fall of Ukrainian Gymnastics
    Tue, Nov 29, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    Karla commissioned this episode because she wants everyone "to be able to appreciate the beauty that was Ukrainian gymnastics back when artistry was expected and not shockingly rare.‚Ä̬†¬†Uncle Tim, Spencer,¬†and Jessica chat about:

    • Legacy of Champions (4:30)
    • Favorite Skills (24:31)
    • The Fall (36:50)
      • MAG Ukraine 2012 team controversy:¬†¬†no bronze because of Kohei non-handstand¬†dismount on pommel horse protest.¬†
      • MAG Ukraine at the 2016 Olympic Games, did not compete¬†a full team on each event in Team Finals.
      • Stella Zakharova and the Ukrainian Federation. Her interview here.¬†
      • Yana Demyanchuk¬†2010 beam EF.
    • The Greatest Gymnast Who Never Won Anything ¬†Except Our Hearts! (49:37)
      • Anna Mirgorodskaya: smooth and confident 80s beam¬†and innovative bars.¬†
      • Olga Roschupkina wins the Everyone Else‚Äôs Side Flip is Dead To Me Now Award.¬†
      • Alyona Kasha gorgeous floor, tumbling and smirk. She also vaulted the rare and illusive laid out handspring front.¬†
      • Maria Livchikova and her insane beam.¬†
      • Natalia Kalinina 1990 Goodwill Games floor.
    • The Future (58:25)

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  • 230: The Good News
    Wed, Nov 23, 2016

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Nutrition and supplements are something we don't hear about a lot in gymnastics, unless we are looking at Jonathan Horton's Instagram or Jake Dalton's Snapchat. We wanted to know what the latest science was and what progress was being made at USA Gymnastics in terms of eduction and outreach for the national team. This week we learn about the new partnership between Thorne Research and the United States Olympic Committee. Dr. Allan Miller N.D., Executive Director of Medical Education at Thorne Research discusses all things gymnastics and nutritional science:

    • The latest science: what coaches, athletes, parents and national team coordinators should know.
    • How gymnasts can take advantage of this new partnership.¬†
    • The WADA hack and anti-doping quality controls for supplements.¬†
    • WellnessFX - it's exactly what McKayla Maroney¬†said the national team program needed! Diagnostic testing, nutritional science, and¬†medicine¬†help¬†gymnasts peak when it counts.¬†
    • Gym MythBusters:
      • Muscle soreness can be stopped.¬†
      • Chocolate milk is a quality recovery drink.¬†
      • Athletes¬†get enough nutrition¬†from diet alone.¬†

    RELATED LINKS

    Thorne Research for gymnastics.  NSF International supplement certification.

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  • 229: All Good Things Come To Those Who Cowboy
    Wed, Nov 16, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    • Elite Massillia
      • WOGA trained Russian born, US green card holder, Irina Alexeva¬†won the open division.
      • Anastasia Ilyankova (RUS)¬†insane bar routine.
      • Alison Lepin (FRA) finished second¬†AA with her upper-body gravity defying bars.¬†
      • We solve Seda Tutkhalyan (RUS) falling five time problems (BB example here).
    • Blume Memorial¬†
    • Arthur Gander Memorial
    • NCAA National Signing Day BB Situation highlights:
      • Kyla Bryant - Stanford - floor¬†- DLO, open double tuck
      • Kyana George - Cal - is a queen!
      • If¬†Katelyn Ohashi competes her laid out full on beam, we think it will be the first ever done in NCAA.¬†¬†

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet include:

    • Gabby and Simone shared a floor routine for the final tour stop! World peace ensued!
    • Shawn Johnson spoke her TRUTH in this¬†Tour Rant:¬†It is AWESOME!
    • Aliya got married.
    • Former Federal Prosecutor Daniels will spearhead independent review of USAGym's handling of sexual misconduct issues.¬†According to USAG the final report will¬†be available to the public.
    • Louis Smith and Luke Carson have been sanctioned
    • Aly Raisman talks about some losers who¬†bullied her for being ‚Äėtoo strong‚Äô
    • ‚ÄúSo, how stoned is 'too stoned' to spot a child on the uneven bars?‚Ä̬†Child gymnastic coach's medical marijuana use goes to B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
    • Khorkina, Nemov, and Zamo can still do standing back tucks!¬†
    • Simone Biles thinks she can get better before 2020!
    • Yuri Van Gelder: I didn't kill anyone; I just went to bed late.¬†
    • All gymnastics staff from¬†front desk to janitorial and volunteers need to be background checked for felonies and misdomeanors. Jury trial scheduled for Jeena Nilson registered sex offender who was volunteering at her daughter's gymnastics school.
    • Jes√ļs Carballo Garc√≠a, former Spanish WAG national team coach, faced sexual abuse accusations¬†
    • The Gymternet has given us The Best World Finishes of All Time

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  • 228: Leotards (Commissioned)
    Wed, Nov 09, 2016

    COMMISSIONED EPISODE:

    Club Gym Nerd member, Gym Coach Diana, has commissioned an episode all about the glorious leotard! Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about leos leos leos; biggest leotard fails, the most patriotic, custom theme leos, Australia, cut outs, crushed velvet, rules for leotard design, technology, sewn in underpants, leotard deductions, controversies and the most notorious leotards of all time. 

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  • 227: Jane Doe2 Sues Karolyis
    Wed, Nov 02, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    • All-time greatest Hero vs. Villain match-ups in gymnastics
    • What gymnastics costumes do you really hope we see for Halloween
    • Best gymnastics in a movie that is NOT a gymnastics movie
    • Our declarations for the¬†incoming FIG President
    • GymCastic elections
    • Gymternet News: (37:22)¬†
      • Books releases
      • Maroney photo hacker sentenced
      • Peggy Liddick's job is available.
      • Kyla Ross adjusting to college
      • USA Gymnastics makes men‚Äôs team leadership overhaul:¬†
        • Kevin Mazeika loses his Marta job.
        • USA Gymnastics statment on USOTC resident men's coach, Vitaly Marinitch, ‚ÄúUSA Gymnastics has reviewed the needs of the men's resident program, including concerns that have been shared, and felt a change was necessary at the U.S. Olympic Training Center program in Colorado Springs. ¬†When this was discussed with Vitaly Marinich, he chose to resign.‚ÄĚ
    • New Lawsuit against Larry Nassar, the Karolyis, USA Gymnastics, current president Steve Penny, past president Robert Colarossi, and the gymnast's personal¬†coaches, Galina Marinova and Artur Akopyan.¬†(59:10)
      • Women‚Äôs Health article¬†details¬†how disturbingly common sexual assault by doctors is.¬†
      • Geza Pozar re-confirms Romanian team accounts of¬†beatings by Karolyis in¬†ESPN Outside the Lines Report¬†
      • The second lawsuit has pushed the listeners over the edge to rage. (1:20:45)
    • THINX period underpants review. THINX absorb up to two tampons' worth of blood, yet they look and feel like a regular pair of underwear. (1:26:00)

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  • 226: FIG Regime Change
    Wed, Oct 26, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim; Spencer; Jessica; and special guest, Charlie Burrows, acrobatic talent scout for Cirque du Soleil joins us to chat about:

    • Romanian juniors are scoring 56's:
      • Junior national champion, Olivia Cimpian scored a 56.700
      • We kind of love Miss¬†Galota's throwback Geza Pozar¬†floor routine.¬†
      • Andrea Raducan got married!¬†
    • British Gymnastics news:
      • Georgia May Fenton¬†and¬†Tyesha Mattis are back from injury.¬†
      • Georgia's bar routine¬†shows¬†shades of¬†Tweddle level potential.¬†
      • Kelly Simm's beam mount¬†is the kind of mount we long for elites to do!¬†
      • Louis Smith and Luke Carson did something dumb and may be punished or not. (35:00)
    • Charlie tells us what's new with Cirque:
      • Casting is happening and they are looking for gymnasts
      • Charlie's¬†most embarrassing moments on stage
      • His trip to the Japanese Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
      • Recruiting in Japan: slippers and bowing and mis-translations
      • Can retired gymnasts make successful returns to Cirque? The case of Imogen Cairns.¬†
      • Would Charlie recruit Laurie Hernandez?
      • We improve Simone‚Äôs Music Video¬† by creating our own scenarios for her. (18:30)
      • Charlie explains how trampoline and tumbling have already solved artistic gymnastics Execution vs Difficulty scoring problem. ¬†(53:30)
      • Words of wisdom for anyone considering applying for Cirque du Soleil.
    • FIG Regime Change (41:33)
      • Reviewing the changes made and guffaws of Bruno Grandi.
      • Changes made at the FIG convention and the new Women's Technical Committee Chair (hint, it's NOT Nellie Kim).¬†
      • What will the first ever, non-European President,¬†Morinari Watanabe (JPN).¬†
      • Rumors about the future of gymnastics in the Olympics Games. ¬†
      • Why business and gymnastics are a perfect match.¬†
    • Feedback (58:39)
      • Kim Gwan Suk's teeth have been found.
      • Who really won 1992 Olympics Trials, Shannon Miller or Kim Zmeskal?¬†
    • Update on the USA Gymnastics Sex Abuse Cover-Up Investigation by the Indianapolis Star.¬†
      • In 2011, 19 former elite gymnasts endorsed an overhaul of the USA Gymnastics¬†sexual misconduct guidelines, including three-time¬†Olympian Dominique Dawes. Read details here.¬†
      • In 2008, ESPN pointed out the flaws in the USAGym's rules and reporting policies in an E60 called Violated.

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  • 225: 1992 Olympics Recap (Commissioned)
    Wed, Oct 19, 2016

     

    COMMISSIONED EPISODE

    This week's episode is brought to you by Club Gym Nerd members: Nicole Langevin of Precision Choreography, Rebecca W., Alison S. Allison B., Mary Anne M., and Suzanne M.   

    Uncle Tim, Spencer,  Jessica and very special guest, 1992 U.S. Olympic medalist, Wendy Bruce Martin chat about the 1992 Olympics Games in Barcelona:

    • The pre-Olympic Climate:
      • How the end of the Cold War shaped the Games
      • The media pressure on Kim Zmeskal and the heartbreaking life of Svetlana Boginkaya after the 1988 Olympics.
      • Kim Kelly¬†and the shadiest U.S. Olympic Team selection of all time. (6:00)
      • Wedgie-gate, was it fair to punish three athletes for ill-fitting leotards? (16:00)
      • Uncle Tim's 1992 Code of Points and Competition Rules Quiz-Mageddon! (23:00)
      • The magic of the 1992 broadcast that included interviews with every controversial figure.
    • The Competition (42:00):
      • Compulsories that took our breath away and should we still have them? Exhibit A:¬†Vanda HńÉdńÉrean (ROM) or Gruneneva (Unified Team). Eastern Bloc beauty.¬†
      • The judging crack epidemic of 1992. Exhibit B: Christina Bontas's 9.9 beam routine.
      • Kim Zmeskal fell on beam and the world didn't actually end.¬†
      • The glory of North Korea,¬†Kim Gwang Suk¬†on bars. All praise the dear leader.¬†
    • Team Finals (1:02:00)
      • Kerri Strug's family fashion.¬†
      • The Karolyi double back set on beam, AKA freeze in mid-air before flip.¬†
      • U.S. and Australian leotards.¬†
      • Why Wendy felt embarrassed of her bronze medal for too long.¬†
    • The All-Around Final (1:16:00)
      • Galieva-Gate
      • The most common skills of the quad and the routines that were way ahead of their time, like Tatiana Lysenko (Unified).¬†
      • Luisa Portocarrera (CAN/GTM), beam goddess. Watch it here.
      • Shannon Miller vs. Tatiana Gutsu showdown. Was the judging fair? We decide. (1:26:00)
    • Event Finals (1:29:19)
      • Tatiana Lysenko's double twisting yurchenko vs. the world; the 1992 vault final.¬†
      • The Beam Final:¬†Li Lu - press handstand to HEALY to arch pose! Pour out some¬†Yang Bo. Lysenko's backspin, Shannon Miller. One of the greatest beam finals of all time.¬†
      • The Bars Final: The bars medalists¬†got air on the bars that were super close together. Lu Li got mega air and¬†Kim Gwang Suk - TKATCHEV TO COUNTER KIM! WHAT?!
      • The Floor Final: Lavinia Milosovici's Romanian tumbling greatness, Henrietta Onodi's triple full, Gutsu's split leg double layout, so much genius!
    • Shenanigans and the Legacy of the 1992 Olympics¬†(1:43:05)
      • Steve Nunno's motivational poster quotes.¬†
      • Bela Karolyi or Donald Trump quotes quiz.¬†
      • The training schedule for the U.S. Team. Yes, two-a-day practices.¬†
      • The new breed of¬†positive coaches. (1:51:53)

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    • Claudia Miller (Shannon Miller's mom), wrote a book called, "My Child My Hero." A gym nerd must-read.

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  • BBS: Vampires and Nadia Comaneci The Karolyi Story
    Wed, Oct 12, 2016

    THIS WEEK

    While we are preparing for next week's epic commissioned episode, please enjoy, not one, but two blog-casts from The Balance Beam Situation. If you'd like to hear a sample of our commissioned episodes, check out our recap of the 2008 Olympic all-around final here.

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    • The Balance Beam Situation full blog posts with gifs and screen caps galore:
      • American Horror Story: The Ranch here.
      • Vampires and Nadia Comaneci:¬†The Karolyi Story here.

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  • BBS: American Horror Story The Ranch
    Wed, Oct 12, 2016

    THIS WEEK

    While we are preparing for next week's epic commissioned episode, please enjoy, not one, but two blog-casts from The Balance Beam Situation. If you'd like to hear a sample of our commissioned episodes, check out our recap of the 2008 Olympic all-around final here.

    RELATED LINKS

    • The Balance Beam Situation full blog posts with gifs and screen caps galore:
      • American Horror Story: The Ranch here.
      • Vampire and Nadia Comaneci:¬†The Karolyi Story here.

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  • 224: Age of the Pegan
    Wed, Oct 05, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    • Retirements, Valerie's first official camp as team coordinator, US Team to the White House, Ponor dragged into election scam, Lauren Mitchell retires, and Ellis O'Reilly's fractured vertebrae.
    • The answer to the question: where's Gabby Douglas?¬†
    • Why the UK men are all learning Pegan's on high bar.
    • What leotard designs do we want to see now that GK has a deal with Disney.¬†
    • A British promoter is marketing the British Gymnastics all-around World Cup. We give him our advice on how to host the best meet ever.¬†
    • Gymnastics scoring displays: what ice skating and baseball already have that we need.
    • An update on the allegations against USA Gymnastics team doctor,¬†Larry Nassar, and USA Gymnastics sex abuse cover-up investigation.¬†
    • Dancing shows update on Laurie Hernandez and Claudio Fragapane.
    • The NCAA has pulled all championships¬†out of North Carolina because state laws makes it legal to discriminate against LGBT citizens. Should USA Gymnastics do the same?¬†
    • Your Feedback on our Sacramone interview, WADA hack and the ethical conundrum of buying tickets to the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions during the USAG Sex Abuse Cover Up scandal.¬†

    RELATED LINKS

    Watch the continuous graphic which shows difficulty score adds up, in real time, as the ice skating routine is performed. https://youtu.be/f44iy1dU2-M?t=1m24s   A blind eye to sex abuse: How USA Gymnastics failed to report cases. Read the report here.

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  • 223: Tasha Schwikert
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016

     

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Olympic medalist, NCAA Champion, law school graduate (currently waiting for her bar results) and legend of the dance floor, Tasha Schwikert, joins us this week. Tasha (and her baby daughter) joined us to discuss:

    • Gym Mythbusters: did she really learn a back handspring on the side of the bathtub, did she give her NCAA AA trophy to Maloney, and more...
    • Her famous perceived snub of USA Gymnastics president,¬†Steve Penny.
    • Being designated a Vegas Gymnast¬†and a rebel by the New York Times.¬†
    • Her lifelong relationship with GymCats coach Cassie¬†Rice.
    • The difference between Bela Karolyi and Martha (Marta) Karolyi as¬†national team coordinators.¬†
    • How she managed not to tear her achillies despite lifelong achillies problems.¬†
    • The 2000 Olympics:
      • Making the team as the second alternate
      • What she thought of fans perception that it was her fault Jamie Dantzscher and Alyssa¬†Beckerman¬†were snubbed in Sydney.
    • The current abuse investigation and cases against USA¬†Gymnastics:
      • Her experience and opinion of the abuse review system she served under.¬†
      • Serving on the USAG Ethics, Grievance and Safe Sport Committee where she voted to ban coaches like Don Peters.

    IN THE NEWS

    Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    • The allegation update of Dr. Larry Nassar
      • 20¬†more women have come forward
      • Contradictions between the USAG and Nassar quotes
      • Nassar fired from MSU
      • Update on the Georgia case that seeks to release all of the abuse allegation files USAG has¬†
      • USOC announced¬†a Safe Sport agency
    • Dipa Karmakar's coach Bishweshwar Nandi¬†seems like a jerk¬†
    • Ferrari surgery and future
    • Jessica's review of the Kellogg's Tour¬†

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    The McCabe Timeline: A Trail of Warnings.

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  • 222: The New King
    Wed, Sep 21, 2016

    THIS WEEK

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

    • 1988 Olympic Champion and WOGA genius, Valerie Liukin has officialy been named "The New Marta"
    • Fuzzy¬†Bears broke into the World Anti-Doping Agency and tried to get US gymnasts busted fooooor nothing.
    • Alexi Nemov's Gymnastics Legends show in Moscow
    • All the gymternet news
    • Judge Ricky's Top 10 most dynamic floor routines from Rio... a countdown. (44:45)

    In light of the allegations against Dr. Larry Nassar, we wanted to know what was appropriate and inappropriate protocol for intravaginal therapy. We asked Doctor of Physical Therapy, Stephanie Fournier, a board certified women's clinical health specialist. She discusses (29:20):

    • Appropriate protocol before and during a¬†pelvic floor¬†exam and treatment¬†for¬†a minor
    • If leaking or peeing a little when you tumble is really a big deal?¬†(hint...YES!)
    • What can pelvic floor disfunction in girls lead to in adulthood (hint... run to your physical therapist immediately for treatment)
    • For adult gymnasts, is¬†incontinence¬†after childbirth a permanent¬†condition, just something they have to live with? ¬†(hint...NO!)
    • How to find a pessary to wear during exercise. This can be a temporary¬†solution to prevent¬†embarrassing moments at gym while you work on your vaginal fitness with a¬†trained therapist.¬†

    GUEST LINKS

    Find a physical therapist in your area, trained to treat pelvic floor issues. Search for incontinence or pelvic under Women's Health. Pessary (a tampon-like thingy that stops you from tinkling when you tumble or jump)

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    Gymnast Care Podcast Louisiana gyms underwater - https://www.gofundme.com/2kmmptw Chalk it Up Movie is on iTunes!

    SURVEY - If you are a FEMALE figure skater, gymnast, or diver OVER THE AGE OF 18 who is currently training you can click on this link to take the survey. It will take you about 15 minutes to complete. https://springfieldcollege.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6fG0v76Lyt3wsHb If you are a FEMALE figure skater, gymnast, or diver BETWEEN THE AGE OF 12-17 who is currently training I will need parental permission for you to complete the survey. If you are interested, please let me know and I can either message you or simply visit the link to provide parental consent for your daughter. https://springfieldcollege.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bI7aVL8bHvLOIND Please feel free to contact me at 860-866-7676, or at taryn.brandt@gmail.com for more information.

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  • BBS: NCAA Gymnastics for Beginners
    Sat, Sep 17, 2016

    Read Spencer's full blog post with HAIR images here. 

  • 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    This week Uncle Tim, Spencer,  and Jessica discuss:

    • Dr. Larry Nassar accused of sexual assault
    • Gymternet news (29:48)
    • Feedback and Q&A from listeners (36:32)

    Former USA Gymnastics doctor accused of abuse.

    Full story from Indy Star. Two former gymnasts, including an Olympic medalist (identified as Jane Doe), have accused prominent, longtime team physician, Dr. Larry Nassar, working for USA Gymnastics of sexual abuse. A 2000 U.S. female Olympian has filed a lawsuit for sexual assault against alleged perpetrator, an adult male individual who was a certified athletic trainer and a osteopathic physician for the US Women's Team through the 2012 Olympics (the Indy Star has identified the perpetrator as Larry Nassar). The Olympian accuses him of fondling and groping her breasts, and "introduced his bare hand to Plaintiff's vagina and anus, on multiple locations, in Plaintiff's assigned sleeping quarters, as she lay on the edge of her bed, alone and without any supervision or a chaperone..." and that she needed "intravaginal adjustment." Doe asserts this was done without gloves.  Read the full complaint here. 

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  • 220: Get Your Random Trash Aerial Off My Lawn
    Wed, Sep 07, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Spencer, Lauren and Jessica chat about:

    • Lauren's experience as an associate producer for NBC's live online gymnastics coverage with Courtney Kupets and Jon Horton for the Rio Olympics. (1:15)
    • Gymternet News (19:50):
      • Simone Bile's lifelong coach, Aimee Boorman has moved to Evo Gymnastics in Florida.¬†
      • Gabby had "a seriously infected past mouth injury" and a bone cyst removed.
      • USA Gymnastics sexual abuse lawsuit update:¬†Another victim¬†joined the motion to unseal the sexual misconduct files. The files will be unsealed and available to the public on September 30th.¬†
      • Tattoo-mageddon, the men's team all got enormous olympic tats.¬†
      • Rabbi seeks royalties for Japanese Olympic gymnast‚Äôs ‚Äėimmodest‚Äô use of his melody.¬†
    • The New Code (48:06): Spencer¬†walks us through the changes, the way only¬†The Balance Beam Situation can¬†¬†
    • Favorite routines from Rio that didn't make Finals (57:31):¬†
      • Nina Derwael¬†(BEL) bars,¬†Yuki Uchiyama (JPN)¬†bars,¬†Jossimar Calvo (COL) high bar,¬†Lisa Ecker (AUT)¬†vault and beam, Tutya Yilmaz (TUR)¬†beam, Laura Waem (BEL)¬†beam, Ailen Valente‚Äôs (ARG) gatorade incident,¬†Katarzyna Jurkowska (POL) beam,¬†Elisa Menghini (ITA) floor.¬†

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  • 219: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day 3 plus behind the scenes with Houry
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    Day Three, Rio Olympic Event Finals: Women's floor, high bar and parallel bars hosts Spencer, Houry Gebeshian (27 year-old, first ever female Olympic qualifier for Armenia) and Jessica chat about:

    • Ukraine's rhythmic group routine to Madonna's Vogue was epic. (4:30)
    • Spencer recaps The Gala (5:50)
    • Listener Questions (17:00):
      • Are gymnasts in the military?
      • Race in Rio:
        • Why was Gabby Douglas a target of so much hate, and is her Miss American judging move hypocritical?¬†
        • Is¬†it ok to move forward and forgive Arthur Nory Mariano since he has¬†apologized?¬†
        • Which federation handled issues of race in an appropriate way?
    • Our favorite and least favorite not-gymnastics moments (13:00)
    • The Gymternet News (33:57):
      • Q&A with Houry about security, flooded rooms, medical care, brazilian fans, and the famous condom machines.
      • Grandi and his big mouth strike again. Gymnastics chief prefers Raisman style to Biles "acrobatics" and China are¬†trapped in a robotic style of training.
      • Ponor went off on Tumblr, but Bea from The Couch Gymnast put it in perspective for us.¬†
      • NBC's epic propaganda-filled fluff piece on Bela and Marta Karolyi :
      • #GymUnsafe news
        • Coach Jeff Bateman of California and Oregon sentenced to 25 years
        • Keith Callen, 45 of Pennsylvania will stand trial for charges of sexual assault
        • In the wake of an IndyStar investigation, Kellogg‚Äôs, a key USA Gymnastics sponsor, has added its voice to a chorus of state and federal lawmakers seeking assurances that the organization is doing enough to protect young gymnasts from sexual predators
    • Full recap of each event final¬†details, scores, and moments we loved from:
      • Women's Floor¬†Final (1:02:00):
        • How was the Gymnova floor and carpet for Houry?
        • Simone locked down her place in history with another gold.
        • Aly Raisman vs. Simone Biles execution deductions explained.
      • High Bar¬†Final (1:14:58):
        • Fabian Hambuchen finally won!! Hambiceps hugs for everyone!
        • ¬†Manrique Larduet was a Kerri Strug-esque hero again with his triple twisting double layout!
        • Should inquiry's now be conducted like they were in wrestling, by throwing plushy toys or like these Mongolian wrestling coaches by furiously stripping.
        • Houry watched Epke's crash in person. As¬†an¬†A.T.C.¬†and physician's assistant, we asked her opinion of how his fall and¬†Ellis O‚ÄôReilly‚Äôs¬†beam crash¬†were handled. (1:24:39)
      • P-Bars Final (1:31:04): The Oleg Vernaieve, Danell Leyva and Belyavsk¬†party where Manrique Larduet was a Kerri Strug-esque hero!
    • Watch "The Gerbeshian" on bars¬†here.

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    GRAND PRIZE WINNERS: 

    Grand Prize TIED Winners: 

    1. @kayleighrichel - I would want Carly Patterson to coach me to glory so that anytime someone falls, we could both go "oh... that's too bad."
    2. @Euphrosyna - I wanna be coached by Nellie Kim, cos if I didn't make a team, she'd just sort out citizenship for somewhere else.

    Both win, props and wardrobe including leotards, team warmups used in the film, one will win the one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafina, handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson, pictured above.

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  • 218: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day 2
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    On Day Two of the Rio Olympic Event Finals: Beam, Rings and Men's Vault hosts Spencer, Uncle Tim and Jessica chat about:

    • We hit ONE MILLION DOWNLOADS YESTERDAY!!! THANK YOU!
    • Full recap of each event final¬†details, scores, and moments we loved from:
      • Balance Beam Final:
        • Sanne Wevers, the 24 year-old DJ Spindarella'd her way the title, Olympic Champion. Smart gymnastics and past teams who stood united¬†against an abusive head coach, created a beautiful system where smart, elegant gymnastics has¬†flourish.¬†
        • Laurie Hernandez had a higher E score with only a little misstep on her dismount but couldn't match Sanne's innovation and big Dutch D.¬†
        • Simone Biles now eclipses Shannon Miller's record with yet another Olympic medal on beam. ¬†
        • Grabbing the beam to prevent a fall is a .5¬†deduction.¬†
        • Catalina Ponor wore the greatest leotard of all time.¬†
        • Yes, you can wear a short sleeved leotard and have teammates as coaches on the floor for finals.¬†
      • Men'sVault Final:
        • Was this the ugliest form we've ever seen in an Olympic final or just an example of the problems with the vault code?
        • Ri Se Gwan, Denis Abliazin, Kenzo Shirai medaled , we explain the tie breaking procedure for vault.
        • Marian Dragulescu lost the tie breaker but thankfully wasn't deducted for doing gymnastics, "practicing" on the podium.¬†
        • Igor Radivilov will have the handspring triple front named after him and we now hope that no one ever tries that vault again.¬†
      • Rings:
        • Jessica and Spencer basically fell asleep because it's the most boring even in the history of gymnastics but Uncle Tim does a good job of trying to make us appreciate it.
    • Our favorite and least favorite not-gymnastics moments:
      • Sanne Wever's D score notebook
      • Chris Books screams for Simone and Laurie.¬†
      • Everyone needs to calm down about the US women's team's non-gymnastics behavior. It's sexism.
      • Why is Steve Penny still at the Olympics, sitting with families and chumming it up with athletes when USA Gymnastics¬†accused of this and senators are asking for answers!

    RELATED LINKS

    • Full Olympic gymnastics results¬†here¬†
    • How to watch live on BBC, CBC or NBC (details¬†here)
    • Height, Ages and Repeat U.S. Olympic Gymnasts
    • NBC live streaming coverage is for the FANS! So much better than so-called "primetime" evening coverage. Online NBC also has a¬†daily online gymnastics recap show called the¬†Daily Dismount.¬†We are obsessed with how much more enthusiastic, passionate and positive they are¬†than the¬†evening broadcast team.¬†Jim Watson, Courtney Kupets and Jonathan Horton¬†#Jhortney¬†¬†4eva!

     

    CONTEST: A winner every other podcast in August!

    Today's Winner:¬†Sara Neushwander who writes ‚ÄúCourtney McCool so she can sit on me & my dreams everyday at practice.‚Ä̬† Today's Winner Can Chose From These Prizes: The Bronze Movie Watch¬†Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), "The End of the Perfect 10" book or a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt. GRAND PRIZE*: A¬†Bronze Movie gym bag or Hope's backpack filed with wardrobe (leotards, team warmups and Hope's high heeled sneakers) along with¬†¬†props used in the film, plus a one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafina, handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson. How: ¬†If you are a Club Gym Nerd member, tweet, Instagram, voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag¬†#BronzeContest to¬†tell us which¬†retired gymnast you would want¬†to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory¬†and why? Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. *Open to Club Gym Nerd members only

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
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    Rio Olympic Games Coverage

  • 217: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day One
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016

     

    IN THE NEWS

    On Day One of the Rio Olympic Event Finals: Men’s Floor, Women’s Vault, Pommel Horse, Women’s Uneven Bars, Spencer, Uncle Tim and Jessica chat about:

    • The origins of "Cheeseburger booty power" - Jiani Wu episode¬†here.
    • Full recap of each event final¬†details, scores, and moments we loved from:
      • Men's Olympic Floor Final:
        • The EPIC need for a Victorian-level fainting couch for Arthur Nory and Diego Hypolito while they waited for the results on floor.
        • ‚ÄúNorying‚ÄĚ - curl up in a ball like an armadillo until you find out if you medaled.¬†
        • Details of Max Whitlocks epic victory over mono and the rest of the floor field.
      • Women's Vault Final:
        • Simone Biles proves she is a mental rock and consistently has the best execution in the world on the hardest vaults in the world.
        • Epic debate over the execution scores of Maria Paseka, Guilia Steingruber and Wang Yan.
      • Pommel Horse Final--Battle of the British:
        • Max Whitlock one-ups Louis Smith with his higher D score to Louis's higher E score.
        • Alex Naddour proves he was the right choice for the team by breaking the 32-year pommel horse medal draught for the US.
      • Bars Final--Reining Olympic Champion Aliya¬†vs. WOGA and Vagina to the Line Anarchy Bars:
        • Aliya Mustafina won over Madison Kocan with higher D to Kocan's higher E score.
        • Sophie Scheder who we touted¬†as the Khorkina of glorious bars, wins a medal for Germany! Beauties all medaled!
        • Jessica Lopez hit every routine in Rio.
    • Our favorite not-gymnastics moments--hint, Hypolito and Arthur Nory Mariano losing it on the sideline during men's floor finals.

    RELATED LINKS

    • How NBC could improve its gymnastics broadcasts
    • Full Olympic gymnastics results¬†here¬†
    • How to watch live on BBC, CBC or NBC (details¬†here)
    • Height, Ages and Repeat U.S. Olympic Gymnasts
    • NBC live streaming coverage is for the FANS! So much better than so-called "primetime" evening coverage. Online NBC also has a¬†daily online gymnastics recap show called the¬†Daily Dismount.¬†We are obsessed with how much more enthusiastic, passionate and positive they are¬†than the¬†evening broadcast team.¬†Jim Watson, Courtney Kupets and Jonathan Horton¬†#Jhortney¬†¬†4eva!

     

    CONTEST: A winner every other podcast in August!

    What: The Bronze Movie Watch Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), "The End of the Perfect 10" book, a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt, or GRAND PRIZE*: A Bronze Movie gym bag filled with real props used in the film and a one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafina, handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson. How: Tweet, Instagram, Voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag #BronzeContest to tell us which retired gymnast you would want to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory and why? Winners Announced: On every other podcast for the entire month of August! Starting with the women's podium training podcast.  Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. *Open to Club Gym Nerd members only

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
    • Please take this¬†super short¬†survey. It helps our podcast host¬†find advertisers to fit your every¬†desire.
    • Buy one of our awesome gym nerdy gifts and¬†goodies¬†here.

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    Rio Olympic Games Coverage

  • 216: Rio Women's All-Around Final
    Fri, Aug 12, 2016

     

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Australian national team member, Commonwealth Games and World Cup medalist, Mary-Anne "Mez" Monckton,  Spencer, Stefane and Jessica chat about:

    • What won today, a huge D (difficulty score), E (execution score) or both?
    • Full recap of every single gymnast¬†in the final, details, scores, and moments we loved from:
      • Simone and Aimee Boorman, the example of how to do it the right way--healthy, happy, better person not just gymnast, our new Olympic Champion!
      • Why everyone needs a team of Aly Raisman's in their corner. Kind, fierce, loving, brave and freakin' NAILS!
      • The Aliya Mustafina-vs.-Shang-Chunsong-for-the-bronze debate may rage on through the ages. Even though¬†D was 1.5 points higher and Mustafa was having major issues on beam.
      • Ellie Black made Canada proud, Wang brought the big D for China, Jessica Lopez hit 4-for-4 in an all-around final! And more details on all the fan favorite finalists.
    • Our favorite not-gymnastics moments--hint, they almost all involve crying except for Spencer, as usual.

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Round-up of the latest news from Rio includes:

    • Today's gymternet news was brought to you by a Club Gym Nerd member who dedicated it to this vault run.¬†¬†
    • Jeffrey Wammes is the only out gymnast in Rio. Meanwhile, a so-called reporter is outing¬†athletes during the Olympic Games.
    • Feedback from elite judges on our Team Final complaints. Does their explanation make us feel any better about judging standards...?¬†

    U.S. Women's Team domination by the numbers (thank you FIG for this):

    • At the 2012 Olympics, the USA won gold by 5.066 points ahead of Russia
    • At the 2014 World Championships, the USA won gold by 6.194 points ahead of China
    • At the 2015 World Championships, the USA won gold by 5.174 points ahead of China
    • At the 2016 Olympics, the USA won gold by 8.209 points ahead of Russia

    RELATED LINKS

     

    CONTEST: A winner every other podcast in August!

    Today's¬†winner is:¬†@KCozyGirl¬†¬†‚ÄúDefinitely Mckayla Maroney, she'd perfect my vault and then teach me how to take selfies and be the next Drake.‚ÄĚ What: The Bronze Movie Watch¬†Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), "The End of the Perfect 10" book, a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt, or¬†GRAND PRIZE*: A¬†Bronze Movie gym bag filled with real¬†props used in the film and a one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafina, handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson. How:¬†Tweet, Instagram, Voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag¬†#BronzeContest to¬†tell us which¬†retired gymnast you would want¬†to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory¬†and why? Winners¬†Announced:¬†On¬†every other podcast for the entire month of August! Starting with the women's podium training podcast.¬† Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. *Open to Club Gym Nerd members only

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
    • Please take this¬†super short¬†survey. It helps our podcast host¬†find advertisers to fit your every¬†desire.
    • Buy one of our awesome gym nerdy gifts and¬†goodies¬†here.

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    Rio Olympic Games Coverage

     

     

  • 215: Rio Men's Olympic All-Around Final
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016

     

    IN THE NEWS

    • Please take this¬†super short¬†survey. It helps our podcast host¬†find advertisers to fit your every¬†desire.
    • Full results¬†here¬†
    • How to watch live on BBC, CBC or NBC (details¬†here).

    In the news,Uncle Tim and Jessica chat about:

    • What won today, a huge D (difficulty score), E (execution score) or both?
    • Full recap of every single team in the final, details, scores, and moments we loved from:
      • King Kohei with the gorgeous form
      • Oleg Verniaev despite everything Ukraine has been through and not having a FLOOR, he wins silver
      • Max Whitlock kicked glandular fever in the nuts! Mono sufferers rejoice!
      • Details on the top gymnast of the day and complete devastation from Jessica over Cuba's Manrique Larduet and her moment from Andreas Bretschneider!
    • Our favorite not-gymnastics moments from¬†Oleg Stepko's fire leotard to Kohei's kind heart to the men having to safety pin up their¬†pants.

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Round-up of the latest news from Rio includes:

    • Gabby issues statement about the most ridiculous thing ever.
    • The future of Aliya Mustafina and her former coach,¬†Alexander Alexandrov.
    • International Gymnastics magazine reports that¬†Yuri Van Gelder¬†will try to sue his federation.
    • ONGOING¬†¬†Reports¬†that USA Gymnastics has repeatedly failed to report abuse cases:
      • ‚ÄúFour U.S. senators wrote a letter to USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny on Friday, expressing ‚Äúdeep concern‚ÄĚ about the organization‚Äôs handling of sex abuse allegations about coaches‚ÄĚ ‚Äď IndyStar
      • USA Today has an excellent explanation about this issue in the article titled,¬†"Sexual Predators Left Off the Banned List"
      • ESPN's "I was raped by my coach" article.
        • "When I look back at this, it makes me feel very frustrated by USA Gymnastics. I often think that I could have been saved if its policies were different. It all comes from the leadership down, and unless the leadership stands up and says, "We are not going to tolerate this," nothing will change*. It needs to say, "Anyone who crosses a toe over the line we're drawing here is going to be out. You will be banned. We'll talk to our sister organizations, and you won't be able to find a loophole and have access to kids. You can't run a gymnastics camp."
    • NBC has streaming covering and a daily online gymnastics recap show called the Daily Dismount. We are obsessed with how good they are! Jim Watson, Courtney Kupets and Jonathan Horton¬†#Jhortney¬† 4 eva!

    CONTEST: A winner every other podcast in August!

    Yesterday's winner was :@E_Score_Whore on Twitter wrote: I choose Dominique Moceanu, so she can coach me to greatness in my fav event - inner tube floating. What: The Bronze Movie Watch Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), "The End of the Perfect 10" book, a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt, or GRAND PRIZE*: A Bronze Movie gym bag filled with real props used in the film and a one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafina, handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson. How: Tweet, Instagram, Voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag #BronzeContest to tell us which retired gymnast you would want to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory and why? Winners Announced: On every other podcast for the entire month of August! Starting with the women's podium training podcast.  Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. *Open to Club Gym Nerd members only

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
    • Buy one of our awesome gym nerdy gifts and¬†goodies¬†here.

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    Rio Olympic Games

  • 214: Rio Women's Olympic Team Final
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016

     

    LISTEN HERE

     

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Australian national team member, Commonwealth Games and World Cup medalist, Mary-Anne "Mez" Monckton,  Spencer, Stefane and Jessica chat about:

    • Please take this¬†super short¬†survey. It helps our podcast host¬†find advertisers to fit your every¬†desire.
    • Full results here¬†
    • How to watch live on BBC, CBC or NBC (details here).
    • What won today, a huge D (difficulty score), (execution score) or both?
      • D SCORE - 1) USA 76.1, 2) CHN 75.2, 3) GBR 73.7 4)RUS 72.6, 5) JPN 72.1, 6) BRA 71.2, 7) GER 69.6, 8) NED 67.8
      • E SCORE - 1) USA 108.797, 2) NED 105.047, 3) RUS 104.482, 4) GER 104.072, 5) JPN 102.671, 6) CHN 101.703, 7) GB 101.162, 8) BRA 100.987
    • ¬†Full recap of every single team in the final, details, scores, and moments we loved from:
      • US with Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas becoming the only US women with three Olympics gold medals
      • Russia being 1000% better than prelims and bringing the D on bars and vault
      • China winning bronze despite counting two falls and their best gymnast, Shang being sick.¬†
      • Japan coming in 4th with hit after hit after hit and jumping for joy after their bars rotation.¬†
      • The British bringing the big D and going for all of their difficulty, not watering down like pusillanimouses¬†to¬†place fifth.¬†
      • Germany outscoring Russia and China on two events with gorgeous and difficult bars in their technicolor dream-neon leos.
      • The Netherlands proving that athlete welfare and beauty can conquer in gymnastics.¬†
      • Brazil enjoying their Olympic moment with huge difficulty and The Flavia Factor.¬†
    • Our favorite not-gymnastics moments from the Japanese elation to Aliya Mustafina being soooo¬†Queen Mustafina.¬†

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Round-up of the latest news from Rio includes-

    • What does Mez think of the safety issues around the mic¬†transponder being taped¬†to the middle of the underside of the beam?
    • According to the AP, NBC ordered Trautwig to delete his anti-adoption tweet where he insisted Simone‚Äôs parents were not her parents. Now, past US Olympians are reminding us of the long history of being disrespectful to US athletes
    • NBC's tv ratings are down, hum wonder why?
    • Yuri Van Gelder out of rings final and sent home for drinking.
    • Jerks are body shaming a gymnast and they should STFU.
    • NBC has streaming covering and a daily online gymnastics recap show called the Daily Dismount. We are obsessed with how good they are! Jim Watson, Courtney Kupets and Jonathan Horton¬†#Jhortney¬† 4 eva!

    CONTEST: A winner every other podcast in August!

    Today's winner is :@E_Score_Whore on Twitter wrote: I choose Dominique Moceanu, so she can coach me to greatness in my fav event - inner tube floating. What: The Bronze Movie Watch Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), "The End of the Perfect 10" book, a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt, or GRAND PRIZE*: A Bronze Movie gym bag filled with real props used in the film and a one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafina, handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson. How: Tweet, Instagram, Voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag #BronzeContest to tell us which retired gymnast you would want to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory and why? Winners Announced: On every other podcast for the entire month of August! Starting with the women's podium training podcast.  Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. Open to Club Gym Nerd members only*

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
    • Buy one of our awesome gym nerdy gifts and¬†goodies¬†here.

     

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    Rio Olympic Games

  • 213: Rio Men's Olympic Team Finals
    Tue, Aug 09, 2016

     

     

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer,  and Jessica chat about:

    • Please take this¬†super short¬†survey. It helps our podcast host¬†find advertisers to fit your every¬†desire.
    • How to watch live on BBC, CBC or NBC (details here).
    • Each team's performances discussed in depth from elated¬†medalists¬†champions Japan, Russia to defeated suicide squad, China.¬†
      • Vault judges huge error/cheating 8.7 E score for Chopin.¬†Are they cursed because they switched from Li Ning appare?
      • Great Britan: even if Louis hadn't fallen on pommel horse it would have been close but they would have lost to China even if he had stayed on. They lost the bronze by¬†1.37 deficit. Every deduction counts. This wasn't a single gymnasts fault.¬†
      • Team USA does the usual Team USA with three¬†major errors.¬†
      • Team Brazil performed great but didn't have the scoring potential to medal and seemed defeated after Sasaki's knee issues after high bar.¬†
      • Germany did great only .062 lower than their prelims score, even without Toba
      • Ukraine gave us a collective WTF when they failed to compete 3 people on each event, even though they had four team members capable for doing all-around? We discuss their explanation¬†which left us scratching our heads,¬†possible conspiracy and revenge theories.¬†
    • What won today, a huge D (difficulty score) or a sexy, slick E (execution score)?
      • China had the highest¬†average D score CHN - 6.622 but Olympic Team Champions Japan had the highest average execution scores: JPN: 8.633
    • Worst moment: Al Trautwig tweets¬†about Simone's biological grandparents who adopted her when she was a toddler,"They may be mom and dad, but they are NOT her parents."

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Round-up of the latest news from Rio includes-

    • Women's prelims follow up -¬†Gabby vs. Aly, what Mihai and Raisman did right where Gabby and Buckeye faltered.
    • Brazilian gymternet rumors Flavia will be Galieva'd in all-around finals
    • Al Trautwig in trouble with NBC¬†for his anti-adoption comments with a side of veiled racism. Read details here
    • NBC has streaming covering and a daily online gymnastics recap show called the Daily Dismount. We are obsessed with how good they are! Jim Watson, Courtney Kupets and Jonathan Horton¬†#Jhortney¬† 4 eva!CONTEST:¬†A winner every other podcast in August!

    What: The Bronze Movie Watch Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), "The End of the Perfect 10" book, a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt, or GRAND PRIZE*: A Bronze Movie gym bag filled with real props used in the film and a one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafina, handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson. How: Tweet, Instagram, Voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag #BronzeContest to tell us which retired gymnast you would want to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory and why? Winners Announced: On every other podcast for the entire month of August! Starting with the women's podium training podcast.  Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. Open to Club Gym Nerd members only*

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
    • Buy one of our awesome gym nerdy gifts and¬†goodies¬†here.

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    Rio Olympic Games

  • 212: Rio WAG Olympic Prelims
    Mon, Aug 08, 2016

     

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, Stefane and Jessica chat about:

    • Please take this¬†super short¬†survey. It helps our podcast host¬†find advertisers to fit your every¬†desire.
    • How to watch live on BBC, CBC or NBC (details here).
    • Injury updates, rumors and coaches who don't know basic first aid procedures:
      • Samir Ait Said (FRA) suffered compound fracture of his leg, he wasn't splinted before he was moved and then the Rio medical staff dropped him. ¬†
      • Ellis O'Reilly¬†coaches did not have her checked by medical staff immediately following this crash on her beam dismount. Maybe she was checked after the rotation, either way, absolutely unconscionable.¬†
      • Martha Karolyi says injury played role in keeping Laurie Hernandez out of the all-around.¬†
    • Yesterday's guest, Houry Gerbisian got her her skill named after her! See¬†it here.
    • Results, finals qualifiers, upsets and shockers, plus individual highlights from the fan favorites. Hint:¬†CHUSO DID IT WITHOUT THE PROD!
      • Tutya Yilmaz,¬†Larissa Miler,¬†Vasiliki Millousi, Catalina Ponor,¬†Ana Derek¬†(vault blooper),Dipa Karmakar Jessica Lopez,¬†Hong Un Jong,¬†Marissa Dick,¬†Giulia Steingruber,¬†Zsofia Kovacs
    • Vault Issues, got clarification from men‚Äôs head coach, Mark Williams on what equipment the men actually have.¬†‚ÄúThis is new Speith vault top. OTC has older version + Speith PH, PB & HB.‚ÄĚ Alex has Speith PH. OU does not have Speith equip.‚ÄĚ
    • Our favorite¬†non-gymnastics moments;¬†The Judge Cheryl Hamilton Cam
    • Worst moment: Al Trautwig tweets¬†about Simone's biological grandparents who adopted her when she was a toddler,"They may be mom and dad, but they are NOT her parents."

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Round-up of the latest news from Rio includes:

    • NBC has streaming covering and a daily online gymnastics recap show called the Daily Dismount. We are obsessed with how good they are! Jim Watson, Courtney Kupets and Jonathan Horton¬†#Jhortney¬† 4 eva!
    • Sex Abuse Cover Up Allegations update:¬†
      • ‚ÄúFour U.S. senators wrote a letter to USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny on Friday, expressing "deep concern" about the organization's handling of sex abuse allegations about coaches‚ÄĚ - IndyStar
      • USA Today has an excellent explanation about this issue in the article titled: Sexual Predators Left Off the Banned List
    • In happy news, Alicia Sacramone had her baby!

    CONTEST: A winner every other podcast in August!

    What: The Bronze Movie Watch Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), "The End of the Perfect 10" book, a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt, or GRAND PRIZE*: A Bronze Movie gym bag filled with real props used in the film and a one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafina, handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson. How: Tweet, Instagram, Voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag #BronzeContest to tell us which retired gymnast you would want to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory and why? Winners Announced: On every other podcast for the entire month of August! Starting with the women's podium training podcast.  Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. Open to Club Gym Nerd members only*

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
    • Buy one of our awesome gym nerdy gifts and¬†goodies¬†here.

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    Rio Olympic Games

  • 211: Rio Men's Olympic Prelims, Houry Gebeshian Interview
    Sun, Aug 07, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • Please take this¬†super short¬†survey. It helps our podcast host¬†find advertisers to fit your every¬†desire.
    • How to watch live on BBC, CBC or NBC (details here).
    • What we thought of the opening ceremonies.
    • Injuries
      • Toby (GER)¬†returned to compete on pommel horse.
      • Samir Ait Said (FRA) had a compound fracture of his lower leg bones on vault like Tim Daggett and Brinn Bevin. We debate whether or not it's ok to share this video of the horrific injury.¬†
    • NBC has streaming covering and a daily online TV show called the Daily Dismount. We are obsessed with how good they are! Jim Watson, Courtney Kupets and Jonathan Horton¬†#Jhortney¬† 4 eva!
    • Results,¬†Finals qualifiers, upsets and shockers, plus individual highlights from the fan favorites. Hint: Igor is still alive!
    • Our favorite¬†non-gymnastics moments; Zapata's shorts and China's crushed velvet--we are looking at you.¬†

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Round-up of the latest news from Rio includes:

    • Time magazine asked Mihai Bresytan and Simone Biles about the sex abuse cover-up allegations.
    • International Gymnast said Laurie Hernandez is injured, but she and her coach vehemently deny this.
    • We found out that NBC thinks female fans of the Olympics are not sports fans and think they only like it because it's a soap opera.

    THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    Houry Gebeshian (pronounced "Hooty") made her first Olympics at age 27! She is a dual American-Armenian citizen and the first ever WAG Olympic gymnast for Armenia. As a University of Iowa gymnast, she completed the incredibly difficulty and time-consuming Bachelor's degree in athletic training, which requires hundreds of hours of internship. She became a certified athletic trainer (ATC).  She now practices obstetrics as a physician assistant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.  The woman who delivers babies by day and is an elite gymnast by night has the perfect motto, "It's never too late to deliver a dream." Watch her Sunday August 7, at 10:30 am Eastern in Mixed Group 3 in Rio prelims. We discuss:

    • How she uses her ATC training to be in the best shape of her life at age 27.¬†
    • What she thinks of two-a-day training, like the US elites¬†system does.
    • Advice for gymnasts who want to grow a program in their ancestral country.
    • Why she is self-funded when the men's program is funded.
    • Women's rights in Armenia.
    • Her response to Americans who poo-poo US gymnasts who compete for another country like she does.
    • How our podcast has helped her learn the elite code and rules!¬†

    GUEST LINKS

    Follow Houry on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Find out how to help her on her journey here. Hour asked for special shout outs to everyone who helped her make it to Rio: Ozone Leotards sponsor Houry and a fan designed her prelims leo! Precision Choreography work with Houry on artistry and created her floor routine. Safe4Athletes: Houry's gym, Gymnastics World in Cleveland, is one of the few gyms in the country to host this athlete welfare program that prevents abuse, bullying and harassment.

    CONTEST: A winner every other podcast in August!

    What: The Bronze Movie Watch Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), "The End of the Perfect 10" book, a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt, or GRAND PRIZE*: A Bronze Movie gym bag filled with real props used in the film and a one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafina, handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson. How: Tweet, Instagram, Voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag #BronzeContest to tell us which retired gymnast you would want to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory and why? Winners Announced: On every other podcast for the entire month of August! Starting with the women's podium training podcast.  Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. Open to Club Gym Nerd members only*

    SUPPORT THE SHOW

    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
    • Buy one of our awesome gym nerdy gifts and¬†goodies¬†here.

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    Rio Olympic Games

  • 210: Women's Podium Training from RIO
    Fri, Aug 05, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • Please take this¬†super short¬†survey. It helps our podcast host¬†find advertisers to fit your every¬†desire.
    • How to watch live on BBC, CBC or NBC (details here).
    • INDYSTAR Expose: How USA Gymnastics protected coaches over kids
      • "IndyStar tracked down four cases in which USA Gymnastics was warned of suspected abuse by coaches but did not initiate a report to authorities.¬†Those coaches went on, according to police and court records, to abuse at least 14 underage gymnasts after the warnings.‚ÄĚ
      • Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics
      • 163: ENOUGH¬†Marvin Sharp accused of sexual abuse.
      • We created¬†#GymUnsafe
        • Because the USA Gymnastics system is wildly inadequate, we created a spreadsheet to track coaches who make the news for suspected abuse‚Äďfilling the gap between the time coaches are investigated and subsequently banned or exonerated.¬†For example, USAG permanently ineligible member, Zac Lawson, has opened a new gym.
    • Skills Highlights:
      • Ponor, Mustafina, Hong Un Jong, Paseka, Shang Chunsong, Chusovitina, Team Brazil and Larisa Iordache finds a gym, finally.
    • Team USA Podium Training
      • The all-around spot is¬†between Laurie and Aly and will be decided tonight, BUT based on today‚Äôs podium training, what could one conclude?
        • FX: Gabby, Laurie, Simone, Aly
        • VT: Laurie, Gabby, Aly, Simone
        • UB: Aly, Simone, Gabby, Maddy
        • BB: Gabby, Aly, Laurie, Simone
      • Maggie Haney is as upset about it as Jessica is.
    • Our favorite off-the-cuff comments from the arena, equipment "decorations," fashion news, and reality of living in Rio.

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Round-up of the latest news from Rio includes:

    CONTEST: A winner every other podcast in August!

    What: The Bronze Movie Watch Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), The End of the Perfect 10 book, a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt or GRAND PRIZE*: A Bronze Movie gym bag filled with real props used in the film and a one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafa handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson. How: Tweet, Instagram, Voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag #BronzeContest to tell us which retired gymnast you would want to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory and why? Winners Announced: On every other podcast for the entire month of August! Starting with the women's podium training podcast.  Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. Open to Club Gym Nerd members only*

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  • 209: Men's Podium Training at the Rio Olympic Games
    Thu, Aug 04, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • Please take our super short¬†survey. It helps us find advertisers to fit our listener's desires.
    • How to watch live on BBC, CBC or NBC (details here).
    • Skills Highlights:
      • Kenzo did yurchenko 3.5
      • Bretschendier tried his double double release laid out
      • New skill submitted to the FIG
      • Igor Radiviolov tried his¬†handspring triple front¬†(video)
    • The US Men's live stream training
      • Is Mark Williams the Marta Karoyli we've been waiting for?¬†
      • Do we think it's wise for Chris Brooks to do the all-around?¬†
      • Our highlights from training, including lots of overhead hot mic moments.
    • Arena impressions, fashion news, and reality of living in Rio

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Roundup of the latest news from Rio includes:

    • It's official. Laurie Hernandez went pro.¬†
    • Stretovich replaced Ignatyev on the Russian men's team and it may have been a clear IOC rules violation, but it's really the least of Russia's problems.¬†
    • Our favorite Bogi+Chuso celebrity couple names
    • Will Aly be doing all-around tomorrow? Jessica says no.

    CONTEST: A winner every other podcast in August!

    What: The Bronze Movie Watch Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), The End of the Perfect 10 book, a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt or GRAND PRIZE*: A Bronze Movie gym bag filled with real props used in the film and a one-of-a-kind Aliya Mustafa handmade cross-stitch by Spanny Tampson. How: Tweet, Instagram, Voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag #BronzeContest to tell us which retired gymnast you would want to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory and why? Winners Announced: on every other podcast for the entire month of August! Starting with the women's podium training podcast.  Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. Open to Club Gym Nerd members only*

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  • 208: Rio Olympics Preview
    Wed, Aug 03, 2016

     

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • How to watch live on BBC, CBC or NBC (details here). We will be doing a podcast every day of podium training and for every¬†competition! (1:04)
    • The End of the Perfect 10 Book Contest winners announced (4:07)
    • Russia: Despite reports,¬†IOC still hasn't cleared the Russians (6:39)
    • Individuals with cool skills and stories to watch in the Mixed Groups
      • WAG¬†(10:30):¬†Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska¬†double twisting gainer layout dismount,¬†Vasiliki Millousi,¬†Dipa Karmakar, Jessica Lopez,¬†Zs√≥fia Kov√°cs,¬†Catalina Ponor, Guilia Steingruber, ¬†Houry Gebeshian,¬†Hong Un Jong (who may complete a gorgeous triple twisting¬†yurchenko),¬†Toni-Ann Williams,¬†Oksana Chusovitina, Larissa Miller
      • MAG¬†(1:14:32): Manrique Larduet,¬†Rayderley Zapata,¬†Eleftherios Petrounias,¬†Ri Se Gwang,¬†Oleg Stepko,¬†Enrique Tomas "porn 'stash" Gonzalez Sepulveda;¬†and six-foot-tall World floor medalist,¬†Alexander Shatilov. And of course,¬†Igor Radivilov‚Äôs triple front vault.¬†
      • MAG team medal predictions (1:20:00)
    • Our actual¬†and fantasy world picks for team and¬†individual¬†medals (53:01).
    • Uncle Tim compares each men's all-around medal contender to¬†great works of literature (1:34:00)
    • Three great websites to get rankings for your fantasy gymnastics pool 4for4.info¬†has sexy data up the ying-yang. For rankings check out, The Gymter.net Best Scores in 2016 , The All-Around¬†WAG Best Scores 2016¬†with D scores.¬†
    • Average age of Olympic gymnasts at the 2016 Rio Games is 20. Breakdown¬†here and full age spreadsheet here. (48:35)

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    Our weekly roundup of the latest news stories from around the gymternet includes(1:41:22):

    • Larissa Miller (AUS) had to vacate her room from the strong smell of gas.¬†
    • Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson's Grander¬†mentoring project¬†is¬†not their big #secretproject¬†
    • The FIG has an app now.¬†
    • Lauren Hopkins and Deanna Hong are working for NBC Olympics. Lauren is working on a show called The Daily Dismount
    • Simone Biles released her emojis - Simoji.
    • Al Trautwig (1:43:00) gave the worst PR interview that confirmed everything we already know about him; he's willfully ignorant, tries not to do his¬†homework, and sees gymnastics as an "esoteric" sport too complicated for the average human. It was like listening to an old white man who hates anything non-baseball. His¬†misogyny¬†was evident when he compared two athletes with legitimate medal chances to each other.¬†His¬†factually correct statements about¬†Gabby Douglas, "didn't look like a gold medalist" and "has fallen off the beam the last two times she's gone" to¬†Sam Mikulak who he says, in stark contrast to Gabby, "every once in a while makes the odd mistake." Funny way to compare two potential medalists when¬†Sam¬†has fallen at almost every single competition he's entered into for years. The rage continues...
    • Despite Kellogg's tweeting to the contrary, Simone will not be walking in the opening ceremonies. Duh.¬†
    • Aimee Boorman and Maggie Haney said they are getting Olympic tattoos and confirmed that Marta is on Twitter!¬†
    • We created¬†#GymUnsafe
      • A spreadsheet to track coaches who make the news for suspected abuse--filling the gap between the time coaches are investigated and subsequently banned or exonerated.¬†For example, this USAG permanently ineligible member has opened a new gym.

    OLYMPIC BRONZE CONTEST: A winner every other podcast in August!

    What: The Bronze Movie Watch Party Kits (gym bag with goodies and the movie), The End of the Perfect 10 book, a U.S. Olympic Trials T-shirt or GRAND PRIZE*: A Bronze Movie gym bag filled with real props used in the film and the one of a kind, Aliya Mustafina cross-stitch handmade by Spanny Tampson. Open to Club Gym Nerd members only* How: Tweet, Instagram, Voicemail or Tumblr tag us and use the hashtag #BronzeContest to tell us which retired gymnast you would want to coach you, The Bronze style, to Olympic glory and why? Winners Announced: on every other podcast for the entire month of August! Starting with the women's podium training podcast.  Grand Prize Deadline: August 21st at midnight. 

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  • 207: A History of Political Protests in Gymnastics
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Dvora and Jessica chat about:

    • Russia has not been banned as a country, but the FIG must decide on individuals. (3:00)
      • Valentina has declared¬†Ksenia Afanasyeva retired, might not be true but¬†Afan is out.
      • Kuksenkov¬†was cleared of all Meldonium doping charges earlier this year and is in Rio.
    • Marta Karolyi Press Conference (9:25)
      • We've decided Rhonda Faehn and Simone Biles/Aimee Boorman have started working Marta's mouth like a puppet because she held an open practice and even said the gymnasts must all be trained as individuals! Praise the gym gods!
    • Germany, Steingruber Win in Chemnitz¬†(14:00)
      • Sophie Scheder scored a 15.25 on bars ¬†(better at¬†German Nationals with 15.5 which ranked her 8th in the World)
      • Catalina Ponor scored a 14.700 on VT in Chemnitz. She outscored Larisa Iordache (FX, double Y turn immediate illusion turn!) on every event (except bars, which Ponor didn't do) ¬†
      • Ponor has a¬†full twisting¬†DLO
      • Ponor took on her haters on Instagram--straight up Gabby Douglas style. ¬†
    • Insane Skill Alerts (17:40)
    • A History of Political Protests in Gymnastics (27:45)
      • Are political protests allowed by the IOC and what are the rules about free speech for athletes?
      • Vera Caslavska (CZE) wasn't punished for her protest against the Soviets by the IOC but Americans¬†Tommie Smith and John Carlos were expelled from the Games.
      • 1991 World Championships, Kuwait's thank you t-shirts.¬†
      • Statements by gymnasts that could have been taken as protest speech.
      • Politically charged uniforms: Korea vs. Japan's rising sun throwback flag leotards.
    • Black Lives Matter (56:30)
      • Should the US gymnastics team be prepared to answer questions about Black Lives Matter?
    • Rio Olympic Athlete Village update. (1:02:00)
    • Dvora's experience interviewing¬†Oksana Chusovitina¬†and Svetlana Boginskaya¬†for¬†Elle magazine.
    • Khorkina ‚ÄúBiles will always be second.‚ÄĚ
    • Maggie Nichols continues to be a shining light of joy.

    INTERVIEW  Because the end of the quad is a time for competitive retirements and new artistic beginnings, we have a little glimpse into a gym nerd dream job with the casting director of Le Rêve, Louanne Madorma. (1:17:19)

    • They have self-taught, level 8 and Olympians all in the show, there are knitting circles and dance contests, but unfortunately it's¬†nothing like the movie DreamGirls.
    • Louanne¬†was in the roller-skating sensation, Starlight Express, and has hilarious blooper stories.
    • The Wynn hotel, where Le Reve lives, pays for college at nearby UNLV!
    • Contact Louanne Madorma¬†at Le R√™ve casting¬†here.
    • Listen to Jessica's review of¬†Le R√™ve¬†in episode 41¬†here.

    CONTEST Win: ¬†The End of the Perfect 10:¬†The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics‚Äô Top Score ‚Äď from Nadia to Now¬†by Dvora Meyers What: Write a new rule for the next quad How: #Endofthe10Book @GymCastic on Instagram or Twitter¬† Deadline: Sunday, July 31st at midnight. ¬†

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  • 206: The Russian Situation
    Wed, Jul 20, 2016

     IN THE NEWS

    This week, Uncle Tim, Spencer and Jessica chat about:

    • Gabby's secret knee injury (3:30):
      • "Broken knee" and absentee father storylines continue to muddle Gabby Inc. waters¬† - NY Times and Mercury News
    • McKayla Maroney wasn't randomly Periscoping, she was on her way to surprise some little gym nerds at a Trials watch party!¬†
    • Skinner Gate 2.0 (17:47):¬†Miss Skinner (and now her coach) continue to get in trouble on Twitter.¬†
    • British Olympic teams strategy (28:00)
    • The decades of black gymnasts who paved the way for Simone Biles
      • Could we have had an African-American Olympic champion in 1984?
    • Tutya Yilmaz (TUR) and Jossimar Calvo were the highlights of the ill attended/post-terrorist attack World Cup in Turkey.
    • Russian Cup:¬†the provisional Olympic team and the potential impact of the McLaren report¬†(48:00)
      • Mustafina had a weird thing on bars, here's the video
    • Romanian Nationals: was it smart to choose Catalina Ponor as the sole Olympic competitor over Larisa Ilordache?¬†
    • Chusovitina won a vault World Cup with her Produnova
    • Emma Larrsson from Sweden had ¬†big band version of Sex & the City floor music
    • Why were so many people confused and outraged after the US Team was announced? NBC's coverage of the Olympic¬†Trials is at least partially to blame. (1:29:00)
      • Read¬†Cordelia's full analysis¬†and math proof about¬†the US Olympic team decision.¬†¬†Here is a little piece of her work:¬†‚ÄúTo take the top 3 on every apparatus, a 7 person team would be needed. The selection committee has to optimize the team score within a 5 person team, while ensuring there are at least 4 solid or better scores on each apparatus. The only combination of these top 7 gymnasts plus Ashton Locklear that meets the criteria is the team the selection committee chose.¬†1. Biles 248.25 ¬†2. Hernandez 241.65¬†3. Raisman 240.85¬†4. Douglas 235.25¬†5. Kocain 233.5¬†6. Smith 232.55¬†7. Skinner 232.1.¬†As it turns out, the Olympic team that was chosen is composed of the top 5 AAers over the two competitions with the next two AAers as alternates (which includes #2 on VT) and the #2 on UB as an alternate. They could stop there, but they need to ensure that the team of 5 gymnasts has the highest scoring potential."

    CONTEST

    Win: ¬†The End of the Perfect 10:¬†The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics‚Äô Top Score ‚Äď from Nadia to Now¬†by Dvora Meyers What: Write a new rule for the next quad How: #Endofthe10Book @GymCastic on Instagram or Twitter

    Deadline: Sunday, July 31st at midnight.

    RELATED LINKS

    2016 OLYMPIC TRIALS PART 1: THE NIGHT OF UBER IMPORTANT WATER CUPS by Spencer

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  • 187: McKayla Maroney Best of GymCastic
    Wed, Jul 13, 2016

      This Week's Interview  

    Olympic gold medalist and three time World Champion, McKayla Maroney has much to share about where she has been, what happened along the way and where she is going next. She settles long debated gymternet questions and we find out what caused the physical and emotional breakdown she referred to in this video last year. We discuss:

    • If she¬†feared blowback from speaking frankly about her experiences.¬†
    • The skill she tried that Marta told her to never to do again. ¬†
    • The circumstances surrounding her¬†injuries and multiple¬†surgeries.
    • The post-Olympic tour conditions and their effects on her health.¬†
    • She answers fans suspicions that¬†her injuries are due to poor nutrition. ¬†
    • Some fans claim that AOGC break gymnasts, her thoughts.¬†
    • Did the advice she received from her coaches contribute to her injuries? ¬†
    • How she dealt with self identity as she struggled to stay healthy.¬†
    • Discusses the role of humility and¬†insecurity through the Olympic selection process.¬†
    • Does she think¬†the men's team should be more like the women's program in order to be more successful?¬†
    • Dealing with criticism on social media.¬†
    • She describes her¬†personal experiences as an elite gymnast, and their influence on changes she would like to see made at the national team level.¬†
    • Did she really have to hire¬†bodyguards after the Olympics?
    • Who does she¬†credit¬†with teaching her that amazing vault technique: her second coach, Howie Liang at Gym-Max or her Olympic coach,¬†Artur Akopyan at All Olympia Gymnastics Center (AOGC)?¬†
    • Why did she go overtime in 2013 at the Antwerp World Championships on floor?

    Guest Links

    McKayla Maroney official website and YouTube channel.

    Related Links

    • Fill your emotional chalk bucket!¬†Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit developing ‚ÄúBetter Athletes, Better People‚ÄĚ by working to provide athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Check out their free resources and¬†courses. There are even trainings¬†specifically for gymnastics.¬†
    • US Olympic Committee SafeSport: Learn about the dangers of emotional¬†misconduct in sports. Definitions and model policies¬†to prevent¬†emotional and verbally abusive coaching.¬†
    • Resources :
      • Dr. Alan Goldberg's article on Coaching Abuse.
      • Sports phycologist and diving Olympian, Dr. Megan Neyer at¬†Neyer Performance Strategies¬†offers therapy and training for gymnasts and gymnastics schools.
      • Safe4Athlete's¬†therapists¬†referral network.¬†
      • Treatment centers for athletes with¬†eating¬†disorders ¬†EDRS or¬†McCallum Place.¬†
      • 24-Hour Suicide hotline 1 (800) 273-8255

    contest

    We are having our very first design contest, and your art could be Gymcastic's newest t-shirt.  Submit your best gymnastics themed art to be made into some sweet swag. Grand Prize (x2 Winners): Your design featured on our page, your artwork on the bodies of gymnerds everywhere, and a free t shirt with your design! How to Submit: Post your design on Instagram, Tumblr, or Twitter. Use the hashtag #gymcasticdesigncontest FAQ and Rules here. 

    Club Gym Nerd is our way of saying thank you for helping us pay the bills! GymCastic members are automatically entered to win 6 awesomely gym nerdy prizes per year and get lots of perks like being able to preview this week's big interview with McKayla Maroney.  This month, one lucky member will win the exclusive, sold-out, Cloud & Victory Legends sweater.

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  • 205: Day Two 2016 Women's Olympic Trials Final
    Tue, Jul 12, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, Lauren, Cordelia Price  (aunt of 2014 World Cup Series Champion and 2012 Olympian alternate Elizabeth "Ebee" Price), Casey Magniesum and Jessica chat about:

    • Why each and every gymnasts was chosen as an alternate or team member.¬†
    • Why Marta didn't go with the highest scoring team available.¬†
    • Which gymnasts hit 8 for 8 this weekend.
    • Everything that happened behind the scenes:¬†
      • Zac Lawson finally added to the permanently banned list at USAG website
      • GymSplaining
      • Parade of Olympians Concert
      • Best signs and t-shirts seen in the audience¬†
      • U.S.Slay t-shirts from Evan and his crew
      • Aly‚Äôs coaching is judging her at Olympic Trials
      • Parents: teach your kids to be good fans. Being a good fan¬†is supporting the athlete, not making the athlete notice¬†you.
      • Maroney live Periscoping during Trials¬†
      • Event host, John Macready, learned a new game¬†and we were horrified.¬†
      • Why FloGymnastics isn't here covering Trials; the USOC pulled their parent company's credentials.¬†
    • Every competitors' performances analyzed and discussed.¬†
    • Cordelia describes how¬†Elizabeth Price's family handled her being fourth all-around but named an alternate to the 2012 Olympic team--much like MyKayla Skinner

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     Selection Criteria

    RELATED PHOTOS

     Podium Training photo gallery here. Night One photo gallery here.  Night Two photo gallery here. 

    RELATED VIDEOS 

    Watch this week's playlist from Team USA on YouTube here. Or watch the NBC archived broadcast here. Watch Deanna Hong's new video in the 4 Years Later series on Jordyn Wieber here.

  • 204: Day One 2016 Women's Olympic Trials
    Sat, Jul 09, 2016

    IN THE NEWS

    In the news, Uncle Tim, Spencer, Lauren, Lindsey Green, Jennifer Lacopelli and Jessica chat about:

    • Kittia-Gate: Christian Gallardo has been coaching Gabby instead of ¬†Kittia.¬†
      • Statement from Natalie Hawkins, Gabrielle Douglas‚Äô mother:"Gabrielle hasn't made a coaching change. Christian Gallardo has been Gabrielle's coach since she arrived at Buckeye. Since there is only to be one coach alongside Gabrielle throughout the Olympic process, Christian is that coach based on their longtime coach/athlete bond, chemistry and strength together."
    • If Laurie Hernandez is selected, will she¬†*really* be the first Latina gymnast to make the U.S. Olympic team in 30 years?
    • We review the night 1 of the Olympic Trials ‚Äď gymnast by gymnast.
    • Finally, we discuss Simone's hilarious¬†Tide commercial, which is Jessica's favorite thing ever

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    Podium Training photo gallery here. Night One photo gallery here. 

    RELATED VIDEOS 

    Watch this week's playlist from Team USA on YouTube here. Or watch the NBC archived broadcast here. Watch Deanna Hong's new video in the 4 Years Later series on Jordyn Weiber here.

  • 203: Olympic Trials Preview and Dvora Meyers on Her New Book
    Wed, Jul 06, 2016

     THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW

    One of our original hosts, Dvora Meyers has just published The End of the Perfect 10: The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics' Top Score - from Nadia to Now. The book is the latest must-have in the gym nerd library. It examines the evolution of elite women’s gymnastics over the last few decades and answers questions that gymnastics fans have been asking since the last perfect score was handed out over 20 years ago. She reveals why successful female gymnasts are older and more athletic than they have ever been before, how the United States became a gymnastics powerhouse, and what the future of gymnastics will hold. Lauren and Jessica chat with Dvora about (4:45): 

    • MythBusters in the book: Who were Nadia‚Äôs actual first gymnastics coaches, when the open-ended scoring system came about, East Germany set precedent for the current American training system.
    • Gymternet vs television coverage - past and current Insulting coverage that creates gymnastics like a sideshow
    • How the Ranch has changed over¬†the years
    • Texas Dreams taking athlete education to a whole new level.¬†
    • Is the marketability of the 10.0 real or is it just nostalgia.¬†
    • The gymternet versus dumbed-down¬†Olympic television¬†coverage.¬†
    • Are we better off now with the open-ended scoring system?

    Olympic Trials Preview

    • (38:16) Which athletes qualified to Trials, list here.¬†
    • An ode to Alyssa Baumann's gorgeousness and why we are so sad that she is¬†injured.¬†
    • Which gymnasts should just be stoked to be at Trials and soak up the¬†experience versus women who are actually in the mix.¬†
    • Wildcards: Amelia Hundley,¬†Maggie Nichols and Ragan Smith
    • Will we see a team where both bars of the top bar gymnasts, Ashton and Kocian are on the same team?
    • Will the business side of gymnastics come into who is chosen to do the all-around in Rio?¬†
    • Will Gabby do her Amanar and upgrade bars¬†at Trials?
    • Can Swaggie Maggie make the team without her Amanar, and the rise of Laurie Hernandez?
    • Lauren's Team: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian
      • Alternates: Ragan Smith, Ashton Locklear and MyKayla Skinner
    • Jessica's Team:¬†Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, Ashton Locklear maximizing bars potential score (that's right, six people because both need to go!).¬†
      • Alternates: Amelia Hundley, Maggie Nichols,¬†MyKayla Skinner

    GYMTERNET NEWS

    • (1:21:13) Chusovitina made her Produnova and the judge at the end couldn't keep her ish together!¬†
    • Romanian Nationals: Pre-meet Larissa got a concussion¬†but still won, although she may¬†have hurt herself on her bar landing. Ponor had a fever and was in the hospital with some kind of food poisoning/flu! UGH!

    RELATED LINKS

    Fake, Jingoistic, And Stupid: Gymnastics Coverage Is The Worst Part Of NBC's Olympics by Dvora Meyers The Tumbler Tumblr - How hard-core gymnastics fans are revolutionizing the way the sport is covered by Elspeth Reeve Irked By Broadcast Coverage, Gymnastics Sites Aim To Raise The Bar - All Things Considered on NPR

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  • Douglas Family Gold: Finale
    Tue, Jul 05, 2016

     IN THIS WEEK'S EPISODE

    This week on Douglas Family Gold (S1 E5), Jessica, Spencer and Spanny recap the episode and discuss:

    • The episode extra where Coach Christian is seen and heard!¬†
    • Recap (5:00)
      • Gymnastics fact checking machine went into overdrive during the competition scenes
      • We ignore that it's mathematically impossible for Gabby to beat Simone.¬†
      • The definition of what constitutes success for Gabby changes 7 million times.¬†
    • Did Natalie fulfill her vision to show ,"What it takes to ‚Ķ.what goes on behind the scenes to support an elite athlete, and, for me as a mom, to support my other children at the same time.‚ÄĚ (31:47)
    • We examine which of our deepest fears and greatest hopes from the preview podcast came true. (36:00)
    • What do the Dougies need to do to make this a hit show next season? (46:00)

    RELATED LINKS

    • Watch episodes of Douglas Family Gold here.

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    • Join Club Gym Nerd¬†here.
    • Get¬†one of our awesome gymnastics goodies¬†here.
    • Buy Dvora Myers new book The End of the Perfect 10 from our Amazon shop here.

    CONTEST WINNER!

    Our winner is, Ryan Landon on Instagram for Simone Hu! Email us to claim your prize. Honorable mention in the Name the Gabby Drag Queen contest goes to these: 

    • Cheryl
    • Fab E. Fierce
    • Betty Okaynow¬†
    • Geralen Packs Heat-in

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  • 202: The 2016 Men's Olympic Trials, Women's PG Championships
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016

     

     

    IN THE NEWS

    This week, Uncle Tim, Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about:

    • Men's Olympic Trials
      • The Olympic Team: Sam Mikulak, ¬†Chris Brooks, Jake Dalton, Alex Naddour (aka Mr. Hollie Vise), John Orozco.
      • Alternates: Danell Leyva, Donnell Whittenburg, Akash Modi¬†¬†
      • Strategy (8:47)
      • Nancy Armour vs. John Orozco drama (14:50)
      • Highlights on and off the floor
      • Brooks hugging OTC athlete liaison, Sherry.
    • The skill Uncle Tim's gymnastics nieces have to learn before they can be in his wedding¬†(23:54)
    • NBC massive errors and generally being jerks (26:18)
      • Putting down Gabby even though she's exactly on track to be at her best
      • Race, poverty and sexualizing athletes¬†
    • Women's P&G Championships
      • Our debate for the Gymnastics Is Hard Award (38:00)
      • Injury list
      • Junior analysis, favor and future super stars (50:00)
      • Senior analysis (59:00)
      • Who qualified to Olympic Trials for the women: Alyssa Baumann; Simone Biles; Christina Desiderio; Gabby Douglas; Brenna Dowell; Rachel Gowey; Laurie Hernandez; Amelia Hundley; Madison¬†Kocian; Ashton Locklear; Maggie Nichols; Aly Raisman; Emily Schild; MyKayla Skinner; ¬†Ragan Smith
      • Quantifying Simon's awesomeness; she's improved her senior two day total by 4.550
      • An update on Simone's floor music lyrics.¬†
    • The Ranch documentary from NBC (1:31:50)
      • The infamous "Kitchen Scene" where Marta tells Bela off (1:33:17)
    • The F The Score Award : who made us fall in love with gymnastics (1:51:00)
    • Absolute favorite moments from the entire week of gymnastics (1:56:41)

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