“I just want to restate how dumb it is that there is one meet named ‘USA Gymnastics Championships’ and one named ‘US Gymnastics Championships.’” -Thank you, Courtyard Tapir, for raising awareness.
Biles dominated at nationals. Simone Biles won her sixth national all-around title on Sunday as well as every event but bars, becoming the first woman to do a triple double on floor in competition and the first to compete a double double dismount on beam. She had errors on day one, putting her hands down on her triple double, but had an incredible second day for a 118.500 total.
Sunisa Lee surprised for second with eight hit routines and won the bars title with her usual gorgeous, jam-packed set. Grace McCallum rallied for third after errors put her in ninth on day one.
Morgan Hurd, who reminder did Pan Ams ONE WEEK ago, had a floor mishap on day one but came in fourth with an excellent day two despite “want[ing] to puke” before floor. Riley McCusker was like “same,” doing well on day one but withdrawing halfway through day two due to illness. Leanne Wong (“same”), Jordan Chiles (with a WCC glow up), and Jade Carey rounded out the top seven, and Kara Eaker (“same”) had a couple falls to put her in 10th.
For our NCAAers, McKayla Skinner did her toe full to Fabrichnova on bars, incredibly coming in eighth with a fall, and Trinity Thomas did the Biles and came in ninth with falls; both made the national team (day 1 live blog, day 2 live blog).
Other shit. In other Simone Things, she got angry after her performances on day one, saying she was “pissed off” after her floor errors and that her bar routine was a “piece of shit” which I LOVE swearing Simone, but she was much more cheerful on day two which is obvi even better. She had her name AND the outline of a goat on her training leotard, and responded to the haters. She got a fruit bowl that she possibly doesn’t have the counter space for.
There were pretty leos and there were bonfire leos, the floor was ripped up in accordance with tradition, Peng Peng Lee is the new Macready, we found out we’re pronouncing Eaker wrong, Laurent reacted to a beam error, Nastia had outfits, and we had some commentating mishaps as per usual because #standards.
Sam won his sixth title, too. In dudeland, Sam Mikulak won his sixth national title Saturday with an amazing performance, hitting 12 for 12 and also winning every event but rings and vault. He was followed by Yul Moldauer and Akash Modi (Day 1 live blog, Day 2 live blog). Here’s your senior men’s national team and your worlds selection camp roster.
Colin Van Wicklen withdrew with a concussion but is still in contention for worlds. Matt Wenske hurt his ankle and left the comp, too. Alec Yoder withdrew from day two with an injury and won’t be in the mix for worlds.
Other shit. We weren’t sure if this was a bug or a feature for Shane Wiskus, and everyone was impressed with Gage Dyer, who started gymnastics at 13 and can already do this. In other news, Mikulak did pommels in his head, Donnell Whittenburg wore a headband, and Akash Modi likes Taco Bell.
Wut else happened
Biles called out USAG. Biles was openly critical of USA Gymnastics after Thursday’s podium training, and got emotional, saying, “It’s hard coming here for an organization and having had them fail us so many times…They couldn’t do one damn job…You literally had one job, and you couldn’t protect us.”
Li Li Leung responded, saying, “Our athletes should be able to say what they feel,” and that the organization is on a “positive trajectory,” but Rachael Denhollander called BS and Lynn Raisman isn’t impressed either.
Li is out as rep. USA Gymnastics athlete rep Anna Li resigned on Wednesday in light of allegations of abuse that have emerged in recent weeks. Both Li and her mother Jiani Wu are under investigation by SafeSport. Li appeared at nationals as a judge; according to Kensley Behel, it’s because the investigation is still ongoing.
Strampel was sentenced. William Strampel—the former Michigan State dean who was Larry Nassar’s boss—was sentenced to one year in prison on Wednesday. Jurors found in June that he neglected to monitor Nassar’s behavior and also sexually harassed students while in office.
- Sara Teresti—the former gymnast who alleges that she was molested by Nassar—says in a new book that he also raped her.
- A judge decided not to dismiss a felony charge against former MSU gymnastics coach Kathy Klages.
- Rachael Denhollander’s book (coming to an Amazon near you September 10th) has a trailer, which I didn’t know was a thing, but OK.
- Opinion: Competitiveness is what takes U.S. gymnast Simone Biles from good to GOAT (USA Today)
Opinion: Simone Biles isn’t just best gymnast of her time, she’s an athlete for the ages (USA Today)
- Simone Biles 2.0: Somehow, someway, there’s nowhere to go but up (The Guardian)
- Simone Biles is right to ask why adults in Olympic movement didn’t do their job (USA Today)
- No quick fixes at USA Gymnastics, but small signs of progress (USA Today)
- If the healing process were a marathon, USA Gymnastics is at the first mile marker (ESPNW)
- Kristie Phillips—the champion gymnast who never made it to the Olympics (Olympic Channel)
Retirements. Celine van Gerner sadly announced her retirement on Friday; someone throw her a Cats-themed party, STAT.
Juliette Bossu also announced her retirement on Saturday, citing knee pain. Good luck in your future endeavors, ladies!
Comebacks. Kristal Bodenschatz wishes she could be at nationals instead of injured, which SO DO WE KRISTAL #oldbroadsunite!
Non-juries. Heath Thorpe decided not to try for worlds this year, but he’s fine, we’re all fine, everyone’s fine.
Promotions. Lou Ball and Tom Haley have both been promoted to associate head coach at Oklahoma.
Retirements. Boise State head coach Neil Resnick announced his retirement on Friday.
Sad news. George Washington 2017 alumna Alex de Moura passed away on a trip to Mexico on Monday. Our deepest condolences go out to Alex’s loved ones.
Welcome back, McKayla! McKayla Maroney is back on Twitter! Now go send her some ❤
Throwback. Remember that time Trinity’s split went all the way to the ceiling? We do.
From the desk of MH. Morgan Hurd shared her book list with us for National Book Lovers’ Day.
But how. This fail has the gymternet scratching their heads. And laughing, too.
Greetings from Germany. It’s 5am and I’m typing quietly so as not to wake my sleeping husband #gympriorities
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