US Nationals Recap, Part 2

August 22, 2019

Night 1 recap

The Up Start

Sunisa “Suni” Lee was my fave junior a couple of years ago and now she’s your Senior, Silver, All Around, medalist. It will be interesting to see what this bar routine scores on the International stage.

Riley McCusker had a shaky first day but probably would have been part of , The comeback kids from day one of the competition if she didn’t withdraw after allegedly throwing up twice on day 2. Her best score came from day one on beam (14.500)

MY GIRL, LILLY Lipeatt, FINALLY made the Junior National team after royally being nitpicked to death by the judges on night one. She clearly had better routines night 1 but her scores went up on day 2. It’s the beam judges I have the biggest issue with here but I’m going to celebrate her at least making the Junior National team this year instead.

Mykayla Skinner

Night 1

All the haters can suck it. If you’re not impressed with what she accomplished in only 2 months of training, Elite after spending 5 straight months competing every weekend and only falling once then you’re showing your hidden agenda(*)

I’m not blind . I know she needs to work on a lot ( form, technique, leaps etc..) but with a full season of training Mykayla is going to make this interesting.

NO ONE expected her to finish 4th at the Olympic trials in 2016. No one expected her to come back and do as well as she has this last 2 months. She freaking willed herself through hitting 2 bars routines when she couldn’t get anything to work at all on bars, two weeks earlier. You can doubt her being able to make this comeback but don’t doubt her will to try.

I wonder what the power gymnasts of the 90’s like Simone Amanar would have been able to do with the floor Simone Biles gets to tumble on. (Don’t whine at me, Simona, did an Amanar on the old vault. I think she could do some amazing tumbling if the equipment of today existed in 96)

Simone doesn’t have to upgrade. She has a 3 point lead on every person competing today so it’s extremely admirable how she still succeeds at upping the anti. She is pretty much guaranteed Vault and Floor Gold and the Olympics aren’t til next year. All she needs to do is stay healthy.



2019 US Nationals Recap. Part 1

August 13, 2019

The Shade ( Lordy Lord. I am becoming fluent in millennial)

These judges are not judging what they see vs name. I understand scores go up but some of these judges are still drinking the Marta, kool aid way of judging for favorites and she’s not around to blame anymore. I guess you get better international assignments when you play the game. Right Anna Li ? ( Ooops looks like that ship may have sailed.)

NBC doing a side by side comparison between Simone and Skinners vaults is is as bad as sticking the camera in gymnasts faces who didn’t make the 2004 Olympic team. Sure it’s not personal, Tim. I mean you took the girl that finished third and compared her to Gymnastics version, of the Tonka Truck of power, instead, of the girl who finished second (and has worse form than anyone but Paeska) but lets pretend it wasn’t done to Mykayla on purpose.

NBC is bad enough ( who needs to watch gymnastics when you can interview a College gymnastics coach who retired so she wouldn’t be called out for giving fake scholarships and promote a gymnast who isn’t competing at Nationals and hasn’t been an elite in 5 years) instead of SHOWING ROUTINES OF REAL GYMNASTS doing ACTUAL GYMNASTICS? This complaint sounds familiar. Oh yes, I make it EVERY year. EVERYONE makes it every year

Nastia ‘s voice is like listening to nails on a chalk board. She’s been doing commentating for at least 4 years now, it’s ridiculous how she hasn’t improved at all. Her voice is 100% phony. It’s like she had someone prepare what she should say before the competition even started. I usually don’t watch her commentate anymore but USA-Gymnastics gave me no choice, geo-blocking the International feed so we are forced to listen to her.


The Have Nots, College here we come

Can we talk about how Gabby Perea made it through an entire Nationals without getting injured? Unfortunately she fell on bars during night one and night two ( her best event as a junior) but hopefully she stays healthy ( relative term, I know) and comes back next year and is the surprise of 2020.

Faith Torrez is a Future College National Champion on beam if she stays healthy. (Bank on it) A few leap issues aside I can’t believe this routine merited more deductions then Eaker nearly falling.

My favorite leo (Night 1) and beam routine of Nationals goes to Emily Lee. I guess she and Faith can duel for the beam title in College whenever they get there. Lordy, Lord, don’t let either end up at UCLA.

I’m sorry, Shilese Jones, Aleah Finnegan and Sloane Blakely, NBC, doesn’t think you merit being seen on their fabulous network but we had to interview Miss val and talk about Katelyn Ohashi. That’s way more important then watching the actual gymnasts competing at the ACTUAL competition. Gee this sounds familiar……


The comeback kids

After having disastrous routines night 1 and looking like their 15 minutes of fame was up, The come back kids laughed at your notion and came back with a vengeance.

Grace McCallum, uncharacteristically fell twice making me wonder if she was going to be Natasha Kelly’d out of contention before the Olympic season even started. Morgan Hurd fell on floor after trying to throw in a double layout after a botched tumbling pass( which didn’t work out well.)
and Leanne Wong looked like a completely different gymnast then the girl who won Junior Nationals last year and the American Cup to start the season..

All 3 of them had other idea’s and competed admirably to finish, 3rd, 4th and 5th, respectfully. Grace Mccallum would have finished second without the two falls on day 1.


These were their best routines on night 2 Morgan on Floor. (Completely underscored IMO) Grace on beam…. and Leanne on…

Which doesn’t have commentary which means, NBC, didn’t even bother to show it. WOW. This was beautiful.

I am not the biggest Morgan Hurd fan on the planet but it would really suck for her to do so well the first two years of the quad only to be left off the Olympic team. IMO, I think if she doesn’t make the team, USA-Gymnastics will most likely give her the extra AA non team member spot. Unless she totally tanks next year. Have I mentioned 4 member Olympic teams suck banana’s ? The US should be able to field 2 or 3 teams a piece. ( At this point I think Russia should get 2 teams, also)

Trinity Thomas came to play with an upgraded Biles on floor unfortunately she fell on it , night 2. Her beam and bars aren’t competitive enough to merit a place on the World team with all the talent coming up in the ranks but to come back after competing College all season long is very impressive.

Lowering the start values on Jordan Chiles routines is called common sense. Something her last coaches didn’t seem to have. It was nice to see her hit her routines even with the lower start values. I can’t wait to see what she build on for next year.

Sorry Jade Carey fans but the only reason she was third after night one was because so many other people made huge mistakes. That was corrected on night 2.

Before Nationals I thought Kara Eaker had a shot at making this Olympic team but after this Nationals I don’t believe that anymore. Too many other gymnasts bring more to the table then one event. If this was a 5 member team she might fill the role Gabby was unfairly anointed in 2016 but with only 4 members it shouldn’t be enough. I see them taking 3 All Around gymnasts and a 4th gymnast will fill the role of the weakest event of the 3 AA gymnasts. That person should be able to do all 4 events in case of injury. Luckily for this Olympic team Simone covers all 4 events on her own.

Part 2 coming soon.

Feel free to share your opinion on NBC commentating. I mean it’s so bad I didn’t think it was possible to GET WORSE and what do you think about the comeback kids? Or The poor girls that work their butt’s off all year training elite being ignored so they could interview Miss phony and talk about Katelyn and her fake ” viral” video planned by a publicist.

2019 US Nationals Day 1

August 7, 2019

Full Results

All around
Event Finals


All Around
Event Finals


Simone blowing off Riley trying to congratulate her. And you wonder why so many of these girls have issues. If Gabby acted this way I would have something to say and so Simone gets called out too.

Any opinion I have will be out on twitter.

Live Results

Start Lists
Day 1

Day 2



Junior Day 1
Senior day 1


Podium Training

Podium Training

(All 4 events at one time)


Simone has a GOAT on teh back of her training

Pan Am Games

July 27, 2019


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All Around Video


1. USA

All Around

Ellie Black
– 55.250
Riley McCusker
– 55.125
Flavia Saraiva
– 54.350

Event Finals


Uneven Bars

Balance Beam



All Around

Event Finals

Live Video



1st Subdivision


US Line up

Balance Beam: Hurd, Wong, McCusker, Eaker
Floor Exercise: Finnegan, Hurd, Eaker, McCusker
Vault: Eaker, McCusker, Hurd, Finnegan
Uneven Bars: Eaker, Wong, McCusker, Hurd


This month this blog has been around 10 years. Crazy to think about.

EYOF- European Youth Olympic Festival

July 25, 2019

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All Around

1- Viktoria Listuno 56.000 (Russia)
2- Ondine Achampong 52.950 (Great Britain)
3- Iana Vorona 52.550 (Russia)


2- Romania
3-Great Britain

Event Finals



Expect a LONG rant on a TV show sometime in the near future.

2019 US Classic. Pan am team named

July 18, 2019

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Kara Eaker
Aleah Finnegan
Morgan Hurd
Riley McCusker
Leanne Wong
Shilese Jones – alternate


How the hell did Finnegan make this team?


Play list



Live Results

Simone Biles
[Vault 1] [Vault 2] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

Her Vault is freaking perfection. No one gets her height. Her bars were messy, beam was a bit cautious and her floor as bouncy as ever but she can’t be beat when she hits. The funny thing is she seems to be spending a lot of time out of training and still wins by this much.

Mykayla Skinner
[Vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

Mykayla has a way to go but for a girl who just started back doing Elite after spending an entire season doing NCAA with a meet a week she looks amazing. She didn’t have the energy for a last pass on floor which is why the score was so low ( some messy landings and OOB) but her Amanar looked great (a little over-rotated) and she stayed on beam. IMO, She had the best vault of the meet next to, you know who.

Leanne Wong
[Vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

Found her a bit underscored here compared to what I thought she would be getting especially on bars. Thought her beam was lowballed compared to others. Floor was messy and overscored if she was competing outside the US.

Sunisa Lee
[Vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

Bars are a bit laboured but she hit and no dismount on beam.

Riley McCusker
[Vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

Overscored per usual. Beam was clean but not a 15

Grace McCallum
[Vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

The Bridget Sloan of 2019. Just keeps on hitting. Her first pass on floor was very short. Anyone else think her form is improving? She’s my dark horse for next year.

Jade Carey
[Vault 1] [ Vault 2 ][Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

Bars looked great compared to her past ones. Her Vaults are gross and completely overscored. NO WAY she deserved the big score.

Jordan Chiles
[Vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

Same old self. No control.

Trinity Thomas
[Vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

Still my favorite beamer of the quad. Steady as can be. I love her presence on beam.

Morgan Hurd
[Vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

I didn’t watch floor yet but felt her beam got hammered. Her bars were overscored. Watched floor. No double double. Only a 5.1 start value. Still nursing an injury?

Kara Eaker
[Vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

Didn’t watch.

Gabby Parea
[ Vault] [ Bars] [Beam] [Floor]

Didn’t watch.


Simone Upgrades
GymFan preview
Balance Beam situation US Classic preview

Junior Podium Training
Senior Podium Training

Hopes Competition
Start Lists

Junior Competition
Start Lists

International Senior Competition
Start Lists
Live Results

US Classics website


I might do a blog for the Senior competition but honestly, they blocked the US fans from watching the International feed and it will be a cold day in hell I sit through, Nastia or whatever College has-been they decide to commentate on the Olympic channel. There is no mention in any of these articles where the actual competition will be seen or I’m missing it. My computer vin isn’t working. It’s all glorious here in “title town”

Lily Lipeatt upgrades

Brazil’s Pan Am team.

Flavia Saraiva
Thais Fidelis
Lorrane Oliveira
Jade Barbosa
Carolyne Pedro

From a Brazil twitter feed

WTF Wednesday

July 9, 2019

Yeah I know it’s Tuesday but it sounds better as Wednesday

2019 European Games Full Results

June 28, 2019


Full Results

All Around

1- Angelina Melnikova 54.498
2- Lorette Sharpy 54.166
3- Diana Varinska 52.766
4- Aline Friess 52.699

Event Finals


1. Teja Belak 14.283
2. Angelina Melnikova 14.133
3. Sara Peter 14.066


1. Angelina Melnikova 14.466
2. Becky Downey 14.400
3. Anastasiya Alistratava 14.233
4. Nina Derwael 13.933


1. Nina Derwael 13.766
2. Angelina Melnikova 13.600
3. Diana Varinska 13.100
4. Denisa Golgota 12.933


1. Anastasiia Backynska 13.200
2. Aneta Holasova 12.966
3. Jessica Castles 12.933


All Around

(Event Finals Finalists is also listed above. Individual links can’t be linked)

2019, Junior Worlds : Russia wins Gold. China Silver, USA, Bronze.

June 25, 2019

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This picture came from,

Somewhere in the middle of Texas, Marta and Bela are drinking their Ţuică , in tea cups, playing with their Llamas, mildly amused at the fact the US team at Junior Worlds only finished third and no US gymnast won an AA medal.


Team Finals
All Around

Event Finals

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1- Kayla Dicello 14.166
2- Jennifer Gadirov 14.133
3- Vladislava Uravova 14.116
4- Anastasiia Motak 13.950
5- Sydney Barros 13.916
6- Chenchen Guan 13.683
7- Camilla Campagnaro 13.683
8- Viktoriia Listunova 13.599

Uneven Bars:

1- Vladislava Uravova 14.433 (5.9 8.533)
2- Viktoriia Listunova 14.200 (5.7 8.500)
3- Xiaoyuan Wei 13.800 (5.7 8.100)
4- Sloane Blakely 13.766 (5.5 8.266)
5- Yushan Ou 13.766 (5.7 8.066)
6- Kayla Dicello 13.500 (5.3 8.200)
7- Stacy Bertrandt 13.100 (5.0 8.100)
8- Noemie Louon 13.100 (5.1 8.000)

Start lists: Day 2

All 4 Event finals


Interesting tidbits. Romania beat the US on beam and Floor. Off to find videos.

Some Russian Videos off of twitter. Her full twitter account has more videos. Her name is Rachel

Gym Canada is also uploading videos of Canada

Ou Yushan

[vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor]


Wei Xiaoyuan

[Vault] [bars] [beam] [ floor]

Guan Chenchen

[vault 1 ] [ vault 2] [bars] [beam] [floor]

Russian Videos
(Bars and Vault)
(Beam, Vault and Bars)

Elena Gerasimova

Vladislava Urazova


Viktoriia Listunova


Skye Blakely

[Vault 1] [ vault 2] [Beam]

Kayla DiCello


Sydney Barros

[Vault 1]
[Vault 2] [ Floor] [Beam]



Ioana Stanciulescu

[Beam] [Vault]


Event finals Start lists
(Live Results)

Day 1

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Official Website
FIG , Youtube channel
Live Scoring


Qualifying, Team Finals and All Around: June 28th

Subdivision 1: 10 a.m. (USA. Great Britain)
Subdivision 2: 12 p.m. (Russia)
Subdivision 3: 2:30 p.m.
Subdivision 4: 4:30 p.m. (Romania)
Subdivision 5: 7 p.m. (China)

Event Finals

June 29: 2 p.m. – men’s floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women’s vault. uneven bars
June 30: 2 p.m. – men’s vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise

The USAG Article above says Event Finals will air live on the FIG Youtube channel. Looks like Flo Gymnastics owns the rights to the Team and AA. Though I read somewhere it was only certain Countries.

Piibunina’s Weibo account might have videos so check the channel out.

Woman Start lists

US team:

Balance beam: DiCello, Blakely, Barros
Floor exercise: Blakely, Barros, DiCello
Vault: Barros, Blakely, DiCello
Uneven bars: Barros, DiCello, Blakely


Podium Training

Podium Training Videos are at USAG. if this doesn’t connect to their playlist you Might have to click the USAG link in the above video.

Tom Forster has his facebook page open and he’s been putting up pictures ( Thanks Rainy)

European games highlights from Prelims

2019 American Classic. Pan Am team

June 21, 2019

US Pan Am Team will be decided at the conclusion of the US Classic.

Sloane Blakely, Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics
Kara Eaker, Grain Valley, Mo./GAGE
Aleah Finnegan, Lee’s Summit, Mo./GAGE
Morgan Hurd, Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics
Shilese Jones, Westerville, Ohio/Future Gymnastics Academy
Sunisa Lee, St. Paul, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center
Riley McCusker, Brielle, N.J./MG Elite
Leanne Wong, Overland Park, Kansas/GAGE


Start Lists
Live Results

Full Results with D and E scores

Start List


For those interested in College gymnastics this is a meet for you. The best thing I came out of watching this meet was Skye Blakely’s Arabian on beam and Olivia Hollingsworth’s parents being two centuries late having a kid because her name sure sounds like it could have been a great name for a character on Dynasty or Falcon Crest in the 90’s.

There were two Sienna’s competing ( Sienna and Ceina) and heck even a throw back to 80’s Soap Opera’s in Nola Matthews. ( She had to have been named after Nola Reardon, right? Well I guess there is the nick name for New Orleans…

If I ever become a Night time soap opera I am using this meet to come up with my characters names. Why am I talking names you ask? Cuz I was that bored watching College gymnastics. You know how that annoys me.

P.S.- I missed Mya Witte on beam and can’t find it so if you do watch and can point out the time so I can watch it I would greatly appreciate it. 🙂

Now I feel like watching old Guiding light episodes with Nola and Quinton.

Who wants to laugh? After watching the meet it has been taken down for copyright. USAG had it’s own meet deleted. That’s kind of funny.

Elsa Garcia’s comeback

[Beam] [Bars]

She is in great shape and those were two pretty good routines. I am most looking forward to this comeback.

My two favorite gymnasts to watch will not be at Worlds this year. You suck Japan but I’m glad Kohei is such a nice person.