Around the Gymternet: She moves in mysterious ways


“How are all of you capable of counting twists and I’m over here like umm is it a Y1.5 or an Amanar” -Twitter user Lena and I are the same person, except I’m the creepy Us version who shows up on her driveway.

Comp news

We got the slow comp week we’ve all been waiting for, but things are about to heat up again with NCAA regionals, the Tokyo World Cup, and Euros all upcoming.

In regionals news, teams were seeded but confusion/anger abounds over whether the Michigan regionals stream will be free or behind a FloGym paywall. Unclear.

Once you’ve awoken from your rage nap take a look at the men’s and women’s Euros teams, and the Tokyo World Cup roster. Also, here’s a preview of what to expect from Russia based on Russian Championships, and here’s yet another development in the “Aliya or naw?” saga.

Some news

2004 case closed. An investigation into why Brianne Randall-Gay’s 2004 complaint against Larry Nassar was not forwarded by police to prosecutors closed on Tuesday. The investigation found no evidence of misconduct by investigators, who say they were “duped” by Nassar.

Randall-Gay said in a statement: “They made a mistake, a mistake that they will live with for the rest of their lives. I offered my forgiveness in the past and I continue to extend my forgiveness to them.”

Simone opened up. Simone Biles spoke about the moment she realized she had been abused and how she coped on the YouTube series If I Could Tell You Just One Thing on Wednesday. She said she initially “denied it and buried it” and struggled with depression, but said “I feel like I’m a stronger woman today.”

  • Fifty more gymnasts joined a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Olympic Committee failed to protect athletes from abuse on Tuesday. This brings the total number of plaintiffs to 101.
  • Former Michigan State University dean and Larry Nassar’s former boss William Strampel has been charged with another sex crime. MSU is also under fire for hiring a judge with ties to former interim president John Engler. Meanwhile, alumns finally got the teal magazine they’d hoped for a year ago.

Star status

Injuries. Leonie Meier of Switzerland is out of Euros with an ACL tear, and so is David Belyavskiy, who won’t try out. Meanwhile, Cuba’s Larduet had surgery on both wrists. 

Retirements. Mette Hulgaard, the 30-year-old, 10-time Danish AA champ, retired. Also, read this piece from Emma Wilcox on her feelings about quitting gymnastics at level 9.

Comebacks. Apparently Wang Yan and Shang Chunsong are both making comebacks? I didn’t know and am pleasantly surprised. Thankfully it’s not like it’s my job to stay on top of things like this. 

Oleg Verniaiev also came back this weekend, just two months after double ankle surgery, and Laurie Hernandez showed off more skills.

Upgrades. Check out this Nabieva from Italy’s Desiree Carofiglio.

Staying social

Shannon freaking Miller. WHAT is going on with Shannon Miller? Is she coming back? Is she teasing us? Is the year really 2000 and I’m awakening from an elaborate apocalyptic nightmare? Unclear.

UPDATE: We were punk’d.

Throwback. Katelyn Ohashi’s 2011 7.0 beam routine made the rounds again, much to my absolute delight.

IT’S HERE. The clouds parted and your gif recap of the Superstars of Gymnastics appeared.

Going to the chapel. Artur Dalaloyan got engaged, and I’ve been told we’re all invited to show up with a previously undisclosed plus one. Congrats, you crazy kids.

Last words

Just got back from Dublin, ask me about WOW Air and the fight I got with a woman named Denise on Twitter over whether people were being too dramatic about finding themselves stranded in foreign airports.

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5 thoughts on “Around the Gymternet: She moves in mysterious ways

  1. interesting about being stranded in Europe. my sister and I were stranded in Europe in 1972, when our charter went bankrupt. people flew back then on charters with other tourists. no cell phones, and we were there for 2 months before we knew. we got home. it was memorable.

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  2. One has to love WOW and their raspberry Mad Men-style wardrobe for their flight attendants. But that only takes a close second to the bathrooms in Iceland’s airport. (I hope you enjoyed your flight.)


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