“Do any gymnerds feel up to the challenge?” -There’s a coaching position open at UCLA, for all of you screen-yellers who think you could do a better job.
Trials are in St. Louis. After much ado about what turned out to be next to nothing, USA Gymnastics announced on Tuesday that the 2020 Olympic Trials will be in–wait for it–St. Louis. You know you’ve been aching to see that arch.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will be named at Trials. New CEO Li Li Leung said in a press conference that she’s “confident” USAG will still be the sport’s national governing body at that time, and that decertification has been stayed.
Speaking of which, the Senate wants to know why the U.S. Olympic Committee has decided not to move forward with it.
Foot, meet mouth. In conjunction with the trials announcement, on Wednesday a clip was released of Li Li Leung on the Today Show stating that she was seen by Larry Nassar as a gymnast but was not abused because her coach was in the room with her. This naturally made people including Aly Raisman upset, as some survivors testified that they were abused while parents were present. Leung issued an apology the next morning.
People also caught on to Leung’s comment that the goal for 2020 will be to win medals, in light of USAG historically prioritizing medals over athlete safety. Meanwhile, Leung’s salary information was released; this year, she will make $450k.
Twistars settled. Twistars settled for $2.1 million with around 200 women and girls who named the gym in their lawsuits. Meanwhile, Wave 2 (meaning survivors who weren’t part of the original $500 million settlement with Michigan State University) settlement talks with MSU have stalled, though some have been settled.
Aly’s making change. Aly Raisman is supporting a California bill that would extend the statute of limitations for reporting abuse. The issue came up because many survivors of University of Southern California doctor George Tyndall’s abuse are unable to make claims. Raisman testified at the State Capitol in support of the bill on Tuesday (full testimony).
Engler’s got a new gig. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos named former interim MSU president John Engler chairman on a national educational assessment board, which is all, quite frankly, fitting.
New doc premiered. HBO’s At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal premiered on Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival.
NCAA: The aftermath
Jo for Arkansas. After much ado about what turned out to be something, Arkansas announced that Jordyn Wieber would become their new head coach at the ripe old age of 23. She looks poised, confident, and ready to take on the world.
Skinner’s coming back. MyKayla Skinner announced on Thursday that she will return to Arizona to train elite with the hope of making the 2020 Olympic Team. Her statement sort of implies that she would only return to Utah for her senior year if she didn’t make the team.
Kelley’s done. McKenna Kelley was on the Today Show for some reason with mom Mary Lou Retton. Kelley announced that she is not coming back for fifth year.
Meanwhile, Retton took the opportunity to let words come out of her face hole, saying that Leung wanted to pick her brain, and that gymnasts are safe as long as they train in a reputable gym. Right. Sarah Finnegan was also there, in a way.
Final flips. Lexie Priessman did her last double double…in a sweatshirt.
New year, new rules. New Division 1 recruiting rules stipulate that gymnastics can’t have communication with coaches before mid-June of 10th grade.
Former Kentucky gymnast Shelby Hilton passed away after a battle with brain cancer, it was announced on Saturday. After a bad fall on floor led to her diagnosis in 2014, Hilton went into remission in September 2015 before being re-diagnosed with cancer last May.
Our deepest condolences go out to Hilton’s family and friends.
- Just when gymnastics started to seem right again, enter Li Li Leung and her unthinkable answer (ESPNW)
- New USA Gymnastics president makes big mistake (USA Today)
- Fifteen months on from Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics struggles to find its way (The Guardian)
- Can USA Gymnastics recover from the Nassar scandal? (Los Angeles Times)
Injuries. His Royal Highness Kohei Uchimura had a no-good, very bad day at All Japan, suffering from shoulder pain and a 30-year-old body. He placed 37th in quals, and things are looking grim for 2020. Kakeru Tanigawa took the all-around title. Meanwhile, Asuka Teramoto upset Mai Murakami for the women’s title.
Comebacks. Tatiana Nabieva seems to be in Russia’s good graces and has been invited to attend a national team camp.
Because you asked…
People coincidentally had a lot of questions about Jordyn Wieber this time around, along with other things.
I’m on a sugar detox so there’s a strong possibility I forgot to type every other word of each sentence. Gonna look amaaaaaaazing
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