Surprise me. Sorry, no. In a shock to exactly no one, the U.S. ladies cleaned up at this weekend’s Pan American Championships held in Lima, taking the team title by over five points.
Individually, Grace “I can has worldz?” McCallum was the star of this show, taking the all-around and bars titles, and bronze on vault and beam. Jade Carey took vault and floor gold, Trinity Thomas won all-around and bars silver, and Kara Eaker won beam and took floor bronze.
Brazil came in second as a team, and Flavia Saraiva did very well, earning silver in the all-around and on beam and floor.
What about the boys? I didn’t forget. The U.S. took team gold and all-around bronze, plus pommels gold, amidst what I’m told was the final countdown. Cuba took all-around gold plus the parallel bars title.
I want more. Fine. Here are Lauren’s quick hits.
- In other comp news, Dorina Böczögö is your Hungarian all-around champion, and Kim Bui won German worlds trials, along with Lukas Dauser.
- Amelie Morgan took the all-around title at British Team Championships, where Becky Downie unveiled a totally insane new bars routine.
- Much like rompers and shoulderless tops, Northern Euros has officially been canceled and it’s time to move on.
- Read our preview of the Paris Challenge Cup, where both Downies will grace us with their presences.
New allegations against Nassar, MSU. Former Michigan State University field hockey player Erika Davis said in a lawsuit filed on Monday that Larry Nassar drugged and raped her and filmed it in 1992.
Davis said she told her coach Martha Ludwig about the incident, and that Ludwig obtained the tape and approached then-athletic director George Perles, who is now an MSU trustee. The lawsuit says that Perles forced Ludwig to return the tape, resign, and sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Ropes & Gray faces skepticism. Ropes & Gray, the law firm hired by the U.S. Olympic Committee to conduct an independent investigation of the USOC and USA Gymnastics, released an open letter calling for survivors to come forward with their stories.
The firm said they’ve spoken to over 60 officials and have reviewed over a million documents. Many survivors and their attorneys, however, don’t trust the investigation.
Investigation: USAG ignored complaint. An IndyStar investigation has discovered that T&T Gymnast Kristie Lowell filed a complaint in 2017 to SafeSport accusing her former coach George Drew of conducting an unwanted breast examination on her.
Less than two months later, IndyStar says, he appeared on the committee to decide whether she would make the T&T worlds team.
MLR spoke up. Mary Lou Retton appeared on Access Live on Thursday to promote her participation in Dancing with the Stars. When asked about the state of the sport of gymnastics, Retton, who said she was on the USAG board of directors for eight years, said “we were lied to,” and that she hadn’t spoken out until then because of “the legality of being on the board.”
Psst: Retton was elected to the USAG board in December 2008, and was no longer a member as of December 2016. She read a statement on behalf of USAG in February 2017, and appeared along with other USAG officials in March 2017 to meet with Senator Feinstein about sexual abuse legislation.
- The speaker of the Michigan House said that USAG and Twistars made false claims in recent court filings.
- India may not have a spot at worlds, as India’s sports ministry has refused to clear the team due to the suspension of the gymnastics federation.
- Sae Miyakawa will miss worlds due to the abuse allegations against her coach.
- But mommy, why? (Rachael Denhollander, Facebook)
- What we can learn about self-care from Olympian and advocate Aly Raisman (Self)
- The moral catastrophe at Michigan State (The Atlantic)
- It’s been two years since Rachael Denhollander took her “shot in the dark” (Deadspin)
- The USOC and USAG need to be dissolved and reconstituted (Verdict)
Injuries. Haley de Jong got injured in Lima and had to withdraw from Pan Ams, Donothan Bailey announced that he’s ending his season due to injury, and Celine van Gerner will miss worlds to give that Achilles a face lift.
Nastia dreamed big. Like you, Lady Liukin once trained a quad twist, a full twisting laid out Jaeger, a double double off bars, and other pleb skills.
Don’t despair. Even our queen is over it sometimes.
Because you asked
What is even the deal with junior worlds? You asked, Lauren answered.
Anyone have a bone to throw me? Because I’m so, so over it.
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