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.
WATCH HERE Club Gym Nerd members can watch the podcast being recorded (pre-edits with all the flubs and hiccups) and see video of the routines we discuss. GYMTERNET NEWS #GymnastAlliance is growing: We discuss the latest news out of Belgium and the Netherlands We have some THINGS to say on what we've now learned about Ellis O'Reilly's health How do we handle abusive coaches who admit their mistakes? SIGHx100000. Khorkina. Reflections on the Heavy Medals podcasts and what Geza Pozsar has been saying lately The Human Rights Watch report on sports in Japan MINI-COMMISSION We have been commissioned to add two events to women's gymnastics. Let's go. PLUS Wearing tights in gymnastics competition Riley's new bars dismount Feedback on majoring in gymnastics, smoking while tumbling, Sarah Jantzi and Rhonda, Spencer needing to figure skate, Jane Allen, and Khorkina things JOIN CLUB GYM NERD Join Club Gym Nerd for access to Behind the Scenes episodes. Buy our awesome clothing and gifts here. We have masks too! RELATED EPISODES 433: Weirdest Gymnastics Exhibitions of the 90s (Commissioned) 432: #GymnastAlliance Best of GymCastic: The Leotard Episode 431: 2003 Team Final (Commissioned) 430: Athlete A with Jennifer Sey 212: Rio WAG Olympic Prelims
WATCH HERE Club Gym Nerd members can watch the podcast being recorded (pre-edits with all the flubbubbs and hiccups) and see video of the routines we discuss. COMMISSION! No, Spencer didn't self-commission this episode. Instead, an anonymous patron asked us for an episode all about the "professional" "gymnastics" "competitions" to "rock music" that populated the "1990s." And we are more than happy to oblige. We discuss: Queen Kristie Phillips, the only one who understood. Like when she did a Gianni Versace/Princess Diana tribute beam routine. Or when she did a Vietnam War protest routine. Or when she did a different Vietnam War protest routine. Or that time her genie pants came off during floor. Being too 90s to function: Dominique Moceanu's Titanic beam routine, and Chris Waller doing the Macarena Men taking their shirts off. Like all the time. And sometimes Alexei Nemov took his pants off. The award for most awkward – Shannon Miller's virginity floor routine, Valentin Moguilny's alcoholism floor routine, and Dmitry Bilozerchev's baby rings routine The MAG Seven: Who cared the least about this nonsense (a tough category!) and a conspiracy theory about Shannon That time Elena Produnova did an ill-advised floor routine to Who Let the Dogs Out That time May Lee Tracy had Kim Zmeskal do a beam routine to God Bless America That time Svetlana Khorkina went to Disney World, and that time Ukrainians did ALL the 1994 shopping JOIN CLUB GYM NERD Join Club Gym Nerd for access to Behind the Scenes episodes. Buy our awesome clothing and gifts here. We have masks too! RELATED EPISODES 432: #GymnastAlliance Best of GymCastic: The Leotard Episode 431: 2003 Team Final (Commissioned) 425: GymCastic Fixes Judging (Commissioned) 422: Stick It (Commissioned) 400: 2024 Fantasy Compulsories (Commissioned) 368: No-No-Nunnoisms (Commissioned)
WATCH HERE Club Gym Nerd members can watch the podcast being recorded (pre-edits with all the flubs and hiccups) and see video of the routines we discuss. GYMTERNET NEWS #GymnastAlliance British Athletes, like our queen Catherine Lyons and co-queen Lisa Mason, are speaking out about the coaching abuses they've suffered and culture of fear in British gymnastics. We discuss what makes this moment different. Athlete A Aftermath The influence of this documentary and Dave Tilley's must-watch reflection and analysis Moving the women's age limit to 18—how do we feel about it now? OK. But. We really need to unpack this narrative that Maggie was snubbed for a spot on the 2016 team. Spencer made a spreadsheet. Because of course. Feedback on what we make of Geza Pozsar, whether Sarah Jantzi bears the same responsibility as Rhonda Faehn, and how sportsball boyfriends reacted to the documentary Copenhagen withdraws Denmark will not host worlds in 2021. Jessica and Spencer are currently in different stages of grief. Simone is the first gymnast on the cover of Vogue And the twitters are NOT happy with the pictures More abuse news Terry Gray—formerly of Cincinnati, Browns, and SCEGA—has been arrested for 14 counts of "lewdness with a child under 14" Thierry Pellerin—Canadian pommel horse specialist—has been arrested for sexual offenses against minors. Plus Gymnastics survives the Stanford sports purge, all our favorite under-the-radar internationals are going to LIU—except international students might not be able to stay in the US (petition), everyone is coming out, and Jessica's mouth goes to sleep while trying to say Ana Padurariu, which is our cue to stop. JOIN CLUB GYM NERD Join Club Gym Nerd for access to Behind the Scenes episodes. Buy our awesome clothing and gifts here. We have masks too! RELATED EPISODES 368: No-No-Nunnoisms (Commissioned) 367: Shawn and Nastia: From Feud to Friendship (Commissioned) 366: Virtuous Value Parts 365: 1988 Olympics Team Competition (Commissioned) 364: 80s Fight! (Commissioned) 363: Five Is the New Four (...Is the New Five) 362: Morgan Hurd & Heath Thorpe
Club Gym Nerd member, Gym Coach Diana, has commissioned an episode all about the glorious leotard! Spencer, Lauren, and Jessica chat about leos leos leos; biggest leotard fails, the most patriotic, custom theme leos, Australia, cut outs, crushed velvet, rules for leotard design, technology, sewn in underpants, leotard deductions, controversies and the most notorious leotards of all time. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LEOTARDS WE DISCUSS IN ORDER: https://gymcastic.com/?p=61421&preview=true This episode originally aired in November 2016.