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Laurie Hernandez. Two time Olympian?

January 15, 2020

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This reminds me of when gabby celebrated being on the World team before trials.

Thanks Cate.

An Aliya Mustafina interview

My favorite part and I said this myself. Simone makes the US hard to beat but the US juniors are below the Russian juniors and the US seniors can be beaten tho I think right now the US girls beat all the Russian seniors but the juniors are on par if not better

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Aliya waiting to wake up and be ready when the Olympics are right around the corner is an interesting way to train.

Why the 2020 Olympic team needs, Mykayla Skinner: January Olympic team poll included

January 4, 2020

Someone on this team needs some damn personality.

Okay, I KNOW, ” Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals” but that doesn’t mean we can’t find joy in watching this Olympic team as a group, does it?

The only time Simone shows any personality is when she wins all the gold medals. Unless she’s talking to her teammate or Jade Carey she’s off sulking on the sidelines because the team isn’t her personal cheerleader anymore so we need someone to put the personality back on this team so why not, Mykayla Skinner?

: There isn’t the jealousy angle we had 4 years ago because no prima donna’s have shown up expecting to be on the Olympic team with out earning it. The only real competition to Mykayla on this team is Jade Carey and they seem to get along really well. Jade even went to Mykayla’s wedding ( something “BFF” Simone Biles couldn’t even be bothered to do)

: Mykayla is going for it. Watch her instagram. She’s working on the triple double on floor. Upgrades on bars. Putting both hands on her Cheng. She wants this.

: IMO, Tom knows the US is going to win gold and he is going to put someone on this team to be Simone’s little buddy and Mykayla is the best bet for that ” position”

YES, I know this team isn’t being decided on personality so take this blog for what it is, a way for me to get the damn Olympic team I want and that includes Mykayla Skinner.

Don’t forget to vote in the poll.

For further discussion on who everyone thinks will make the Olympic team, read the comments at this blog

Who will make the 2020 Olympic team : January poll

January 1, 2020

You get 4 votes. Please add two alternates to the comments section if you have time and give your reasoning. I know it’s early but I will repeat this poll in a few months to see how the results have changed.

I basically took the Senior and Juniors born in 2004 and a few extra’s and I added Ragan Smith because I felt like it. Maybe she will change her mind and compete after her first year of College.

I tried not to miss anyone but if I did let me know so I don’t forget them next time.

Great article on Ragan Smith

Merry Christmas and Happy New year : Things I learned while spending a few weeks on Instagram: The gymnastics edition….

December 23, 2019

I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannakah and a Happy New year. Where almost there everyone. The OLYMPIC YEAR is less than a week and a day away…

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I kind of knew Instagram and I wouldn’t ever be BFF’s. You see I am extremely anti social. I took my first and only selfie this summer while on vacation with my nieces and it’s since been deleted, I think. There might still be a copy out there somewhere (Something was mumbled about remembering how much they loved me when I wasn’t around anymore. Nothing like the guilt of some kids to make you do something you really hate to do) so without further ado, this is what I learned following every gymnast known to man kind on Instagram ( Yes, even Nastia but read on for detail on that)

What I learned…..

Elizabeth Price is smarter than everyone…

*Updated. She’s book smart. Not common sense smart.

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A new code to stop the latest Alien attack, perhaps??????

What the hell does Ashton Locklear do to make money? It doesn’t look like she has a job but she lives in a nice house and wears Prada bags and spends every night partying so, there’s that.

Ragan Smith has never found a motivational quote she didn’t like. I was about to praise her collection of quotes til the day she quoted Derek freaking Jeter She did redeem herself and quote Teddy ballgame a day later but I think it might have been too late for this Yankee hater..

Morgan Hurd is everyone’s best friend… She never forgets a birthday. She’s the first one to like a comment whether it’s a fan or a friend and she seems to get along with the greatest variety of people from the lowest level gymnast at her gym to the College gymnast still trying elite and yes, she even likes, Simone Biles posts. Oh and lets not forget that Morgan Hurd is the selfie Queen of the internet ESPECIALLY after a meet or a camp. She’s never met a phone or camera she didn’t like…

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Everyone should be glad Alicia Sacramone isn’t their mother…..

Her daughter’s are adorable and no child in the history of social media has as much personality and charisma as her oldest daughter Sloane and maybe its a generation thing but,I have to question the sanity of any mother that when finding their kids have climbed into a dryer, taking a picture instead of lecturing them on how unsafe that is. Back in my day, kids climbed into dryers and fridges with doors left on and didn’t make it out. Just saying…. Hey now, I’m not “Mommy shaming” her ( okay maybe I am I mean this is the same mother that let her daughter walk out of a store with a Balloon and skipped that teaching moment too, so…….

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Nastia Liukin will never change….

I have learned so much from Nastia on instagram, I don’t even know where to start…. I learned that the only way to put a selfie online is to make sure you hire a make up artist and hair person so you can share that special ” Spontaneous ” moment with the world. I learned how to, not, dress. I learned how to celebrate August 8th with the same picture every year . I learned she never met a bottle of bleach she didn’t like. Perhaps the biggest thing I learned from Nastia on Instagram is that I am so damn thankful I don’t live in fucking Detroit and have to deal with her dating a member of their, no fun league team. THANK GOD she doesn’t date a Patriot 😦 (Remember all those times you made fun of me because she dated the hockey guy from Boston? Well suck it Case. She’s your problem now πŸ™‚

I learned that way too many members of the 2007 Olympic team still exist

You never see members of the 1992 Olympic team ( bronze) or 2004 Olympic team (Silver) gracing us with their presence on TV and the internet like they won gold. I mean seriously besides Bridget Sloan and the occasional Chellsie Memmel ridiculous skill, I have never seen a group of self centered , ego maniacs, slither their way into the media like these gymnasts have. GO AWAY and stop trying to sell your fans boxes of crap they don’t need.. And if you have to tell us you have cool friends you probably don’t ( Just sayin)


I learned that I like to listen to Claudia Fragapane talk…..

She is one of the new generation gymnasts I had to force myself to follow on twitter but once I did I found her to be a pleasant surprise. She’s kind of personable or it could be the accent. That being said, she is Great Britain’s version of Nastia when it comes to posing like she belongs on a girly magazine so……

That Octavian Belu is still alive… Thanks to Olympic Champion , Monica Rusu’s official twitter.

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From this post I also learned that Larisa Iordache still exists. So does Silvia Stroescu and Andreea Raducan Marian Dragulescu, Sabina Cojocar , Steliana Nistor ,
Sandra Izbasa ,
Catalina Ponor ,
Ioana Crisan and even Simona Amanar ( Though she doesn’t post) Sarah would be in heaven with all these Romanian gymnasts on Instgram

Other things I learned on Instagram…

Simone Biles likes to creep me out. Waaay too many butt pictures. Sorry Simone, but you’re not bringing sexy back….

I will never like Sam Peszek. Her voice grates on my last nerve….

That Marie Fjordholm is a great mom ( at least online) and the attends all her son’s hockey games. She also teaches them to help the less fortunate.

That Russian gymnasts are the same as US gymnasts. Selfies. More selfies. Some gymnastics thrown in then of course, more selfies….

I learned that Morgan White LIVES and so does Suzanne Yoculan Who knew ???

That Larisa Iordache is the Romanian version of Nastia. I’ve never seen a girl take more selfies of herself in full make up.

That Victoria Moors does nothing but party. I also noticed she never seems to mention her sister and her gymnastics successes .

That Mary Lou Retton’s daughters are annoying. Well two of them are. Mckenna milking everything she can out of one floor routine and I’m not sure why Shayla even exists on social media.

That Laurie Hernandez is illogical. I mean come on kid, NO ONE thinks your an introvert

Jade BarbosaΒ  liked to climb walls as a child. That’s a life skill we could all use and if gymnastics doesn’t work our for her she can do stunts for Spiderman..

I wish there was more to add to this but besides the edumacation of Nastia Liukin I didn’t learn much. I guess I learned that unless you’re in your twenties or younger no one should have an instagram.

P.S.- I forgot to follow Shawn. Might be a future blog idea πŸ™‚

Sat it ain’t so, Rocio. Shang Chunsong not training for the Olympics

December 16, 2019

According to this twitter, Shang Chunsong is not on the National team and only training for the Chinese games in 2021. Also according to this twitter, Shang will have a hard time getting back on the National team due to Politics. exact wording,

“Its not only a matter of how good she is, lots of networking efforts are also required.”

Anyone think this sounds like games Marta’s played ?

Liang Chow is supposed to be better than this. He’s the nice coach.

Video of floor training

Just for the record I read this , this morning at like 5.30 AM and felt like calling in sick to work I was so bummed. If only someone knew Liang Chow’s e-mail????

Morgan Hurd and choker boy to the American Cup ( Wake me when it’s over)

2019 Turnier der Meister

November 21, 2019

Finals Results

Woman

Full Results

Day 1

Men

Full Results

Prelims Results

[Vault][Uneven Bar] [Beam] [Floor]

Bar Videos

Start Lists for Finals, Day 1

Prelim videos
Georgia Rose Brown [Bars]
Paeska [Vault]
Fan Yilin [Bars]
Fragapane [Floor]
Volleman [Beam] [Floor]
Shchekoldina [Floor] [Beam]
Agafonova [Bars] [Floor] [Beam]
Golgota [Floor] [Beam]
Mori [Floor]
Li Qi [Beam]

WATCH LI QI ON BEAM AND TELL ME WHERE THEY GOT THAT SCORE. Go compare her to the messy shit everyone else had. I swear these judges are on drugs. This needs to be investigated

Bachynska [Floor]

Men’s Results

[Rings] [Floor] [Pommels] [Vault] [Parallel Bars] [High Bar]

Van Wicklin [Vault]

I want a Chellsie Memmel comeback

November 5, 2019

I am convinced Chellsie Memmel is training for a comeback. Look at her instagram. Besides the real skills she keeps posting for β€œAdult Gymnastics’ That girl is in amazing shape and her face is getting so skinny. She looks like someone who is training.

Chellsie Memmel for 2020

I am still bitter about her selling out back in 2012 but I think I might want this imaginary comeback almost, if not more than I want the Skinner one.

Wouldn’t it be fun if she went for that specialist role? Beam was one of her best events, back in the day. Maybe USAG, now that it isn’t being ran by, communist, Marta Karolyi might want to right some wrongs and allow Chellsie Memmel a chance to win the beam, specialist spot that’s current leader is Australian, Emma Nedov.

According to, the Balance beam situation, blog, there are, 4 competitions left to earn this spot.

5 = Cottbus #2, November 21-24, 2019
6 = Melbourne #2, February 13-16, 2020
7 = Baku #2, March 12-15, 2020
8 = Doha #2, March 25-28, 2020

Chellsie won’t be ready for Cottbus but if she attended the other 3 and won them all she would be in the running.

Lets be real, there is , NO WAY, USAG, wants an All Arounder competing against their gymnasts that make the team for a medal and the US’s worst event by far (besides, Simone) is clearly beam. Sure Chellsie’s form isn’t the best but when on the girl is a rock.

I doubt Chellsie’s shoulder is capable of sustaining a bar routine at this time in her life ( at least not consistently) so why not try a beam and floor specialist ( I think I read somewhere that even individual gymnasts get to compete AA ) and even if that was my imagination I say, Chellsie Memmel 2020

Building a Beam routine

Side Arial connected to an Illusion
( Look at Chellsie connect these 2 skills without waving her arms in between connections. That’s still a rule, right gymbot??? )

Front Arial, front tuck, straddle jump

Illusion, Arial connection

Standing full

Double pike dismount

Onodi

DON’T TELL ME SHE ISN’T THINKING ABOUT BUILDING A BEAM ROUTINE FOR 2020

Floor routine anyone?

I rest my case πŸ™‚

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Jordan Bowers has retired from Elite.
My memory of her is pretty limited . My only memory of her to be honest is when she was healthy she would win but she was always injured. Sounds like she made a smart decision.

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Nastia Liukin, headlines group that allegedly ” illegally transferred money” into foundation to avoid liability of sexual abuse victims….

October 19, 2019

Disclaimer

Article

Don’t blame me. I just report the info, albeit, 11 days late. Guess I need to pay better attention to gymnastics outside of worlds πŸ™‚

But according to this guys tweet, Nastia Liukin’s name is second on the list of people who ran the foundation accused of transferring millions into their group after finding out about what Nassar had done.

What a small world. Am I the only one who finds it odd that her being part of this group isn’t a story outside of some tweet by some guy I’ve never heard of????

And according to SeriouslySadie further down the tweets…

Keith Douglas was on the USAG board…Gary Anderson started Geddert as a coach and Morris was treasurer for USAG before this… Hewett was cfo of USAG for 33 years

I know , my headline sounds like it belongs on the front page of the National Enquirer but I am literally just reporting the news. Nastia’s name is second on that list. Only behind, Jim Morris and is the only name anyone would recognize that watches gymnastics ( Tho I know Larissa Fontaine too but only die hard’s remember her)

As for me personally I can see why USAG tried to save money for the future. This organization has to run on something. Money doesn’t grow on tree’s.

I have wondered for years why it is USAG feels the need to promote Nastia. The meet she has that qualifies to it’s own cup ran by USAG. Her hiring at NBC which you KNOW, they had a hand in. I never got it. I get it now.

Here is the tweet with the list of names….

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So I did some digging on This guy Manley. He’s a lawyer and apparently had been harassing Terin Humphry to the point she had to get her lawyers involved so he would leave her alone. Someone sent me this screen cap awhile ago and I don’t remember if I used it on the blog or mentioned it in the comments but here is what Terin posted on her facebook page.

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2019 World Championships: Event Finals. Day 1 AND 2

October 11, 2019

Live Results

Video
The All Around
The Balance Beam situation

Vault and Bars Results

Vault Results

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1.Simone Biles,
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ – 15.399
2.Jade Carey,
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ – 14.883
3. Elissa Downie,
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ – 14.816
4. Shallon Olsen,
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦- 14.733
5. Qi Qi,
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³- 14.65
6. Alexa Moreno,
πŸ‡²πŸ‡½- 14.633
7. Lilia Akhaimova,
πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί- 14.366
8. Yeo Seojeong,
πŸ‡°πŸ‡·- 14.183

Uneven Bar Results

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1. Nina Derwael,
πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ – 15.233
Rebecca Downie,
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§- 15.0
Sunisa Lee,
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ- 14.8
4. Angelina Melnikova,
πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί – 14.733
5. Simone Biles,
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ – 14.7
6. Daria Spiridonova,
πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί – 14.633
7. Liu Tingting,
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ – 14.4
8. Elisabeth Seitz,
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ – 13.566

Beam

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1.Simone Biles,
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ – 15.066
2.Liu Tingting,
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ – 14.433 πŸ₯‰
3.Li Shijia,
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ – 14.3
4. Kara Eaker,
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ – 14.0
5. MΓ©lanie de Jesus dos Santos,
πŸ‡«πŸ‡· – 13.966
6. Flavia Saraiva,
πŸ‡§πŸ‡· – 13.4
7. Sarah Voss,
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ – 13.266
8. Anne-Marie Padurariu,
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ – 11.933

Floor

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1.Simone Biles,
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ – 15.133
2.Sunisa Lee,
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ – 14.133
3.Angelina Melnikova,
πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί – 14.066
4. Saraiva,
πŸ‡§πŸ‡·- 13.966
5. de Jesus dos Santos,
πŸ‡«πŸ‡· – 13.833
6. Popa,
πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ – 13.8
7. Moors,
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ – 13.6
8. Akhaimova,
πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί – 13.5

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Start Lists

Balance Beam

LI Shijia CHN
PADURARIU Anne-Marie CAN
VOSS Sarah GER
DE JESUS DOS SANTOS Melanie FRA
LIU Tingting CHN
EAKER Kara USA
BILES Simone USA
SARAIVA Flavia BRA

ALT:
KINSELLA Alice GBR
MELNIKOVA Angelina RUS

Floor-

DE JESUS DOS SANTOS Melanie FRA
AKHAIMOVA Liliia RUS
POPA Roxana ESP
LEE Sunisa USA
MELNIKOVA Angelina RUS
SARAIVA Flavia BRA
DERWAEL Nina BEL
BILES Simone USA
MOORS Brooklyn CAN

ALT:
VOLLEMAN Tisha NED STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI

Vault Start lists:

DOWNIE Elissa GBR
BILES Simone USA
QI Qi CHN
YEO Seojeong KOR
OLSEN Shallon CAN
MORENO Alexa MEX
AKHAIMOVA Liliia RUS
CAREY Jade USA

ALT: STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI BLACK Elsabeth CAN KIM Su Jong PRK

Uneven Bars

BILES Simone USA
DOWNIE Rebecca GBR
LEE Sunisa USA
SEITZ Elisabeth GER
MELNIKOVA Angelina RUS
LIU Tingting CHN
SPIRIDONOVA Daria RUS
DERWAEL Nina BEL

ALT: TANG Xijing CHN DE JESUS DOS SANTOS Melanie FRA PONTLEVOY Claire FRA

2019 Worlds. LIVE BLOGGING the competition with no sound

October 9, 2019

Results

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1.Simone Biles 58.999
2.Tang Xijing 56.899
3.Angelina Melnikova 56.399

*** With Ellie hurt, Kara is the reserve on beam

I have the sound down. I can’t listen to Nastia.

I started my day with Melnikova on vault. I missed Simone and Suni and Nina

Judges took lots off Lillia on bars for her form issues.

How do people watch a video and live blog at the same time? This is demn near impossible. Maybe I should put my cup of tea down πŸ™‚

12.800 for Giula on bars

It’s also kind of impossible to watch without sound. I get bored and forget what I’m doing but the alternative is listening to , it, and her voice grates on my last nerve.

I’m sick of Moors ( Pink, Canada, really? ) You need to add some code whoring into this floor routine to get in medal contention. Plus I never realized how low her tumbling and bad her form is until I just watched it in slow motion.

Dear Simone, Thanks for not wearing pink. Love, G.T.T. p.s.- Is that purple ?

I hate this good RX commercial where the mother can’t afford her kids medicine but has a 1000 dollar smart phone that costs 120 a month..

Yes, As you can tell not really in the mood to live blog. It’s early. I’m on vacation.

I’ll probably never admit this again but Ellie black is growing on me. She is still here even though I have written her off for years. She isn’t like the rest of these , media driven, teens. Her videos on instagram aren’t as annoying as everyone else.

Suni is off bars. I’m done. #WORSTWORLDSEVER 13.133 (Not bad score for a fall. she needs to hit beam)

Simone’s leo is actually white, tinted a color with red , white and blue sparkles. I kind of like it.

Hit bar routine for Simone. A little slow on the low bar there …

I NEED Suni to hit beam. I need to see what she gets for a hit routine.

I still can’t tell the Chinese apart but one of them just messed up her bars.
HEY CHOW, Shang Chunsong is consistent and a GREAT team leader πŸ™‚

Without the fall, Suni would be only 4 tenths behind Simone.

Simone’s score is a little high, IMO. 14.733 (8.533) 6.2

Nice routine for the second Chinese girl. Pink and purple, China? Really?

Flavia hit beam. One tiny bobble and a small bobble. If that doesn’t hit the 14’s, WE RIOT!!!

Melnikova, you were doing so well. Two messy mistakes. 13.900

YAY, Flavia got a 14. We don’t have to riot.

The evil bars is killing everyone. Melanie, is off. Sigh. I looked away. Did she fall a second time?


Just so you remember, there is an asterisk next to any , silver or bronze, AA medal because Mai Murakami isn’t here.

Did I mention that if Suni had hit bars she would only be like 4/5 tenths off Simone’s lead???? I think I , might have πŸ™‚

Nina Derwael is not an all arounder and I’m sick of one event keeping people in AA competitions. I thought we ended that years ago???

Suni off beam in warm up on the same damn skill. I wish the beam would leave, Suni, alone.

Two bobbles for Simone. Not big ones but she shouldn’t get credit for that connection. Only the full in for a dismount and very close to the beam. That shouldn’t get the same score she got in qualifying but judges be judging so….

My feed froze. Trying to reboot. FUNNY HOW THE COMMERCIALS NEVER FREEZE

14.633 for Simone. Only a 6.2 start value but still a big over score .

Chinese gymnast ( and yes I know I should know their damn names by now but even though I usually love china as a team I just am not a huge fan of any of them individually. That was, Li Shijia. A few bobbles then 4 or so steps back on the dismount. What a way to throw it all away.

Beautiful beam by Tang. She shuffled her feet after a leap but other wise, that was beautiful. Also missed one connection but… CANT WAIT, to see how the judges screw her here…

Labored bars by Moors but she stayed on.

DON’T SCREW THIS UP, MELNIKOVA

Taking forever for Tangs beam score. Fixing the competition much, judges????

Not a big fan of the Japanese leotards BUT AT LEAST THEY WERE THEIR FLAGS COLORS.

14.600 for Tang on beam. That sure took a log time. Well deserved. That routine was better than Simone’s beam routine.

WOW. Best beam routine of Melnikova’s career. SO PROUD OF HER. That was awesome. Even better than team finals routine.

Nice floor for Flavia. She almost stepped OOB but saved it.

COME ON SUNI. DON’T MESS UP BEAM

Li Shijia beam score raised to a 14.000.

Melnikova only got a 14 on beam. BLAH. That was the best routine of her life.

THEY DIDN’T SHOW SUNI ON BEAM SO WE COULD WATCH SEITZ ON FLOOR? WTF, USA FEED

I put the sound on for a half a second and did I hear Nastia say, combination package about Elli Black.lol

Nina got a 13.500 in prelims on vault so I don’t think Suni can pass her. That’s a shame but you can’t fall on your best event. Melnikova needs to hit and she can pass her.

Nice routine for Li Shijia. Huge first pass. 13.300

Great routine by Tang. she nailed every pass but her double tuck ( step) but that was a huge hit for her. Well done. 13.600

Seitz is having a great competition competing at home. Love her happiness.

Proud of the Chinese gymnasts.

Nice routine for Melnikova. Big step back on her double pike but the rest was solid.

Ellie got hurt on vault. Didn’t see it. Saw the replay. She landed short.

Melnikova into second. 14.066 She’s happy.

A 13.600 for a piked Yurchenko and a huge bounce? Happy judging, Nina.

Nice routine by Suni. Everyone else went up in score so she should too. Nope, 14.200.

Time for the Queen….

Too much power on a triple double. Only Simone.lol OOB with both feet, OOB twice more. 14.400

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Trying to get my VPN fixed so I don’t have to sit through Nastia ( I don’t think I can handle Nastia anymore) I thought it was at 4 pm eastern time but it’s on apparently at 10 AM which might be too early for me. We will see.

Live Results
Live video
Live Video 2
(The first video doesn’t load for me but this one does)

The All Around
(Didn’t tweet during team events. Boo)

Pamchenko Twitter
( Has some video up quickly during meet)

The BB Situation will probably, live blog

Funny tweet with Mo Huilan being bitchy

Khorkina being Khorkina.lol

Vault:

Melanie
Suni
Simone
LI Shijia
TANG Xijing
Melnikova

Bars:
Elisabeth Seitz
Ellie Black
Nina Derwael
Giorgia Villa
Lililia Akhaimova
Flavia Saraiva

HBO Europe made a video about Raducan trying to get her AA medal back.

The link to the preview

In that video, Simona asks to stop the camera and Andreea calls, Simona “her colleague ” and the best part is the doctor trying to sell Andreea that he gave her the medicine ” by accident” which is bull shit. Romania knew the rules and tried to cheat because their gymnasts were sick. I’m sure a lot of gymnasts had colds but didn’t get relief. This would have made a great blog because I have so many opinions πŸ™‚