Nancy Hogshead-Makar, CEO of Champion Women

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, J.D., née Nancy Lynn Hogshead, is an American swimmer who represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where she won three gold medals and one silver medal.

She is currently the CEO of Champion Women, an organization leading targeted efforts to advocate for equality and accountability in sport. …

She’d be an ideal President of USA Gymnastics.

Click PLAY or watch her story on Facebook.

In praise of Gymnastics in the USA

Once again USAG is headline news in mainstream media. Another self-inflicted shot in the foot.

Criticism is much deserved. Whomever voted for Mary Bono as President should recuse themselves from the next selection process.

That said, Tony Retrosi took the time to post some of the many excellent things that are happening in the USA:

Gymnastics IS GREAT- And we will make it EVEN BETTER

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—> worlds selection camp

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Steve Penny permanently ineligible

Confirmed here.

He also joins the short list of people charged with crimes associated with the criminal doctor.


Region 5 in Jamaica

Every year Region 5 sends a group of their top athletes and coaches to an international destination.

More than just Gymnastics, this is a life experience for all.

Click PLAY or watch the team on Twitter.

cannabis STILL banned in sport

… Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) would like to remind athletes that cannabis remains banned in sport, and a positive test for cannabis may still result in a sanction after October 17, 2018.

Cannabis will remain banned in sport in Canada because the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) follows the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List, an international standard that is not affected by changes in Canadian law. Once legal, cannabis will be just one of many substances that is legal in Canada, yet prohibited in sport. …

CCES Reminds Athletes that Cannabis Will Remain Banned in Sport After October 17

GymCastic on Mary Bono

If you blinked and happened to miss the 5-day tenure of interim USAG President Mary Bono, listen to GymCastic to catch up.

328: The US Worlds Team & CEO Dumpster Fire

Even if she hadn’t bothered to tweet her distaste for Nike, there are another dozen reasons she NEVER should have been put on a short list for that job.

Who thought Bono was a good candidate?

How many more times is USA Gymnastics going to fail?

Dan Kendig retires after 25 years

The university’s Athletics Department issued a statement Tuesday morning announcing his retirement was “effective immediately.”

Kendig decided to retire Tuesday after he and athletic director Bill Moos met to discuss possible NCAA compliance issues in the program.

Moos said the decision was not tied to any issue involving student-athlete welfare. …

“We had a discussion of some concerns in the compliance area and upon the end of the discussion he said he would choose to retire at this point rather than get into the season a little bit, because it’s just getting started,” Moos said. “Certainly, we honored his decision. It’s an ongoing matter.” …

Moos declined to comment on specifics of possible rules violations or the degree of seriousness.

“The NCAA will establish that,” he said. …


“I have had the great fortune of coaching at Nebraska for more than two decades and have cherished every moment of that time,” Kendig said in the statement. “My greatest memories will be the opportunity to work with so many talented and high-achieving young women who have excelled in the gym, in the classroom and in the community.

“I have worked with many great people at Nebraska and developed countless life-long friendships,” he said in the statement. “I am proud of what we accomplished and have been blessed with great assistant coaches and student-athletes through the years. I want to thank the great people of Nebraska for the wonderful memories.” …

Heather Brink will serve as the Interim Head Coach for Nebraska for the 2018-19 season. An NCAA All-Around champion with the Huskers, Brink has been an assistant at Nebraska for eight seasons, including the past four as Associate Head Coach.

Mary Bono resigns

Mary Bono was a terrible hire. Many red flags.

Best would be for USAG to name a permanent CEO. And not one who is a former Republican or Democratic politician.

USA Gymnastics Board of Directors via email:

The USA Gymnastics Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Mary Bono as interim president and CEO. Despite her commitment to the sport of gymnastics and helping the organization move forward, we believe this is in the best interest of the organization. We, as a Board, are committed to taking action when we believe a change of course is necessary and to being responsive to our gymnastics community.

While we continue the search for a permanent president and CEO and are currently seeking input from key stakeholders on that search, we remain steadfast in our efforts to fundamentally transform the organization at all levels to ensure athlete safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do. We are also committed to making sure that the focus remains on the athletes – including this week as our men and women head to Doha to compete in the World Championships. While we have made progress, we have much more work to do. This board is determined to take the necessary steps to support a safe, inclusive and competitive environment where all our athletes and members can grow, have fun and achieve their goals.

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