IN THE BEGINNING … was Blythe Lawrence

In the early days of the gymternet, Blythe was the only trained journalist. To start she wrote for a site called Gymnastics Examiner.

Liked and respected by all, Blythe got called up to work for FIG in Switzerland. She speaks French. That helps.

When Aly Raisman asked her to collaborate on her book Fierce, Blythe left FIG.

Happily — for us 🙂 — Blythe is back posting under the name Rocker. Check a sample post with the highlights of this past weekend.

Follow Rocker on Twitter. Or Facebook.

Maggie Nichols on Cool Friends

UPDATE – Maggie seemed to suffer a minor injury on Floor this weekend. ☹️

Episode 2, season 2 is a good one.

If you are looking for life inspiration, follow Maggie.

Peng Peng on GymCastic

Listen to episode #346.

Peng is doing a number of event appearances this year as she’s no longer (finally) restricted by NCAA regulations.

Also, subscribe.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Gymnastics Canada rebrands

From here, we soar.

… pleased to unveil a new brand for the organization as we embark on our 50th Anniversary year …

… new logo, tagline, and social media handles …

Our social media channels have also taken on the new brand and bilingual identity @gymcan1:


Clothing featuring the new Gymnastics Canada logo is now available at our online store: http://shop.gymcan.og.

Gymnastics Canada 

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Easily the best edit they’ve ever produced.

Canada has never had a top notch website nor social media. This looks to me like a big improvement.

by site editor Rick McCharles is the sister site to this one. It’s dedicated to non-competitive programs at Gymnastics clubs, schools and … wherever.

“… where coaches, teachers, educators and program directors can discuss ideas, games, lesson plans, etc. … Everything non-competitive.”

Anyone can read and comment. But what we really need are experts in the field who will share their expertise.

Email RickMcCharles (a) if you think you might want to be a micro blogger on RecGymnastics.

Of course you can subscribe to by email or RSS.

Sam interviews Jill Hicks

… known as the “College Recruiting Expert” …

… Over time, the college recruiting process for gymnastics has drastically changed.

Jill’s consulting company, Jill Hicks Consulting LLC, strives to market her support for college-bound gymnastics to choose what the best fit is for them. …

To listen subscribe on iTunes. Or Android.

Or listen online from the I Have Cool Friends website.

Sam Peszek’s new podcast

I Have Cool Friends

Episode #1 is an interview with Mary Lee Tracy.

Samantha Peszek is on a mission to connect athletes, coaches, and parents with the best resources the gymnastics world has to offer.

Utilizing Samantha’s gymnastics network (she really does have cool friends), guests will be experts in their field and shed a light on hot topics, tips for improvement, and inspiration. …

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Click through to subscribe via iTunes. It’s free.

If you want to subscribe for Android or listen online, click through to Sam’s I Have Cool Friends website.

Sam travels a lot with her Beam Queen Bootcamp events and is very connected with coaches.

The Routine Podcast #24

Best episode yet, I’d say.

Our favourite mother and daughter interview team relay a good sense for what happened in St. Louis at one of the most exciting NCAA Nationals ever.

They want to celebrate the sport.

It was lovely to get to meet the duo in person outside the arena between sessions.

They have a charming interview with Michigan’s BRIANNA BROWN and her Mom. And some random coach.

To listen, subscribe on iTunes.