Around the Gymternet: A world of no


“I want to live with mom.” -The gymternet had a brief scare when Kathy Johnson Clarke and Greg Marsden had a disagreement in response to this article on Twitter. Remember, gymnerds: whatever happens, it’s not our fault.

Comp news

Wut happened. Roxana Popa made her comeback on beam at a club meet, and Ashton Locklear showed off bars and beam at the WOGA Classic. Neither hit, but something tells me they’ll brush themselves off and try again, try again.

Lineups announced. We have a nominative list for the Baku World Cup, and one for the Tokyo World Cup. We have Team USA’s spring assignments. And we have interviews from worlds if you want to head all the way back to 2018.

Lineup changes. Brooklyn Moors is out of Burning Man and will be replaced by Victoria-Kayen Woo, and Artur “Rambo or even better” Dalaloyan replaced David Belyavskiy (who’s recovering from a wrist injury) at Stuttgart.

Meanwhile, Aliya Mustafina decided she’s too cool to show up at the Stars of Gymnastics gala (though Danusia Francis will be there!), disappointing those of us who were looking forward to seeing her do two things at once. She also won’t be at Russian Champs because she’ll be busy ruling the motherland.

NCAA corner

Here are your results from week 6. If you’re just here for the 10s, Kyla Ross got one on vault, Katelyn Ohashi took one on floor, and Denver’s Lynnzee Brown also earned the big one-oh on floor.

In commitment news, Maile O’Keefe dropped down to level 10 and will join Utah in the fall.

Other news

Survivors frustrated with USAG, obvi. Survivors Rachael Denhollander, Tasha Schwikert, and Sarah Klein met with USA Gymnastics’ chief financial officer on Thursday as part of the org’s bankruptcy case, but say they walked away frustrated and with few answers.

Second wave fights for justice. More than 160 survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse, or the “second wave” of survivors who have come forward since over 330 survivors reached a settlement with Michigan State last year, are fighting for another settlement.

  • USAG is suing its insurers for the legal costs of over 100 lawsuits.
  • The U.S. Olympic Committee plans to double funding for SafeSport, to over $6 million.
  • The first day of former MSU president Lou Anna Simon’s preliminary hearing happened on Tuesday.

Star status

Comebacks. Larisa Iordache is back doing giants. And if you count this as a comeback, MyKayla Skinner says there’s a 70-80% chance she’ll postpone her senior year to take a shot at the 2020 Olympics.

Upgrades. Dominick Cunningham was caught doing a Biles half and a Yurchenko 3.5, and word on the street is that Dipa Karmakar’s gonna start training the Prod again.

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Last words

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13 thoughts on “Around the Gymternet: A world of no

  1. What are the chances Riley of the Fragile Bird Bones will actually go to Birmingham? I’m in the UK and I’d love to go see her live but I’d have to book travel soonish.

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        • Question still stands but I’m going anyway!! It’s probably my last chance to affordably see live gymnastics for…. quite awhile tbh, so worth it anyway! Looking forward to it!

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        • SEMI-SORRY FOR THE COMMENT SPAM BUT OHMIGOD ALIYA!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t even know she was planning to be there when I booked my tickets!!!

          Granted it’s Aliya so she still might not show up but if Riley and Aliya are both competing IN THE SAME ARENA ON THE SAME DAY *WHILE I AM THERE* I might actually die!!!!!!!!

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  2. I’m not really a fan of Marsden’s argument about how they don’t do things that way in other sports. Each sport is different from each other sport. Attempting to compare their rules is apples and oranges. Another sport where you actually are allowed to screw up and not count it is tennis in which you are allowed to miss a serve with no penalty. It takes two missed serves for the opponent to score a point from it. But then in volleyball, there are no free misses. You miss a serve, the other team gets a point and gets to serve. Why are they different? Because they’re different sports. Every sport has it’s own rules and objectives, and I think the logic runs thin really fast when trying to equate them. This isn’t to say that I think no valid arguments can be made for a scoring system in which all scores count, but comparing gymnastics to other sports shouldn’t enter into that argument.

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    • I think for NCAA, a system where all scores are counted would be in direct conflict with the vibe that they are trying to promote–a fun, friendly, and lighthearted atmosphere. NCAA is supposed to be a breath of fresh air for these gymnasts after competing level 10 and elite their whole lives.

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    • Also, there are tons of sports with “do-overs”. You get three strikes in baseball before you’re out, you get four downs in football before you have to turn over the ball. Misses happen all the time in these sports, and it is normal and okay. The difference in gymnastics is that you are expected to be perfect every single time. Even the best batter or quarterback doesn’t have that much pressure. Additionally, in many other sports if you miss you just fail to increase your score, whereas in gymnastics you lose points that can’t be made up later because the winning margins are so small.

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