Our Olympic H Bar champion has a new website.
GymCastic has a cute new look, as well.
tumbling, tramp, diving, acrobatics, circus, cheer, dance, martial arts, X sports …
Media does not get access to the World Championships venue until September 28th, but we’re already anticipating a fantastic competition.
The airport is ultramodern, upgraded 2012.
Advertising for the competition is everywhere throughout the city. The budget, like this mascot, must be HUGE.
October 1st is National Day, celebrating the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. It’s the start of a week long festival. Flags decorate the streets.
Check the comments for additional information on whether or not this kind of cut and pasting is illegal.
Seems it is.
Gymnastike got back to me with this response:
That article from British Gymnastics is a press release. Below is a screenshot of the email that came to me from British Gymnastics and you will see it’s clearly branded as a press release. We get press releases from media sources every day. They want to get their message out, and encourage us to post it. It is in no way illegal. …
Apologies to Gymnastike.
Perhaps this is common practice. I still don’t like it. Some are calling it lazy journalism.
Gymnastike does not often link to other sites. They should not be surprised if that policy is reciprocated.
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This site is an aggregator. We link to good content wherever we find it — and try to send interested readers to other websites.
While not perfect, I don’t think there’s any other gymnastics site that tries harder to credit and promote the source of original content. With a lot of traffic, a link from Gymnastics Coaching gives increased PageRank to the sites we link.
On September 15th British Gymnastics put up a great post – 2014 World Championship team announced.
Soon after Gymnastike cut and pasted the entire text – British Gymnastics Officially Announces Worlds Team.
They changed a few words. With this credit – Release via British Gymnastics. (with no link because they don’t actually want their readers to leave Gymnastike)
Worse, they went through the British Gymnastics replacing the BG links with links to Gymnastike pages. Some BG links were left, so someone at Gymnastike went to the trouble of removing those links.
I checked, not a single link to British Gymnastics remained in the end. It might have been faster to simply write their own story.
This may not be illegal, but it’s
certainly unethical. I’ll continue my boycott of Gymnastike and recommend you do the same.
I feel badly for Anne and the other ethical people at Flocasts Gymnastike. But everyone I’ve spoken with feels you should work from within to address the many complaints.
"We'll work tirelessly to win back the faith of the parents & young girls who visit Gymnastike.." Couldn't agree more http://t.co/AtOPEXKGNx
— Anne Phillips (@annegymnastike) September 10, 2014
Gymnastike.org has been, over recent years, charged with plagiarism. Here’s one example.
I find the practice of editing a press release and changing ALL the links lazy at best, unethical at worse.
I don’t trust Flocasts. And will only rarely link to Gymnastike in future until I believe the corporate culture changes for the better.
Read the statement from Martin Floreani on Gymnastike. Sept 9th, 2014.
A personal apology to McKayla, her family and fans.
It’s far more credible than that of Joe Battaglia on Sept 3rd.
The entry, including 2014 McKayla Maroney controversy, has recently been updated.
Feel free to improve the page, if you wish. There could be more detail on content, contributors, etc.
Linked from that page is the Alexa rank of Gymnastike:
330,219 most popular site in the world
93,446 most popular site in the USA
For the first time I checked this site on Alexa, to compare:
715,841 most popular site in the world
185,885 most popular site in the USA
Joe Battaglia finally apologized. And Flocasts did finally remove the controversial post, 4-days later.
Better late than never. Thanks Joe. I trust it’s sincere.
I’ll continue the boycott, for now, waiting on response from USAG.
Best Joe let the Gymnastics experts handle Gymnastike.
Will be applying for her Chinese visa soon.
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.
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.
And the response was the wrong one.
@theworldgymnast Because we don't bury our heads in the sand on news just because the subject is uncomfortable.
— Joe Battaglia (@JoeBattaglia75) September 1, 2014
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:
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.
the fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT.. pic.twitter.com/hceQcOxYkJ
— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) September 1, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
4. When someone talks about going to the “gym” you still think of a gymnastics gym.
see the rest on Gymnastike – 10 Signs You Are an Ex- Gymnast
I’ll capitalize the new website. Use the lowercase gymternet to refer to the old gymnastics internet.
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:
12 NEW U.S. ELITES TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON:
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
12 NEW U.S. ELITES TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON
Click through for bios, photos and video.
… 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. …
Like Couch Gymnast, this site will feature a number of different writers.