While I was sleeping. The Monday night football edition. (Updated)

Aly Raisman has a new boyfriend albeit one without  an overrated College Career so he can’t parlay that into hosting a football show like Alicia’s husband. Okay to be fair he’s cute and I have no clue where he went to College…

Kohei Uchimura( who for some reason I keep wanting to call Koji lately) will not be turning into a specialist . HEAR THAT WORLD! Kohei will continue to do the All Around which makes my year because I bought Worlds tickets. That’s right I will be flying to Montreal in my Milan Lucic Bruins shirt just to start world war 3:) Anyone else going?

 

Aly talks throwing out the first pitch.

College gym is starting soon.

Mykayla Skinner on floor at Utah’s preview. Double double looking better than elite. Amanda Borden is excited…

Maggie Nichols getting a 10 on bars.

Maggie also got a 9.925 on floor

Brenna Dowell getting a 9.9 on bars at the same meet…

Mustafina vs Kocian from Gymnastics Coaching.

News is slow. It’s Christmas time. People are busy. I’ve gone back to work (insert crying Emoji here)

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Future reference to myself. I called this blog, Monday night football because the Patriots are playing the Ravens. I’ve been reading old blogs where I reference sports I can’t remember so this is for me in 2 years:) We’re winning 23-3 in the 3rd….. Still winning but two stupid mistakes by the same idiot and it’s now 17-23 , Ravens have the ball….. On to the 4th quarter…… Whatever Patriots. I am going to bed…… I’ll delete this tomorrow… Never mind. We won. 79 yard touchdown in less than a quarter of a minute…. and fade…..

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66 Responses to “While I was sleeping. The Monday night football edition. (Updated)”

  1. Exgymgurl Says:

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    Six weeks ago we knew those were brestyn legs
    And he went to Illinois state

  2. Melissa Says:

    So I know this has 0 to do with the topic but i just started working from home and am bored so i figured i would watch some of the older competitions USAGym is posting on youtube. I guess I didn’t realize when I was younger what a freaking cry baby Miller is! Not trying to offend anyone but wow!! She freaking cries over nothing and it’s driving me nuts! Is there some crazy back story where Nunno is a monster or was she just a baby?!

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Dawes always cried too. They were both big babies. Miller did most of her crying in 95 and 96 where she was broken because Nunno had her compete at every meet when she couldn’t walk from a bad back but Dawes cried when she messed up, which was a lot. Which meets did you watch?

      • Melanie Says:

        Not to mention Miller’s crazy mom was a Christian Scientist, so Shannon was supposed to “pray away” the pain instead of using medication like any other gymnast. I’d be crying too.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I never have a problem with crying especially out of disappointment, happiness or injury. I can imagine it sucks to train your whole life for a competition and mess it up.

      • Melissa Says:

        I watched a bunch from 92-96, and yes Dawes does cry a lot as well. See this is why I come here I had no idea Millers mom was nutty and that Nunno made her compete at everything! I dont have a problem with crying either when its warranted 🙂

    • Exgymgurl Says:

      You need to check out Reese’s 2000 that’s classic USAG just uploaded all the Reese’s meets a few weeks ago…

  3. Rocío Martínez López Says:

    Chuso has been given a recognition in the Guinness book of records as the only woman who has even competed in seven different Olympic Games! Chuso rocks!

  4. dianajc99 Says:

    I’m planing on going to Montreal.. of course I was also planning on going to Glasgow and that didn’t work out so we will see.
    The ticket site is a little annoying.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      A little? No it’s a lot annoying. My seats aren’t that great but I can’t give up the OPP to see some Chinese and Russian gymnasts in person and KOHEI

  5. dianajc99 Says:

    with the way USA gymnastics has been posting on youtube this week I think they need a more organized video library at headquarters.

  6. exgymgurl Says:

    Okay skinner has lost weight and looks much longer and leaner than she did in elite. She also on the easier skills looks so clean. Not sure how that all happened, but wow. Maggie looks great TBH. I’m so psyched to see Kyla perform for UCLA.

  7. Melanie Says:

    Skinner does look pretty good skills-wise, but that choreography….my eyes are bleeding.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Not sure I can remember a good floor routine from the US since 2000 lol especially in College. Oh I liked Katelyn’s last year but overall not in love with UCLA’s floors even if everyone else is.

  8. H Says:

    Future (new?) beam combo:

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Pretty impressive. Some form issues. I have been meaning to go back at watch junior Nationals from last year but keep forgetting. Which US juniors do you like?

      • G Says:

        I like Hurd a lot, not too much difficulty yet but lovely form and bar set. I also like Victoria Nguyen and Gabby Parea. Chiles is impressive too.

      • Mim Says:

        Hurd is so great I really can’t wait to see how she progresses this quad. Her gymnastics is so clean.

    • dianajc99 Says:

      I have a feeling this might be like Komova’s BH/Layout/Arabian we see it like twice on the high beam before an injury.

  9. sanitynmotion Says:

    So the sex scandal is hitting national media. Was in the USA today newspaper. Didn’t look good for usag or Steve Penney haha I hope they Drain that swamp…for lack of a better phrase.

  10. Mim Says:

    Nassar arrested by Feds for child pornography possession dating from 2003-2016. Good luck to his lawyers defending that one.

  11. dianajc99 Says:

    read the whole indy star article today..Depressing. other than the usaigc what other organization is involved with gymnastics in the usa?

  12. Sainabou Nyang Says:

    I hope other countries take over at next years worlds. Just to make it interesting. Italy supposedly has some good juniors.

    • Exgymgurl Says:

      Maybe if the rest of the world oh I don’t know actually trained and got some executable difficulty with consistency then sure. Until then the rest of the world is kind of a joke

  13. Ilanchik20 Says:

    Kyla is in a boot. Great.

  14. Laura Says:

    Umm, you don’t wear a brace for shin splints…it has to be something else.

    • Exgymgurl Says:

      Umm I wore a brace for shin splints in soccer. It can actually reduce the aggravation depending on how bad it is, and the shock of landings and walking around

  15. dianajc99 Says:

    Wow Andrea Bieger just dug herself a big hole.

    • Gymbot Says:

      Is this related to the Ray Adams story?

      • dianajc99 Says:

        yes

      • Exgymgurl Says:

        Well she lost her gym because of a lawsuit, but it’s disgusting that she says it’s untrue. That’s the problem with rape culture in this country. It’s so pervasive, no one is willing to stand up for what is right and protect kids.

      • dianajc99 Says:

        Thats the thing she didn’t come out and say its untrue..just that it didn’t happen in HER Gym.?? does she still coach?

      • Gymbot Says:

        I don’t think any of the coaches come out looking good in that story. Nobody at about a dozen gyms told the next potential employer that he was fired over alleged child molestation or inappropriate conduct with young children.

        They all sought to avoid a lawsuit instead.

      • Mim Says:

        That Ray Adams article did my head in. Full of so many WTF moments beginning to end.

        MLT basically admitting not running background checks on coaches before hiring them, as late as the 2000s, blows my freaking mind. Duty of care out the window much?

        I’m also shocked that people whose entire businesses are based on working with children for years have been so naive and haven’t been more vigilant. It sounds like so many gym owners and coaches have stuck their heads in the sand when it comes to educating themselves about grooming behaviours and putting strict policies in place that protect both the gymnasts and the coaches, which in turn protects their business and livelihood overall. Children need to be protected from predators, and innocent adults need to have sufficient boundaries that a) protect them from being put into situations where things can be misconstrued by a child, and b) ensure preventative measures are in place to avoid abuse occurring.

        The vibe I’m getting from many of these articles is that the gym community has thought it’s all in the too hard basket, and they want someone else deal with the problem. If the gyms want to avoid lawsuits (and, you know, protect their gymnasts) they should consider spend a bit extra upfront on child psych/abuse training for staff, consultations on how to background check potential employees sufficiently and on legal advice about setting up strong workplace agreements and protections for their employees.

        I encounter this in my work frequently and yet it still horrifies me as if I’m hearing about it for the first time. Ugh.

      • Melanie Says:

        I only coach gymnastics a couple nights a week (not my full-time career), and I had to take a class on child abuse prevention as well as pay for a background check in order to become a USAG professional member. Granted, I’ve only been coaching for a couple years now, and who knows when they put those requirements into place. It’s unconscionable that this guy went relatively undetected for 20 years at nearly a dozen different gyms – including elite gyms like Buckeye, CGA, and Bieger International.

        It is very difficult to find good coaches, but who would possibly want to hire a liability like that? Way too many red flags to let the gym owners off. No background checking? Allowing him to contact gymnasts and their parents outside of practice? Allowing him to give expensive gifts to select gymnasts? Those things are all big no-nos.

        I have a four-year old daughter who loves coming to the gym with me, but I have major reservations about putting her into a sport (even a sport that I love). Stories like this certainly don’t help, not to mention the other crap that comes with the sport – like the emphasis on thinness, the huge expense, the drama and bitchiness between competitors, and the bias of judges.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        You had to pay for your own background check? That’s classic. How much?

      • dianajc99 Says:

        Parents almost always contact coaches outside of practice hours..It goes with the territory

      • Melanie Says:

        GTT, I think I paid $65 or so. You also pay for the courses to become a pro-member.

        Dianajc, I have contacted parents thru official channels, like the gym email or phone, but I never, ever use my personal email or phone. I stay and talk with parents immediately after practice for about 10 minutes and that’s it. When kids work out every single day, I don’t see why a coach would need to be in contact with parents outside of the gym. If a parent needs more time, they should schedule a meeting at the gym. Going on lunch dates with needy moms was just another way for this sociopath to fool everyone around him.

      • dianajc99 Says:

        $65 for a background check seems high? unless it was multiple counties.
        I think you only have to take one course to be a pro member in usa gymnastics.
        A good gym will pay/reimburse you for the checks and class’

      • Mim Says:

        Melanie, it’s reassuring to know that some coaches recognise what appropriate boundaries are regarding outside of gym contact. It’s as much to protect you as it is to protect the gymnasts! I can’t believe you had to pay for your own background check! Is it tax deductible at least?

        I do wonder though how gyms with kids in developmental or national teams manage this with going to the Ranch and travel. Those situations are set up for limited/no contact with parents and unregulated time between kids and travelling coaches and national staff. I dont expect parents are going to make a big deal out of it no matter how uncomfortable they may as they don’t want their kid blacklisted by Martha (or Valerie now).

      • Melanie Says:

        I took like 4 courses to become a pro-member. I’d have to log onto my account to double check, but definitely more than one. My gym’s policy is you pay for the background check, and if you pass, they’ll pay for the membership itself. I didn’t mind paying for the background check because of this exact kind of crap.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      What did I miss here?

      • dianajc99 Says:

        Did u read the article on adams?

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        Nope. I didn’t see a link.

      • dianajc99 Says:

        hope it works
        http://www.indystar.com/longform/news/investigations/2016/12/18/he-could-have-been-stopped-how-one-pedophile-kept-coaching-gymnastics/88825826/

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        It did. Thank you.

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        I am half way through this article and can’t continue. WTF is wrong with ALL these parents? The coaches have their own issues worrying about their businesses more than these kids but how does a parent say, nope my kid can’t testify. I mean all of them. Sick.

      • Mim Says:

        I had the same thoughts GTT. It’s one thing for a coach to create a safe environment for the kids but why weren’t some of the parents of actual victims getting the police involved? Or taking a more proactive role in this?

        Going through the rigmarole of lodging a complaint with police, having a child interviewed by police/child protection/private psych or social worker, usually at least a few times, is no doubt stressful on any kid and their family. There is always a risk of systems abuse in addition to a new version of events or “truth” that may form in the child’s mind that can totally skew or misconstrue the actual scernario. It’s risky but can be mitigated. And I appreciate the fear of judgement by their immediate gym community in getting police involved which in itself can create even more stress, fear and isolation.. But if the parent believes their child, and provides sufficient support to their child, why the hell why would you not do whatever it takes to put the abuser behind bars?

        I know there are a LOT of shitty parents out there with poor judgement, but it’s hard to fathom.

    • sanitynmotion Says:

      I would say that paying for a background check is nothing compared to hiring a predator and then putting your own gym at risk. Use it as a write-off to conduct fair and ethical business practices. Or, better yet, make the candidate/coach pay for it for the job…if he/she knows they are guilty then they will make it easier for you hopefully by walking away.

      Gymnastics is a sport that would seem, to me, a very big magnet for child predators. Skimpy/leo outfits, young girls, and a lot of handling of their bodies. NO matter what any coach should be investigated and if something is wrong, they should be reported.

      When I was in high school swimming though this same problem occurred. There was one coach (our JV coach) who would rub girls’ shoulders before a race (sketch) and then one time he showed up at a girl’s birthday party at the beach (she was turning 16) and he bought her a present! After that he got fired, but he showed up at another competitive high school. Now our head coach fired him because he had a bad feeling – there wasn’t any evidence. However at this other high school this coach ended up planting cameras in the girls’ high school locker rooms…after he was caught, he could never coach again or be anywhere near swimming or water polo teams. Why isn’t it that way with gymnastics??? Anyone caught with anything or doing anything shouldn’t be allowed to go near the sport ever again.

      And shame on those parents if they noticed something off and never bothered to protect their kids. Who cares about what Marta thinks of you or your child – some of those kids no doubt are ruined for life, or at the very least will need lots of therapy. I as a mom could never have that on my conscience. Screw the gold medal dream for keeping my daughter safe from a wacko.

  16. Case Says:

    Awful news all the way around between Ray Adams, Nassar and the web of gyms that allowed it all to happen. Just horrible.

  17. JAS4 Says:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/ArabianPF_blog/status/811010464998166528

  18. gymtruthteller Says:

    Peggy quit. I know she hasn’t done much lately but lets be real Aussie has shitty gymnasts and she doesn’t have much to work with

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