Josh Dixon on the new Indiana law

Openly gay U.S. gymnast Josh Dixon is slated to compete in Indianapolis later this summer at the P&G Gymnastics Championships. Outsports caught up with Dixon and asked him about the new anti-LGBT law in Indiana and how that might affect him as an out gay competitor:

Josh“Personally, I can only speak in a positive light when it comes to USA Gymnastics and creating an open and inclusive space for everybody. It will be interesting to see what comes of this given that their NGB headquarters is in Indy as well as our premiere competition this summer. From the lens of going there as a top-level gymnast for a high-stakes competition, the added stress of establishments being able to discriminate against me because of who I am – well it disgusts me. …

Hopefully USA Gymnastics will do the right thing and move the P&G Championships to a state that has not legalized discrimination against anyone based on their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Out Sports

When Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law allowing the state’s businesses to refuse to serve same-sex couples on religious grounds, he knew the move was a controversial one.

Even so, he probably didn’t anticipate the level of vitriol that it would spark, much of it directed at him personally. …

NPR – Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Sparks Firestorm Of Controversy

related – 19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting.

homophobic States

One by one these States will eventually rescind those laws. Which will be the very last do you think?

Olympic Champion – Why sports are important

Rosannagh “Rosie” MacLennan (age 26) is the defending Olympic Trampoline Champion from London.

She’s a national hero in Canada. And an Ambassador for the Jump Start Charity. It’s supported nearly a million kids doing sport.

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(via 24 SEVEN)

should the NCAA boycott Indiana?

On USA Today, Nancy Armour proposes the NCAA boycott the State of Indiana:

The NCAA should be applauded for swiftly and strongly expressing its disapproval of Indiana’s new law that cloaks discrimination in “religious freedom.”…

“The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement shortly after Pence signed the law Thursday.

“We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.” …

NCAA’s next moves should be out of Indiana

That’s in reaction to dinosaur Governor Mike Pence signing the so-called “Religious Freedom” bill into law Thursday.

… Indiana protecting discrimination, effectively allowing businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs …

The 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships are scheduled for Aug. 13-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana. USAG’s offices are in Indianapolis.

I trust Steve Penney will quickly make a statement. Where does the U.S. Gymnastics Federation stand vis-a-vis the new Indiana State law?

Update from Steve Penney:

“USA Gymnastics provides the opportunity to participate in gymnastics to all athletes, regardless of an individual’s religious, ethnic or cultural background, or sexual orientation. One of USA Gymnastics’ hallmarks is its inclusion and diversity. We do not accept any form of discrimination toward our community or attendees at our events, and we are concerned about the possible impact of this law. We will work closely with the Indiana Sports Corp. and the mayor to better understand how this development might be contrary to hosting successful events that are open and welcoming to everyone.”

related – No, IKEA Is Not Selling A Rainbow Pillowcase Called “PUTIN”


But they should. :-)

how FIG values new elements

Experts sit in a room and discuss. Come up with a preliminary value. The full Men’s Tech Committee need to ratify the recommendation. Then it’s officially posted in an MTC newsletter.

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In this case they were submitted for Leyva and Dalton at Doha.


MAG has historically done a good job. WAG has been wildly inconsistent and hilariously wrong over the decades. The current Code still has two different spellings for the name of this legend:

Schuschunova (Bars)
Schuschunova (Floor)

Shushunova (Beam)

It’s Shushunova in wikipedia. Shushunova in the IG Hall of Fame.

via @theliukin

U.S. Juniors Jesolo training


It’s an impressive junior squad this year, featuring five young ladies who could all be contenders for the 2016 Olympic team, and then Victoria Nguyen at 14 already looks like she could lead the way in Tokyo. …

The U.S. Juniors Training for Jesolo

Norah Flatley, Jazmyn Foberg, Laurie Hernandez, Ragan Smith and newcomer Olivia Trautman are all eligible for Rio.

Victoria Nguyen is too young.

Here’s Jazzy’s Maloney + Gienger.


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Gymnastike is in Italy. Paid Gymnastike members can see plenty of videos from podium training. Fans love to make short GIF highlights of their favourite gymnasts.

Seems Gymnastike has asked some sites NOT to create nor repost GIFs from Gymnastike videos. From what I could find in an exhaustive 3 minutes of research, animated GIFs are “fair use”. Fans are allowed to make them, by law.

related – Beautiful Gymnastics – Notes on Jesolo Training Videos

Laura Jurca – Bars

Coach Lucian Sandu often seems to touch the gymnasts while spotting in competition. I appreciate his caution, but any brush should be a deduction. This is not the first time this issue has come up.

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via @theliukin

Aly Raisman on “body shaming”

Our Olympic Floor Champion is very well spoken. A leader and role model.

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related – Aly Raisman will grace the cover of the April issue of Inside Gymnastics.