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McKayla Skinner wins Floor

Will be applying for her Chinese visa soon. :-)

#PanAmGym FX
1. Skinner (USA) 14.750
2. Lopez (VEN) 14.475
3. Ferrera (CUB) 14.400

Click PLAY or watch it on Gymnastike.

This might be her best Moors, yet.

Watch more videos on Gymnastike

As you can see, this site is not boycotting Gymnastike.

I don’t blame Becca from Gymnastike for the stupid post approved by Joe Battaglia from Flocasts.

I’ll be very surprised if Becca’s not mortified over that decision.

Gymnastike’s doing a great job at Pan Ams. THANKS. :-)

… On the other hand, Tsuk the Pain lays out the argument for boycotting Gymnastike altogether.

Gymnastike responds. Finally.

And the response was the wrong one. :-(

If you missed the twitter gymternet blowing up last night, MANY are very upset with Gymnastike for this post, reprinted by Bekah so as not to give Gymnastike any additional page views:

McKayla Maroney Victim of Nude Photo Leak

Bekah is as angry as anyone. Here’s her take on the issue, so far.

Joe Battaglia is an ass, that’s clear.

The leadership at Gymnastike should show him the door.

Don’t blame everyone at Gymnastike for the one A-hole. That would be unethical.

Update. @Region5Insider clarifies that nobody at Gymnastike can override Joe Battaglia. He’s a non-gymnastics overlord from Flocasts responsible for Wrestling, Track and Gymnastics.

Track & Field blogger Chris Chavez @Chris_J_Chavez seems to have actually authored that post. It was then published by Battaglia.

Perhaps Gymnastike should quit Flocasts.

Otherwise, we need people to step up and launch a Gymnastike competitor. Something like sports2visuals.com THWTS.

I’d be happy to contribute.

This site condemns Joe Battaglia’s decision but will not boycott Gymnastike posts by those we respect. For now.

the Gymternet answers

I don’t spend much time on message boards or Tumblr. I see too many simple questions (try Google.com first) and too many repeated questions.

Instead of answering questions one at a time on her Tumblr, Lauren Hopkins plans to collect the most popular questions and answer them on The Gymternet.

Good idea. :-)

Has there been anymore information coming out from Canada about what the heck is going on with Victoria Moors? …

Who do you think USA is going to send to Worlds this year?

How do you think Russia will do compared to the U.S. at Worlds based on how the Russian Cup is going?

At what point do you think kids trying to make the national team should just go back to level 10? A certain age? Progression of skills?

To read the answers to those and more, click over to Gymternet – YOU ASKED, THE GYMTERNET ANSWERED!


The latest Gymnastics Canada post does not even mention Victoria Moors, by the way. Not a good sign. Without Tori, Canada’s team at World’s will not be a lock for Team Finals.

GymCastic – Women’s Prelims

If (like me) you are missing USA Championships 2014, the best catch-up is audio.

A full recap of day one of the women’s competition. We discuss:

Swaggie Maggie Nichols rise in the ranks

The ranging case of nerves that swept the juniors

Trends in routine construction for the top teams

How awesome Evan Heiter and Sam Peszek were at commentating LIVE

Favorites for World and Pan American Games

Adeline Kenlin and the coolest vault of the competition and Lexy Ramler getting the biggest cheers for her bar routine

112: Junior & Senior Women’s Prelims from the 2014 US Championships in Pittsburgh

Click PLAY or watch day 1 Jr leader Jazmyn Foberg’s FX on YouTube.

14.400 (5.8, 8.600)

Cordelia Price is a special guest. Ebee’s aunt, @CordeliaGymFan, is one of the sharpest eyes on the gymternet.

10 Signs You Are an Ex-Gymnast

4. When someone talks about going to the “gym” you still think of a gymnastics gym.

go to THE GYM

see the rest on Gymnastike – 10 Signs You Are an Ex- Gymnast


The listicle has arrived on the gymternet big time. Especially on The Gymternet.

I’ll capitalize the new website. Use the lowercase gymternet to refer to the old gymnastics internet.

Lauren Hopkins – The Gymternet

Lauren Hopkins is a long time Gymnastics pundit frequently posting on Couch Gymnast.

Her new site looks cool. Has a terrific name, And a great URL …


Check a sample post:


With the Secret U.S. Classic now officially less than two weeks away, we at The Gymternet want to introduce you to a few of the young U.S. elites before they make their big debuts in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on August 2.

1. Delanie Harkness
2. Aria Brusch
3. McKenna Appleton
4. Alyona Shchennikova
5. Margzetta Frazier
6. Marissa Oakley
7. Shilese Jones
8. Bailey Ferrer
9. Adeline Kenlin
10. Morgan Hurd
11. Maggie Musselman
12. Rachel Baumann


Click through for bios, photos and video.

The Gymternet

… Lauren aims to bring the very best coverage, interviews, contests, quizzes, features, and blogs from the people who really “get” gym – other gym fans. Combined with The Gymternet Message Board, Lauren brings an all-encompassing gym nerd haven for the fans who live and breathe the sport.

A New England native, Lauren is a recent graduate of Columbia University who currently lives in New York City. She is in the process of writing her first young adult book about elite gymnastics in an Olympic year. …

about The Gymternet

Like Couch Gymnast, this site will feature a number of different writers.

love Olivia Vivian

Listen to the audio interview. :-)

Australian Olympian, Olivia Vivian, perhaps the biggest ham in all of elite gymnastics, is with us this week!

She helped Australia to a sixth place finish, its best Olympic finish in history in Beijing. Despite a back fracture, a mangled hand and being normal height of 5? 6?, she’s made a successful comeback to elite at the age of 24, almost 10 years since she first completed at the 2005 world championships. We can’t wait to watch the Oregon Beaver compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month. …

GymCastics episode 101: Olivia Vivian

Olivia Vivian

inspired by Brinn Bevan

Click PLAY or watch a new edit on YouTube.

If you don’t know Brinn’s amazing story, watch The Hard Way To Success – Episode 8Brinn Bevan (GBR).

He looks a lot younger. :-)


Interview with Vanessa Atler

Like most everyone else, I was a huge fan of Vanessa in the late 1990s. And was disappointed that she did not make the 2000 Olympics for USA.


Looking back, I’m glad I did not make it. I believe with the frame of mind I was in, I probably would have gotten hurt or done terrible. But don’t get me wrong, to not be able to say I’m an Olympian still hurts me everyday. If the trials were in 1999, then yes I should have gone. But oh what a difference a year makes.

Triple Twist – Moving Forward- An Interview with Vanessa Atler

An excellent catch-up with the first American gymnast to compete Rudi on Vault.

Today Vanessa is a coach, a Mom … and an aspiring children’s book author. :-)


100 GymCastic episodes

It’s hard to believe that Jessica O’Beirne‘s ‘new’ audiocast has already posted 100 episodes.

Congratulations. I’ve listened to every one.

#100 is called Biomechanical Booty Advantage

100 episodes

Dr. Uncle Tim, Blythe Lawrence, Ev Heiter and the rest keep us entertained. And informed.


Two choices.

1. You can simply assume there is no privacy. No privacy online. None on phone.

Or …

2. you can try taking some small steps to discourage the NSA and other organizations from collecting data on you.

I’m switching from Google search to DuckDuckGo, for example. That might help. Apple is now offering DuckDuckGo as an alternative web search engine.

On the other hand, Google is responding to criticism, now offering end-to-end mail encryption, to try to make your email private.

reset the net

Watch the RESET the NET VIDEO .


Rick McCharles interview

Gigi Khazback Farid interviewed me on WOGymnastikA.

Topics include:

• banning the Produnova vault
• Vault landing mats
• restructuring of World Cups
• FIG Code
• FIG Sport Medicine, Sport Science, Education
• Gymnastics blogging
• Best of the Gymternet

Click through for my answers.

Catching Up With Coach Rick McCharles of Gymnastics Coaching

Rick and Amber

faster GymnasticsCoaching.com?

make-slow-blog-fasterThis site has been upgraded. (DETAILS on Bluehost PRO hosting.)

It’s been moved to a faster computer shared with only about 400 domains, rather than 3000 in the past.

The databases are bigger and, supposedly, faster.

Watch the upgrade pitch VIDEO.

Cost went up about 60%.

Let me know if YOU notice any difference in speed on these pages.