Lauren Hopkins began writing about gymnastics for The Couch Gymnast in July 2010, and spent four years there as the U.S. expert while also contributing to International Gymnast magazine, GymCastic, and as a guest on several blogs.
US NATIONALS TAKE OUR SURVEY http://survey.libsyn.com/gymcastic SENIOR WOMEN The saga of 6-time national champion Simone Biles From GOAT leos to badass quotes to "piece of shit" routines to the triple double and the double double to winning...a bowl, we dissect all things Simone But also...this meet was weird you guys What happened to Riley McCusker on day 2? Was this whole Pan-Ams-right-into-nationals thing a bad idea? Morgan Hurd's floor routines—from day 1 bizarreness to day 2 triumph Queen Sunisa rises above LI LI LEUNG The media had a 45-minute Q&A session with Li Li Leung and Kensley tells us everything she learned about new positions, the Daniels Report, bankruptcy, decertification, the Legacy Elite investigation, the Edward Nyman debacle, and the future of USAG SENIOR WOMEN CONTINUED Some CSI: Code of Points Unit with Leanne Wong's floor, NCAA triumph for Trinity Thomas and MyKayla Skinner, Jordan Chiles winning the E score crown, Jade Carey Olympic qualification implications, and much more MEN The MOST IMPORTANT stars of the meet, like Donnell Whittenburg's sweatband and Gage Dyer's full-twisting butterfly Sam Mikulak hit 12-for-12 you guys. Sam Mikulak. At nationals. Also, his pommel horse warmup is a penguin dance. FYI. Updates on Colin Van Wicklen and Alec Yoder, our ideas for Akash Modi sponsorships, Shane Wiskus's one-arm Cassina, why Brody Malone was left off the national team, and what the worlds team outlook is now. Kensley talked to Brett McClure about how the Pan Ams performances were compared to nationals performances for the purposes of selection and which athletes want to go the individual world cup route Which MAG athletes want to do floor with music Asher Hong finally competed at nationals, and Colt Walker and Taylor Burkhart were junior champions JUNIOR WOMEN Kayla Di Cello and Konnor McClain in an epic fight to the finish This meet was oddly consistent for juniors Highlights including the unintentional soundtrack to Konnor McClain's beam, Ariel Posen's sissone, Sydney Morris's back full on beam, and the beam-coach reaction cam. Which juniors might be in the mix for Tokyo SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy our awesome clothing and gifts here. FURTHER READING Moving Forward: A Conversation with Li Li Leung Junior WAG and MAG Podium Training Interview Simone Sparkles With a GOAT on Her Leo & Expresses Frustration With USAG US Nationals: A GIFstory US Nationals – Senior Women Day 2 Live Blog Live Blog: 2019 U.S. National Championships – Women Finals, August 11th US Nationals – Junior Women Day 2 Live Blog Live Blog: 2019 U.S. National Championships – Men Finals, August 10th US Nationals – Senior Women Day 1 Live Blog US Nationals – Junior Women Day 1 Live Blog Live Blog: 2019 U.S. National Championships – Women Day 1, August 9th Live Blog: 2019 U.S. National Championships – Men Day 1, August 8th RELATED EPISODES CSI: Code of Points with Chellsie Memmel 379: US Nationals Preview, Pan Am Games, Gymternet News 378: KONNOR MCCLAIN! US Classic Junior Review 377: CAPES! The US Classic Senior Review 376: US Classic Preview and Mag 7 Musical Review 375: Double Kovacs to Low Bar 374: GymCastic Podcast—Where We've Been and Where We're Heading (Commissioned) 373: Nabieva Returns and Morgan Hurd Special Announcement 372: Junior Worlds and Gymternet News 371: European Games 2019
CSI: Code of Points with Chellsie Memmel Post-prelims code trends and common deductions with Brevet Judge, World Champion and Olympic medalist, Chellsie Memmel of My Gym Judge SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy our awesome clothing and gifts here. RELATED EPISODES Live Blog: 2019 U.S. National Championships – Men Finals, August 10th Live Blog: 2019 U.S. National Championships – Women Day 1, August 9th Moving Forward: A Conversation with Li Li Leung Junior WAG and MAG Podium Training Interview Live Blog: 2019 U.S. National Championships – Men Day 1, August 8th Simone Sparkles With a GOAT on Her Leo & Expresses Frustration With USAG 379: US Nationals Preview, Pan Am Games, Gymternet News Live Blog: 2019 U.S. National Championships - Podium Training, August 7th 378: KONNOR MCCLAIN! US Classic Junior Review Episode 9: Chellsie Memmel, Swiss Cup & FIG Presidential Proposals
GYMTERNET NEWS (7:46) Valeri Liukin opened his mouth and garbage popped out. Stefane is here with a special editorial comment. Anna Li and Wu Jiani are being investigated by USA Gymnastics for alleged verbal and emotional abuse Jessica has an Aurora Games update What we learned from the Senate committee's damning report and the proposed legislation The new Olympic Channel series All Around is out!!!! Universal Gymnastics is closing PAN AMERICAN GAMES (1:20:14) Queen Ellie Black was unfazed by the nonsense that was this meet and won FIVE medals Deconstructing the US performance – successful and full of drama? Sounds about right. We discuss the team competition lineup, the AA final performances, Kara Eaker's emergence as a four-event gymnast, the Aleah Finnegan concussion situation, do some serious CSI: Code of Points Unit work, and break down the "Riley McCusker is inconsistent" narrative Arthur Nory broke the high bar and got to go again—but should he have? Plus, an impressive competition for the Canadian men and a mixed bag for the US that nonetheless ended with three event medals US NATIONALS (1:45:18) It's the national championship, people! We have your schedule and watching assignments covered Senior women What do we expect from the Pan Am Games athletes? How does one reconcile the apparent allowance to take it easy at nationals with this intense race to make the worlds team and the national team? It's a battle for second place, and we delve into the top contenders and what we need to see from them at nationals The big questions: What was up with Leanne Wong not doing AA at Pan Ams, is Sunisa Lee ready to do four events, and how have Skinner and Chiles progressed since Classic? Also a scrappy little nobody named Simone Biles The race for the national team spots is going to be SERIOUS. Senior men Kensley gives us an update on the US men if, for instance, perhaps, maybe you haven't been following them since worlds last year Is Yul Moldauer repaired enough to reclaim his rightful second place position? Does Colin Van Wicklen's vault make him a lock for worlds? Is this the moment Allan Bower's consistency will pay off? Donnell Whittenburg is returning to the AA. How will that work out? Alec Yoder's Hugo Boss commercial. Also pommel horse. The return of Eddie Penev Junior women We should (actually!) have a tight race for the title in the junior women. Spencer breaks down the top six contenders and what each has going for her. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DUTCH Announcing the return of the So You Think You Can Dutch contest (with PRIZES!) at nationals, hosted by Like a Champ! and Precision Choreo & Camps. When: August 9, 2019 Where: Percheron Hotel Rooftop, 2101 Central Street, 4:00-5:30 Get the opportunity to hang out with Alicia Sacramone, Jason Gatson, and more of the "Like a Champ!" and Precision Choreo & Camps crew in a casual setting. This is a rare opportunity to chat, joke, high five, and let your Sac-flag fly. ALSO!!!!!! There is an online contest to win VIP seating at this meetup as well as FOUR TICKETS TO SENIOR WAG FINALS!! Post a pic of your most creative arabesque and tag @likeachampcamps and @precisionchoreo with the hashtag: #precisionposetix. The winner will be announced at the meetup! 5:15 pm Individual and Team Registration for "So You Think You Can Dutch!" We will only be accepting the first 20 registrants! 5:30pm Nicole Langevin from Precision will be leading the WORLD FAMOUS Precision Warm Up (with LIVE video) so learn it because it will be recorded live! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD-17RVyyVc The best "Warm-Uppers" will receive actual "Like a Champ!" Medals that are reserved for standout athletes at Like a Champ! camps! 5:45 pm SYTYCD Competition Begins!!!! 6:15 pm Award Ceremony We all go watch senior men! HOORAY! SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy our awesome clothing and gifts here. RELATED EPISODES 378: KONNOR MCCLAIN! US Classic Junior Review 377: CAPES! The US Classic Senior Review 376: US Classic Preview and Mag 7 Musical Review 375: Double Kovacs to Low Bar 374: GymCastic Podcast—Where We've Been and Where We're Heading (Commissioned) 373: Nabieva Returns and Morgan Hurd Special Announcement 372: Junior Worlds and Gymternet News 371: European Games 2019
JUNIOR US CLASSIC Reminder: You can watch all the individual routines from the competition on USAG's Youtube. KONNOR MCCLAIN. Jessica screams KONNOR MCCLAIN for a while. Konnor McClain. Queens of E: Konnor McClain VT, Kayla Di Cello UB, Nola Matthews BB (plus special mention of FX), Sydney Barros FX A theory on why the juniors are better performers than the seniors right now Ancient Bostonian Sign Language 101, with Professor Jessica Opportunity for comedy award: Skye Blakely, with honorable mention to Kailin Chio and motorcycle handles The Wolf Turn Karmic Nightmare. It happened. Plus: Karis German, Lilly Lippeatt, Sydney Morris, and others who impressed GYMTERNET NEWS AND FEEDBACK The world championships draw is out, and we need to see receipts before we see your complaints Full Out 2: The Oklahoma Story Feedback on how awesome we are (oops, how did that get in here?), Gymkata, 2-per country ideas, pain catastrophization, GYMNASTICS MONKEY MOVIES, and more You can listen to the demo recordings of the Mag 7 musical! SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy our awesome clothing and gifts here. RELATED EPISODES 377: CAPES! The US Classic Senior Review 376: US Classic Preview and Mag 7 Musical Review 375: Double Kovacs to Low Bar 374: GymCastic Podcast—Where We've Been and Where We're Heading (Commissioned) 373: Nabieva Returns and Morgan Hurd Special Announcement 372: Junior Worlds and Gymternet News 371: European Games 2019
US CLASSIC Overall impressions This meet was goooooooood. It's Classic. It's not supposed to be this good. Jessica talks about happiness and feelings and a kinder, gentler gymnastics The broadcast: Tim said "dickmount," the Tim Daggett/Tom Forster passive-aggressive showdown about over-competing that we wanted to last forever, and much more Listen. The WCC gymnasts walked out in capes. Simone had BILES on her back. All of our dreams are coming true. Obviously this has given us other signature leo ideas. Simone's floor upgrades. I mean. Guys. We need to talk about this. For a while. Event Queens of E: Simone's vault, McCusker's bars, Simone's beam and McCusker's beam, and McCusker's floor Honorable mention to Hurd's bars, Trinity's bars, and Gilstrap's next-level floor leaps Scoring records and our problems with the execution evaluation The Pan Ams team has been named. Spencer has some concerns about the selection approach, and we need to commune about the absence of Sunisa on the team despite this. Our pre-meet mysteries: How MyKayla Skinner, Jordan Chiles, Faith Torrez, and Gabby Perea answered the questions we had going in, and our theories about Skinner's floor You heard right: We're gushing about something Jade Carey did choreographically Plus, the GAGEs did GAGE things, Morgan is right on track, and TRINITY TRINITY TRINITY Emma Malabuyo pulled out with a broken tibia. We discuss the Texas Dreams injury situation. We invented a new term "MenCAA" please adjust your phrasing accordingly from now on. GYMTERNET NEWS OK, there's not that much time for gymternet news this week, but we just had to discuss the Maria Caire/UCLA story. SUPPORT THE SHOW Join Club Gym Nerd here. Buy our awesome clothing and gifts here. FURTHER READING Did You Mean Mariah Carey? US Classic – Senior Live Blog US Classic – Junior Notes US Classic – Junior Live Blog RELATED EPISODES 376: US Classic Preview and Mag 7 Musical Review 375: Double Kovacs to Low Bar 374: GymCastic Podcast—Where We've Been and Where We're Heading (Commissioned) 373: Nabieva Returns and Morgan Hurd Special Announcement 372: Junior Worlds and Gymternet News 371: European Games 2019