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LSU’s upgraded training facility

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(via College Gymnastics Board)

Cal Men’s Gymnastics 2015

Fun edit. Watch for coach McClure dancin‘.

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Sarah Finnegan to LSU

The rumours were true.

The LSU gymnastics team added one of the nation’s top recruits when Sarah Finnegan signed her National Letter of Intent with the Tigers Monday. …

… Finnegan is a senior international elite gymnast who served as an alternate for the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic team, known as the “Fierce Five,” that won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. …

“I have to give a lot of credit to (LSU associate head coach) Jay (Clark) because he has worked so hard in his consistent, tenacious effort to recruit the best gymnasts to LSU. Sarah certainly fits in that category along with our other signees Lexie Priessman, Julianna Cannamela, McKenna Kelley and Kaitlyn Szafranski.” …

They will enroll at LSU in 2015 and compete as freshmen for the Tigers in the 2016 season. …


LSU Sports

A record tying eight LSU gymnastics meets will be televised during the 2015 season, ESPN and the Southeastern Conference office announced ….

The stars are aligning for LSU. How long could it be before they win a National Championships?

Click PLAY or watch highlights from their Nov 7th mock meet on YouTube. A little rough, I thought.

(via GymCastic)

2015 NCAA gymnasts sign

Balance Beam Situation:

Ah, yes. NLI week. The time of year where schools can finally publicly acknowledge what they’ve known for the last 3-5 years and announce which gymnasts will be joining their teams for the 2015-2016 season. …

Just to review, NLI stands for National Letter of Intent

NLI Week 2015-2016

Click through to see the list of top schools.

“We are thrilled about our 2015 recruiting class,” said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field.

“With the addition of Macy Toronjo, Madison Kocian and Simone Biles, we are bringing in not only talent but a lot of competitive experience and rock-solid character.

… Simone Biles is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, recruitable talent in NCAA history. Her explosive gymnastics and energetic personality are contagious and are elements we’re hoping will permeate throughout our team.

All three of these student-athletes are great gymnasts who have strong personal character and represent all that UCLA Gymnastics has been built on.”


Biles and Kocian plan to defer enrolment until after the 2016 Olympics.

Larry G Nassar adds important commentary:

I have a love/hate relationship at this time of the year.

I love seeing all the seniors finally signing their college letters to confirm their NCAA Gymnastics dreams!! I search facebook and instagram looking for all the pictures and praises!!

I hate thinking how horrible it is for all those seniors that were injured or just needed one more year to be at the level needed to do college gymnastics. But, here they sit, with no scholarship since the NCAA schools have tied up their scholarships with 8th and 9th grade children. There is just something wrong with that. Just not right. Makes me sad.

Champions are made …

11yr-old golfer commits to NCAA

Brad Dalke was 12 years old in the summer of 2010, and entering the seventh grade, when he announced a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma.

Dalke has been trumped by a full year. Last month, 11-year-old Ben James of Milford, Conn., told Connecticut head coach Dave Pezzino he plans to carry a UConn bag beginning in the fall of 2021. …

James Golf

Golf Week – 11-year-old commits to Connecticut

How much stupider can this get?

Can I verbally commit my unborn daughter to compete for OSU?

Georgia Gymnastics intro

Video scoreboard intro for the 2014 Georgia Gym Dogs vs Florida

Georgia Gym Dogs Hype: So Sick from Georgia Gymnastics on Vimeo.

Thanks Jordyn.

Glenville – Acrobatics & Tumbling


GLENVILLE, W. Va. – Glenville State College … announced the addition of Acrobatics & Tumbling as the College’s 13th varsity sport. In addition, Amber King has been named the program’s first head coach …

Glenville State … is a member of the Mountain East Conference, an NCAA Division II-affiliated conference …

Intending to begin competition in 2016, Glenville State becomes the 12th member of the NCATA, further bolstering the presence of the sport in the Mountain State as the third member from the state of West Virginia, joining Alderson-Broaddus College in Phillipi, and Fairmont State University in Fairmont. …


Glenville State College Adds Acrobatics & Tumbling

related – what is “Acrobatics & Tumbling”?

NCAA Vault – a stick contest

Since College judges do not much reward height, distance or body position, getting a good score is pretty much determined by the landing.

Click PLAY or watch Utah training landings on YouTube.

hmm … Victoria Moors at UCLA?


Some of the UCLA crew is in Toronto as the new Gymnastics movie is being filmed there.

Real Val and fake Val (Jennifer Beals) ????

A photo posted by Victoria Moors???? (@victoriamoors_) on

via GymFever2012

Two 2 UCLA Olympians (@jordyn_wieber @samanthapeszek) are visiting Toronto, as well.

LSU training

Here’s a chance to see their upgrading facility.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via College Gymnastics Board)

Jennifer Beals as Miss Val

BealsJennifer Beals has joined the cast of Sean Cisterna’s Full Out, a inspirational sports movie based on the true story of Ariana Berlin, a California gymnast …

Beals will play UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field, who helped Berlin return to her school’s gymnastics team and win an NCAA championship. …

The ‘Flashdance’ star plays a UCLA coach alongside co-star Ana Golja of ‘Degrassi’ fame

Hal Frey dead at 90

Hal Frey was the ‘indispensable man’ for Cal and USA Gymnastics,” said former Golden Bear Ron Bell (’79). “He was a powerhouse coach and motivator, a keen organizer, a visionary inventor and masterful showman and promoter of gymnastics. Dr. Frey, as we liked to call him, was as close as one could come to perpetual motion. He created an environment at Cal where young motivated men could reach their potential and beyond, where champions were inevitable.”

Frey served the Golden Bear gymnastics program for more than four decades, including 27 years as head coach from 1958-69 and 1971-83 …

“Dr. Frey came into the gym every couple of weeks during my first few months on the job,” said Cal head coach Brett McClure. “I could instantly see the joy he had watching the guys train and how proud he was of the team. We will continue his legacy as he had hoped and continue the excellence he created here at Cal. He will be deeply missed by the entire gymnastics community.” …

“Hal Frey was a great example for me,” said former head coach Barry Weiner. “Not only did Hal have an excellent record evidenced by his USAG Hall of Fame career, but his love of Cal was infectious. …

Former Gymnastics Coach Dr. Hal Frey Passes Away

Dr Frey
photo via Dave Demanty

Hal Frey was one of my first Gymnastics Summer Camp directors.

Rest in peace.