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#MemmelGate 4 years later. Maddie Desch retires from elite


Maddie Desch from Instagram


Dear friends, family, and fans,
Today I am announcing my retirement from elite gymnastics. As some of you may know, I have been battling with a back injury for the past few months and it has prevented me from training at the level that I want and need. I recently found out that it was re-fractured, which leads me to this hard decision. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities I have had to represent the U.S. and wear that USA on my back. I have made so many great memories. I have not only grown as a gymnast, but a person through all of my experiences. With the little time that is left, I have decided to let my body heal and look forward to the amazing chapter I have ahead at the University of Alabama. I would like to thank everyone for their support throughout my journey as an elite gymnast.
Maddie Desch



Do you realize it’s almost been 4 years since Chellsie was screwed out of a chance to compete at Nationals because Marta was afraid she would show up and kick ass again like she did in 2008. Then of course there was the girl who sold her soul for tour money and a job being a judge .


Above is an interview with Chellsie from the Skating Lesson.


2016 US Classic roster I wonder if anyone will get screwed this year?




About 25 minutes in Chellsie confirms what I have been telling you people for years that Marta was fixated on getting those DTY’s on that Olympic team because she thought that would be the key to winning gold. Told you so:)


The discussion on the 2005 AA is hilarious. I love attitude Chellsie. Dave is a pesky interviewer but he didn’t ask about Nastia calling Chellsie fat and saying she stole her medal. Very disappointing.


Did I hear Chellsie say that she and Alicia  went to the USAG higher ups about to complain about not being picked at Trials? She kind of alludes to it and then doesn’t follow through. What ballsy


VERY disappointed in one part of this  interview. They gloss over #MemmelGate with how she felt and never ask her at all about the fans petition or the backlash of that competition. She talks about how Marta saw her hit a great floor routine during training but the entire issue that happened when she wasn’t allowed to compete was completely glossed over.

If you didn’t watch this interview and thought of the one or 2 things you would have wanted asked one would be the Nastia calling her fat thing (and how Marta sent Alicia to smooth over the fued it caused and 2 would be everything about Memmelgate and Classics and not being allowed to compete. Now I get glossing over the fat comment but the MemmelGate was huge and it would have been nice to see it addressed.Yeah I know, go get your own interview GTT:)





The skating lesson: Tabitha Yim



Some of you probably have no clue who Tabitha Yim is but I had such an unbridled hate for this girl back in the day all I can do it laugh about it now.

People praised her as artistic and every time they did I wanted to scream. She was this spastic ball of arm waving and stiffness that everything about her and her gymnastics drove me crazy but the one thing Tabitha did that a lot of gymnasts I dislike never do is she changed my mind.

Not her gymnastics. I think I will always dislike her gymnastics but how do you not respect someone that proves you wrong?

Tabitha was always inconsistent and spastic and injury prone. I figured by 2004 she would be dead and buried but not only did she show up in 2004  she finished 4th at Trials and probably would have been on the Olympic team if she didn’t get injured. Okay so she didn’t actually prove me wrong with the specifics to her gymnastics but as I watched the 2004 Trials back in the day she kept hitting that  by the time Trials ended I remember thinking to myself I hoped she made the team.  If you know me once I hate you I don’t change my mind.

If you have some watch the video above.Tabitha competed at the Worlds as a gymnast but she also made it to the novice level as a Figure Skater at the same time. She talks about her time in skating and gymnastics where she trained with some well known US skaters.  (watch  her facial expression change when she talks about Sasha Cohen) About how once she made the world team for Gymnastics the people at the US Skating wanted to let her petition to Nationals and why she turned it down.

She currently coaches the gymnastics team at the university of Arizona and graduated from Stanford with a degree in Biology.


I am off to watch some videos of her gymnastics which I have not done in years. I want to see if she is as spastic and annoying as I remember:)


2001 Tabitha was spastica. 2004 Tabitha was more calm but the floor in 2001 is what drove me nuts about her. It’s Nastia-esque. The arm waving exists


2016 Chinese Nationals. AA



Watching the entire thing just to hear the beautiful music that has been in the background the entire time. Though it’s hilarious hearing telephone for floor music.



(8.35)  Vault:  13.800

(32.06) Uneven Bars: 15.400

(52.45) Balance Beam: 15.500

(137.37) Floor: 14.850


Oksana the Prod Killer


Not bad. Not bad at all.


Olympic Draw




Yao Jinnan back in action


Link to routines


So far only beam.

Test Event Videos


Thanks Rocío for finding them.

Full Results


Okay so lets discuss how this routine is even allowed? Every move is a turn or a turn combination. The judges need to find a way to stop this from happening. In the past I have called Sanne Weavers  interesting but this was over kill. If you can’t do two piked full in’s in a floor routine they need to find a way where only 1 or 2 turns total should count. She has a 6.4 start value for this.


Beam Event Finals Results

Floor Event Finals Results

Flavia slayed her floor final with great landings and a routine I am sure will satisfy the every 4 year fans looking for a new gymnast to go Gaga over.



Uneven Bar Event Finals Results


Perhaps the most impressive routine I have seen so far from this Test Event belongs to Elisabeth Seitz on bars. 6.6 start value. Pretty decent form (minus the pak) and very good  handstands. This was as good if not better than the routines that won bars at last years Worlds.


Vault Event Finals Results


Not a fan of this vault and never will be. Unless someone learns to do this vault like Prod I don’t want to see this winning Event Finals. They need to start adding deductions that add up if you are going to attempt to even try this vault in competition. It’s not fair to a gymnast doing 2 real vaults to have this be allowed to get credit. The gym world is lucky I am not in charge. Dipa Karmakar ‘s Prod. 8.1 in execution errors and still gets a 15.100. There needs to be even more deductions. Invent some.





Anna Sofia Gomez on beam. Liked this routine. It’s too bad she messed up in event finals.

Catalina Ponor on  Floor routine. 5.9 start value. Not bad for an old lady. The smile on her face at the end says it all. I bet she was thrilled to get through this routine,

Made in America. Air’s tonight at 8 PM



I can’t bring myself to watch it. Of course we only get to celebrate Marta and what she brought to the table and we forget the talent was already there before she arrived. We forget what the gymnasts not named Mary Lou Retton did to get to this point  because she was trained by Bela. And we will forget that one quads lazy self entitled set of gymnasts and coaches thought they could carry the legacy of the Mag 7 just because they existed.


So after you guys watch tell me what you think. Beware I am sure this will be Nastia and Gabby filled. No thanks if I want to watch bad TV I’ll turn on the Red Sox and watch them lose games out of stupidity.

And with this it ends for Romania…IMO



Team Results

Qualified Teams and Athletes

Romania is now officially out of the Olympics and I have a hard time feeling sorry for them. This is what happens when you see a problem and you have seen it for at least 8 years and you do nothing about. Anyone associated with the Romanian federation for gymnastics should be fired on the spot.


I feel bad for the girls especially those like Diana Bulimer that have been training for 4 years for nothing. I feel sorry for Larisa Iordache who has carried the program on her back for so many years and yet she still could be passed over for an Olympic spot due to sucky luck.  I even feel a little bad for Catalina Ponor who came out of retirement just for the Olympics ( though at least she had her dreamed fulfilled multiple times before) but mostly I feel bad for the Andreea Iridon ,Silvia Zarzu and names I’ll never know because they never received the  proper attention from their federation and will never be given their chance to compete at an Olympics.


So now what Romania? Will you now stop trying to bring back Belu and Bitang every 4 years to brow beat  these kids into submission or will you hire some real coaches (starting with bars) and get your ass in gear?

Oh and it shouldn’t have to be said but if Romania doesn’t give their one spot to Larisa Iordache I hope they never qualify for another Olympics again. It’s a NO BRAINER. Larisa has carried this team for years. This is her spot.


Men’s Team Results

Qualified for Olympic teams

Germany: 350.609

Ukraine: 350.160

Ned: 347.444

France: 346.583




College Nation Championships Prelims

Session 1

Florida 197.4750

LSU 197.335

Georgia 196. 7250

Session 2

Oklahoma 197.7875

Alabama 197.3875

UCLA 196.700


1- Bridget Sloan 39.700 (Florida)

2- Chayse Capps 39.6125 (Oklahoma)

3- Myia Hambrick 39.5625  ( LSU)



Oh Ebee Price, This is why I love you


Great article on Elizabeth Price. My favorite part,


“They were very surprised,” she said. “They knew I was thinking about going to college and not deferring. They definitely wanted me to stay and try for another year. They were probably a little disappointed. In the end, it was my decision, and there was nothing they could do about it.”

2016 Pac Rim Event Finals


Junior Event finals Live Video

Live Results

Start lists

Results with D and E scores


Simone and Laurie are out to “Rest” for the long Olympic year. Not sure why Simone did 2 Vaults during team finals if she had no plans on competing during the Event Finals but I don’t think anyone questions her sitting out ( not sure why she is even at this meet at all to be honest) but when did Laurie Hernandez because a seasoned veteran, 3 time world champion who doesn’t have to earn her position? It’s not like she had 4 event finals. She made one. Not a big fan of special treatment for non proven up and comers.



Just watched event finals ( beware after how Opening day ended this might be a bit bitchy:)



Thought Shallon Olsen easily deserved the Vault gold. Her DTY looked decent enough and while her Khorkina vault is messy I thought it looked much better than Khorkina used to do it.


Vault 2


Uneven Bars:

Ashton had the start value to win. Brenna fell again. I personally felt Brittany Rogers deserved the silver over Larissa Miller. Brittany has such pretty lines and she hit most of handstands and yet the rest of that routine has such messy form I wonder if  her coach has two personalities and depending on the day that is why the routine goes from pretty to ugly in the bat of an eye. Hey for me to be impressed by Canadians means something.


Balance Beam:

Aly was screwed over. I hate how judges ignore bobbles in beam routines. Did they deduct anything from Ragan at all for her huge wobbles because it doesn’t seem like it. Aly getting credit fir her layout aside I don’t know how the judges came up with Ragan’s score at all. The rest of the beam final you can take or leave.



Brenna’s score was a complete joke. She didn’t hit a single leap in that routine yet the judges didn’t seem to care. They were going to give the second American the silver  medal regardless of what was put on the floor. She had some good landings but I felt Shallon with 2 extra tenths in start value (something the so called announcers lied about in the video) and as good  landings should have been second. Neither Brenna or Shallon can dance. Aly deserved to win.


Don’t get me started on the men. At least they didn’t just up and down and act like fools this time but talk about a messy team. Thought Penev deserved the floor title over Dalton but the US men getting execution scores over a 9 is literally the craziest scoring I have seen from judges since they gave Gabby credit for an Amanar when she messed up and did a DTY at this same competition 4 years ago.




The Documentary

So I am sure you saw the trailer for the “new” documentary on the camps shown during the live broadcast. So what do you think? It kind of reminds me of when the Emmy’s nominate themselves from broadcasts of the Emmy’s. Marta apologists creating a documentary on her system.

We already know those camps are child abuse (ask  Wofford) and we already know they barely get fed at them but can we talk about how Marta gets too much credit for the US’s success the last 8 years ( Carly Patterson existed and was pretty good way before Marta) and how it took her 2 Olympic cycles to come up with the team gold medal because she did it her way instead of what was best for the team (Annia Hatch being hidden at Nationals because they were afraid she wouldn’t make trials instead of preparing for a floor worker that was needed and eventually cost the US the gold?)

The talent during the 1997-2000 quad just wasn’t there and that is why those girls didn’t succeed. Even the little talent they had crumbled under the pressure and was overrated anyway.

I think Marta gets too much credit. Remember she didn’t like Shawn. She didn’t like Simone.




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