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263: PG Championships Preview with Jon Horton  
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 – Wednesday, August 16 – USAG Youtube Junior webcasts, starring Jon Horton, Sam Peszek, and Jordyn Wieber – 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’t 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)

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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. Man Wipe Pose in front and of P&G Championships sign. The more ridiculous your interpretation of poses on the sign the better! A coach watching bars (or any routine) with their head tilted to the side Someone casually waiting in line in wolf turn position Pretend to mount a piece of non-gymnastics equipment mouthing “I got this” a la Laurie Hernandez 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) 5 folks strumming tummy guitar a la Boguinskaya’s 1989 FX routine A leotard that needs a seizure warning Simone’s ending pose amongst a group of unsuspecting people 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’t 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. SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here with brand new membership tiers, commission your own episode, or commission your own segment. Buy some of our awesome merchandise here. RELATED EPISODES 261: 2017 U.S. Classic! 260: U.S. Classic Preview 262: 1996 Olympic Event Finals (Commissioned) 256: 1996 Olympic All-Around Final (Commissioned) 255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned) 258: The Fluff Cast (Commissioned) 259: The Nassar Plea, Parkour Responds to FIG, and Ranch Updates! 257: The Daniels Report 254: Vanessa Atler
262: 1996 Olympic Event Finals Commissioned  

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—the 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.

SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here with brand new membership tiers, commission your own episode, or commission your own segment. Buy some of our awesome merchandise here. RELATED EPISODES 256: 1996 Olympic All-Around Final (Commissioned) 255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned) 261: 2017 U.S. Classic! 260: U.S. Classic Preview 258: The Fluff Cast (Commissioned) 254: Vanessa Atler 252: Myths, Legends, and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History (Commissioned) 186: Amanda Borden 148: Shannon Miller 38: Svetlana Boginskaya
261: 2017 U.S. Classic  
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 Brooke Butler is the QUEEN OF SAVES on beam and floor Adeline Kenlin did the most perfect beam routine Konnor McClain's beam dismount that broke everyone (and the non-coach, non-controversy that ensued). Sienna Robinson, with a wink and a dab JaFree Scott did justice to her Terin Humphrey tribute leo Shilese Jones saves a Pak and might be a bodybuilder 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 Ragan Smith is ready to dominate and is great at bars now Jade Carey needs to go to worlds right this minute Alyona Shchennikova isn't just making up the national team numbers Gymnasts that made us burst into a standing ovation Morgan Hurd, duh Deanne Soza doing happy gymnastics again Marz Frazier winning the "NOT a quitter's try" award for one-handed Pak saves Kalyany Steele's BIG ASS standing arabian Trinity. Effing. Thomas. And her perfect beam routine Luisa Blanco's super solid 2nd-place beam routine Emily Gaskins' Cincinnati renaissance and valiant victory over the standing-in-the-corner rule We give out the Simone Biles 2013, Classic Doesn't Really Matter awards Riley McCusker and her hilarious tucked tkatchev, but should she have competed? Ashton Locklear almost did her best beam routine ever Jordan Chiles has a LEGIT Amanar, but what about the other events? Major trends we noticed in routine composition and judges doing their job GYMTERNET NEWS Russia repeats as champions at EYOF (European Youth Olympic Festival) Ksenia Klimenko channeled her inner Liu Tingting on beam Varvara Zubova even hit beam once! Elisa Iorio redeemed Italy's competition with a brilliant title-winning endo full 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.

SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here with brand new membership tiers, commission your own episode, or commission your own segment. Buy some of our awesome merchandise here. RELATED EPISODES 260: U.S. Classic Preview 259: The Nassar Plea, Parkour Responds to FIG, and Ranch Updates! 258: The Fluff Cast (Commissioned) 257: The Daniels Report 256: 1996 Olympic All-Around Final (Commissioned) 255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned) 254: Vanessa Atler 252: Myths, Legends, and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History (Commissioned) 199: Euros, Classics and the U.S. ManChampionships 157: The 2015 Secret Classic 156: Pan Am Games Event Finals and Secret Classic Preview

 

260: U.S. Classic Preview  
MEET NEWS

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

How to watch Hopes - Friday, July 28, 2:30 CT - USAGym Youtube  Juniors - Saturday, July 29, 1:00 CT - USAGym Youtube Seniors - Saturday, July 29, 6:30 CT - Olympic Channel & USAGym Youtube Juniors (3:30) Reasons why Emma Malabuyo, Adeline Kenlin, Maile O'Keefe, Ellie Lazzari, and Sunisa Lee are all going to win the meet simultaneously Special routines that will win your heart, including Brooke Siter's starting pose Grace McCallum's beam mount Breaking inside scoop about Gabby Perea! Jay Jay Marshall's ridiculous potential Shilese Jones' special floor Vika Smirnov's Russian realness Leanne Wong, Kara Eaker, and JaFree Scott leading the GAGE renaissance Nominees for the Olivia Dunne Award for baby junior you will be instantly obsessed with Youtube babies Konnor McClain and Sienna Robinson Leader of the Hill's children Anya Pilgrim and what she really needs to wear to the competition (hint: it's a pilgrim costume) Little Lilly Lippeatt and her tiny, sassy beam Seniors (27:23) New seniors we're most excited to see at Classic, including Morgan Hurd, Jordan Chiles, and Trinity Thomas. Gymnasts who are going to surprise the pants off everyone and win all the things Sleeper workhorse Elena Arenas and her fantastic bars The long-missing Marissa Oakley and her triumphant return The newly upgraded Marz Frazier Kayla-Williams-2017-edition, Jade Carey Routines you are ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED TO MISS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES The re-Cincinnati-ing of Emily Gaskins and her lovely floor work Ex-cheerleader Laney Madsen on floor Victoria Nguyen's China-inspired beam routine Deanne Soza's most-perfect basics Abby Paulson sliding in to steal all your medals Luisa Blanco's SIDE ROLL Sydney Johnson-Scharpf, and the quest to find her a nickname Alyona Shchennikova and her Shchennikova-family bars Abi Walker's Texas Dreams uniqueness 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.

SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here with brand new membership tiers, commission your own episode, or commission your own segment. Buy some of our awesome merchandise here. RELATED EPISODES 259: The Nassar Plea, Parkour Responds to FIG, and Ranch Updates! 258: The Fluff Cast (Commissioned) 257: The Daniels Report 256: 1996 Olympic All-Around Final (Commissioned) 255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned) 254: Vanessa Atler 252: Myths, Legends, and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History (Commissioned) 199: Euros, Classics and the U.S. ManChampionships 157: The 2015 Secret Classic 156: Pan Am Games Event Finals and Secret Classic Preview
259: The Nassar Plea, Parkour Responds to FIG, and Ranch Updates  
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 Ana Perez passes the O'Beirne Test for choreography and has a front layout stepout on floor. Ray Zapata doesn't perform his triple front, but his actual floor routine is pretty casually amazing. 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 The NCAA gymnastics committee has approved a format change that makes almost everything better! (But it's not final yet.)  Amy Smith is the new head coach at Utah State! She appeared on Episode 237 to talk about UNC's Pride meet.  Olivia Cimpian has left Romania and is now training in Hungary.  Tatiana Nabieva intends to return in December, and compete “until I die.” Spencer has some plans for her triumphant return. A British gymnastics coach is being questioned by police for child cruelty and has now been suspended by BG. 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.

SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here with brand new membership tiers, commission your own episode, or commission your own segment. Buy some of our awesome merchandise here. RELATED EPISODES 258: The Fluff Cast (Commissioned) 257: The Daniels Report 256: 1996 Olympic All-Around Final (Commissioned) 255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned) 254: Vanessa Atler 252: Myths, Legends, and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History (Commissioned) 245: Steve Penny is GONE 243: Senate Bill 534 242: Standards 241: The Pittsburgh Incident 237: Ruby Harrold 227: Jane Doe 2 Sues Karolyis 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor 187: McKayla Maroney 163: ENOUGH 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes
258: The Fluff Cast (Commissioned)  

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:

2000 Olympic All-Around fluff  NBC's Living-Parents Championship, starring Russian daddy issues and soldiers kidnapping Zamo. Prod's shaved eyebrow Prod's convertible flexing fluff, the only verifiably true fluff ever The legendary Romanian candle cups Elise Ray and the butterfly NBC's weird obsession with 1950s-style nuclear families 2000 Atler v. Dantzscher v. Beth Rybacki's tears How much resentment and blame? ALL OF IT! What's the deal with that wild west picture? And that helicopter-parent one? 1996 Kerri Strug lives in everyone's shadow fluff  Is this the most sexist fluff of all time? Jessica's expletive parade Invention of the Bechdel Test for gymnastics fluff pieces "A diva is magical" That time Khorkina was perfect in every way Was saying, "I want to win as much as I want to mother my own child" really such a big deal? 1994 Romanian terrifying fluff of horrors The twist ending and the LITERAL DEAD BODY Trouble with keeping communist narratives straight NBC's fascination with Romanian people's eyes 1995 Moceanu fluff A creepy pedophile wonderland of a fluff piece Why is Bela so bad at boats? That insane 1997 "I Will Remember You" fluff Moceanu standing in a forest in a leo clawing that tree in 2000 1992 Bogi and her coach fluff How respectfully and maturely do we think NBC handled the issue of suicide? Bogi has no time for family or your sexist coach narratives Kim Kelly gets bumped Blurry smoke-filled rooms! Shadiness! “Who’d they drop?” “You, Kim.” Mohini delivers pizzas (1) (2) Why let fact get in the way of narrative? Important question: what are raffle bars? The most upsetting and bizarre fluff you will ever see A lesson on which issues should never be addressed in fluff pieces Elvire Teza 1998 More fun with racist Chinese music! Why we want to move to France and live with the French team SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here with brand new membership tiers, commission your own episode, or commission your own segment. Buy some of our awesome merchandise here. 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. 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!

RELATED EPISODES 257: The Daniels Report 256: 1996 Olympic All-Around Final (Commissioned) 255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned) 254: Vanessa Atler 200: Alicia Sacramone 197: Betty Okino 187: McKayla Maroney 38: Svetlana Boginskaya 31: Elise Ray 28: Kristen Maloney 19: Andreea Raducan 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake 225: 1992 Olympics Recap with Wendy Bruce (Commissioned) 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) 252: Myths, Legends, and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History (Commissioned)

 

257: The Daniels Report  
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 — 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 Valeri Liukin responds to our interview with Vanessa Atler Aliya had the baby! Jon Horton retires Aimee Boorman and Kim Zmeskal-Burdette are recognized for achievements in awesomeness Another plot twist in As the Stepko Turns Larisa Iordache's big upgrades Laurent and Cecile Landi are leaving WOGA Laurie plans to return to training Aly's body-positive tour of America Her new book Fierce: How competing for MYSELF changed everything Her reaction to that TSA guy "Women do not have to dress modestly to be respected" That weird NHL awards moment On that note, sexist coverage increased during 2016 Olympics NCAA roster and coaching developments Athlete welfare Did USAG illegally settle cases in California? Did the USAG chair call a sex-abuse victim's lawyer a "f*cking d*ickhead"? (Spoiler: yes) The FIG commits to a Duty of Care code Senators propose legislation to offer legal protection to Safe Sport 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! RELATED LINKS The full Deborah Daniels report into USAG's handling of sexual abuse. USAG's summary of 70 recommendations made in the Daniels report. Report Calls for Culture Change at USA Gymnastics SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here with brand new membership tiers, commission your own episode, or commission your own segment. Buy some of our awesome merchandise here. RELATED EPISODES 245: Steve Penny is GONE 243: Senate Bill 534 242: Standards 241: The Pittsburgh Incident 227: Jane Doe 2 Sues Karolyis 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor 187: McKayla Maroney 163: ENOUGH 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes 256: 1996 All-Around Final (Commissioned) 255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned) 254: Vanessa Atler
256: 1996 Olympic All-Around Final (Commissioned)  

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 Lilia's compulsory floor is what dreams are made of Why Shannon's compulsory beam is a CLINIC on what beam is supposed to be Compulsory bars scoring was crazy-town 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 SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here with brand new membership tiers, commission your own episode, or commission your own segment. Buy some of our awesome merchandise here. GYMCASTIC LEOTARD CONTEST

WHAT: A GymCastic crystal logo leotard, custom made to fit by Rebecca’s Moms Leotards HOW TO ENTER: Tell us who would you want to compete against in your custom-made GymCastic leo. Tag @GymCasitc and @RebeccasMomLeo on Twitter or  Instagram DEADLINE: Sunday, June 25th. Random Winner announced last podcast in June on the 28th

RELATED EPISODES 255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned) 225: 1992 Olympics Recap with Wendy Bruce (Commissioned) 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) 254: Vanessa Atler 148: Shannon Miller 186: Amanda Borden 38: Svetlana Boginskaya 252: Myths, Legends, and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History (Commissioned) 231: The Rise and Fall of Ukrainian Gymnastics 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes 223: Tasha Schwikert 200: Alicia Sacramone 197: Betty Okino 31: Elise Ray 28: Kristen Maloney 19: Andreea Raducan

 

255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned)  

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?

RELATED LINKS

Spencer's Meet Recap: 1996 TEAM FINAL: AND SHE DID IT ON TWO LEGS Spanny Tampson: 73 Thoughts We All Had During 1996 Team Finals SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here with brand new membership tiers, commission your own episode, or commission your own segment. Buy some of our awesome merchandise here. GYMCASTIC LEOTARD CONTEST

WHAT: A GymCastic crystal logo leotard, custom made to fit by Rebecca’s Moms Leotards HOW TO ENTER: Tell us who would you want to compete against in your custom-made GymCastic leo. Tag @GymCasitc and @RebeccasMomLeo on Twitter or  Instagram DEADLINE: Sunday, June 25th. Random Winner announced last podcast in June on the 28th

RELATED EPISODES 225: 1992 Olympics Recap with Wendy Bruce (Commissioned) 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) 254: Vanessa Atler 148: Shannon Miller 186: Amanda Borden 38: Svetlana Boginskaya 231: The Rise and Fall of Ukrainian Gymnastics 17: Growing Up In The Soviet Gymnastics System And Training At Round Lake 15: Joan Ryan Author of Little Girls in Pretty Boxes 223: Tasha Schwikert 200: Alicia Sacramone 197: Betty Okino 31: Elise Ray 28: Kristen Maloney 19: Andreea Raducan

 

254: Vanessa Atler  
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… 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… 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) GUEST LINKS Witness her amazing beam skills. Her floor at the height of her awesomeness. Vanessa Atler blog and diary Vanessa Atler Children's Book: Let the River Flow SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome goodies here. GYMCASTIC LEOTARD CONTEST

WHAT: A GymCastic crystal logo leotard, custom made to fit by Rebecca's Moms Leotards HOW TO ENTER: Tell us who would you want to compete against in your custom-made GymCastic leo. Tag @GymCasitc and @RebeccasMomLeo on Twitter or  Instagram DEADLINE: Sunday, June 25th. Random Winner announced last podcast in June on the 28th

RELATED EPISODES 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 31: Elise Ray Episode 28: Kristen Maloney Episode 33: Simone Biles & Her Coaches 187: McKayla Maroney 163: ENOUGH 246: Kathy Johnson Clarke Regionals Preview Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics 63: Doctor Larry Nassar 245: Steve Penny is GONE 244: Russian Nationals & Gymnix 2017 243: Senate Bill 534 242: Standards 241: The Pittsburgh Incident 240: Chalkography 239: Elite Canada, Reykjavik & NCAA
253: Koper, Asian Champs, Osijek and Youcan is back  
IN THE NEWS

In the news Spencer and Jessica chat about:

Koper World Challenge Cup in Slovenia (results) Larisa Iordache BB  "Flavinha" (Flavia Saraiva) fell on a dance skill  Almost dies on floor, but she’s fine Champaign for all the winners Canadian gymnast Ellie Black scores triple silver Meet the Whittenburg - A TRIPLE PIKE OFF RINGS Eddie Penev won floor... but his 9.65 E score for his stuck upright landing Shewmanar vault 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’s 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’s 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 Missouri Gymnastics posts abnormally high departure numbers Morgan Porter pleaded guilty to stealing over $700 from her teammate. The teammate was "released" from the team while Porter only missed one meet after her arrest Insane Skill News Miyachi Hidetaka double twisting laid out kovacs. Manrique casually does a one-armed giant out of your Kolman Eddie Penev attempted a front double layout half-out At age 38, Mohini Bhardwaj hits bhs layout stepout on high beam 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, “That must have hurt” 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

SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 252: Myths, Legends and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History (Commissioned) 246: Kathy Johnson Clarke Regionals Preview 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 31: Elise Ray Episode 28: Kristen Maloney Episode 33: Simone Biles & Her Coaches 187: McKayla Maroney 163: ENOUGH Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics 63: Doctor Larry Nassar 245: Steve Penny is GONE 244: Russian Nationals & Gymnix 2017 243: Senate Bill 534 242: Standards 241: The Pittsburgh Incident 240: Chalkography 239: Elite Canada, Reykjavik & NCAA Olympic/World Championship Team Members Competing in College Gymnastics in 2017
252: Myths, Legends, and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History  

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 SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here or commission your own episode. Buy one of our awesome goodies here. RELATED EPISODES 228: Leotards (Commissioned) 225: 1992 Olympics Recap with Wendy Bruce (Commissioned) 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned)
251: Chinese and JO Nationals  
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 ½ 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! SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 125: Growing Up In China - Jiani Wu Interview Episode 28: Kristen Maloney 244: Russian Nationals & Gymnix 2017 231: The Rise and Fall of Ukrainian Gymnastics 227: Jane Doe2 Sues Karolyis 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor 218: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day 2 217: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day One Height, Ages and Repeat U.S. Olympic Gymnasts 206: The Russian Situation 193: Russian, Pac Rim, British Championships and Miss Val on Do-Over Gate 152: Four Nations Cup Italy, Russia, Romania and Colombia 117: Youth Olympic Games, Romanian Nationals, Russian & Novara Cup 87: NCAA Regionals, Russian Nationals & Miss Lloimincia Hall is discovered Episode 46: Russian Cup Results and Gabby Dancing With The Stars? 199: Euros, Classics and the U.S. ManChampionships 147: The 2015 European Championships 153: Inaugural European Games 96: Australian Nationals & Men’s European Championships 95: WAG European Championships Part Two — Lesser Known Stars and a Behind The Scenes Report 94: Women’s European Championships Part One! Episode 30: Women’s NCAA & European Championships
250: Cluj European Championships  
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) 3 gymnasts dismissed from Georgia's team Dismissal of gymnasts not the right solution, handled poorly by Georgia 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) RELATED LINKS

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SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 244: Russian Nationals & Gymnix 2017 231: The Rise and Fall of Ukrainian Gymnastics 227: Jane Doe2 Sues Karolyis 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor 218: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day 2 217: Rio Olympic Event Finals Day One Height, Ages and Repeat U.S. Olympic Gymnasts 206: The Russian Situation 193: Russian, Pac Rim, British Championships and Miss Val on Do-Over Gate 152: Four Nations Cup Italy, Russia, Romania and Colombia 117: Youth Olympic Games, Romanian Nationals, Russian & Novara Cup 87: NCAA Regionals, Russian Nationals & Miss Lloimincia Hall is discovered Episode 46: Russian Cup Results and Gabby Dancing With The Stars? 199: Euros, Classics and the U.S. ManChampionships 147: The 2015 European Championships 153: Inaugural European Games 96: Australian Nationals & Men’s European Championships 95: WAG European Championships Part Two -- Lesser Known Stars and a Behind The Scenes Report 94: Women's European Championships Part One! Episode 30: Women's NCAA & European Championships
249: NCAA Championships  
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’s 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! RELATED LINKS

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 SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy our awesome merchandise here. Club Gym Nerd April Giveaway: Spanny Tampson’s Gymnastics ABC Book Email gymcastic@gmail.com  Subject line: Spanny’s ABC Book No need to tell us why you want it, just email us that you want it. We’ll randomly choose a winner on the last day of the month RELATED EPISODES 247: Progress? Plus NCAA Regionals, British, Jesolo 246: Kathy Johnson Clarke Regionals Preview 245: Steve Penny is GONE 244: Russian Nationals & Gymnix 2017 243: Senate Bill 534 242: Standards 241: The Pittsburgh Incident 240: Chalkography 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!
248: London World Cup  
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 — put together.… The London World Cup Watch routines here. The E Score Beam Controversy Victoria Nguyen (7.166, no fall) Tabea Alt (7.066 with fall and overtime) Amy Tinkler (7.200 with grasping beam) Angelina Melnikova (6.933 with fall) Tisha Volleman (7.033 with fall) 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 Ilaria Kaeslin has Dutch-envy on floor. Ilaria Kaeslin relevé on beam and general gorgeousness! Tisha Volleman doing straight jump 1/1 from side position  Alexey Rostov's "obstinant toddler" full turn choreography Japanse Championships Kohei Uchimura won 10th straight national individual all-around Mai Murakami stuck the *
247: Progress?  
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’s 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’s just me editorializing. I absolutely appreciate Jessica’s 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’m 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’s 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’s score increases under this system while gymnast B’s 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. SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. Club Gym Nerd Giveaway for April : Spanny Tampson's Gymnastics ABC Book Email gymcastic@gmail.com  Subject line: Spanny’s ABC Book No need to tell us why, you want it, just email us that you want it. We’ll randomly choose winner on the last day of the month RELATED EPISODES 246: Kathy Johnson Clarke Regionals Preview 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 31: Elise Ray Episode 28: Kristen Maloney Episode 33: Simone Biles & Her Coaches 187: McKayla Maroney 163: ENOUGH Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics 63: Doctor Larry Nassar 245: Steve Penny is GONE 244: Russian Nationals & Gymnix 2017 243: Senate Bill 534 242: Standards 241: The Pittsburgh Incident 240: Chalkography 239: Elite Canada, Reykjavik & NCAA Olympic/World Championship Team Members Competing in College Gymnastics in 2017
246: Kathy Johnson Clarke Regionals Preview  
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. RELATED LINKS

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 

SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 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 31: Elise Ray Episode 28: Kristen Maloney Episode 33: Simone Biles & Her Coaches 187: McKayla Maroney 163: ENOUGH Episode 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics 63: Doctor Larry Nassar 245: Steve Penny is GONE 244: Russian Nationals & Gymnix 2017 243: Senate Bill 534 242: Standards 241: The Pittsburgh Incident 240: Chalkography 239: Elite Canada, Reykjavik & NCAA Olympic/World Championship Team Members Competing in College Gymnastics in 2017
245: Penny is GONE  
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’s a more positive environment too" 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" Safe 4 Athletes also recommends a safety officer Why no "good countries" at American Cup? RELATED ARTICLES

USA Gymnastics Sexual Abuse Investigation

NY TIMES "Ex-Gymnastics Chief’s 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.” – 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.” 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  SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 244: Russian Nationals & Gymnix 2017 243: Senate Bill 534 242: Standards 241: The Pittsburgh Incident 240: Chalkography 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! 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 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics
244 Russian Championships and Gymnix  
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 SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy one of our awesome shirts here. RELATED EPISODES 242: Standards 241: The Pittsburgh Incident 240: Chalkography 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 56: Preventing Abuse in Gymnastics
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