“I fear God, someone accidentally hitting the nukes button, and the gymternet.” -Deadspin’s senior editor gets it.
What happened at camp? So much.
Simone yawned and then casually stuck a Cheng half that even she thought was the shit. She strangely put her hands down on her beam dismount, but still won the all-around by over two points. All hail.
Person-shaped wisp of smoke Kara Eaker awed everyone with her gorgeous beam, Morgan Hurd had a pretty solid performance, Grace McCallum fell on bars but still placed third, and Riley “look mom my knees go backwards” McCusker took second with a gorgeous bars set. Ragan Smith showed excellent progress since nationals despite a bars fall. Results and live coverage.
Who’s on the worlds team? The worlds team was named on Friday, including, to no one’s surprise, Biles, Eaker, Hurd, McCallum, McCusker, and Smith. The traveling alternate will be named later.
Tom Forster followed up with a Q&A on Twitter, where we learned that there are requirements for athletes to participate in apparatus world cups. Those requirements were released, and tl;dr, Jade Carey is the only one who meets them. #convenient
What happened at the Youth Olympic Games? Giorgia Villa won the all-around (the absolute nerve), plus the vault title and bars silver. Russia’s Ksenia Klimenko (or was it Melnikova?) took the bars title. Homeboy Brandon Briones won gold on vault. Oh, and Simone still managed to win despite the technicality of not being there. Full coverage.
USAG named a new CEO. Former U.S. Representative Mary Bono was named USA Gymnastics’ interim CEO and president on Friday.
Things went south, fast. Since this isn’t real life and is actually a dystopian soap opera, it didn’t take long for the gymternet to dig up Bono’s Twitter history, which included a tweet in which Bono covered the Nike logo on her sneakers with a Sharpie, presumably in protest of Nike’s recent ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. Many responded, most notably Simone Biles, who is a Nike athlete and was not happy.
That’s not all. Survivor attorney John Manly also noted that Bono worked for Faegre Baker Daniels, a law firm that has worked for USAG in the past. Manly said that the firm helped USAG “keep Nassar’s abuse secret.” Survivors like Rachael Denhollander and Sarah Klein were not happy.
- Parents of Australian gymnasts allege that physical and verbal abuse occurred at a Melbourne training center.
- India’s drama continues, as the governing bodies failed to submit a nominative team roster for worlds by the deadline.
- FIG President Morinari Watanabe was elected to the International Olympic Committee.
I’m a sexual assault survivor. And a conservative. The Kavanaugh hearings were excruciating (Rachael Denhollander for Vox)
USA Gymnastics must remove interim CEO Mary Bono after its latest misstep in wake of scandal (USA Today)
- Simone Biles has all the power, and she knows it (Deadspin)
MSU makes scores of changes after Nassar scandal (The Detroit News).
A day in the life: Sam Mikulak explains hour by hour the steps that lead to his success (Team USA).
Injuries. Pauline Schäfer has withdrawn from worlds contention with a foot injury, along with Nile Wilson, who hurt his hand. Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece will also miss worlds, and Denisa Golgotă had to withdraw from Romanian nationals after hurting her leg.
For that important board meeting. Russia’s worlds leos are here.
For your inner country music fan. Nastia Liukin starred in a video.
For the one you’d take a bullet for. Mykayla Skinner risked her life for choreography.
Mark your calendar
The first episode of Believed, the podcast about the survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse, drops next week.
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