“I want to be a soccer player when I grow up.” -Like many of us, Aly Raisman got caught up in FIFA madness, and honestly, I wouldn’t put it past her #careerchange #nevertoolate
Universiade happened. Team Japan is your Universiade winner, taking the title over Russia in the final rotation, with Italy in third. But the real winner here is of course Tatiana Nabieva, who, never one to let down her fans, stood and mumbled conjurings before her bar routine and got penalized for it and then had a beam “routine” for the ages (live blog). Bless.
In the all-around, Hitomi Hatakeda, Uliana Perebinosova, and Lilia Akhaimova led the charge for pretty much the whole competition, with Hatakeda taking gold. Nabs wasn’t there (live blog). Hatakeda also won bars and beam, Carlotta Ferlito won floor, Marina Nekrasova of Azerbaijan took the vault title, and Dutch charm won one judge’s stone-cold heart.
Perez retained her crown. Ana Perez won her third consecutive Spanish championship, and fifth overall, debuting a Silivas on floor.
Classic lineup released. The not-so-secret U.S. Classic roster was released.
Swedes to Stuttgart. Sweden took a page out of Japan’s book and named members of their worlds team, months earlier than necessary *shrug*.
Wut else happened
Blackmun made bank. Former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Steve Blackmun was paid $2.4 million in severance when he was forced to resign last year, the org revealed on Wednesday. Blackmun’s payout was part of the over $7.5 million in USOC expenses related to the Larry Nassar scandal in 2018.
Blackmun has been criticized for reported inaction in the face of abuse allegations, and he has also been accused of lying to Congress. Nancy Hogshead-Makar said his severance is more than the amount funding the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and that the USOC board should be removed.
- Morgan Hurd, Chen Yile, and Angelina Melnikova star in the Olympic Channel’s new doc series All-Around, premiering August 6. Watch the trailer.
- Part Five of our ongoing series, The Senior Impact.
Komova update. Viktoria Komova says she’s thinking things through, which is what your 20s are for, leave her alone.
Psyyych. Ragan Smith is actually going to Oklahoma in 2019, not in 2020 like she previously said in the before-time.
Nups news. Danusia Francis got engaged! Congrats, Nush!
Non-required reading. This old rule book has all the gymnastic rules and the creepy coloring book illustrations to back them up.
Shannon got curious. Gymnerd of the Decade Jonathan Van Ness interviewed Shannon Miller on his podcast Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness.
Germans just wanna have fun. Team Germany made the gifs we didn’t know we needed.
Yup, she’s short. Simone Biles participated in a celebrity softball game and, well, just look at the picture.
I just turned 31 and “that’s what your 20s are for” is apparently something you start to say when that happens, please send help.
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