Who won a toy Yoda
The Toyota International happened on Saturday and Sunday in Toyota City (yup, real thing), Japan. Alexa Moreno took the vault title, Daria Spiridonova won a toy Yoda on bars, Lai Pin-Ju of Chinese Taipei took the toy Yoda on beam, and Asuka Teramoto won floor.
Also, who wasn’t excited to see Gabby Jupp back in the saddle? For the dudes, Nikita Nagornyy took home three medals, including two golds, and Kenzo Shirai gave him and Dasha a wedding present, because now that the season’s done, the two are getting married next week.
Wut else happened
USAG filed for bankruptcy. In news that came as a shock to my guinea pigs and no one else, USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. In a statement, board chair Kathryn Carson said the move would help the org more quickly settle claims with the more than 300 survivors who have named USAG in their lawsuits.
The filing puts any discovery and depositions in current lawsuits on hold, and it may also stall the decertification process, which the U.S. Olympic Committee started last month. Survivor attorney John Manly and survivor Jeannette Antolin see the bankruptcy filing as a means for USAG to prevent survivors from getting more information.
MSU paid the $500 mill. Michigan State University paid the $500 million it owes to survivors as part of their settlement, but it also discontinued the Healing Assistance Fund and folded the money into the settlement payment, the uni announced on Tuesday.
Rachael Denhollander is not happy—she says the fund was not just intended for those who were a part of the settlement, and that the shutdown leaves some survivors without help. The board of directors is also not on board.
- The FIG approved the creation of a Gymnastics Ethics Foundation, to help prevent abuse in the sport, at the Baku conference Monday. They also set junior worlds for the end of June 2019 in Györ, Hungary.
- The USOC told national governing bodies that new board members must come from a list provided by the USOC, because that’s worked so well in the past.
- Rachael Denhollander won Sports Illustrated’s Inspiration of the Year Award because duh.
- Why USA Gymnastics’ Bankruptcy Will Delay Abuse Survivors’ Search for the Truth (Time)
- USA Gymnastics finds a solution for its worst problems, but it might create new ones (USA Today)
- Journalists were slow on the Nassar story. Here’s why. (Columbia Journalism Review)
- Believed: Survivors speak (Michigan Radio)
Retirements. Sofi Gomez threw off her granny garb, said “Just kidding, you guys!” and unretired.
Meanwhile, Enus Mariani of Italy picked up Gomez’s shawl and announced that she would live out the rest of her days on the swamp planet of Dagobah. Happy retirement, Enus!
Graduations. Here are all the ladies who are turning senior and finally get a locker closer to the A-wing in 2019.
Commitments. Annie Beard is headed to Oklahoma.
Moves. Olivia Cimpian can’t compete for another year due to her ongoing nationality issues.
Way to go, J-Ho. Jonathan Horton has a book! It’s called If I Had Known, and it’s available where books are sold, I’d assume.
Got three minutes to kill? This weird-ass song is doing nothing to improve my knowledge of dude’s skills, but here you go.
We’ll always have Cottbus. Because gymnerds can’t stop ruminating on what could have been, this video of retired Ukrainian Mariya Livchikova is making the rounds.
Because you asked…
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