American Cup Podium Training this Thursday

Sign the petition for Yuna Kim

Link to Podium Training

You can also get live results from this lovely USA-Gymnastics page


IOC does Skating a disservice. I agree. Doesn’t matter if the cheating was real or not but the public thinks it is and the IOC not caring does not help in the credibility department.

Speedy will be gone in 2016 and if this “organization” (And I am using that term lightly) isn’t run by a Figure Skating expert all hope is lost.

Two judges tried to fix the Olympic Ladies Figure skating and the proof is in this article. Its too bad it will never be fixed.

Thank you Ashley Wagner for being outspoken. Now next time at least be out spoken about more than one thing instead of whining about being clean when you weren’t. You are dead on about the anonymous judging. Not that it would make a difference to this “Organization”

Both Russian members of the judging panel congratulated the winner after her skate.

All of these judges were blind.

Can we call a conspiracy theory on how the only angles we get are the ones that hide the flaws in the Russian jumps?

Leave it to NBC to try and prove there is no conspiracy by half assing a side by side without explaining the actual rules. Who isn’t surprised?

A better picture to see the height of Bailie Key.

Silver medalists are un-happy compared to bronze medalists. Well duh. Almost winning gold must suck.LOL sent me this link and she wants to know why the guy used Kwan? Good question.

15 Responses to “American Cup Podium Training this Thursday”

  1. sanitynmotion Says:

    I think all hope was lost years ago in this so-called sport. The problem this time around was that the cheating/judging was just too obvious. The proof was there in the short program but it slapped everyone in the face for the long program, and that’s why we see a petition with over 2 million signatures. If Yuna had fallen or tripped, sure – there would be a reason to give Adelina gold on a technical basis and proclaim that the last 2 minutes of her program gave her enough bonus points to move ahead. Problem was, Yuna was clean and polished and even more so, her artistry was by far leaps and bounds ahead of Adelina.

    But the Russians were going to put their girl (any girl) on that gold medal stand, take it or leave it. The IOC just wants this to be treated like any other figure skating uproar but I hope this doesn’t die down because like I said before, in this case it was just TOO obvious to let go.

    Plan A was obviously Yulia Lipnitskia for the gold…when she fell and Adelina didn’t it was no wonder they gave Adelina enough points in the SP to be within spitting distance of Yuna. So this was all spelled out from the beginning, the only difference is that most of us figured Adelina would do what she normally did in the long and make major mistakes.

    Ashley Wagner makes a great point even though she didn’t skate as clean as she claims. Yulia can fall twice and still place two spots ahead of Wagner, even though Wagner’s mistakes were mostly two-footing jumps. Whatever. I think overall Yulia is a better skater but in those Olympic performances I do agree Ashley got screwed – she and Yulia’s placements should have been switched.

    • Tortuga Says:

      I actually read somewhere on tumblr that between Adelina’s last competition and the Olympics she scored 51 points higher. Can anyone confirm that? Also, what is the normal rate of improvement between competitions. I obviously can’t compare it to gymnastics. 51 points in gymnastics would be impossible.

  2. Cee Says:

    Just finished watching the NBC “raw” feed on their site (with all the LPs, with the Johnny/Tara commentary). The crowd is pretty obnoxious. I get wanting to root for your hometown girl but refusing to clap when a jump by a skater from another country is landed is straight-up hateful. They barely threw out any flowers for anyone except Yulia and Adelina–not even for Yuna. Jeez guys, you could at least CLAP. It’s amazing Gracie and Ashley weren’t more unnerved–I can’t imagine skating in such an atmosphere. Come on, guys. You’re lucky enough to be able to watch this, show some love for all of them.

  3. Exgymgurl Says:

    This is what they complain about with 1996 and 2002 olympics in the US. Having seen it now in Russia, we are gauche and unappreciative compared to Turin, Vancouver, London and Beijing. London particularly embraced the olympic spirit. This is why America and Russia will have a difficult time landing another olympics

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      I didn’t realize the US was like that – but if that’s the case then I agree. All of these athletes deserve praise for what they do; it’s not like most of them make much money and they’ve given up so much to be where they are.

      I thought the US was just “noisy;” I didn’t realize we were sterile to the other non-US athletes. I of course haven’t ever attended an Olympics so I can’t comment on what the crowds in Salt Lake or Atlanta were really like.

      • Cee Says:

        Yea, the crowd in Atlanta didn’t *not* clap. The complaint was that they were too loud which is something else entirely. For one thing it’s a gymnastics meet–there are four events going on at a time, of course it’s going to be loud. Second, Kerri Strug had just stood up her vault on what looked like a broken leg! Of course people are going to go nuts over that! I get that it’s annoying not to be able to hear your music but that’s a once in a lifetime Olympic moment–it’s human nature, people are going to cheer for that. It’s really not the same thing as stonily refusing to clap for a skater. The crowed in Atlanta applauded *all* the gymnasts–I’ve watched that footage many times, it’s readily available on YouTube.

        I’ll have to go back and watch the SLC footage but I’ve never heard there was a problem with the audience, just that some people were pissed about the double gold situation (which–well, take that up with the cheating judges) and Irina losing to Sarah.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        Didn’t the cheating judges have something to do with that, too? The Slutskaya thing losing to Hughes? (Although why Slutskaya was even on the podium in the first place is beyond me. She was a horrible skater).

        I mean, in a sport where cheating has blatantly happened so many times…I do not understand why this time around (when it was completely obvious) the ISF and IOC want to brush it off as no big deal – let’s move on people, nothing to see here…

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        The ex Soviet judges and the Russian judge tried to give the gold medal to Irina by putting her second in the LP which would have given her the gold.

        The LP results should have been Sarah, Michelle and then Irina and if that had happened Michelle would have won but because those certain judges tried to cheat for Irina it screwed Michelle.

        Joe Inman admitted in an article after the Olympics that he thought Michelle was the 2nd best skater of the LP but he put Irina 2nd and Michelle third because he thought Sarah deserved the gold medal in spite of the fact Sarah was 4th in the short and she should have been fifth behind Fumie who always got raped by the cheating judges.

        The alternate judge was from Ukraine and she said after the competition that she would have put Irina 1st in the LP if she was a judge.

        Michelle actually needed two more judges to put her second in the LP and she would have won. With Inman admitting he wanted to p0ut her second but didn’t pretty much means he tried to fix the competition himself.

        Joe Inman the American judged cheated. He admitted he cheated and nothing was ever said about it.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        Well that’s depressing. I didn’t realize that. Why did he want Hughes to win gold? A win for Michelle would have been so much better, even for the sport. I mean what has Hughes’ gold done to inspire anyone or anything? People barely know she exists now, and that’s what will eventually happen to this Adelina chick.

        Michelle was going to retire anyways – and they already cheated her out of it in 1998 so she wouldn’t retire.

        I don’t even remember Fumie.

        Who wants to bet that the Russian skating Federation persuades Adelina from not competing in Worlds? They don’t want her scores to be shown as that dramatically different to add wind to the controversy.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I just heard a rumor that Simone Biles coach might be out at Bannons. I don’t know if this has anything to do with Simone personally and I don’t want to blog about it but we can discuss it. What do you think?

      • Cee Says:

        I will admit, I am looking forward to seeing Adelina’s inflated scores being corrected at Worlds.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I don’t expect it to happen this year. Skating wants to be a legit sport and that isn’t possible if they don’t hold her up for life. Its all down hill from here.

      • sanitynmotion Says:

        It’s hasn’t been legit for a long time.

        I bet Adelina will be told not to skate in competition for the rest of the year.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Everyone seems to think she will retire.

  4. GymMom Says:

    Scandal, Fraud and the Death of Figure Skating.

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