AP Sportlight

This day in Sports History articles usually don’t mention Gymnastics unless its someone like Mary Lou Retton so I was kind of surprised to see not only a gymnastics mention but a Shannon Miller mention and about a World Championships no less. What happened in 2007 was a Highlight too but it isn’t gym related:)

1994 — Shannon Miller wins the women’s all-around title for the second straight year at the World Gymnastics Championships in Brisbane, Australia. The last woman to win consecutive all-around titles was Ludmilla Tourischeva of the Soviet Union in 1970 and 1974.

The Boston Marathon took place today and went off without a hitch. USA-Gymnastics Salutes the Boston Marathon

France, Romania and Belgium had a trio meet where Larisa Iordache won the AA. Looks like the my hope for Romanians future on bars finally put together a meet where she finished first in the AA. (Juniors)


According to the judges this is supposed to be the best floor routine in College gymnastics. Amazing first skill but I don’t understand what is so impressive about this floor routine besides the first pass. Less than perfect leaps. Bent knee’s, bad music. Nothing we haven’t seen for the last 8 years.


19 Responses to “AP Sportlight”

  1. Exgymgurl Says:

    Whats special is shes Katherine garble, and they wanted her to win the AA title.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Why did they want her to win. I haven’t seen her beam yet but her bars were nothing great. Her floor was blah minus the double front half. What made these judges want this girl from a no named school to win?

    • tulip Says:

      I actually they wanted Kim Jacob to win AA once she was in the mix She had a great meet no doubt but she got a few tenths here and that were not necessarily earned.

      As for the Grable floor, i don’t remember the score. Wonder how it compares to the Bridgrey 9.95 the night before? Sorry being catty.

      I’m sure others follow college gym more than me. Does anyone think that the Seniors get extra leeway for the big meets that close out their careers?

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      I don’t even know who she is. That’s a cool first pass but the rest was meh. Although still better than that one other routine from LMU or whatever. The 10.0 routine.

  2. Flippateer Says:

    What’s the move at the end of the first tumbling pass called? Sorry for my ignorance.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      What move? The lunge out of the pass ? They are allowed to do that in College or the half twist she did out of the Arabian.

    • Karlie Says:

      If you mean out of the second pass, it’s a barani. First is Double Arabian half-out.

  3. gingercrush Says:

    Things are weird. But the Romanian juniors are starting to really excite me. I think they’ll struggle for medals this year and next but I really get a sense they could peak again at Rio Olympics.

    I feel the opposite when it comes to China and Russia. Their juniors don’t look promising. Of course the US look good but I don’t see the same excitement that we saw in the juniors last quad. Bailey looks dependable but isn’t like Weiber. And there is no Maroney.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      I have not seen enough of the juniors from China or Russia

    • Melanie Says:

      I am seriously worried about Russia. The Rodionenkos will ruin the gymnastics program, and Putin will ruin the country. Seriously, once Mustafina retires (because there’s no way she can carry the entire program by herself for the extended future), I don’t know what we’ll see from Russia.

      And what happened to China? Is it just that this Code doesn’t support specialists as much as the 2008 COP? I don’t know why they have yet to produce even one more vault/floor specialist. Cheng Fei was the last great, and Sui Lu had her moments, but until they up their game on the leg apparatuses, they won’t see another team title again anytime soon.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Jiang Yuyuan says bite me bitch 🙂 Jiang has an AA silver medal and she should have a floor Olympic bronze and she demands you mention her:)

      • uglyfatkid Says:

        Don’t get me started on that Olympic bronze for floor…I’m STILL pissed. In what world would #NastiaHasHerpes EVER deserve a floor metal??? Oh wait I remember…in one that Nellie Kim controls. Poor Jiang Yuyuan. She was brutally robed. I’m just glad that she got that AA silver. I really miss her…she was always one of my favorites.

        And Mel does have a point, other than the three mentioned above, what other ones have there been???

      • Melanie Says:

        Jiang Yuyuan was okay on floor, but still not a power tumbler. China seems to have given up on cultivating a power gymnast. I loved JYY, but loved Cheng more.

  4. uglyfatkid Says:

    That’s the first time I have seen a double Arabian half out. That was pretty cool. Has anyone ever competed it in elite?

  5. Flippateer Says:


    Gymnastike Gold subscription only, but here are the highlights:
    – Late last year, Aimee had to leave Bannons because “it was time” for reasons unspecified. Simone’s parents were involved in the decision.
    – Simone herself struggled greatly with having to leave Bannons; she was very close to all the girls and still misses them a lot; her sister decided to continue at Bannons for the rest of the season (but will be joining Simone in the new gym thereafter)
    – For now, Aimee and Simone are training at another local gym (and it’s not clear what else Aimee is doing other than training Simone). Simone is hero-worshipped by the younger girls at the other gym.
    – Once the local gym that Simone’s parents are constructing is done, they’ll be relocating there. The new gym will offer virtually all the disciplines of USAG plus some other perks that Aimee hopes will appeal to parents.
    – Aimee’s and Simone’s relationship remains very good. Aimee is mindful that Simone doesn’t have her teammates to vent to and is trying to serve as a sounding board for Simone, both for gymnastics-related and personal vents.

    • uglyfatkid Says:

      Thanks for the recap! I’m way to cheap to pay for that! =]

      I really hope she stays healthy both physically and mentally. I really like her. Aimee seems to have a good head on her shoulders, so hopefully that will stay true.

      Does anyone know when this new gym is supposed to open?

  6. Lithi Says:

    From what I’ve gathered around here and other gymnastic sites, it seems we may be witnessing the beginning of a change of the guard. Not from the US, but it seems Russia and Romania are on a down slide. China? Not sure. I wouldn’t be surprised by the end of the decade the former two will go the way Ukraine in the 90s. However, there doesn’t seem to be any team yet who is on par with the US. Wait and see, suppose.

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