US Nationals Senior Podium Training

Article on Kyla and Mckayla.

That’s why we’re best friends,” Maroney said. “If you put my vault and floor with her bars and beam, we’d be the most perfect gymnast ever.

Gymnastike have some videos up.

Biles and Skinner and Dowell on vault. Mckayla on bars (looking better today then yesterday) Kyla on beam. (Anyone else thinking she might be adding something out of her turn? This is the second time I have seen her bobble on it. Maybe she is trying to connect another turn out of it? I know I have seen that done before.

Kyla is smarter then all of us. I will no longer question why she does what she does on the gym mat.

Lexie Priessman is out with an injury ( Have not learned your lesson I see MLT) Mckayla will only do vault and floor.

[Uneven Bars][ Floor Exercise ]

When you click on a video there are more videos to the left but none of them are loading for me so I give up:)

Any opinions? I am off to watch.


MIKE NAPOLI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


99 Responses to “US Nationals Senior Podium Training”

  1. DL Says:

    The junior livestreams keep crashing, so no opinions on that. I really want to see how Price is doing, aside from the DTY. If she’s hitting, I’m thinking it may go Price, Biles and Ross. Though I really want to see Ross win AA.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Price isn’t doing AA according to yesterdays news. Did it change?

    • DL Says:

      Oops, nothing changed–just wishful thinking because I saw the podium training video.

    • biyatch Says:

      Price on vault and bars only. Only been training for 2.5 weeks. Hoping to be back up for the worlds camp.

  2. biyatch Says:

    If Price is in the AA top 3 is Price, Biles and Ross. Kyla might get some “Olympian” scoring but would need help from them to overcome huge D disadvantages.

    W/O Price: Biles, Ross and… maybe Ernst.

  3. exgymgurl Says:

    Um McKayla… just get the extensions out or make a nice bun…. No one would be the wiser…. geesh… with Lexie out with an ankle problem it will be interesting to see. Florida is going to be the team to beat in the years to come in NCAA….. or should be….

    • Akshay Says:

      Apparently it was Marta who told McKayla this. However can only enforce that deductions threat at national competitions right? LOL

      Also for the record, is McKayla’s hair is problematic, then what was Nastia’s in 2012. Of course Marta would never get on Nastia’s case though.

      • terrigymfan Says:

        If it was Marta who told her her this (and I suspect it was), that’s pretty “in-your-face” for McKayla to basically say, on her public twitter, “Screw you Marta, I’m not going to do what you say.”

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Sounds that way to me too.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I do find it hilarious that Mckayla called her out and yes I know what a hypocrite I am by saying this because if it was anyone else I would call them on it.

        Mckayla knows Marta is taking her to worlds. If she stays up she goes and she is being the A-Typical teenage brat but calling out the boss lady. I still think its funny even if she should know better.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Nastia is Marta’s pet. She can do what she wants. Ohashi said on her ask thing that they have all been told no messy buns so maybe they were warned last year but not deducted.

      • biyatch Says:

        Also everyone had shitty hair last year.

      • Case Says:

        Word, Biyatch. Last year’s hair shitfest goes unnoticed…but this year McKayla’s hair is too long? Wtfever Marta.

  4. terrigymfan Says:

    Wow. McKayla is getting pretty feisty. I wonder who told her that. Do you think it was Marta?

    Does anybody know if having hair “too long” is a legit basis for a deduction?

    • Tortuga Says:

      Sarah Finnegan’s hair was also really long. But she kept a nice bun. I’m sure it’s more about the hair style she chooses to keep in competition rather than the actual length of her hair.

      • Short1 Says:

        @Tortuga I was thinking the same thing and if that was the case it would make (some) sense, especially after all the messy competition hair styles last year!

        As for others with long hair, I remember Alicia’s hair was also really long last year but she also kept it pulled back in a nice bun.

  5. sanitynmotion Says:

    Why can’t McKayla just put her hair in a bun like Aly did? Case closed.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      It sounds like Mckayla was told to cut it and it doesn’t matter what she wants. The way it is worded says she was told to cut her hair. Marta doesn’t seem to care if she can put it in a bun of not. She wants it cut.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        You think it was really Marta, or was someone being snarky to her on her Twitter?

      • terrigymfan Says:

        One thing I don’t like about Twitter is I half the time I can’t figure out who’s saying what to who. I looks to me like it was not in response to another twitter comment but on the other hand, we wouldn’t know unless McKayla retweeted the snarky comment, is that right?

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        You could be right. I didn’t see another tweet. Didn’t look either. Now I will.

  6. exgymgurl Says:

    I think McKayla is trying to get publicity like Gabby did for her hair. Its a retarded statement. Aly had longer hair so did Shannon Miller for much of her career. This will be the big news. It should make her agent happy.

    I know Ross and EBee are both going to end up at Stanford. Thats going to be one heck of a team at some point. Stanford is more than likely worth not going pro.

    • biyatch Says:

      Although Im sure if any of the other girls had Stanford aspirations and the”athlete” grades to qualify (which is still a pretty high standard at Stanford), they wouldnt have much problem gaining admission and theyve all probably made enough money in endorsements to pay for college a couple times over.

      It makes more sense for Kyla because for 4 year fans, she was the forgettable one in the fierce five and her opportunities beyond the $125k of the Kellogg’s tour might have been limited. By the time she starts school a Stanford education is going to probably run upwards of $260k, so even if she never accomplishes anything else in her elite career financially she’s coming out ahead.

  7. exgymgurl Says:

    Marta also told Poof to use a straightener. Why did she not tell that to Bross…???? Marta of course has amazing hair and makeup and is most likely the ultimate authority on Shellac hairspray and amazingly natural hair color. Especially since Belas AND hers looks like shoe polish ….. Get over yourselves people.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Woga rules vs everyone else.

      • exgymgurl Says:

        Well…. if it is true, which I doubt it will be interesting to hear how much of “what Marta says” makes the public interest and how much remains private from here on out. Jade Barbosa has incredibly long hair right now. It will be interesting to see when shes healthy if she is getting deducted.

      • Catherine Says:

        It’s not in the code, this is just Marta wanting them to smarten up. But they need to look at Lauren Navarro first. Maroney, Ohashi and Liukin have nothing on this girl.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        She’s just a baby but OMG THAT HAIR. It probably weighs more than she did and knocked her

  8. terrigymfan Says:

    I agree that McKayla is probably being a bit childish, but I imagine Marta is too. Marta is used to running things “old school” where the gymnasts did what they were told and kept their mouths shut. I laugh every time I see pictures from the Ranch of those girls all standing in line at attention with Marta barking orders at them like a drill sergeant. This hair thing is silly either way. McKayla shouldn’t object to cutting her hair a little bit if it really might cost her points in an international competition because she can’t put it into a nice tight bun. On the other hand if this is just Marta trying to assert her will/dominance over these girls (and more specifically an Olympic champion whom Marta fancies is becoming a bit too “big for her britches”), then that’s pretty silly and immature on Marta’s part IMO.

  9. exgymgurl Says:

    Heavy duty tape on Biles ankle.

  10. terrigymfan Says:

    Re the article on Kyla, she really does have a good head on her shoulders. I can see her as nuclear physicist or something someday. It’s interesting to compare her attitude towards education with McKayla’s, which appears to be non-existent. (She went the home school route in HS and seems to have little to no interest in going to college.) I think most folks on this board know I like McKayla but that’s one thing about her that disappoints me a little.

    • katecoursey Says:

      Has she ever really said anything about college? McKayla strikes me as the type who doesn’t really talk much about “serious” stuff on her social media, so unless she has specifically said she’s not going to college, then I would bet she’s planning on it. She did tweet pictures of her “summer reading” a while back (some classic, like Grapes of Wrath) to comment on how much she was enjoying it, so at least she enjoys reading.

      • CMR Says:

        She did an interview for someone where she was outlining her plans post-Worlds, all stuff about pursuing Rio but she specifically mentioned that she wasn’t considering college just yet. I’ll try to dig it up. It was relatively recent.

      • exgymgurl Says:

        In 2017 McKayla has breast augmentation, is engaged to either a plastic surgeon or an actor or a rapper, does playboy and has a career in the entertainment industry as Kendall and Kylie Jenners friend, who doesnt seem to eclipse them as far as Chris is concerned. In fact I dont know why McKayla isnt hanging out with them more like a reverse Paris / KimK type thing.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        So basically she’s going to go the Amanda Beard route, only she’ll be more successful.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I don’t see Mckayla having success as an actress. Not based on talent. Then again look at who we have acting in things these days. Talent? no.

      • katecoursey Says:

        Idk I think she might surprise people…everyone thought she would give up training to become an “actress” (aka fame whore) after the Olympics ended and she got that spot on Heart of Dixie, but then she came back full force. She’s self-motivated and certainly doesn’t seem unintelligent (like some gymnasts). I think people underestimate her because she likes to be a silly teenager and tweet stupid shit all the time.

      • terrigymfan Says:

        McKayla said recently that she plans to concentrate on gymnastics and try to make the Rio team. She said that afterwards she really wants to try acting and going to college is a “goal too.” So she hasn’t discounted college but I don’t think it is a burning desire like acting is for her, after gymnastics.

        There is nothing wrong with that, it’s just not what was always important to me and my family. We are more like Kyla on that point. McKayla is definitely very determined in what she wants to do. I think she has star quality and can make it as an actress but needs a lot of training just like anything else.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      I think McKayla really wants to go the Shawn Johnson route, sadly. Only she’ll pursue acting gigs and other things (not DWTS, which I hope is cancelled by the time she gets out of HS in any event). I feel like if college were in her immediate future she’d have said something about it right now and would have been posting all sorts of stuff that’s “pro” whichever college(s) she was looking at/interested in. Sadly being in the entertainment industry requires no education, so I doubt that’s the highest thing on McKayla’s mind. That girl craves the spotlight, hands down.

      Kyla on the other hand will be like Amy Chow. Olympian, got some serious creds, then she’ll go on and go to Stanford (I can really see that happening, unlike when SJ said she was going to Stanford) and become some kind of rocket scientist. Hopefully she and Michelle Kwan can run for President (like one of them can be the VP), hah. Honestly a junior taking AP Calculus is pretty legit. All the math geeks (including me) at my high school took that our senior year and for sure we weren’t training all day every day in gymnastics to the point where we couldn’t go to school full time.

      • katecoursey Says:

        Every time I think about Amy Chow, I think about how much fun it must be for her parents to brag about her. (“My daughter? Oh you know, she just went to the Olympics twice and won gold and then went to Stanford and became a surgeon. Did I mention she was also a piano prodigy?”)

      • Brouhaha Says:

        @Katiecoursey – don’t forget how she made a run to be on the Olympic diving team for London, too! no big deal

    • mimi Says:

      i adore kyla, her gymnastics, her personality and her desire for higher education… she really is an admirable one. i can even let go of my judgement over her sometimes questionable grammar because quite frankly i think she’s got a good head on her shoulders and it’s admirable.

      i’m also just a weeee bit jealous stanford could be on the cards for her. my fiance and i would LOVE to study at stanford. sigh.

      mckayla said on one of her keeks that college wasn’t the priority before rio and that she does want to focus on acting and college later on. i can’t see her going to college if she finds success in acting but who knows, she’s surprised people before. college isn’t for everyone and it’s hard to do well when you’re not interested or self-motivated. i hope for her sake she at least studies acting in some capacity.

  11. CMR Says:

    Agreed, re: McKayla and college. She’s been home-schooled since middle school and, surprisingly, for someone who grew up in a gym but wants to be extremely social and active, seems to have zero interest in attending college, which would seem like a fun and exciting thing to pursue post-gymnastics. She could actually have a normal college experience. I’m just surprised she doesn’t even seem remotely interested in that considering how “wild child” she seems to be…

    Kyla is going to run the world, case closed. Three of the girls just bought into the post-Olympics spotlight and got a little big-headed while Jordyn and Kyla seem to have maintained some normalcy in their lives no doubt due almost entirely to their families. Both of those girls are going to be stars in whatever they do.

    • mimi Says:

      i’m surprised people think she’s a “wild child”.. she hasn’t done anything too crazy. some skanky clothes here and there, hair extensions and constant selfies aren’t wild.. maybe a little too OTT and distasteful but not beyond the realm of normal for a 17 year old girl these days. she seems to hang out with her siblings and gym friends a lot. it’s not like she’s getting kicked off a tour for drinking or something.. coughshaylacough.

      • sportsfan Says:

        I wouldn’t even call the clothes she wears skanky. They don’t show any more skin than what any other 16/17 year old girl wears. The amount of selfies are a bit much, but no more than probably anyone else.

        I think that “wild child” label is just in comparison to the other girls.

  12. exgymgurl Says:

    Hey at least Shannon is back with Borden / Peszeck and Hamm for online commentary. Maybe someone reads this blog……

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Sam Peszek and Paul Hamm would be no where near my computer if they read this There are a few comments on the USA-Gymnastics facebook page about Miller being ignored. I wish more people would complain. That Cecelia girl is there.

      • CMR Says:

        I think GTT should be a commentator. I’d watch. Maybe that can be the next petition

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        It would have to be rated R with all the swearing I would have to do. I wouldn’t mind working next to Nastia so I could tell her to shut up a few times and out of the blue maybe scream, ITS A DELCHEV!!!!!!!! just to unnerve her:)

      • Akshay Says:

        I want to see this now.

      • CMR Says:

        They could get a bleep button. I’d just love to hear you make blanket statements about favoritism and corruption and then “throw it back to Nastia” for comment. I’d honestly pay big money just to see that.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I am afraid bleeping wouldn’t work. It would go something like

        Nastia (Bleep, bleep ) you (bleep, bleeping bleep) You (bleep) know (bleep, bleeping, bleep) Fade out………………..

      • Case Says:

        I would pay to see GTT co-commentate with Nastia. Shit would get real in a hurry.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Then there is that. The Police would need to sit in between us because I would start talking about Nellie Kim and her running down to the judges table to save Nastia and how her father bought off the judges. She would attack me like that scene in mean girls.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        What’s the story of her dad buying off the judges? Not like I’m not surprised at all…just wanted to know if there was a particular story involved. 🙂

        And Nellie Kim did that during a Worlds, right? With Nastia’s scores?

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        It was a joke but it has been said in the past that if you buy a Russian judge Vodka he will vote your way if there is no Russian in the race.

      • Akshay Says:

        Sanitynmotion, Nellie Kim ran down to the judges table during the Olympic All Around demanding they award Nastia connection bonus for a connection she most clearly missed. Even TIM was going on about how obvious it was Nastia had missed the connection (he said something about how her d-score would be a 6.6 instead of a 6.7).

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        Interesting! On bars? Is it on YouTube (Kim running down?) – I’ll have to go look for that.

        Now that I’m more knowledgeable about the sport (I started following it again after Beijing) I totally see how those Olympics were basically fixed for Nastia.

      • exgymgurl Says:

        Would you tell Nastia to stop it in a porn star voice like she uses?

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I think I would have more of a condescending tone with her. Letting her know I see through her

      • mimi Says:

        did anyone find out who cecelia really is??

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        She got blocked from USAG page last year during the Olympics. It was awesome what she was saying (all truths pretty much) and that stupid Mary lady was also one of her targets.

      • Tortuga Says:

        I was excited when you said Cecelia was commenting USAG Facebook again. She was always really entertaining. I went to look for her comments that you were talking about yesterday but didn’t find it. Maybe they removed it. I haven’t seen Mary lately either.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        They were in the part where the announced the finalists for the contest. One was the triple twist twin (Boy I bet they hate me for calling them

    • Akshay Says:

      Sanitynmotion, this was actually on beam. If you watch the full AA video that someone recently posted on YouTube, they like announce Nellie Kim running down to the table. Bela mentions being nervous because of his “history with” Nellie Kim. I can link you if you need. Warning, don’t watch more than you need to. Watching that competition is painful.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        LOL yes I’d love the link. Or i’ll try to find it on YouTube.

      • Akshay Says:

        Right around the 1 hr mark is where dear old Nellie strikes.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        Wow. I love how Tim kind of just “accepts” the 6.7 gimme at the end but he’s so enraged by Yang Yilin’s beam score.

      • Akshay Says:

        This and the uneven bars final and medal ceremony was the absolute worst piece of NBC commentary ever. Simply unbearable. How was nastia underscored?

  13. brainy Says:

    Kyla Ross is the Tabitha Yim of the 2010’s (before Tabitha’s injuries).

  14. CMR Says:

    I’d like to be a fly on the wall for a McKayla/Kyla conversation. I imagine McKayla is just talking nonstop at Kyla’s face while Kyla just smiles and nods.

  15. gingercrush Says:

    Go MLT. What an amazing coach. And bye bye Priessman. You won’t see a single worlds.

    • Case Says:

      Damn shame about Lexie, really. Kid had world class talent.

    • biyatch Says:

      BUT MLT DOES MEDITATION AND “I AM” STATEMENTS… Lexie had a decent shot. Someone needs to bubble wrap Amelia.

      • exgymgurl Says:

        She also does highly unprofessional youtube videos where she makes fun of her gymnasts weaknesses. I also forgot Cassi Price…

      • mimi Says:

        add emily gaskins to the bubble wrap list..

    • exgymgurl Says:

      Can anyone say Ashley Priess? Amanda Jetter? Isnt MLT great at knocking these kids out before worlds / Olympics with injuries///

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Cassie Whitcomb.

      • exgymgurl Says:

        Sorry GTT my kids are acting like crazy and I missed one….. 😉

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        It’s late:)

      • exgymgurl Says:

        Morgan WHite. Alyssa Beckerman…. She hasnt put an athlete to the olympics for real since 96….

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        White technically made the team. Then MLT killed her. Jennie Thompson is another. She was on that routine and retired before she had a chance.

      • Case Says:

        Can’t hold Beckerman against MLT. That girl had a screw loose. The rest, yes.

      • gymtruthteller Says:


      • Katie Says:

        I was really looking forward to Jennie Thompson that year. She had won scam that year and was looking really good. Poor Jennie was always second fiddle at every gym she was at. I know for some girls it motivates them but I think Jennie got a little burned by it.

  16. exgymgurl Says:

    Who loosened the screw? With that dog running around the gym, I would have a screw loose too….. But who shoved the advil down beckermans throat and made her keep working on broken wrists as a kid?

    • Case Says:

      Did MLT get her kicked off the team at UCLA too? I’m absolutely not an MLT fan but Beckerman was a hot mess with every coach she had.

      • Katie Says:

        Beckerman constantly blew off training and was completely out of shape going into ju ior season, I think. The coach had had multiple meetings with her telling her what was required from her to stay on the team. Finally, the team took a vote and she was out. She tried to blame it on an injury and that they coach had to her about what was required from her. And I guess with her ADHD or whatever she had a hard time getting focused.

  17. exgymgurl Says:

    I think Shawn Johnson should be the next bachelorette…. or be brought in to be dumped early on by this next bachelor. After like 4-5 weeks, make people think she has a shot, bring the younger girls in to watch it….. then she gets dumped its bittersweet and boom shes the new bachelorette

  18. JAS4 Says:

    I kind of wonder if Marta’s not really interested in having McKayla or Kyla be AAers. I wonder if she wouldn’t just prefer keeping them specialist that complement each other for awhile anyways. Also I think if McKayla does decide to go to college I could see her going to maybe UCLA or NYU.

  19. mimi Says:

    i have to unfollow sam p on twitter. i just saw a photo of steve penny doing yoga.

    MY EYES!

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