Trinidad and Tobago drama

Media is making something of a harmless photo 20yr-old gymnast Thema Williams posted on Instagram some time ago.

T&T gymnast, Thema Williams, fights ‘character assassination’ after circulated photo

I look forward to cheering Thema at the Olympic Test Meet.

Click PLAY or watch a November 2015 interview on YouTube.

related – LIKE the Thema Williams on the road to Rio 2016 Facebook page

GymCastic interviews McKayla Maroney

The blockbuster athlete interview of the year, I’d say. Episode 187: McKayla Maroney

McKayla requested a one-on-one with Jessica O’Beirne. 🙂 It’s wonderful to hear McKayla clarify a few things about her amazing career. (She trained Yurchenko double back. Marta freaked.)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Kyla and McKayla, who started together in the same training group, both announce they will not try for the 2016 Olympics the same week. This is tough on fans of the London Olympic gold medalists. 😦

related – Lauren Hopkins – McKayla Maroney Moves On

Canadian Gymnastics Championships 2016

Close to 1,000 athletes, coaches, and officials from across the country will challenge for titles …

The championships will be hosted by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta and will take place from May 31 to June 4 at the U of A’s Butterdome. This is the first time the Canadian Championships have been held in Edmonton since 1989. …

City of Edmonton to host 2016 Canadian Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics Championships

I’ll be there, of course. Alberta is my home Province.

As one of the Olympic Trials, it’s going to be exciting. 🙂


LIKE the 2016 Canadian Gymnastics Championships on Facebook.

official website –

Thanks Karl.

on Kyla Ross’ retirement from Elite

Reflections are still being posted. Kyla is very popular with fans, gymnasts and teammates.

Lauren Hopkins:

I started writing this but kept procrastinating and putting it off. Somehow, me not writing my goodbye will mean she never left. Right?

If you haven’t heard, it was yesterday afternoon that Kyla Ross – the 19-year-old who made her elite debut in 2009, won an Olympic gold medal three years later, and went on to win five world medals without taking more than a few weeks off – announced her retirement on social media. ..

Saying Goodbye to Kyla Ross


Arabian Punch Front:

What is there to say about Kyla?

Kyla is beautiful.

Her gymnastics is beautiful.

I will always miss her beautiful double twisting Yurchenko where she had a cat like sense of finding the landing. Uneven bars always served as Kyla’s claim to fame where a beautiful Jaeger and floaty double layout earned her a spot in multiple international event finals and even a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships. With Kyla fully extending through her shoulders, I suddenly was able to appreciate a bail to handstand. Something I never thought was humanly possible. …

An Ode to Kyla Ross

We can pretty much assume that Kyla will make more history as a UCLA Bruin. 🙂

related – High Profile Gymnasts React To Kyla Ross’ Retirement

Gymneo – Jaeger

The latest skill to be added to the English language collection.

Click PLAY or watch a teaser on Facebook.

Gymneo costs €199 for the first year or a renewal fee of €149.  The services are equivalent whether someone subscribes to the English or French version.

If you go to the French homepage – – click on “Sign in,” then enter the same login information you use for the English site you now get access to all video, including the skills in French.

Coaches who would like to subscribe and take advantage of dual access must register on the English site –


Awesome video editing. 🙂

The spot, created by Droga5, is similar to previous work for the “Rule Yourself” campaign, which in the past has tapped celebrities including Misty Copeland and Stephen Curry. It once again focuses on the immense amount of training athletes put in every day and emphasizes their strength. …

Under Armour Showcases Sheer Strength and Dedication of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team

#RuleYourself #IWILL

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Here’s the Facebook version if you’d like to share it there.