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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Week Later…Did The U.S. Selection Committees Get It Right?

It’s now been just over a week since our five-member U.S. Olympic teams were finally named at the Trials in San Jose.  I’m playing a bit of catch up this [...]

Women’s Prelim Wrap-Up…And My Current Five Olympians!

Two of the biggest question marks from the women’s competition are whether the falls from Kyla Ross (vault) and McKayla Maroney (bars and beam) will affect their Olympic chances.  The [...]

Could Finnegan Score The First 16 On Beam This Quadrennium?

To my knowledge, no gymnast has scored a 16 on beam since the 2008 Olympics – partly due to the fact that the number of “counting” elements for the women [...]

The Elephant In The Room…Should Nastia Have Made Trials? And Other Competition Notes…

It turned out to be a nail-biter right to the end, and for a few seconds I really thought that Gabby Douglas might overtake the defending champion Jordyn Wieber on [...]

Huge Women's Day 1 Wrap-Up!

I had to rewatch last night's women’s competition this morning before finalizing my thoughts on it.  There are so many great gymnasts with so many different strengths…and also so many [...]

Women's London StockWatch…So Much Has Happened Since May!

Before the start of the women’s U.S. Championships in St. Louis this evening, I wanted to throw out my most up-to-date London StockWatch List, including all of the major moves [...]

Putting The London Puzzle Together…Secret U.S. Classic Wrap-Up

Competitions like this weekend's U.S. Classic tend to stir up a lot of “dust.”  With so many top contenders competing on various selected events, yet several notable absences…and so many [...]