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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]