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Oklahoma’s Unforgettable Season

Over on the open-to-the-public NCAA MEN’S GYMNASTICS ALUMNI Facebook page, there’s some good discussion on how the Championships could be be improved in future.

Coach Sommer feels Men’s teams could do a better job online. Using social media.

I agree.

There are some GREAT stories in Men’s Gymnastics. The 2015 season for OU, for example.

The Sooners completed one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history with their ninth NCAA Team Championship, two NCAA Individual Event Champions and 14 All-Americans.


Mark jumping


Click through. That photo diary of the Championships is a MUST SEE.

European Championships in France

The European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships have been held in France 5 times.

1963 IV Paris
1992 XIX Nantes
2000 XXIII Paris
2008 XXVII Clermont-Ferrand
2015 VI (Individual) Montpellier

Isabel Iz posted a brief history – When Euros are Hosted by France…

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@OU_MGymnastics #TimeFor9

OU wins their 9th National Championships. At home. Congratulations. :)

This is a team that will be remembered by history.

1. Oklahoma 447.050
2. Stanford 440.450
3. Penn State 439.500
4. Michigan 437.650
5. Cal 432.100
6. Iowa 427.450


MacLennan, Cockburn, Burnett, Soehn

The four athletes who will represent Team Canada in trampoline at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games were named by Gymnastics Canada on Thursday, three of whom have won five Olympic medals.

London 2012 gold medallist in women’s trampoline, Rosie MacLennan, is on the team, as is Karen Cockburn, a three-time Olympic medallist. Cockburn made it to the Olympic podium at Sydney 2000 with a bronze and then won back-to-back silver medals at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

On the men’s side, Beijing 2008 silver medal-winner Jason Burnett, along with Keegan Soehn carry Canada’s trampoline hopes in Toronto. Soehn is the defending Pan Am men’s trampoline champion when from the games in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011.


An intimidating line-up. Keegan Soehn trains in Alberta. The other 3 legends train in the host city. Trampoline is kind of a big deal in Toronto. :-)

Oklahoma Coach Mark Williams

5 time Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year John Rohde wrote the definitive profile:

… OU men’s gymnastics has had just four coaches since its inception – Russ Porterfield (1966-73); Paul Ziert (1974-83); Buwick (1984-99) and Williams (2000-present). Two-time Olympian Bart Conner put the program on the map, leading the Sooners to back-to-back national crowns in 1977-78 while being coached by Ziert, but no coach’s success is in the same stratosphere as Williams’. …

Williams personally has won nine NCAA team titles – six with the Sooners (one as an assistant in 1991) and three straight (1979-81) as an athlete and assistant coach with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. “I’m trying to win one for the (second) thumb at this point,” joked Williams …

Williams’ Winning Ways

Everyone is predicting Mark will win Championships #10 in 2015.