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U.S. Men’s World Team Announced….Shocked!?

Sam Mikulak

Here is the 2015 U.S. Men's World Championship team, which was just announced this evening after the conclusion of the P&G U.S. Championships:   Sam Mikulak Donnell Whittenburg Danell Leyva Paul Ruggeri Alex Naddour Brandon Wynn   Alternates Chris Brooks Marvin Kimble   The biggest shocker for me is not the names listed on the men’s world championship team, but one of the names not listed – Jake ...

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Women’s Finals…Post-Meet Thoughts

Just got back from the women's finals and wanted to post some immediate thoughts... First I'd say that overall this was a much better meet than Day 1.  Although I wasn't in the arena the first day, the sense I got was there was more positive energy in today's finals and fewer overall falls.  The top ...

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The Top 12 Contenders For the Women’s World Team….Is There A Dark Horse?

Six male and female gymnasts will be selected for the upcoming world championships to be held in Glasgow, Scotland Oct 23- Nov 2, 2015.  Tonight represents the final opportunity for the women's contenders to prove themselves in major competition before the team is selected.  At this point in time, it looks like we have four ...

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5 Shockers From Women’s Day 1 at the U.S. Championships

1. Maggie Nichols Dazzles. We knew she was right in the mix after her extremely impressive performance at the recent Secret U.S. Classic, but would anyone have ever predicted this gymnast would be leading the two-time world all-around champion and THREE Olympic champions in the all-around after 3 events at the U.S. National Championships? I ...

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The First Quintuple Turn? Test Your Gymnastics Eyes

spinning top

Is this the first quintuple turn ever attempted in competition? Check it out after her 2nd tumbling pass (starts at 39 sec): Marta Pihan-Kulescza Floor - 2015 Europeans EF I'm not sure if the judges gave her credit for that (she really started falling out of that after the 3rd spin), but I do not know of ...

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Russian Resurgence!

Afanasyeva floor pose

Perhaps the loudest statement made at this week’s European Championships in Montpellier, France was made by the Russian women.  This is by far the strongest this team has looked in quite some time….certainly since the 2012 Olympics, and I may go so far as to say since 2010 when this team won the world title.  ...

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They’re Back! Olympic Champions From London Launch Impressive Comebacks in Italy

Here were "7 Takeaways" from today's team and all-around competition at the City of Jesolo Trophy meet, taking place in Italy this weekend:   1.  Simone Biles is still on top, but the field behind her just got deeper.  What was so cool about this meet – other than featuring the official comebacks of 2012 Olympic champions ...

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Biles Wows Arlington Crowd….Can Anyone Catch Her Before Rio?

Simone Biles leap

I’ve decided we’re going to have to blindfold Simone Biles at her next competition to give the other gymnasts at least a fighting chance. I can’t recall another gymnast who has remained this dominant over the rest of the world in the all-around for two years straight.  Even a longtime champion like Svetlana Khorkina had her ...

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Can Mustafina Challenge Simone Biles? An Event-By-Event Look

Mustafina floor

I think the old Mustafina is finally back.   Ever since tearing her ACL at the 2011 European Championships, there’s been something missing from the 2010 world all-around champion’s gymnastics.  Although she still managed to win multiple medals at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 world championships, Aliya Mustafina has never quite shown the same fierce competitive confidence ...

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So What’s The Verdict? A Projected Six-Member Women’s World Team

Simone Biles leap

Although the field was quite small in this competition, I’d have to say I was still very impressed with the quality of gymnastics of the gymnasts who did compete.  Simone Biles continued to sizzele (I’ll forgive one fall on beam especially considering she still won by over 4 points), Kyla Ross was dead on and ...

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