“Gym gods: Well, y’all wanted Nabs back on teams so much, but we don’t do favors for free.” -Our candles worked, y’all; problem is we forgot everything comes back in threes.
It was the worst of times
The FIT Challenge happened. The Dutch seniors did very well at the Flanders International Team Challenge, taking the all-around title (Naomi Visser with a 54.533) and the team title, and Romania’s juniors won the team competition plus gold and silver in the all-around. Don’t call it a comeback. Results.
Brazilian nationals happened. Thaís Fidélis won the women’s all-around title at the Brazilian Championships, followed by Flávia Saraiva, who also won beam, and Jade Barbosa. But the big news from Brazil is Rebeca Andrade tearing her ACL during the all-around. So it goes. She’s having surgery this week and is obviously done for the season.
French nationals happened. Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos dominated here, winning the all-around, beam, and floor. She had a scary fall during the bars final, but turns out she’s OK. Lorette Charpy took second in the all-around, bars, beam, and floor. Marine Boyer is injured and wasn’t present. So it goes. Results.
Mexico held trials. Mexico named their Pan American Games team after nationals and a selection comp (results here). Alexa Moreno hit her head, pulled out of the final selection, and didn’t make the team. So it goes. Frida Esparza, who is deferring UCLA until 2020, is also injured. So it goes.
Lineups. Here’s your junior worlds team master list. In senior worlds news, Mai Murakami didn’t make Japan’s team because of their bonkers selection rules. Meanwhile, the gymternet rejoiced when Tatiana Nabieva made Russia’s Universiade team, and Spencer put together some of her greatest hits for us.
One more thing. The women of North Korea aren’t going to Asian Championships.
Wut else happened
Parkettes coach banned. Parkettes coach John Holman has been banned from having contact with minors while SafeSport investigates a misconduct claim. Jennifer Sey, who wrote about Holman in her tell-all memoir Chalked Up, said “Not surprising.”
Peyton said #MeToo. Peyton Ernst came forward as a survivor of Larry Nassar on Tuesday, saying “I didn’t want to talk about it because it was hard, but I know if I kept it in, I wouldn’t be able to move on.”
MSU news. Michigan State University wants to settle with those survivors who filed in the second wave of lawsuits for much less than they did with the first wave. Meanwhile, the trial of former MSU dean and Nassar’s former boss William Strampel continues, with a doctor testifying that Strampel neglected to enforce the restrictions placed on Nassar after his Title IX investigation.
- The Gymnast’s Position (Longreads)
- An open letter to the sister survivors (The Gymternet)
- Larry Nassar’s sentencing gave Judge Rosemarie Aquilina a national audience. And it changed her life (Lansing State Journal)
- Simone Biles reminds us how deep every gymnast’s bag of tricks is (Deadspin)
Injuries. See above. Also, Li Qi is injured, and both she and Du Siyu are off the national team. So it goes.
Recoveries. There’s a silver lining, folks: Dominick Cunningham is on the up-and-up.
Gym switch. In “Whaaaaaaaat???” news, Jordan Chiles is at World Champions Centre now.
Bailie retired. Bailie Key has medically retired from gymnastics, she announced this week. She recently had back surgery and competed in only one meet in her two-year NCAA career (so it goes). Best of luck to Bailie in her future endeavors.
Ragan 2019? One of our little birds saw “OU 2019” in Ragan Smith’s Instagram bio, and another noticed LSU in Alyona Shchennikova’s. As if we wouldn’t notice.
Clara headed to Nebraska. Clara Colombo will become the first Italian gymnast to compete in NCAA, at the University of Nebraska. Bravo!
ASU hire. Arya Stark aka Kristina Baskett is their new assistant coach as well as, I’m told, the new Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
A note of gratitude. Thank you all for schooling me on virtuous value parts. I’m clearly behind on my podcasting and won’t let you down again.
All the drugs. Drugs will be customary at the junior world champs, giving us so much potential for more after school specials.
Code drama, part III. Spencer went over which skills were given to gymnasts only to be snatched away like that one time my mom wrapped up my favorite toy and gave it to another kid.
Ragan=Riley. Nickelodeon can’t tell the difference between Ragan Smith and Riley McCusker, but I’m honestly just too exasperated to be angry about it.
Style guide. Luba is finding new leos everywhere, for everyone.
Making hummus for the first time. Stay tuned.
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