Defying Gravity – part 1

Defying Gravity is a 6-part docuseries that explores … Women’s Gymnastics through its greatest champions.

It’s playing on the Glamour magazine YouTube channel. The first 2 episodes are free without YouTube Premium.

I actually signed up for a free month of YouTube Premium so I could watch the rest.  Could be that getting rid of ads MIGHT make it worth the subscription.  🙂

Bart, Nadia, Daniella, Svetlana, Laurie, Blythe, and more.

Lots of Aly and Katelyn.

This feel good introduction part 1 highlights Floor more than the other apparatus.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I thought it was weird to include Shushanova doing a dangerous skill.

new film – Perfect 10

Blythe linked to a new movie that opened August 7th featuring a teenager who’s a gymnast.

Adult themes and language.

By the looks of the trailer it won’t be of any particular interest to coaches.

Athlete A – now on Netflix

June 24th.

Netflix now has the documentary on the USA Gymnastics criminal doctor

Athlete A is Maggie Nichols.

First, we all need thank Maggie, Sarah Jantzi and Maggie’s parents.

And we all need thank Rachael Denhollander and Jamie Dantzscher.

Now that the criminal doctor is in prison for up to 175 years, it’s easy to forget how difficult were those early accusations.

It’s easy to forget how many very smart people were fooled by the conman. Jamie — at the time — felt he was the only nice adult associated with USA Gymnastics.

The documentary is well done.  Recommend it to your non-Gymnastics friends. We can reduce medical malpractice and abuse in future. Protect athletes.

Revisit, too, the selection process for the Rio Olympic team. Certainly Maggie should have been one of the alternates.

An August 2016 article in the Indianapolis Star about USA Gymnastics protecting coaches accused of abuse leads to the explosive revelation that the USAG women’s team doctor, Larry Nassar, had been abusing athletes for over two decades.

This film follows the IndyStar reporters as they reveal the extensive cover-up that allowed abuse to thrive within elite-level gymnastics for more than two decades, the attorney who is fighting the institutions that failed these athletes, and most importantly, the brave whistle-blowers who refuse to be silenced.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

In addition to watching the documentary, be sure to listen to an excellent interview with Jennifer Sey on Gymnastic.

Sey is the producer.

Jennifer’s 2008 book Chalked Up is available in digital format with a new forward.

watch Sarah Thirkell’s COVID-19 story

Sarah is a dedicated Canadian teen gymnast locked out of the Gym by COVID-19.

She’s an aspiring film maker too.

In this powerful and personal video Sarah tells “it‘s OK not be OK right now“.

Keep moving forward.

A lot of us can relate.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Sarah created this video for a series of short documentaries inspired by experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. Alone together.

Full Out 2 – the movie

Full Out 2 – You Got This!

Now available for rental or purchase on Vimeo

It might be available elsewhere depending on where you live.

Spencer posted a funny GIF review.

The movie includes Chelsea Werner, a gymnast and model with Down syndrome.

Can the OU women’s gymnastics team win the National Championship without their star athlete Brenna Dowell who leaves the team to try out for the Olympics?

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on Vimeo.

OU’s Allie Stern competes on the vault during a women’s gymnastics competition between the University of Oklahoma and Alabama at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman Okla., Friday, March 15, 2019. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Brenna Dowell is her own stunt double

Brenna Dowell

Brenna Dowell will play her own stunt double in a movie that will be out later this year. …

… “Full Out 2 – You Got This!,” will be released this spring and available on Netflix this summer. It will tell the story of the University of Oklahoma gymnastics team and their quest to win the national championships after their star gymnast, Dowell, leaves to chase her dreams. …

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OU’s Allie Stern competes on the vault during a women’s gymnastics competition between the University of Oklahoma and Alabama at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman Okla., Friday, March 15, 2019. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Kerri Strug Biopic – ‘Perfect’

…  Olivia Wilde is set to direct Kerri Strug biopic Perfect …

The film, based on the book Landing On My Feet, A Diary Of Dreams by Strug and John P. Lopez, tells the true story of the gymnast’s triumph against the odds to win Team USA’s first gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. Strug was hailed as an American hero when she completed her final vault at the Atlanta games on a badly injured ankle …

The partners will likely be hoping for a similar trajectory to well-received 2017 sports movie I, Tonya, which scored breakout box office and multiple Oscar nominations.

Deadline

Andreea Răducan documentary – The Golden Girl

HEY – IOC.

Give Răducan a Gold medal for the AA at the 2000 Olympics. We’ve always considered her the deserving winner.

Shot in 2015 and 2016, the documentary The Golden Girl centres on Romanian gymnast Andreea Răducan, who won the all-around gold medal at the 2000 Olympics, only to be forced a day later to renounce her title and her medal following a controversial doping test. …

We meet Răducan, now a retired gymnast and a successful businesswoman, in 2015, as she starts to investigate the possibility of convincing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to give her back her medal. …

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Click PLAY or watch a highly dramatic trailer on YouTube.

Gymnastics and negative social media

some FANS are FANatics.

Fans experience euphoria during moments when play is going well for their team, and stress when play is going against their team. This tension between the two emotions generates an unusual sense of pleasure or heightened sensations. …

The more fans a sport has, the greater the number of haters, people who mostly participate in negative ways.

The sport of Figure Skating, I believe, has more haters than Gymnastics. Hiking far fewer. 

We have a lot of young athletes, so it’s even more important to protect. 

Best strategy is to BLOCK trolls when you first encounter them. Don’t engage — that’s what they want. Live in a social media bubble of people you like and respect. Ask your athletes to do the same.

When I think of FANatics I recall the 1996 film where Robert De Niro (the fan) is obsessed with baseball player Wesley Snipes.

Fandom to the extreme.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.