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241: The Pittsburgh Incident  
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.

RELATED LINKS

Wall Street Journal investigation reveals that USA Gymnastics delayed reporting Larry Nassar for five weeks.

IndyStar investigation A 20-year toll: 368 gymnasts allege sexual exploitation.

USA Gymnastics Code of Ethical Conduct for coaches section F(3) states: Members of USA Gymnastics must ensure that the sport is conducted in an environment free of drug or alcohol abuse. It is inconsistent with this obligation for any member to abuse alcohol in the presence of athletes or at USA Gymnastics' activities.

60 Minutes Former Gymnasts Allege Sexual Abuse.

RELATED EPISODES 163: ENOUGH 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor 222: New King 223: Tasha Schwikert 224: Age of the Pegan 226: FIG Regime Change 227: Jane Doe2 Sues Karolyis 229: All Good Things Come To Those Who Cowboy 234: Chris Brooks 233: Danell Leyva 2016 232: Conflict of Interest 235: Happy 2017! 240: Chalkography 239: Elite Canada, Reykjavik & NCAA Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy some of our nerd-tactic goodies here.
240: Chalkography  
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’s, “So many different people shoved it under the rug.” 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. SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 239: Elite Canada, Reykjavik & NCAA Olympic/World Championship Team Members Competing in College Gymnastics in 2017 238: Maggie Nichols & KJ Kindler 237: Ruby Harrold 236: Dream Theme Floor Routines 235: Happy 2017! 234: Chris Brooks 233: Danell Leyva 2016 232: Conflict of Interest 231: The Rise and Fall of Ukrainian Gymnastics 230: The Good News 229: All Good Things Come To Those Who Cowboy 228: Leotards (Commissioned) 227: Jane Doe2 Sues Karolyis
239: Elite Canada, Reykjavik and NCAA  
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) Ethora BB (featuring the Friends’s fu sign) and her newish floor routine  Sydney Johnson-Scharpf won floor  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’s investigation revealed that SCATS has violated USAG’s 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 SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 227: Jane Doe2 Sues Karolyis 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) 74: Melanie Sinclair & A Review of Cirque’s Amaluna 59: What it’s like to be a Cirque du Soleil Talent Scout Episode 38: Svetlana Boginskaya 148: Shannon Miller Episode 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Episode 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake 187: McKayla Maroney 186: Amanda Borden 177: Stella Umeh 77: Aly Raisman
239: Maggie Nichols & KJ Kindler  
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’t supposed to do AA, steps in on floor with this--that wasn’t 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’s 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) SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 189: Blinded by the Swag 2016 American Cup Photo Gallery: Olympic Trials Day 2 205: Day Two 2016 Women's Olympic Trials Photo Gallery: 2016 Olympic Trials Day 1 204: Day One 2016 Women's Olympic Trials Photo Gallery: 2016 Olympic Trials Podium Training 194: Rio Test Event and 2016 NCAA Championships 176: Worlds Wrap-Up Show 175: Event Finals Day 2 Recap from 2015 World Championships 174: Live Show - Event Finals Day 1 and MAG All-Around Recap from 2015 World Championships 173: Women's All-Around Finals Recap from 2015 World Championships 171: Women's Team Finals Recap from 2015 World Championships 170: Women's Qualifying Recap from 2015 World Championships 169: Glasgow Worlds Preview Show 236: Dream Theme Floor Routines 223: Tasha Schwikert Episode 22: Beth Tweddle Episode 18: Bridget Sloan Episode 20: Jenni Pinches Episode 16: Elizabeth Price Episode 48: Kyla Ross 101: Olivia Vivian 146: Taylor Rice and The 2015 NCAA Championships 145: Rheagan Courville 158: Ariana Berlin’s Full Out Movie
237: Ruby Harrold  
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.

SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome swag here.   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) RELATED EPISODES 236: Dream Theme Floor Routines 223: Tasha Schwikert Episode 22: Beth Tweddle Episode 18: Bridget Sloan Episode 20: Jenni Pinches Episode 16: Elizabeth Price Episode 48: Kyla Ross 101: Olivia Vivian 146: Taylor Rice and The 2015 NCAA Championships 145: Rheagan Courville 158: Ariana Berlin's Full Out Movie

 

236: Dream Theme Floor Routines  
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. UNC is home of Morgan Lane and this beam series 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) Rachel Slocum's vault McMurtry is 4th member of Club DTY  Kennedy Baker and her Dos Santos are anchoring floor  Amelia Hundley happiness bars  Mollie Korth of Kentucky, Belarus call her up FX Alabama ( 35:06) Kiana Winston's 9.950 bar routine   Aja Sims police siren floor routine  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.  SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 234: Chris Brooks 233: Danell Leyva 2016 232: Conflict of Interest Episode 18: Bridget Sloan Episode 16: Elizabeth Price Episode 26: Ivana Hong
235: Happy 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’s 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’s procedure in 1998 International Gymnastics Federation ‘very concerned’ 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! RELATED LINKS Adult Gymnastics News:  Jan 28-30, holiday weekend winter adult gymnastics camp SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy some of our swaggy merchandise here. RELATED EPISODES 234: Chris Brooks 233: Danell Leyva 2016 232: Conflict of Interest 231: The Rise and Fall of Ukrainian Gymnastics 229: All Good Things Come To Those Who Cowboy 228: Leotards (Commissioned) My White Daughter Wants to "Paint her Skin" to be her hero, Simone Biles, for Halloween 227: Jane Doe2 Sues Karolyis 226: FIG Regime Change 225: 1992 Olympics Recap with Wendy Bruce (Commissioned) Balance Beam Situation Blog-Cast 224: Age of the Pegan 223: Tasha Schwiker 222: New King 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor US Olympian Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against US Team Trainer/Physician 220: Get Your Random Trash Aerial Off My Lawn Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics
BBS: Mexican Open Gala of Insanity  

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  

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’s Secret Fashion Show. His future plans.  RELATED ARTICLES Indianapolis Star Out of Balance Investigation series  SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 115: Kenzo Shirai Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics Episode 21: Kyle Shewfelt Episode 24: Sho Nakamori & Match-Play Meet Debrief with Justin Spring Episode 32: Sam Mikulak & 2013 Men’s NCAA Championships Episode 35: Jake Dalton Episode 40: Michigan’s Stacey Ervin Tim Daggett: A GymCastic Classic Episode 72: John Orozco 98: Eddie Penev the Bulgarian-American Bullet 116: Louis Smith, Amelle Berrabah of Team Sexy & Tumble Episode 5 Recap 139: Steve Butcher, President of the FIG Men’s Technical Committee 63: Doctor Larry Nassar 164: Marian Dragulescu 195: Feedback & Rio Test Event with Coach Rick 233: Danell Leyva 2016 151: Danell Leyva 201: Men’s Olympic Trials and P&G Champs Preview 202: The 2016 Men’s Olympic Trials, Women’s P&G Championships 218: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day 2 217: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day One 215: Rio Men’s Olympic All-Around Final 213: Rio Men’s Olympic Team Finals 211: Rio Men’s Olympic Prelims & Houry Gebeshian Interview 209: Men’s Podium Training at the Rio Olympic Games 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor US Olympian Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against US Team Trainer/Physician 227: Jane Doe2 Sues Karolyis 232: Conflict of Interest
233: Danell Leyva 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!   SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 115: Kenzo Shirai Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics Episode 21: Kyle Shewfelt Episode 24: Sho Nakamori & Match-Play Meet Debrief with Justin Spring Episode 32: Sam Mikulak & 2013 Men's NCAA Championships Episode 35: Jake Dalton Episode 40: Michigan's Stacey Ervin Tim Daggett: A GymCastic Classic Episode 72: John Orozco 98: Eddie Penev the Bulgarian-American Bullet 116: Louis Smith, Amelle Berrabah of Team Sexy & Tumble Episode 5 Recap 139: Steve Butcher, President of the FIG Men's Technical Committee 63: Doctor Larry Nassar 164: Marian Dragulescu 195: Feedback & Rio Test Event with Coach Rick 151: Danell Leyva 201: Men's Olympic Trials and P&G Champs Preview 202: The 2016 Men's Olympic Trials, Women's P&G Championships 218: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day 2 217: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day One 216: Rio Women's All-Around Final 215: Rio Men's Olympic All-Around Final 214: Rio Women's Olympic Team Final 213: Rio Men's Olympic Team Finals 212: Rio WAG Olympic Prelims 211: Rio Men's Olympic Prelims & Houry Gebeshian Interview How NBC could improve its gymnastics broadcasts Height, Ages and Repeat U.S. Olympic Gymnasts 210: Women's Podium Training at the Rio Olympic Games 209: Men's Podium Training at the Rio Olympic Games 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor US Olympian Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against US Team Trainer/Physician 227: Jane Doe2 Sues Karolyis 232: Conflict of Interest Jessica's Kellogg's Tour of Champions review RELATED ARTICLES Catching up with Danell Leyva at the Winter Cup RELATED VIDEOS

Shawn Johnson's post-Olympic tour complaint video

232: Conflict of Interest  
 IN THE NEWS

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

Cottbus Results (6:00) Rayderley Zapata did his 1.5-twisting double front The “We Don’t Need Your Stinking Olympics” tour, starring Kristian Berki and Emily Little. Leah Griever stunning on floor. Rok Klavern’s form and rosted-tips. Skills & Career Updates: Chiaki Hatakeda of Japan on beam. Thais Fidelis of Brazil on floor. Mykayla Skinner's vault is so clean in college! Whittenburg working on a triple pike back dismount off Rings. The latest interview with Oleg Verniaiev. 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

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SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 231: The Rise and Fall of Ukrainian Gymnastics 230: The Good News 229: All Good Things Come To Those Who Cowboy 228: Leotards (Commissioned) 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) 74: Melanie Sinclair & A Review of Cirque’s Amaluna 59: What it’s like to be a Cirque du Soleil Talent Scout Episode 38: Svetlana Boginskaya 148: Shannon Miller Episode 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Episode 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake 187: McKayla Maroney 186: Amanda Borden 177: Stella Umeh 77: Aly Raisman Episode 48: Kyla Ross Episode 41: Laurie Hernandez & Coach Maggie Haney Episode 31: Elise Ray Episode 28: Kristen Maloney Episode 19: Andreea Raducan 22
231: The Rise and Fall of Ukrainian Gymnastics  
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.”  Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

Legacy of Champions (4:30) Lilia Podkopayeva: that  floor routine from 1996 and her beam complete with headspin Tatiana Lysenko and her beam geniusness.  Larisa Latynina and Victoria Karpenko: floor 19992000 Olympic FX routine first pass disaster, Bulgarian years were a hot mess sauce. Bogdan Makuts and his triple back, Grigori Misutin vault double front with knees together, Oleg Verniaiev. Favorite Skills (24:31) Nina Bocharova on bars. Irina Yarotska on beam. Inga Shkarupa on floor. Baitova’s beam mount circles to flairs! Yulia Kut. Ludmilla Stovbchataya’s rainbow sash leotard floor routine with handstand choreography and a backspin. Omelianchek’s freakin’ sissons and Omelianchik vault. Natalia Sirobaba handspring front on beam. Maria Livchikova amazing power aeriel front on beam. The Mirgorodskaya/Krasnianska inverted pike circles. 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’s 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) CONTEST

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SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED VIDEOS RELATED EPISODES 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) Episode 38: Svetlana Boginskaya 148: Shannon Miller Episode 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Episode 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake 228: Leotards (Commissioned) 225: 1992 Olympics Recap with Wendy Bruce (Commissioned)
230: The Good News  

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.

CONTEST

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SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 200: Alicia Sacramone 187: McKayla Maroney 161: Women’s Finals Recap with Aimee Boorman and Christian Gallardo 168: Shannon Miller, Belarusgate, NED vs GB 148: Shannon Miller Episode 9: Chellsie Memmel, Swiss Cup & FIG Presidential Proposals Episode 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Episode 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake Episode 22: Beth Tweddle Episode 28: Kristen Maloney Episode 31: Elise Ray Episode 33: Simone Biles & Her Coaches Episode 48: Kyla Ross 61: Katelyn Ohashi Clears The Air 77: Aly Raisman 81: Jenny Hansen 99: Princess Catherine Lyons and Coach Rochelle Douglas 101: Olivia Vivian 137: Lady Lisa Mason
229: All Good Things Come To Those Who Cowboy  
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. Alexeeva's bar routine (6.2 D / 14.833) Anastasia Ilyankova (RUS) insane bar routine. Alison Lepin (FRA) finished second AA with her upper-body gravity defying bars Lepin’s coaches demonstrated WHY we pull the board We solve Seda Tutkhalyan (RUS) falling five time problems (BB example here). Blume Memorial  Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) stuck triple back Man with suspenders holding up his wind pants distracted us.  Arthur Gander Memorial Here are a few of Angelina Melnikova's (RUS) routines from the Arthur Gander Memorial, which she won.  Igor Radivilov (UKR) stuck Dragilescue We discuss the prize money 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 ‘too strong“So, how stoned is 'too stoned' to spot a child on the uneven bars?” 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. Jesús Carballo García, former Spanish WAG national team coach, faced sexual abuse accusations  The Gymternet has given us The Best World Finishes of All Time SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here or commission your own episode.  Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 228: Leotards (Commissioned) 168: Shannon Miller, Belarusgate, NED vs GB 227: Jane Doe2 Sues Karolyis 225: 1992 Olympics Recap with Wendy Bruce (Commissioned) Balance Beam Situation Blog-Cast 224: Age of the Pegan 226: FIG Regime Change 223: Tasha Schwikert 222: New King 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor US Olympian Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against US Team Trainer/Physician 220: Get Your Random Trash Aerial Off My Lawn
228: Leotards (Commissioned)  

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  
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’s team leadership overhaul:  Kevin Mazeika loses his Marta job. USA Gymnastics statment on USOTC resident men's coach, Vitaly Marinitch, “USA 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.” 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’s 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) SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) 74: Melanie Sinclair & A Review of Cirque’s Amaluna 59: What it’s like to be a Cirque du Soleil Talent Scout Episode 38: Svetlana Boginskaya 148: Shannon Miller Episode 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Episode 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake 187: McKayla Maroney 186: Amanda Borden 177: Stella Umeh 77: Aly Raisman Episode 48: Kyla Ross Episode 41: Laurie Hernandez & Coach Maggie Haney Episode 31: Elise Ray Episode 28: Kristen Maloney Episode 19: Andreea Raducan 223: Tasha Schwikert 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor US Olympian Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against US Team Trainer/Physician 220: Get Your Random Trash Aerial Off My Lawn Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics 163: ENOUGH 210: Women’s Podium Training at the Rio Olympic Games

 

226: FIG Regime Change  
IN THE NEWS

In the news, Uncle Tim; Spencer; Jessicaand 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’s 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. RELATED LINKS Apply for Cirque du Soliel. See casting info for the gymnastics disciplines here. Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics push to be recognized by the FIG.  Kenzo's 4.5 to front full , Sam Mikulak's million tkatchev's in a row.  SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) 74: Melanie Sinclair & A Review of Cirque's Amaluna 59: What it's like to be a Cirque du Soleil Talent Scout Episode 38: Svetlana Boginskaya 148: Shannon Miller Episode 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Episode 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake 187: McKayla Maroney 186: Amanda Borden 177: Stella Umeh 77: Aly Raisman Episode 48: Kyla Ross Episode 41: Laurie Hernandez & Coach Maggie Haney Episode 31: Elise Ray Episode 28: Kristen Maloney Episode 19: Andreea Raducan 223: Tasha Schwikert 221
225: 1992 Olympics Recap (Commissioned)  

 

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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 Hădărean (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 FinalLi 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) RELATED LINKS Claudia Miller (Shannon Miller's mom), wrote a book called, "My Child My Hero." A gym nerd must-read. SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here or commission your own episode.  Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) Episode 38: Svetlana Boginskaya 148: Shannon Miller Episode 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes Episode 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake 187: McKayla Maroney 186: Amanda Borden 177: Stella Umeh 77: Aly Raisman
BBS: Vampires and Nadia Comaneci The Karolyi Story  
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. Vampires and Nadia Comaneci: The Karolyi Story here. SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. Commission your own episode or join the group commissions here RELATED EPISODES 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) 223: Tasha Schwikert 222: New King 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor US Olympian Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against US Team Trainer/Physician 220: Get Your Random Trash Aerial Off My Lawn 219: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day 3, Gala, Houry Behind the Scenes Deets! Greatest Gymnast Ever by Medal Count: Svetlana Khorkina vs. Simone Biles Height, Ages and Repeat U.S. Olympic Gymnasts 210: Women’s Podium Training at the Rio Olympic Games 209: Men’s Podium Training at the Rio Olympic Games 208: Rio Olympics Preview 207: A History of Political Protests in Gymnastics 206: The Russian Situation 10 Most Popular GymCastic Episodes 200: Alicia Sacramone
BBS: American Horror Story The Ranch  
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. SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. Commission your own episode or join the group commissions here RELATED EPISODES 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) 223: Tasha Schwikert 222: New King 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor US Olympian Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against US Team Trainer/Physician 220: Get Your Random Trash Aerial Off My Lawn 219: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day 3, Gala, Houry Behind the Scenes Deets! Greatest Gymnast Ever by Medal Count: Svetlana Khorkina vs. Simone Biles Height, Ages and Repeat U.S. Olympic Gymnasts 210: Women’s Podium Training at the Rio Olympic Games 209: Men’s Podium Training at the Rio Olympic Games 208: Rio Olympics Preview 207: A History of Political Protests in Gymnastics 206: The Russian Situation 10 Most Popular GymCastic Episodes 200: Alicia Sacramone
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