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.)

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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

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

Kyla

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

Kyla Ross retires from Elite

2012 Olympic team champion Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, who in the last three years has won five World medals, has announced her retirement from elite gymnastics and the U.S. Women’s National Team.

The youngest member of the Fierce Five that won the team title at the 2012 Olympic Games, Ross continued to compete after the Games and garnered five World, five Pac Rim and six U.S. national medals from 2013-15. …

USAG via email

With World and Olympic golds, Ross ready to follow her heart to UCLA
 

Read an elite career recap. Thanks Cordelia.

highest Jaeger ever?

Charlie Lakes – 1988 US Men’s Olympic Trials. His Tkachev is monster high, as well.

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Note he releases with hips NOT extended. The goal is more height, less rotation.

Over on NCAA MEN’S GYMNASTICS ALUMNI there’s a comment that Charles once trained straddle Jaeger with a late 1/1 twist out! I can believe it.

Eastern Michigan goes 196.6

These ladies have been killin’ it. Congratulations on making history. 🙂

The Eastern Michigan University women’s gymnastics team kept up their record-breaking ways today, Feb. 13, in a tri-meet win over Bowling Green and Southeast Missouri State. The Eagles were able to break into the 196’s for the first time in program history, finishing with a huge 196.6 to shatter the old record set Monday, Feb. 8, at Michigan.

“I’m obviously thrilled and extremely proud of the team,” remarked Head Coach Jay Santos. …

“We had a lot of great individual performances, but I think the highlight would have to be Natalie (Gervais) going 9.925 on beam with a gorgeous routine, and Lacey (Rubin) going right after her with a 9.9,” said Santos. …

EMU Eagles

NY Times – Simone Biles article

JULIET MACUR:

… “I’m not thinking about being in the Olympics,” the gymnast, Simone Biles, said. “Well, at least I’m trying not to think about it.”

Biles is the best American gymnast since, well, probably ever. She is 4 feet 9 inches, with size 5 feet, but there’s an unfathomable amount of power packed into her petite package. …

Biles wrote her goals for 2016 in a leather-bound journal that Nike, her sponsor, gave her after she turned professional last summer. When we met in January, she let me leaf through the pages. There was not one mention of a gold medal anywhere. …

NY Times – For World’s Top Gymnast, a Body in Motion and a Mind at Rest

Simone

Jesse Owens 1936 Berlin Olympics

Nick Zaccardi:

“More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” a one-hour documentary on the track and field legend, will air on NBC on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET. …

“… the story of a pioneering athlete, who in the face of racial discrimination at home and the horrific theories and practices of Nazi Germany, performed at his best under immense pressure,” …

NBC

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