Zou Kai is back

Though he’s not competed since 2014, the veteran is listed to compete the Doha World Cup.


With a total of five gold medals and one bronze, Zou currently holds the record for most Olympic gold medals won by any Chinese athlete in Olympic history, and is tied for the record of most medals won overall. …

Zou Kai, a Sichuan native, auctioned off one of his Olympic gold medals in 2008, donating all proceeds to fund relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

Thanks Ono.

NCAA Power Rankings Week 8

These are not any kind official rankings, but rather the stories, people, topics and/or events of interest from last week according to MCSMaria. 🙂

# 1 LSU at Florida – Florida’s home scoring benefits the visiting team, LSU

# 2 Oklahoma meet commentary by Kelly Garrison

# 3 OSU’s Maddie Gardiner

# 4 Epic Beam Saves

# 5 OSU’s Risa Perez

# 6 Denver’s Julia Ross

# 7 Push to the Post Season

NCAA Power Rankings Week 8

Click through for the details. 🙂

Here are those epic Beam saves.

Click PLAY or watch Nicki Shapiro on twitter.

Click PLAY or watch Risa Perez on Facebook.

crop tops for Gymnastics training

In some parts of the world – Australia, for example – separates are more popular than leotards for training.

crop top for sport

But in North America they are the exception, not the norm. Crop tops are worn on very hot days in a few Gyms, for the most part.

Chalk Bucket has a thread on this topic right now. Comparing club policies.

Even odder for those in the general public not familiar with Gymnastics training is the tradition in Men’s Gymnastics of training shirtless.

Chinese gymnasts

USA international assignments

Leslie King via email:

MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics, was chosen for the World Cup in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 12, with Amelia Hundley of Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics, heading to the World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 19.

With an eye toward the future, a young, talented group of four juniors were selected to compete in the upcoming Gymnix International in Montreal, Que., Canada. The team for Gymnix, along with the senior level assignments, is listed below.

Gymnix International, Montreal, Que. Canada, March 4-6
Jordan Chiles, Vancouver, Wash./Naydenov Gymnastics
Emma Malabuyo, Flower Mound, Texas/Texas Dreams
Gabby Perea, Geneva, Ill./Legacy Elite Gymnastics
Deanne Soza, Orem, Utah/Arete Gymnastics


AT&T American Cup, Newark, N.J., March 5
Gabrielle Douglas, Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics
Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters

World Cup, Stuttgart, Germany, March 19
Amelia Hundley, Hamilton, Ohio/Cincinnati Gymnastics

Based on performances at the training camp, Ashton Locklear of Hamlet, N.C./Everest Gymnastics, Hundley, Malabuyo, Perea and Soza were added to the national team.

I expect to attend the Calgary International Cup.

related – Akash Modi will represent USA at the Glasgow World Cup.