“Well, how else will they be able to distinguish between the Chinese gymnasts?” -We just found out that non-team team members at the Olympics will be required to wear different colored leotards, and Luba made me laugh so hard I spat out my sugar-free lunch.
Doc hired, doc fired. USA Gymnastics announced on Monday that it had hired its first-ever director of sports medicine (just let that sink in), Dr. Edward Nyman, shown here literally glowing at the prospect of working for USAG.
There was some confusion, including by Simone Biles, over whether he would treat athletes (he wouldn’t have) and why a woman wasn’t hired. USAG then announced on Tuesday that Nyman had been let go due to an unspecified “conflict of interest.”
After Simone got some heat, USAG clarified that social media did not influence the decision to terminate him. Simone is rightfully angry about lack of transparency, and what everyone wants to know is why vetting didn’t catch this conflict of interest in the first place.
FIG made changes. The FIG Executive Committee met this week. Among their decisions:
- They flip-flopped on the Olympic team sizes, which are back to five in 2024. Because what we want is to make the sport as confusing for spectators as possible, you see. World cups and continental champs will still play a role in qualifying.
- Continental champs and world cups will also play a part in qualifications to 2022 and 2023 worlds, and the number of gymnasts has been reduced to 208 for the men and 201 for us girls.
Heart of Gold came out. At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, was released on HBO. Here’s a support guide for viewers who may need it.
Camp campened. The women’s May national team training camp concludes today at EVO. Twenty-five athletes participated, and Leung joined them to smile at Simone at the oversplit party. The 2018 worlds team also got championship rings, which I guess is a thing?
Terin offended people. USAG athlete rep Terin Humphrey got attention for a Thursday Facebook post that some said made light of athlete abuse. After reactions online, including by survivor attorney John Manly, she followed up with a post saying that she had been receiving death threats and had been cyber bullied, calling out Manly, who she says “publicly attacked” her.
Kathy Johnson Clarke, the official moral compass of the gymternet, responded to the original post, saying the conflation of “abuse w/ ‘championship worthy’ coaching … creates the perfect storm and ideal space and opportunity for predators.”
New lawsuits. A lawsuit was filed against USAG on Monday alleging that the org knows of more abused gymnasts who may not have known about the deadline to file a claim against USAG. Meanwhile, an insurance company is suing the U.S. Olympic Committee, saying the org lied about sexual assault allegations.
Travel plans. Jade Carey said in an interview that she’ll compete at the Melbourne World Cup in February.
New hires. Garrett Griffeth is Utah’s new assistant coach, Courtney McCool Griffeth is the new volunteer coach and choreographer, and I’m gonna pull a Pam and name myself their new social media coordinator. Congrats, all!
Hawaiian shirt alert. The University of New Hampshire’s coach of 40 years, Gail Goodspeed, retired. Godspeed.
Sam update. Sam Cerio is on the up-and-up, and was able to walk at graduation with crutches.
Commitment news. Sydney Barros verbally committed to UCLA.
Glow ups. Lauren wrote up her favorite NCAA-to-elite glow-ups and then bravely clicked Publish.
Groaning pains. Simone’s quads are burning. Mine are too, but it’s from bringing the laundry up the stairs.
Drug murder. Spencer has once again blessed us with his genius and reviewed the 80s show about gymnasts doping each other.
The sugar detox is going very well, thank you so much for asking *dies*.
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