“Simone.” – A boy’s response when the nationals emcee asked him to name a women’s gymnastics event. Out of the mouths of babes.
The ladies competed. Simone Biles won the all-around, every apparatus title, and, incredibly, the Nobel Prize for Physics at the U.S. Championships. She also set a new record for all-around scores this quad despite having gone out of bounds three times on floor.
Morgan Hurd came in second and Riley McCusker took the bronze, both hitting eight for eight. Here are your live updates from days one and two, your recap from day one (day two is coming, hold you’re horses, today is for napping), your national team, and your Pan Ams team.
So did the dudes. Sam Mikulak took his fifth senior title, winning by over four points; Yul Moldauer took second despite competing with a back injury; and Allan Bower came in third, rotating with Moldauer and the rest of basically the whole Oklahoma team. Here are your national, Pan Ams, and world (squad) teams.
Brandon Briones won the 17-18 junior division title; he’ll represent Team USA at the Youth Olympic Games.
Some other shit went down. McCusker scared the shit out of us on her day one beam dismount; Ragan Smith scared the shit out of us on every event, both days; and UCLA and Florida were both represented.
Speaking of Marz, this leo; and speaking of superwomen, Jordan Chiles wore this one, but unfortunately couldn’t revive the wolfkino. NBC showed a clip of Riley’s scary American Cup fall again, and Nastia made her feelings known.
Kyla and Maddie said “us, too.” Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian came forward as survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse on Thursday, speaking on CBS This Morning with Miss Val. They said they have not been contacted by USA Gymnastics, and Kocian’s parents said her accomplishments were “not worth it.”
Everest gymnasts spoke up. Four more gymnasts have come forward accusing Coach Qi Han of Everest Gymnastics of physical and verbal abuse. Ashton Locklear came forward with similar allegations last month.
Nationals was not without scandal. Simone Biles—who wore teal on day two of nationals—implied that USAG president Kerry Perry should speak up. Perry spoke to the press two days later, but didn’t say too much. She probably hasn’t said too much to Simone’s parents, either.
Aly Raisman said she was snubbed for an invite to nationals, though USAG said “not true.” Raisman also is appearing in ads for former USAG sponsor P&G. As part of their partnership, she’ll walk at New York Fashion Week with no makeup.
Aquilina’s not going anywhere. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will keep Larry Nassar’s case, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Nassar’s lawyers had filed a motion asking that she be removed from considering his appeal to his sentence.
Meanwhile, Nassar has been moved to a holding facility, likely due to his alleged assault in federal prison. And with a September 10 deadline looming, over 50 more women have filed lawsuits against Nassar and Michigan State University.
We lost a legend. Yelena Shushunova—the 1988 Olympic all-around champion from Soviet Russia—passed away at 49 of pneumonia.
- Word on the street is that Valeri Liukin is the new head coach of Brazil’s national team, but Nastia told the press yesterday that he’s actually just helping them out through the end of the year.
- Sae Miyakawa’s coach was supposedly fired for physical abuse.
- Twistars plans to host an invitational in January, and some are shocked that it looks like USAG sanctioned the meet.
- Lots of U.S. gymnasts were interviewed or profiled for nationals.
- Simone Biles went over the process of coming back to gymnastics. Also, definitely read Dvora Meyers’ profile of her (The Guardian, Deadspin).
- Margzetta Frazier talked about almost retiring and how she came to compete for UCLA (Inside Gymnastics).
- Morgan Hurd’s mama remembers the process of adopting Morgi (NBC Sports).
- Nastia Liukin talked about adapting to post-gym life and her relationship with Shawn Johnson (Team USA, Olympic Channel).
- Riley McCusker went over her goals for the future (Olympic Channel).
- Ragan Smith took us through a day in her life and talked through her injuries (Dallas News, The Boston Globe).
- Jordyn Wieber is at nationals coaching Margzetta Frazier (Sports Illustrated).
- USA Gymnastics CEO needs to realize buzzwords won’t fix crisis sparked by Larry Nassar (USA Today).
- Aly Raisman makes her voice loud and clear (Boston Herald).
- Male gymnasts say ‘it’s an honor‘ to stand with women who endured sex abuse (The Indianapolis Star).
- Dvora Meyers got coated in chalk at National Championships (Deadspin).
- Amid turmoil, USA Gymnastics takes small steps forward with Tom Forster (The Associated Press).
Meanwhile, Aliya Mustafina is recovering and hopes to compete on bars and beam at worlds.
Injuries. Lorette Charpy of France quite literally broke her face. She had to have surgery. Get well soon, Lorette!
Han toe shot first. Both Han Solo and Darth Vader competed during podium training at nationals.
Bod man, body fantasies. I, too, have thought about what it would be like to be held by Laurent [Step 1: Learn gymnastics, Step 2: Rise through the ranks, Step 3: Move to Texas…]
Patterson’s prego. Carly Patterson is pregnant with baby number two. Congratulations, Carly!
This IS my bikini bod. Ruby Harrold says she resembles a marshmallow, as if that’s a bad thing.
Gymtroverts, unite. Twitter user Starsky wonders how gymnerds have friends, to which I reply, how do we not have more? We’re delightful.
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Our leo experts ranked the ones from the U.S. Classic from one to 62, and idk you guys, I kind of liked 41?
So I went into this interview with Sam Mikulak thinking “these dudes are just tattoos and hair why am I even” but after watching it I’m actually kind of in love?
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