2013 US Senior Nationals. Day 1 ( Live bitching Blogging)

I got the feed at nbc sports network to work but i was hoping there would be online commentating too but I don’t think there is.

ALL Routines from night one (Seniors)

Ugly dress time These girls have no taste in cloths. Alicia is okay and I liked Shayla’s until I saw the bottom of it but the rest? No.
Bridget dresses like a Grandmother. Sam looks like a big fat orange. I don’t know what we call that frock Nastia has on? Stripes side ways are for skinny people. Ivie is okay. Alicia’s is too but Shawn. Those shorts are adorable on a person with legs. Not you.

Simone is funny

Will Graves ‏@WillGravesAP 2m

Simone Biles on how to block out the crowd, “it’s easy. I block out my parents all the time.”

Biles 60.500; 2. Ross 59.750; 3. Dowell 57.950; 4. Ernst 57.450; 5. Nichols 56.950.


NBC SUCKS. Did you plan Nationals for this night just so you could praise Nastia?

Nastia is annoying but I like how she shut up towards the end:)

Kyla, You are beautiful on beam. PLEASE upgrade. There is no reason that dismount can’t be upped.

Simone, You are a sweet kid. I like that I can root for you without feeling sick to my stomach but some of your form issues were back and the world judges are not giving you that floor score when your knee’s almost hit the ground.

Millet I apologize that NBC missed your hit routines and showed your missed one.

Dowell is a yucky gymnast to watch but at the end of every meet she seems to be in third place regardless of what us fans think of your form.


Peyton, I like your beautiful floor and leaps on beam but you need to get consistent and save us from the Dowell monster.

All and all these Nationals are exactly what Marta wanted.

MUTE. Fuck You NBC.


Kyla got a 15.500. It was a beautiful routine. 6.4 start value. Simone deserved the lead but both had the same bobble on floor (Kyla’s a little more) she needs to upgrade beam and stick floor and she will be close to Simone.

Kyla hit her bars. Beautiful handstands. A light leg separation on her Van Luewn and Tim is already making excuses for Biles being in the lead. Nastia has been quiet lately. Did she got to the bathroom????

Millet does exist. Stays on bars but leg separations and form issues and she missed something at the end. 13.200

Biles step on Amanar. Big hop but not huge. 15.800
Small step on second vault.(5.6) 15.000 (Mckayla has better scores averaged)

Biles is next on vault. If she does two vaults she could beat Mckayla who was messy on both her vaults.

Peyton was great on floor til her dismount. Knee almost down but not quite.

15.100 for Skinner that we did not see.

lol Wasn’t it Nastia that said Alicia’s floor speech was the help? Alicia is such a phony. Why the hell are we propping up Alicia. BUY OUT

Kocian is scratching vault. A good idea.
Come on Red Sox.


Rotation 3

Koceian (huge overscore on floor. a 13.700 with a fall?

( Biles 44.7, Ross 44.25, Milliet 43.6, Kocian 43.5, Ernst 43.25, Dowell/Nichols 42.85, Guerra 42.4, Baker 41.8, Desch 41.55)

Biles, dd, small step. Double layout almost to knee’s. Nice third pass. Small step on last pass. Minus the double layout to the knee is was a decent routine but a 15.150 score is ridiculous. Not even close. 56.2 start value.8.850 in deductions. Kind of an overscore. She didn’t dance in this routine. She looked bored the entire time. This routine was not her usual self.

Big step on Amanar for Mckayla. Big leg separation and form issues (knees) on vault.
Big step on her second vault.

Nastia down again on the tone. So phony

wow AL. She fell on vault in the event finals and they needed her to stick the team vault? ARE YOU AN IDIOT. FYI, That was not a ten. She was piked and had leg issues. Come on.

Kocian fell on floor. She has messy tumbling but was hitting until the fall in her third pass and a messy forth pass. She is hurt. Rolled her ankle after falling on her ass.

Stupid Woga coach didn’t even know what foot she hurt.

I feel like I missed something. Hmm.
By tie. SOX

Peyton off beam. Then she bobbles walking on the beam. Punch front wolf connected.

Right Nastia like you were great on floor.

Dowell hitting tumbling but blah form

Kyla, DTY stuck. Little messy bent knee but her usual vault. 15.300

(Mckayla hits her Amanar. Small step.
Second vault. Well she had huge steps on her second vault. At least 5 HUGE steps. Too much power.)

It doesn’t say she went yet. Those must have been practice. Ignore this.

Damn, There goes out lead SOX!!!



Alicia really plays head games on these kids.lol This is hilarious. We all know what a bitch she really is but they play the party line like nobodies business.

14.400 for Milliet on floor. Not that we got to see it.

Nastia says Shawn was a squirt and her tone changes. The phony fake nice voice is replaced by the deeper phonier voice.lol

Shawn talk time. Who needs to see Milliet DO ACTUAL GYMNASTICS when we can talk about Shawn.

Maggie only got a 14.100 on floor (I missed her last pass but heard a gasp)

Smiling is not artistry. Nastia talks about herself. DRINK

Maggie on floor- Double layout. Full in (both stuck)

Nice routine by Kocian.
The USA-Gymnastics Hall of fame is a bigger joke than the IG one. More Nastia talk. Now she is kissing Alicia’s ass because she knows she secretly hates her.lol

Shawn showing. Just for Gym Mom. Where is Gym Mom anyway.lol

Biles will have at least a point lead going into the last event. Kyla should get close to what Biles gets on bars vs Biles vault but Biles will take the lead on floor. With the way this has worked in the past I almost hope Biles wins so Kyla can go get the World title. We will see

Lots of sloppy feet on Peyton’s bars.

Hit first pass, stiff leg second. (Kyla) Almost hands down on double Pike. Landed double tuck. Ah. It is what it is. Her leotard is growing on my minus the neck thing. 14.250

Mckayla is trying to win a floor title dumbass.

Kyla on floor. (Baby Kyla and Mckayla . awww

Anna Li is the line judge on floor and she didn’t give her the OOB. I don’t know for sure if she was out. (Mckayla)

Mckayla out on first pass. Bobbly on second. All the vault judges eyes are on her.lol

Nice routine but not as good as classics.

Biles hit beam. One bobble. NAILED the landing 14.900 on beam. Not sure about the 9.2 execution but she only got a 5.7 start value.

Price is off bars. She’s in tears. Damn Parkette’s she should be at home. Something isn;t right with her injury.

I missed up some of my comments below so they might not be where they should be. Sorry about that.

I was this close to shutting off the volume but it is still on. Nastia has already talked about herself ten times and I can’t blame just her. Tim and that idiot Al won’t shut up about her.

Al was just funny. It does sound like a law firm ( Kocian, Price and Ernst)

Do we really need the Maroney bad attitude and look? Its time to move on.


Kocian leads with a 15.000 on bars. Price, Ernst, Biles and Ross follow

Rotation 1

Desch stayed on bars but hit the floor with her feet. Milliet is bombing beam. Nastia’s voice is grating into to me like no one else can do. That fake voice needs to go.

I am with you sainabou . Burn the leotards

DTY for Price. Nothing special. She’s injured and should be at home. They would have petitioned her.

Good news. I’ve got baseball update on the top of my screen:) 1-0 Sox

Biles was short on her handstands (2) but she stayed on.

Not Kyla’s best routine. She bobbled a few times but stayed on. NBC is propping her up and lying through their teeth about a great start. She missed the connection and bobbled a few times. Good news for Kyla is she gets better as the competition goes on. She will be better tomorrow. 14.7 (5.8)

Now we get a Kim fluff. I hate Marta. We don’t celebrate our most decorated we celebrate Kim ” Didn’t deserve her AA gold medal ” Zmeskal. Great she coaches a girl in the lead but remember when Nunno’s juniors swept Nationals. What did they accomplish as seniors.

Lets be real here. If Zmeskal wasn’t a Karolyi would we even be mentioning her?

Nice DTY by Peyton. Stuck.

Texas Dreams leotards would not be as ugly if the flower wasn’t there.

I like Maggie’s leo.

MY EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please burn that shirt and that voice. Nastia will for anything for attention and that is what she is trying to do with that shirt. Yet she was upstaged by all the ugly leotards from everyone else.

Same commercials, lovely.

BYE ELFI!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sorry I ever insulted you. I really am. I blame myself for this. I really do.

Drinking game every time Nastia talks about herself.

Explain to me how Gabby would not have made the team if she finished second at Nationals?


Live scoring is here. Live blogging will start when the broadcast starts or before.

All comments by me will be at the bottom. I will be going up for rotations so look for the bold lettering and please contribute. I might not always be able to comment but I am reading what you say. There is no point doing this if no one is reading. I’ll try to comment during the blog to the comments you guys make on the blog:)

Bridget into the Hall of Fame for USA-Gymnastics. Anyone know if the 1995 team was ever inducted into the Hall of Fame. That bronze was gold for those girls.

Mckayla has no taste in leo’s.

Neither is Kyla today. Yikes

The place is empty so why weren’t any of these tickets available the last month?

Half truths from Tim. Price never fit in the team. That is why she was left off

Here is Everyone’s start list.


Ariana Guerra
Elizabeth Price
Kennedy Baker
Peyton Ernst


Madison Desch
Simone Biles
Brenna Dowell
Mykayla Skinner
Madison Kocian


Abigail Milliet
McKayla Maroney (not competing)
Kyla Ross
Erin Macadaeg
Maggie Nichols


142 Responses to “2013 US Senior Nationals. Day 1 ( Live bitching Blogging)”

  1. H Says:

    You are great! And we will read:-)

  2. Kylie Says:

    I shall read! I have literally NOTHING to do here at work on a Friday afternoon in little old NZ…. you shall keep me busy

  3. biyatch Says:

    So twitter is obsessing over Mac’s leo. I’m not a fan. The design on the front is weird and the arms look bizarre. Kyla’s is also no bueno. The high neck line is Amish looking. It gives off the same vibes as Sandra’s vault finals leo in London.

  4. EliteFan Says:

    I took the comment about Gabby to be about 2011…she wouldn’t have made worlds based on nationals that year.

  5. sainabou nyang Says:

    Can we neon puke green leos to leo colors we need to burn?

  6. DL Says:

    Is it me or are all the leos pretty gross?

  7. H Says:

    Kyla on beam, have she upgraded at all? Did not look like it

    • exgymgurl Says:

      Kyla did watered down beam. I think there was less than classics. Something is up. Floor was barely upgraded and they switched the pass with the fall. She barely didnt fall, but still, somethings up. More core Kyla…. you have to mtigate the height

  8. sainabou nyang Says:

    The only leos Ive seen that I like are frim Gage.

    I agree GTT that DTY from Ebee was kind of Fugly she should have stayed home and petitiones to worlds camp.

    I am so glad Simone stayed on the bars. I thought I was gonna have a heart attack.

    Kyla love you but that beam routine was boring.

    Really nice vault from Peyton. If she keeps hitting both days I think she can third AA.

  9. biyatch Says:

    The junior vault scoring compared to the senior vault scoring is ridiculous…

  10. sainabou nyang Says:

    Omg why is maddie kocians coach so hot???

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      If his gymnasts have potential don’t get used to seeing him.lol

    • mimi Says:

      ok im now looking forward to checking him out.

    • Tortuga Says:

      Hahaha, my boyfriend was mentioning being able to see his veins when he was rubbing her ankle after floor. I couldn’t help but notice. But yeah, Valerie or Yevgeny will snatch her up soon. Now way will they let someone else get credit for a good gymnast at WOGA. Also part of me kinda wonders if he is that coach that allegedly gave his gymnast coke and was having a relationship with her on the side :/ Just curiosity. It may not be him and it may not be true at all.

      • TrishaG Says:

        No, the WOGA coach who gave his gymnast coke plead guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in jail. Should still be in prison.

        Did a quick google search and Madison’s hot coach is Laurent Landi, a former French gymnast. The french accent just made him that much hotter, my goodness.

  11. biyatch Says:

    Maroney is significantly stockier then she was a year ago but I think her power is actually better I think. She still has no chance of a floor medal at worlds though. And she definitely just got some Olympian scoring. 8.75 E score…

    • sj0126 (@sj0126) Says:

      I wouldn’t say she’s out of the floor medal race at Worlds yet. She’s got a 6.1 start value right now and practiced adding a stag jump after her arabian in podium so that’s prolly in the mix for the worlds camp and worlds should she go obviously. That would bring her to 6.2-6.3 or something or other. if she cleans up the double layout landing I think she’ll at least make top 8. you never really know at worlds and how they’ll judge it all. simone is so powerful but her artistry is just…not…good.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I agree but tonight she walked through that routine. She looked like she wanted to be any where but there. An occasional smile but Carly Patterson like expression. It was the worst I have ever seen her do that floor.

  12. exgymgurl Says:

    Price has had less than 10 workouts? WTF is she doing there…. that BLOWS!!!!

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Good question until you remember it is Parkettes

      • Case Says:

        The Strauss’ should be shot for putting her out there today. Seriously wtf?

      • exgymgurl Says:

        Im telling you. She needs to quit and go to Stanford before they break her… Strauss GangamStyle

      • Case Says:

        Agree. She needs to get out of that gym before she’s full of Mahoney titanium rods.

      • Case Says:


      • Tortuga Says:

        They’re desperate to have her back out there since she was doing so well at trials and world cups last year. Now they’re just tearing her apart. I wanted to cry for her on bars. It’s so sad because she has so much potential if they would just let her rest.

  13. H Says:

    LOL for GTT blogging

  14. Case Says:

    Thank you for the live blog GTT. I’m hit or miss watching the coverage and appreciate the updates.

  15. sainabou nyang Says:

    Just read on another site that Skinner tanked on beam. Her coaches need to fired. I think someone Mihai could be a better coach for her.

    • exgymgurl Says:

      Skinner needs to go to Utah before shes too broken to even be useful to Greg Marsden.

      I am so thankful there are two nights and 8 routines for Biles to have major mistakes. If she runs away with it like GTT says the way it goes international judges tend not to like the reigning US AA Champ…..

    • DL Says:

      She had a 6.550 E score. I’m just following the live scoring–don’t have cable.

  16. exgymgurl Says:

    These tickets were all what you would call corporate sponsor committs…. Thursday night is a big entertain your client night, so while Hilton, and others gave away comp tickets to people that went un used real gym fans could not get good seats and MANY good seats are completely empty

  17. exgymgurl Says:

    For Nationals there is a lot of who cares and why are you talking to this person between routines. Ummmm….. snore…. at least show us Skinners messy Cheng oh thats right we all know she isnt going to worlds selection camp so theres no reason to show her doing anything.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Stop whining. You want Gymnastics AT A GYM MEET? WTF is wrong with you.lol

      • exgymgurl Says:

        No I want to hear Nastias witty banter and use of workds like UNCONFIDANT….. so much more interesting than a gym meet. And no I dont want to see EBee doing gymnastics after 9 workouts WTH Strauss??? She should scratch night two and petition, but knowing them, theyll want her to fight back and show she can do it night two….. And good for Simone, but Kyla is just right there…

    • sainabou nyang Says:

      Don’t you mean Skinners one arm Cheng?

  18. biyatch Says:

    Can Peyton please get her shit together. I really don’t want Brenna on the podium.

    • H Says:

      I find it easy to like Brenna. She has the difficulties, and seems like a hard worker. Finally she gets some spotlight since Finnegan is out for time being. I think Brenna will clean it up more, specially beam.

      • biyatch Says:

        Its not the form that bothers me. Its the stiffness. Nothing is connected. Its very robotic on beam and floor, like I feel like she could be tumbling on a tumble strip rather than in her floor exercise. If she doesn’t break, I’m sure she’ll stick around elite until at least next season and then head off to Oklahoma and be very successful in their program.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        Seems like Dowell’s amanar was underscored compared to Biles’…like why the 2 tenth difference? Maybe leg separation on entry.

      • biyatch Says:

        Dowell also didn’t have a full twist in her floor, should have been .5 off from CV, the judges suck at even the stuff that isnt subjective.

      • Dee Says:

        Gotta love how when the commentators talk about Dowell they say she is from the same gym as Terin Humphrey and don’t mention Finnegan at all. Made me laugh…of course bring up someone from eons ago and leave out the Olympic alternate.

  19. exgymgurl Says:

    Oh but come on…. Brenna and Skinner are the perfect composite of what is wrong with American elite gymnastics…

    • Case Says:

      Lol. So true, so true.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Sadly true. I saw a a lot of form issues with Simone today that I didn’t notice before. Is it me of was she messier tonight then usual?

      • gingercrush Says:

        Always messy but I reckon all gymnasts are getting messy. The code is demanding it and they’re not getting punished enough for it.

        Still her full in off beam is amazing.

  20. Akshay Says:

    My reactions:

    – I do like Ebee, and I think she’s a great person, but she should not have rushed her way back (9 practices or whatever).
    – Nastia’s voice is sooo freaking annoying! Also I totally barfed when they mentioned Nastia’s AA win in 2008. I did want them to pan on Nastia’s face while they were interviewing Shawn though… her eyes would be rolling all over the place. But I also enjoyed Shawn bringing up Alicia, with all of us knowing full well how Nastia and Alicia feel about each other now.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Nastia’s tone got deeper when she talked about Alicia and Shawn. The phony was still there but the tone totally changed.

      • Akshay Says:

        LOL when Tim was like “I think bars are a main reason Kyla made the last Olympic Team” I would have paid to see the look on Nastia’s face. I am pretty sure she’d be fuming inside. Nastia knows had she hit, that would have been her spot.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I wonder if Tim is secretly pissed Elfi was fired for Nastia and made that dig on purpose.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        I hope so. It would be the only reason to tune in to the Tim/Nastia show. I hope he becomes more catty as he gets older.

      • biyatch Says:

        What about when Tim was talking about cowboy-ing skills… I could feel the awkwardness of that moment.

      • Akshay Says:

        See the thing is, I feel like Elfi in general wouldn’t say all that much largely because Tim would talk so much. Elfi would chime in every now and then. Nastia is not content just sitting back and playing second fiddle to Tim. Her ego is larger than her forehead.
        What I think would be funny is if they added ASac (or replaced Tim with ASac or something like that). I would laugh at the passive aggressiveness and watch the two of them fight to talk. Hell, throw Shawn into the mix and ASac and Shawn can team up on Nastia for all I care.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        You just need to shut up NOW. When you say things they might actually happen and what you said is my WORST NIGHTMARE EVER.lol

      • Katie Says:

        @biyatch- I LOVED when Tim brought up coy lying on double fronts. Too funny.

      • Akshay Says:

        You know the sad part is you’re right, GTT. I should have learned my lesson from last time right 😛

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Don;t say it again.lol

      • Tortuga Says:

        I was laughing when he brought up the cowboying legs with Nastia right next to him! Lmao. Is Elfi really gone? I’d rather hear Elfi than a gymnast talk about themselves. I know Tim and Al bring it up all the time but it’s getting old. Honestly Al gets on my nerves the most because he is the guy that knows absolutely nothing about elite gymnastics or at least he’s paid to act that way. And Tim and Elfi have to dumb everything down too for people at home who aren’t super fans like us. It’s just frustrating, how they’re made to have certain opinions.

  21. gingercrush Says:

    The scores seem rather low for a Nationals don’t they?

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Its a new code. They seem high to me. Kyla can get a similar score at worlds on bars because she is capable of a 9.000 execution but Simone’s Amanar and floor were way too high.

  22. gingercrush Says:

    I want Biles with a Mustafina or Cheng so she beats Maroney. Maroney needs to lose at least once without losing by falling.

  23. biyatch Says:

    I saw a tweet comparing Simone and Kyla’s D and E scores. Simone watered down her beam and only had a 5.7 so she was really only .6 ahead of Kyla with combined D score. She also had higher combined E scores and thats with Kyla being slightly over scored I thought. Kyla needs to figure out floor because the endurance just doesn’t seem to be there, and thats with two D passes.

    I hope Price can pull it together Saturday and at the selection camp. If Simone and Kyla are the AAers and McKayla is going to vault, I wouldn’t mind seeing seeing them send Ebee for UB, BB, and floor. I think she could get into the bars final if she hit like in PT and can do BB for the experience. I thought her tumbling looked better than Maroney’s in PT so I’d rather her go up on floor than Mac.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Kyla was overscored on floor but so was Biles. Biles looked like she was walking through that routine.

      This is Nationals so overscoring will happen.

  24. katecoursey Says:

    Kyla just baffles me…her floor routine from last year always seemed so easy for her, and she’s obviously in great shape, but somehow can’t seem to find the endurance to make it through her upgrades. She’s hard as a rock mentally, so the fact that she keeps landing her passes short makes me think it’s an endurance issue. The tricks themselves look easy as hell for her…maybe it’s the growth spurt? Maybe she’ll adjust? It’s just crazy that Maroney seems to have more endurance on floor than Kyla does, and she’s been out for months and is recovering from three surgeries.

    Madison was impressive tonight before the rolled ankle…maybe they’ll take her for BB and UB?

    It’s high time Maroney busted out a triple. She obviously has the power for it…if Kohei can pull one around with a less powerful block, Maroney definitely can. If she wants to maintain her vault queen status, she has to go for it.

    Loved seeing Ebee back, but she clearly wasn’t ready for competition. Stupid coaches. Give the girl time to heal, for god’s sake.

    Glad Simone pulled it together.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Maybe they need to add less traveling in Kyla’s floor routine. I know she needs to cover the floor but she is running from start to finish the entire routine. Maybe she needs one of those lay on the floor and roll around passes before she does her third pass. You could tell she was winded.

      If Svetlana can get through floor so can Kyla.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        Yeah like that one weird segment in Aly’s routine where she does the semi splits on floor and then rubs her chest on it from side to side, peeps up, and then goes back down (lol – does anyone know what I’m talking about) – it looked awkward but there HAD to be a reason for it!

      • Katie Says:

        @sanitymotion- I know what you mean, I think it was a way for her to take a quick break and catch her breath. Maybe Kyla could add something like that before her fourth pass and hopefully she can get tumbling from classics back for the worlds.

      • Dee Says:

        Bahahahahha Sanity that was my favorite description of Alys dance move, ever.

      • sainabou nyang Says:

        I wonder if Kyla should do the double pike for the first pass. Also she is capable of doing more twisting. She needs to through a triple in there.

      • Gymbee Says:

        Hahaha sanity that description made me laugh out loud on the plane! (Free wifi on board :-p)
        I always smiled at that segment, seemed like she was shot the second time she went down.

  25. Akshay Says:

    In other news… word on the street is that Komova is out of the Russian Cup because Valentina doesn’t want the Americans to upgrade quickly to beat her.

    • exgymgurl Says:

      I think night 2 will see Biles back with all of her upgrades and I think she will miss. I dont see how Komova is there with upgrades when shes been incredibly injured since the olympics.

    • JAS4 Says:

      There is no telling what Valentina will say lol! Next thing you know all of the Russians will have TTYs and 8.0 difficulty on everything else lol

  26. Katie Says:

    I was disappointed with Maroney. All of her floor landings were sloppy and her block off table seems a little bit off from what it used to be.

  27. sanitynmotion Says:

    Seems like Kyla is babying that heel on beam. Anyone notice on her front tuck, she struggles on that landing? I think she’s still got minor injuries/flare ups going on.

    • Tortuga Says:

      I’ve noticed in podium training from the American Cup to know she’s been using a sting mat for that skill alone. It’s tough on the heels. It’s understandable. Now I didn’t pay attention last night but Marta asked her not to use the heel cup during competition awhile ago. Anyone know if she was wearing it last night? And she’s obviously not going to get enough rest for it to heal that way.

  28. sanitynmotion Says:

    What’s up w/Biles’ bar score. No toe points and sloppy handstands. A 14.750??? Really?

    • exgymgurl Says:

      Marta is using Biles to make Ross and Maroney nervous. There is no reason why Biles Amanar should have scored higher than Maroneys. Her beam scoring higher than Ross I get. I do not get her floor scoring higher than McKaylas. Unless McKayla is being punished for publicly saying she wont cut her hair. She could easily to a braid to bun and no one would be the wiser. Biles had form issues all over not just with toe points but with bent legs bent arms and just yuck on some of her skills on floor. Biles will get picked apart and if she goes to worlds this year the international judges have three years to get used to picking apart her form issues. Brenna Dowell is much worse and more obvious, but there were so many places that Biles should have been deducted and wasnt. Makes you go hmmm…..

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        McKayla’s hair actually looked nice I thought – in a nice bun. I think Marta approves of that.

        I agree with you. I think Marta is inflating Biles’ scores so she will go to Worlds with confidence – she’s basically doing what she had done with Gabby going in to the Olympics. Figures get them confident and they will hit. Like Gabby Biles has shown the tendency to be not so consistent so I think that’s what Marta’s doing. Do I agree with it? No. But that’s my guess as to what’s going on.

        The more I see Peyton Ernst, the more I like her.

        I really am liking Kocian too it would have been interesting to see if she would have made podium had she not rolled her ankle.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Biles won’t get these scores at Worlds but neither will Kyla. Marta playing games is the norm.

        Mckayla is not getting scored the same way other “stars” in the past have. When you make a mistake and get a huge score anyway. They did it for Dawes her entire career especially in compulsories. Marta did it for Biles yesterday (clear mistakes like on floor being ignored and still get a 15.050) but Mckayla’s floor while high for her start value are not so high you just have to laugh at the stupidity.

  29. nero Says:

    I love Biles, she is so adorable. I do hope Kyla can get some endurance on floor by Worlds because right now I’m constantly afraid she’s going to crash and burn every single time.

    GOOOOO Mckayla. She looked nervous, her vaults could be better but I thought she slayed. Especially considering she had a broken leg less than a year ago.

    Oh there’s actual gymnastics going on but we’re going to talk to Shawn and Alicia for 15 minutes???

    And what is it with Shawn and her “I was the youngest, the baby on the team blah blah blah” Can she not do math? She wasn’t the youngest in Stuttgart or in Beijing and she’s like a month younger than Sam Peszek. You’d think after 5/6 years she’s have a new schtick.

  30. sportsfan Says:

    Sounds like scoring was all over the place. Yet, I guess its to be expected at this stage of competing. Let’s see how things work out tomorrow.

  31. Case Says:

    I miss Sarah Finnegan. Lots.

  32. biyatch Says:

    Two totally random CoP observations and question/thoughts?

    1. The latest code allows a .1 CV for D acro to A dance again that it had originally removed. Not sure if what to think about this. Aly’s ridiculous split jump out of her double pike was one of only a couple jumps out of leaps I actually liked (along with Sandra’s stag out of the triple and Aliya’s stag out of the double arabian) but if Aly had come back I would have liked to see her upgrade the double pike to a full in.

    2. For some of our girls who suck at swinging bars, but are super powerful and great tumblers, why dont they do some of the super badass D and E mounts, they could start code whoring before they actually had to start swinging. Or is it a Marta thing like with beam mounts? Just get on the equipment and start it without the risk…?

  33. casey Says:

    does anyone know if someone uploaded the full meet onto youtube? I know Nastiafan usually does but I cant seem to find it.. thanks!

  34. Gymbee Says:

    Omg the dresses. Bridget’s looks like a Norwegian folk dress (which designs are centuries old), or like she joined some hippie commune who makes their own dresses out of barley.

  35. casey Says:

    Thanks biyatch!!

  36. nero Says:

    Ok, I know her bars and beam are fugly and the girl should be no where near a World or Olympic team but dammit I want Mykayla Skinner to do well.

    I’m all for pointing out the many shortcomings when it comes to a gymnast’s gymnastics, but when the criticism crosses into personal attacks I think it’s gone too far. And that’s basically all I’ve seen about Skinner. Do her bars suck? Yes. Does her form on beam suck? Yes. Can I do better splits than her? Yes (well not really but you know what I mean)

    But I’ve literally read that she’s stupid, ignorant, has a busted face and people hope she gets run over by a train.

    Grown adults are so offended by a 16 year old gymnast that they stoop down to the level of calling her ugly and wishing bad things on her. Not cool in my book.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      I agree with that. There’s a ton of talent in that kid and she would do well with a better coach that could teach her fundamentals and better form. Where she’s at it’s all about scrapping form for chucking skills. Skills she does have but she really needs to clean up.

      As for people calling her ugly and all that, well – this world is full of a bunch of a-holes. And sadly they are of all ages.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      The is a certain message board full of adults and say the nastiest things about her because she wrote she believed in God and thinks gay marriage should not be allowed. That sounds like them to me and considering they have screamed things at Nationals to Shayla Worley I would not be surprised if they are doing the same thing to Skinner.

      • nero Says:

        I mean, I didn’t want to mention it. But you know if she was rah rah Obama and an atheist 90% of the shit that gets said about her wouldn’t exist

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Saying things about her on the internet is one thing. If they are saying it to her face that is wrong.

        I would be a hypocrite if I complained about stuff being said when I write this blog.lol but I don’t expect gymnasts to read this and if they do google themselves they aren’t to bright anyway.

      • mimi Says:

        the girl is a mormon… it’s hardly surprising he doesn’t support gay marriage. and seriously, she’s not someone influential she’s a teenage gymnast. let her believe what she wants. it’s hardly something i necessarily agree with but who cares..

        and whoever calls her ugly is cray because she’s actually quite pretty. again irrelevant though because she’s a friggin gymnast and it doesn’t matter.

        form and execution aside, i liked her floor. had a good energy.

    • sainabou nyang Says:

      I mentioned this on another blog but for some reason, I think she would do well training under Mihai. She will never be great on bars imo, floor , vault, and beam is where she needs to focus. She doesn’t seem afraid to try difficult skills and Mihai could give her the proper instructions Romanian Style.

      • biyatch Says:

        she talked about in a gymnastike interview how mihai had helped her a lot w/the l/o double double. from the sounds of it though she is the princess in her gym and from what ive heard about brestyan (and his conditioning program) she might get a reality slap

    • biyatch Says:

      I think part of the issue with Skinner is how she presents herself on social media, which is how we “know people these days.” Even if someone made it for her, posting something on her instagram declaring herself “the best vaulter in the world” rubs people the wrong way.

      The fact is all of these elite gymnast get attacked (and even level 10s and NCAA gymnasts), fairly or not, and they probably need to just learn that people are assholes and ignore the negativity as much as possible.

      Look at Aly, she’s been an internet punching bag for the past 4 years and she and her two Olympic gold medals can probably tell all the haters to go screw themselves.

      • mimi Says:

        they’re still young so i hope parents and coaches are emphasising not to be googling themselves or whatever. it’s hard enough being young without all that. better that they don’t go looking for these things!

  37. biyatch Says:

    • Sara Says:

      Well, I guess the rumors are true then. I’m happy for her. I think it’ll be good to get away from Geddert. But, did anyone else notice the tweet under it that said Aly didn’t really know when she would get back into the gym? Not completely surprising.

  38. sanitynmotion Says:

    For all the makeup Shawn wears, she could have at least put on some lipstick.

  39. sanitynmotion Says:

    Nastia “I never smiled in competitions”

    Um, no. You had total bitchface. All the time. In fact, you probably have it on right now only (thank GAWD) we can’t see it.

  40. Akshay Says:

    So word on Tumblr is that Jordyn is going to UCLA and going to train there (with Chris Waller) – which isn’t surprising (I think we all saw that coming). However, there are rumors floating that Gabby is moving to LA with her mother. She is allegedly leaving Chow’s and going to train with Chris Waller in California. Get this… Gabby and Jordyn might be training at the same gym. Whattttttttt.

    Now I realize this might not actually happen, but I figured I’d share the latest word on the street with you guys, and I was curious to hear your reactions. 🙂

    • biyatch Says:

      • Akshay Says:

        Okay, I’m not sure what to believe, because apparently IG published it publicly and Lauren from the Couch Gymnast also confirmed it.

      • biyatch Says:

        I mean in that same interview Gabby also said she’s been back in the gym w/Chow for 3 months when shes been photographed at a ton of events on the west coast.

        Its also super funny because people are bitching that Aly won’t commit to a date to return to training, they are the same ones who slam her gymnastics the most.

      • sainabou nyang Says:

        Gabby and Aly were at the mens competition last night. In fact they were seen dancing to a song eith Bridget and sam peszek.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      If Gabby is coming to California, I will seriously need to move. High taxes are bad enough.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Waller broke Vam and I find it hard to believe Gabby and Jordyn would train together.

      Chow made Gabby. Anything she turned into came from him.

      • Case Says:

        Yes, but even if Waller breaks Jo she will still be out at UCLA working towards another goal…her degree. It’s a solid decision. The Wiebers are realistic enough to see the importance of that. Has Gabby graduated high/home/whatever school yet?

      • exgymgurl Says:

        Gabby is too short sighted to see that Chow made her. Jo wont have the pressure of every weekend collegiate meets on top of elite training Like VanZam did. Santa Clarita is a heck of a commute from UCLA every day, so if they are training with him at his gym I wish them the best.

  41. Katie Says:

    Lauren also said that she met al, Tim, and Andrea yesterday when they were drunk and she identified herself as a gymnastics blogger and they were like “oh, are you one of those who writes mean about us?” but they were laughing about it. I had wondered if Tim knew about his parody account but I am pretty sure he does.

  42. exgymgurl Says:

    Gabby moving to CA and continuing not to train or do anything real makes sense. I believe she is trying to “look serious about gymnastics” by saying shes staying in Iowa, but I always got the feeling Chow was not going to train her half in half out like he did Shawn. Its not good for him or his Juniors coming up to see such a lack of work ethic. Good luck to Gabrielle.

    • Katie Says:

      I agree. Gabby’s win was so blah for me. Chow did peak her at the exact right time and he got her to overcome her nerves when it mattered most. Plus Marta picked her as her pet, which I’m still not exactly sure why, but oh well. I think she will go the way of Carly Patterson and not really mentioned that much. I’m trying right now to think of which of the four AA champs I actually like

      • Akshay Says:

        Sadly, I think I might like Mary Lou the best of the four AA champs or Carly, because I absolutely cannot stand the last two. That’s how bad it is lol.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        If personality had nothing to do with it I’d honestly choose Gabby.

        I can’t choose Mary Lou because in my mind she didn’t really win – the biggest competition wasn’t there. And it was before my time, so. 🙂

        Second fav is Carly Patterson and she really did deserve it. It also seemed though like there wasn’t much competition in Greece as I would have liked (an aging/past-peak Svetlana being the biggest threat) – too bad Ponor didn’t do bars, then it would be like “game on.”

        When I watched Nastia I didn’t know her so I actually liked that she won AA. At the time. Now I know wayyyyy better (about the code and everything else) so now I don’t buy into her win that much. She was a beneficiary of that quad’s code (as GTT has pointed out) and if she had been in any other quad that win would not have been hers.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Carly is the best of the gold medalists for me. She couldn’t dance to save her life but at least she was equal on all 4 events. The rest were so blatantly overscored by the judges and idiot in charge of the sport to create a story. It just isn’t funny.

        Gabby looks great by the way so she is working out somewhere. Maybe Disney (who is clueless in the acting department) wants to give her own show so she will turn into the next no talent tabloid attention whore.

  43. Jennifer White Smith Says:

    http://usagym.org/pages/post.html?PostID=11004 Indy was awarded 2015 Nationals and Congress. Andrew Lucks girlfriend Nicole “Peach” Pechanec was there at the announcement.

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