Ana Porgras interview

With Emma Bailey. Translation by Bea Gheorghisor.

Gymnasts more universally loved than Ana Porgras are rare. She defined the 2009-2012 quad, instantly becoming a fan-favorite. She won a bronze medal on bars at the 2009 Worlds, her first major senior competition …

Ana had an almost perfect 2010 Worlds (in Rotterdam) and she won the gold medal in the beam final. …

In mid-January 2012, seven months before the Olympics, Ana announced her retirement from gymnastics. The exact reasons were not explained at the time …

Ana Porgras: “Yes, if I could change anything I would.”

Elena Naimushina has died

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Amanda Turner:

Russian Yelena Naimushina, a member of the gold medal-winning Soviet team at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, died Tuesday in Moscow. She was 52. …

Her death was unexpected, Shevchuk told TASS News. He had recently spoken to Naimushina about the possibility of her working at his club, he said. He had expected to see her Wednesday after she returned from Moscow. …

Olympic Champion Naimushina Dies at 52

Click PLAY or watch her Kalinka routine on YouTube. (1980)

(via RRG)

Maggie Nichols 10s on all 4 apparatus

The major accomplishment of week 9 was Maggie Nichols completing the career gym slam with a 10 on bars, giving her at least one on every event. She’s the 9th gymnast to do this, following Sloan, Kupets, Kelly, Maloney, Lichey, Stepp, Kenoyer, and Marlowe, and is the second after Lichey to have accomplished it solely in her freshman year. …

Balance Beam Situation – WEEK 9 RANKINGS, NOTES, RQS UPDATE

Oklahoma freshman gymnast Maggie Nichols completed the “GymSlam” Saturday night by getting a “Perfect 10” on the uneven bars in the Sooners’ meet against Michigan. …

It was Nichols’ fifth 10.0 this season, which ties her with Haley Scaman for the most perfect scores in an Oklahoma career. …

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