“when you’re enjoying the bar routine & then they do a giant half before the dismount.” -Just watch the clip.
Riegel came forward. Chris Riegel, a former U.S. national champion and 1984 Olympic team alternate, said this week that he was sexually abused by his coach Larry Moyer from 1973 to 1981. Rieger told The Orange County Register that Moyer abused him starting when he was eight years old, and that he told USA Gymnastics officials about the abuse but that they took no action.
Moyer was expelled from the sport in 1983 but does not appear on any banned lists, according to The OC Register. Riegel filed a complaint with the U.S. Center for SafeSport in October, and says he hopes that his coming forward can help bring to light the problem of abuse of boys in gymnastics. Rachael Denhollander tweeted her support, saying, “I stand with Chris.”
- Ioanna Xoulogi is your new Greek champ with a 47.600, while Vasiliki Millousi and Eleftherios Petrounias decided to steal the Zeusian thunder by tying the knot.
- Great Britain named its team for the European Youth Olympic Festival, which apparently start July 21 #time.
- Aimee Boorman has left coaching to focus on being a mama to her biological children while very rudely ignoring my own requests to be adopted.
- The draw was held for worlds, and it’s bad news for the women of Australia and Ukraine hoping to qualify a full team, with both teams getting in that unlucky first subdivision.
- The United States didn’t win gold, and that’s OK (The Gymternet)
- The most important steps: How Sam Cerio overcame her horrific gymnastics accident (ESPN)
- Judgment call: Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has continued to use her voice (ESPN)
- The 36 most iconic female athletes of the past century (Business Insider)
Injuries. Olivia Dunne announced that she won’t be competing this summer due to an undisclosed injury that I’m sure will have its own gorgeous Insta in due time.
Comebacks. MyKayla Skinner’s making progress with her Amanar.
Interviews. Morgan Hurd and Riley McCusker (who’s damn ready for Classics, y’all) talked to Inside Gymnastics, Morgan sat down with Sports Illustrated, and Eddie Penev talked on the podcast Same Team.
Ohashi won an ESPY. Katelyn Ohashi won the first-ever ESPY Award for Viral Moment for her viral floor routine. She also did a red carpet handstand in heels, and had some words for body shamers in her rhyme-y acceptance speech.
BYU won bottle cap. The thoroughly stupid bottle cap challenge was won by BYU, so we can stop doing it now, please and thank you.
Engagements. Congrats to Sarah Finnegan, who just got engaged at a museum.
Fan’s new ‘do. Fan Yilin got a haircut and it looks awesome.
Childhood complete. Spongebob turned 20, and Peng Peng Lee was there to help him celebrate.
Chellsie’s in shape. Chellsie Memmel did a laid out arabian on a Tumbl Trak.
I ate too much chocolate cake.
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