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American women dominate worlds qualifications…a gymnast-by-gymnast look

Here are some gymnast-by-gymnast observations of the American team in the qualifications…   Simone Biles. It was par for the course for the most dominant gymnast in the world for the past three years. Simone started her third world championships with one of the best floor routines she’s ever given – with her trademark soaring […]

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Some thoughts on the women’s qualifications…What’s happened to the all-around?

Here were a few of my general observations from the women’s qualifications…   The world of women’s gymnastics is desperate for strong all-arounders. As much as I respect and admire Simone Biles for her continued dominance, leading by almost exactly four points over her nearest competitor (even after some wobbles on beam and a minor […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Russian Resurgence!

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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The First Quintuple Turn? Test Your Gymnastics Eyes

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 […]

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Gabby Douglas & Aly Raisman

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

by Andy Thornton 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 […]

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

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 […]

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Women’s Day 1 Wrap-Up….Always Some Surprises!

Simone Biles is the first female gymnast in recent years whom I would have no hesitation in calling the best all-arounder in the world TWO years in a row.   We could have easily said that about Kohei Uchimura on the men’s side for several years straight, but when was the last time we could truly […]

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Chow’s New Secret Weapon Turns Heads – On The Radar for China?

So I’ve been away for a while again…a brand new job and brand new city in the last year have kept me quite busy.  But I’ve quietly still been keeping an eye on things since I last posted a year ago, and since we’re now exactly halfway into the quadrennium and there was plenty of […]

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