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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]