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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.

Gymnastics Bible on twitter

I saw a number of female gymnasts retweeting @GymnastBible.

It’s pretty funny. A few samples:

NEW – Israeli Gymnastics blog

Looks good.


Here’s a sample:

Israel’s top gymnast, Alex Shatilov, is heading to Sofia as the reigning European champion on floor exercise, and with a high bar final under his belt from Moscow. Sofia is yet another stop on his route to Worlds later this year, and yet another run for a 3rd straight Olympic floor final in 2016, or is it? …

Click PLAY or watch his FX with double full-in, pike out on YouTube.

see more – Spotlight: Shatilov

Could he make the H Bar final at European Championships?

Alexander Shatilov doing amazing high bar combination F+D+D kollman+kovacs+gaylord2

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

GBR at Europeans

Promo video.

… 12th to the 25th May.

For the very first time, BGtv will be uploading every routine from the junior competitions — you won’t find them anywhere else.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The 3 best organizations at communicating their stories are USA, FIG and GBR.

related – British Teams Selected for 2014 European Championships

Octavian Bellu now on Facebook

Looks legit.

He joined April 28th.

Bellu Facebook

Belu on Facebook

mustdefine quotes the Romanian coach:

Yes, this time it’s true, this is an official page and I owe this to Diana and Larisa, our ‘specialists’ in the field.

I will try to get into the swirl of the internet and I hope I can keep up with it these day when I’m really busy. …

GymCastic episode 86

GymCastic episode 86: British Championships & Doha World Cup

One of the most entertaining to date.

Emma Bailey @MoominWhisky was a treat as special guest.

Speculating on England’s Commonwealth and European Championships teams, consensus was that Louis Smith will make Commonwealth’s, but not Europeans.

Listen to the audiocast.

 British all-around Champions, Rebecca Tunney and Max Whitlock. Why is his cup so much bigger than hers?!

British all-around Champions, Rebecca Tunney and Max Whitlock. Why is his cup so much bigger than hers?!