“Well they said I could land anywhere, so I chose my face.” -Simone had a bad landing on floor. Lucky for her, when you’re the Queen you can change the narrative however you like.
For the boys, Tin Srbic of Croatia took the high bar title, Zou Jingyuan won parallel bars, Yang Hak-seon won vault, Lan Xingyu took the rings title, Alexander Shatilov won floor, and Lee Chih-Kai won pommels.
Meanwhile, the FIG’s Twitter account had yet another Asia mix-up, so it has been zero days since their last racism. Check out our live hits on our Twitter, and go here for current qualifications standings.
Birmingham happened. Aliya Mustafina hit everything but beam to win the all-round, and she also did some improv in her beam routine. Riley McCusker got silver despite falling twice. Almost everyone fell on beam, but not Brazil’s Thais Fidelis, who had a fantastic day to take third. Live blog.
For the boys, Nikita Nagornyy and Sun Wei predictably took first and second, respectively.
Superstars of Gymnastics happened, for some reason. My feelings (Yes, I have them): 1. How/why is this a thing. We don’t have a Superstars of Major League Baseball Gala. 2. Danusia’s having a BLAST, good for her.
Anyway, this place has everything: A Stick It reboot, moves that seemed both dangerous and unnecessary, flossing yes even after all this time, Romania’s brand new flag, a heartfelt goodbye from Danny Purvis, and more. Spencer’s Take can’t come soon enough.
Lineups. Turns out, Musty will go to Euros because nothing makes sense.
We hope you had your rosters in pencil, because Claudia Fragapane is going to Euros instead of Kelly Simm, who competed on a fractured foot at British Champs; Jamie Lewis will go to Euros for Brinn Bevan; and Carolyn Pedro will go to Tokyo World Cup for Brazil instead of Thais Fidelis.
All went in accordance with prophecy. Oklahoma won the Big 12 with a 197.575, and Brenna Dowell was awarded gymnast of the year. LSU won the SEC title over Florida and Georgia with a 197.850, thanks in part to Sarah Finnegan’s 10 on floor. Oh, and everyone has feelings about their leotard.
UCLA took the PAC-12 title with a season-high 198.40. In another episode of, “Turns out doing the right thing isn’t all that hard,” Katelyn Ohashi changed her floor routine to remove the Michael Jackson bits, and got another 10. So did Kyla Ross, on floor and bars. Utah came in second with a 198.025. Speaking of Utah, Mykayla Skinner finally got her 10, but it was on floor.
AAF taking new steps. The non-profit Athlete Assistance Fund announced on Tuesday that it’s partnering with the New York Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children to help educate the gym community and prevent abuse.
Alicia Sacramone Quinn is working as an athlete rep for the org along with Sam Peszek. While some are skeptical about the non-profit’s connection with USA Gymnastics, a rep says the two are not affiliated.
More Engler drama. Former interim Michigan State University president John Engler has been spotted courtside at the school’s basketball games, but the Attorney General says he’s been dodging her interview requests by saying he won’t be in the state.
Simone. Simone Biles talked to a few Brit papers last week, telling them that she’s always in pain and that she plans on retiring after Tokyo. Samesies.
Upgrades. Morgiboo is training a Moors.
I have to turn my computer off for the first time in like three months or it will literally croak.
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