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