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Scam: USA’s Yul “the hair” Moldauer and Morgan Hurd took the 2018 American Cup titles, with Great Britain’s James Hall and Japan’s Mai Murakami each taking second. Sadly, Lauren couldn’t be there, but you can still read her reactions, mostly in caps. I can also confirm at this time that 300 points were added for Gryffindor.
Nastia Liukin Cup: Junior Olympians Haleigh Bryant and Tory Vetter took the senior and junior all-around titles, respectively.
All the young dudes: USA Gymnastics has announced the dudes who will be competing at upcoming world cups. Akash Modi will head to Stuttgart, Donathan Bailey’s going to Birmingham, Marvin Kimble’s going to Doha, and Sam Mikulak will head to Tokyo.
Gymnix: The roster for the Junior Cup has been released, as has the list of U.S. participants in the Challenge. Gymnasts from Canada, France, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and Jamaica will be joining them.
Verification: Gymcastic’s Jessica O’Beirne attended last week’s verification and has answers to all of your burning questions.
Worlds 2021: Since apparently we plan this far ahead, they’ll be held in Copenhagen.
Aly files suit: Aly Raisman filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against USAG and the U.S. Olympic Committee, alleging that they “knew or should have known” about Larry Nassar’s abuse. She will also file suit against Michigan State University.
Blackmun out: USOC CEO Scott Blackmun resigned on Wednesday, citing health issues. This follows criticism, including from two senators, of how the USOC handled allegations of abuse.
On the hill: Survivors Jordyn Wieber, Jamie Dantzscher, and Jeanette Antolin met with legislators on Capitol Hill Wednesday to discuss the abuse they experienced as gymnasts. Wieber later appeared on Fox News, saying that the USOC, USAG, and MSU “all failed us.”
The state of USAG: USAG CEO Kerry Perry released a video statement on Friday, listing the changes that USAG has made in light of the scandal, though she says that “Our work is far from being done.” Power mom Lynn Raisman is not impressed, and neither is Kathy Johnson Clarke.
#HimToo: The first male survivor has come forward in the Larry Nassar case, filing a lawsuit against Nassar, MSU, and USAG on Wednesday.
Hiring and firing: USAG confirmed on Wednesday that Vice President of Development Luan Peszek has left the org. Peszek is Samantha Peszek’s mother, and had been with USAG for nearly 30 years. Meanwhile, six directors have been chosen to serve on USAG’s interim board.
The state of Michigan
The law: Dozens of survivors—including Rachael Denhollander, Jordyn Wieber, and Lindsey Lemke—gathered at the Michigan Capitol Monday to encourage legislators to pass a package of 10 bills aimed at preventing future incidences of sexual assault.
A Michigan Senate committee unanimously approved the law on Tuesday. It moves to the full Senate next.
The suits: Also on Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that more investigators would be sent to MSU to investigate its handling of Larry Nassar’s abuse.
The state: Michigan’s congressional delegation criticized MSU’s trustees for their handling of the Larry Nassar case on Wednesday, with lawmakers arguing that the board needs to be held accountable.
- Coaches like Kim Zmeskal are ditching old coaching practices to ensure athlete safety, and gymnasts like McKenzie Wofford are speaking up about Valeri Liukin (Sports Day).
- USAG is in shambles, but U.S. gymnasts are still training 30 to 40 hours a week (The New York Times).
- The New York Times collected comments from the gymternet about the future of gymnastics.
- Here’s to hoping that Aly Raisman’s lawsuit will bring about real change (USA Today).
- MSU’s issues go beyond Nassar: It needs a new board (Chicago Tribune).
- One thing remains unscathed after the abuse scandal: The love of the sport (The Washington Post).
Biles is back: Simone Biles has been added to the national team after sharing footage of herself doing #SimoneThings.
Oh hello: Aly Raisman and Mihai Brestyan met up in Australia. What my meetup with Mihai would look like: “Who is this strange woman, and why is she holding me while sobbing?”
The coeds: Here are recaps of recent college meets.
Math: RQS rankings have been calculated.
Get well soon: Minnesota freshman Ona Loper will miss the rest of the season due to injury.
Because you asked…
Who were the youngest-ever national champs? TL;DR: It’s actual babies.
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