“Should we all try to do a big thing we’re scared of in 2020?” – Why yes, Joanna. We should.
Russia will appeal. Russia will for sure appeal the decision to ban the country from four years of major competition due to doping-related allegations. The case will move to court next, though some worry that there isn’t much hope of the appeal succeeding and that it could actually lead to harsher penalties.
- Simone Biles was named AP’s 2019 Female Athlete of the Year.
- The 2020 Russian national team was named, as well as a new WAG senior coach.
- Lauren made a nation database! Go check it out. Also, here are your national champions from 2019.
Retirements. Nikolai Kuksenkov announced his retirement. We wish Nikolai the best of luck in his future on-the-ground endeavors.
At least Aly’s happy. Aly Raisman looks like she had an excellent Christmas before very rudely passing my friend in the Boston airport without saying hi, we’re about 85% sure. She also clearly has a future in golfing and I can’t wait.
New year, new me. Can this guy choreograph my 2020, please?
We’re hiring. The Gymternet has a job opening. Which brings us to…
Last last words
I’m sad to announce my retirement from non-competitive gymnastics newslettering. I’ve decided to call it quits in order to focus more on my (at the moment barely existent) freelancing career.
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