Megan Marsden retired

Marsden, a member of Utah’s gymnastics coaching staff since 1985, plans to continue her involvement with Utah athletics as an ambassador for the department. …

… completed her 35th season on the Utah gymnastics coaching staff at last weekend’s NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. She has served as Utah’s co-head coach since 2010—the last four years with Tom Farden—who now assumes sole leadership of the program. …

“I made a decision several months ago that this would be my last season as a coach and I am so proud of this team and all they accomplished. …”

Utah Utes

Kaitlyn Schou – legend

Kaitlyn Schou hit all 158 routines she competed for Denver.

What a legacy!

Skinner’s record is 161 routines in series without a fall.

Oklahoma’s win streak ends at 121

4 consecutive national team titles. 121 straight victories — the third-longest winning streak in NCAA history for all sports.

The Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team’s historic run came to a close on Saturday night inside the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. The Sooners were narrowly edged in the team finals by the Stanford Cardinal, 415.222-414.556. …

“It was an amazing run,” said OU head coach Mark Williams. “It’s hard to have a streak of victories over such a long period of time and we were a little off tonight.” …

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Stanford upsets Oklahoma to win Championships

Unbelievable.

1. Stanford 415.222
2. Oklahoma 414.556
3. Nebraska 407.489
4. Michigan 406.354
5. Illinois 405.358
6. Penn State 399.725

After 5 of 6 rotations it looked like the Sooners had their 5th title in a row locked up. It goes to show anything can happen in Men’s Gymnastics.

Congratulations STANFORD.

shocker – Yul wins 2019 Nissen-Emery

OK. The vote was probably unanimous.

A bigger question is where Yul stands with the top male College gymnasts of all time.

Mark Williams’ secret

“People want to know the secret of Oklahoma gymnastics, the secret of Mark Williams,” said Guard Young, who competed for Williams on the U.S. National Team from 2000 to 2004. “Well, it’s just that the guy is a workhorse. His work ethic is second to none.”

In Williams’ own words, he has no secret.

“I don’t think there’s a secret,” Williams said candidly. “I think there’s a formula.” …

Winning formula: How OU coach Mark Williams became one of the winningest coaches in men’s gymnastics history

2017

History of the Ball Pit

Gymnastics foam pits were first. Ball pits soon after.

The invention of the ball pit (or “ball crawl,” as it was first dubbed) is widely attributed to Eric McMillan.

… In 1971, he was appointed chief designer of Ontario Place, an ambitious project that included a park, theme park, and the world’s first IMAX theater on newly built artificial islands just off the Toronto waterfront. Ontario Place was a visionary project, but it was missing something.

Striving for a more kid-friendly environment, the designer created The Children’s Village, a massive playground unlike any other, where youngsters could climb huge rope nets and soft pyramids, crawl through hanging tunnels, and jump on an enormous air mattress. “The Children’s Village opened in July 1972 …

McMillan did not install a ball pit in Toronto, however.

According to McMillan, that honor belongs to the ball crawl he installed in 1976 at SeaWorld Captain Kids World in San Diego, another of a handful of theme parks McMillan designed …

A brief history of the ball pit

How the indoor playground became a staple in our safety-obsessed culture

Oklahoma wins #116 in a row

8th consecutive Conference title.

Click PLAY or watch OU highlights on Twitter.

Yul won the AA.

IG magazine Hall of Fame 2019

Shawn Johnson
Maria Filatova
Ivan Ivankov
Li Xiaopeng

In addition to the Class of 2019 Inductees, the 2019 IGHOF International Order of Merit will be presented to Hardy Fink (Canada), the Director of Education & Academy Programs for the International Gymnastics Federation, for his 4 decades of leadership and service.

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