Happy first week of NCAA! We hope your fantasy gym team is everything you, well, fantasized it would be. Let’s boogie:
UCLA beat Nebraska. In perhaps the most highly anticipated comeback since Jesus, Norah Flatley did beam and then saw herself on the jumbotron; Kyla Ross did a perfect Yurchenko 1.5; and Katelyn Ohashi has a new floor routine for y’all.
The Utes won. MyKayla Skinner led Utah to a win over Penn State, including a stuck DTY.
P.S. Meanwhile, Madison Kocian and Jordyn Wieber made an appearance at Gold Meets Golden, an event where athletes get to rub shoulders with the Famouses. Nastia Liukin was there, too, along with Nadia Comaneci and Kathy Johnson Clarke.
- Four people have accused USA Gymnastics’ former head tumbling coach Sergio Galvez of sexual misconduct.
- A group of Olympians is calling for Congress to overhaul the U.S. Olympic Committee.
- A majority of Michigan State University’s board of trustees now supports reopening the Healing Assistance Fund for survivors. Governor Gretchen Whitmer also signed the petition to have the fund reopened.
- FIG President Morinari Watanabe said in a New Year’s statement that “We all share the pain” of survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse. He also says this year’s slogan is We Are Family, presumably because he shares my mother’s taste in music.
- Ashton Locklear is showing progress in her comeback. Kara Eaker and Leanne Wong showed off some tricks on the tramp, and USAG compiled some other U.S. upgrades for us.
- How LSU’s Lexie Priessman relies on passion, persistence to get through pains of gymnastics career (The Advocate)
- Welcome to the Gymternet, where fantasy gymnastics reigns supreme (The Washington Post)
- Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles (On Her Turf)
Since there’s a time and a place for everything, tell us about that one time in college. I’ll start: I once stole a traffic cone.