Around the Gymternet: Brave, Fearless Women


“I don’t know. It’s kind of crazy.”

– Simone Biles on getting all of her Olympic skills back since resuming training on November 2. What did you do last month? #SimoneThings

What’s happening

Nassar pleads guilty: Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct in two Michigan counties. The first guilty plea came one day after three-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas revealed that she, too, was one of the women and girls who had been abused by Nassar.

What happens now? Nassar is no longer claiming that his abusive tactics were legitimate medical treatment. He faces between 25 and 40 years in prison for these charges, and his more than 120 victims will have the opportunity to speak at his sentencing on January 12.

That’s not all: On Thursday federal prosecutors asked for a 60-year prison sentence for Nassar on child porn charges, for which he’s already pleaded guilty. His sentencing for those charges will take place on December 7. 

Required reading: Check out Dvora Meyers’ ongoing coverage on Deadspin. Also, don’t miss our very own editor-in-chief Lauren Hopkins’ moving essay about the survivors that have inspired us with their bravery this year.

The wheels on the Cottbus go…

YAS queen: Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitna won her third-straight Cottbus World Cup title with a gold on vault last Saturday, taking the title and our stone-cold hearts once again with her handspring layout full and a Tsukahara 1½.

Post-Worlds break? Meh: Just over a month after placing fifth at worlds, German 2016 Olympian Elisabeth Seitz took the uneven bars title with a 14.900. China’s Wang Cenyu took the beam title, and Russia’s Lilia Akhaimova won gold on floor.

Required reading: The Gymternet’s coverage.

Cata’s Farewell

Never say goodbye: Five-time Olympic medalist and the hero Gotham needs right now but doesn’t deserve Catalina Ponor ended her long career with a bang at the Mexican Open, taking silver in the three-event “all-around” competition, along with golds on beam and floor. The competition, which Ponor said would be her last, ended with a tribute to our favorite cat-eyed Romanian.

Required reading: The Gymternet’s competition recap.

NCAA Corner

The old college try: Our favorite NCAA gymnasts are gearing up for the 2018 season. Check in with Spencer at The Balance Beam Situation for previews of the freshman who will be starting this year, as well as behind-the-scenes videos of the ladies getting their butts in gear.

Rough starts for Kelley, Schild: Meanwhile, two-time all-American LSU Tiger McKenna Kelley will sit out the entire 2018 season due to an Achilles rupture. Kelley had surgery on Tuesday and will likely return to the Tigers lineup in 2019.

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials competitor and Georgia Dogs freshman Emily Schild is also down for the count, for now. Gymdogs’ volunteer assistant coach Suzanne Yoculan Leebern confirmed on Facebook that Schild has injured her leg and will be out for eight weeks. Here’s to a speedy recovery for both *clink*.

Because you asked…

Is Rebecca Bross still involved in gymnastics? Yup. Is there such a thing as a piked double double? Nope. Could Ireland make a splash in coming quads? Maybe

Staying social

Aw, snap: Don’t miss Australian gymnast Josh Chambers breaking one of the parallel bars in half with his body during training. You know, just casually. As one does. (He’s fine, by the way.)

Don’t misunderestimate her: Former WCC coach and reigning hair champion Aimee Boorman is surprised by your surprise at Simone’s quick comeback.

Our fearless leader: The #MeToo movement is only gaining momentum, and everyone’s favorite nap queen Aly Raisman is leading the charge on social. #ThankYouAly!

Need to know

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