Around the Gymternet: I can see it now


“Ou est Riley ???” -When your fave doesn’t appear on the nominative worlds roster, you ask Lauren why in French; that’s just science.

Comp news

We have our worlds nominative roster. And it’s nominative, y’all. That means not for real, not yet. I’m going to give it to you, but you have to promise to be good, okay? Okay. Here it is, and here are Lauren’s thoughts on some of the teams officially named.

The Szombathely Challenge Cup happened. Marina Nekrasova of Azerbaijan won the vault title over Teja Belak at the Szombathely Challenge Cup. Caitlin Rooskrantz of South Africa won the bars title, Noemi Makra of Hungary won beam, and Spain’s Marina Gonzalez took the floor title. But the star of this show is Roxana Popa, who made her comeback here, earning a bronze on bars.

Other comps happened. Giulia Steingruber also made her comeback this weekend, winning Swiss Championships with a 53.1. Juniors took it away at Romanian nationals, with Ioana Stanciulescu winning the all-around with a 55.4, and taking beam, floor, and vault gold, and bars silver. Chen Yanfei won the Chinese Individual Nationals all-around with a 52.950, plus the beam title. One more thing: Germany won the Worms Friendly against Belgium and France.

U.S. men’s worlds team selection happened. The U.S. men’s worlds team was named on Saturday after a two-day trial. Sam Mikulak, Akash Modi, Shane Wiskus, Yul Moldauer (the top four all-arounders), and Trevor Howard are going to Stuttgart with Allan Bower, our traveling alternate.

U.S. women’s national team camp happened. Here’s the roster and your lineup, with peak wrist-flicking action from Morgan Hurd, who’s ready to tumble.

What else is making a comeback. Northern Euros.

Wut else happened

MSU fined $4.5 million. The U.S. Department of Education fined Michigan State University $4.5 million after an investigation found that the school mishandled the Larry Nassar scandal. The uni will also have to make changes to its Title IX policies, and its provost resigned

Some say the fine and the resignation aren’t enough and are calling for the board to resign. Survivor Morgan McCaul expressed her disappointment on Twitter, writing, “Rachael Denhollander asked the world, ‘How much is a little girl worth?’ [U.S. Secretary of Education] Betsy DeVos answers, ‘Not that much.’” 

Survivors also criticized the board at a Friday meeting in response to the school’s lawyers trying to get the remaining survivor lawsuits dismissed. Meanwhile, Rachael Denhollander, Sarah Klein, and Sterling Riethman issued a joint statement on Monday calling on the president to initiate an independent investigation.

U.S. men’s VP is out. The vice president of USA Gymnastics’ men’s program Dennis McIntyre has resigned, according to a statement released during the men’s worlds trials on Thursday. The statement thanked McIntyre and called him a “key contributor to the success of the program.” 

Danell Leyva responded to the statement, tweeting, “Sorry, what success did he contribute to, again?” which caused some online tension with Jonathan Horton.

Required Reading

  • It was Rachael Denhollander Appreciation Week. 
    • The Sacrifice: Rachael Denhollander surrendered her deepest secrets to help put Larry Nassar away (Courier Journal)
    • How the Courier Journal revealed the story of Rachael Denhollander’s life-changing sacrifice (Courier Journal)
    • Our Rachael Denhollander story reminds us that a little girl’s life is priceless (Courier Journal)
    • Denhollander’s greatest contribution may be to the girls who will never meet Larry Nassar (Courier Journal)
    • In her courageous battle for justice against Larry Nassar, my wife became my hero (Courier Journal)
    • ‘How do I even start that conversation?’ How the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar approached intimacy after abuse (Time)
    • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Competitive Gymnastics (Sports Illustrated)
    • Meeting Larry Nassar: The Appointment that Changed Everything (Elle)
  • What gymnastics did to Jessica Howard (Deadspin)

NCAA Corner

Sad news. We’re so sorry to hear that Lexie Priessman’s father passed away last week. Our thoughts go out to Lexie and her family during this difficult time.

Star status

New skill who dis. Footage emerged of Yeo Seojeong doing a handspring double full on vault at the Korea Cup in June.

Injuries. Rubén López of Spain is out with a shoulder injury, Epke Zonderland might miss worlds, and Nile Wilson is injured.

Staying social

Help the Lee family out. Turns out Sunisa Lee’s dad was in a bad accident just days before she competed at nationals and is on a long road to recovery. The family is asking for donations to help cover medical expenses.

Katelyn’s staying [body] positive. Katelyn Ohashi is in ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue. She’s naked. Congrats, Katelyn!

Look out, Hollywoo. Danell Leyva has a reel and is coming to a sticky-floored theater near you.

Chellsie’s insane. Chellsie Memmel, committed to putting everyone, all of us, to shame, decided to do pistol squats while balanced on a high bar, like circus folk. Bless.

Sveta’s pregnant. Svetlana Khorkina decided to create a new being in her image and is pregnant with her second child.

Last words

This has been a weird week. But then, aren’t they all?

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5 thoughts on “Around the Gymternet: I can see it now

    • Not sure how everyone missed the vid of Yeo Seojong doing her FHS double twist on vault. It came out RIGHT after the meet in June. It’s literally just been chillin there on Youtube for the world to see lol


      • I already saw that. My bad I thought they meant a new video, of her doing it in another comp. Hence why bring it up in a this new article, is what threw me off 🙂


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