Peng to the Honda awards June 19th

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life after Gymnastics

HARRY MCLELLAN just retired from the sport.

In this article he reflects on what he learned. And what’s next.

I was a gymnast for 19 years. I began in Mommy and Me classes at age 3 and never missed a practice (by choice) until the day I retired as a senior graduate from the UIUC. …

Throughout middle school and into my adolescence I was known as “the gymnast.” I trained year long eating, sleeping, and breathing gymnastics. When I got to the collegiate level, this cycle only intensified.

Though I knew my career would last just until I completed college, the thought of what came next remained ever present but incomprehensible. What will it look like? Who will I be without gymnastics? …


Steve Penny, Lou Anna Simon to testify before Senate

Subpoenas were being served Tuesday afternoon on former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny and former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon to compel them to testify before a Senate subcommittee June 5 about failures to protect Olympic athletes from sexual abuse, a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY Sports.

Former USA Gymnastics women’s program director Rhonda Faehn accepted an invitation and was not subpoenaed, according to the person.

All three, along with former USA Gymnastics national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, had been invited by the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security at a hearing scheduled for May 22, according to the person. It was postponed when some of those who were invited did not agree to testify. Citing medical reasons, Karolyi did not accept the invitation, the person said. …

Rachel Axon and Christine Brennan

Ellie Black Canadian Champion 2018

The Worlds #2 looked calm and in control both days. She went 56.199 on day two and (I thought) could have scored even higher.


1. Ellie Black NB 111.607
2. Isabela Onyshko MB 106.406
3. Jade Chrobok ON 105.647
4. Brooklyn Moors ON 104.440
5. Sophie Marois QC 104.238
6. Victoria-Kayen Woo QC 103.646
7. Haley de Jong BC 101.756
8. Jessica Dowling ON 99.614

Shallon Olsen BC 29.100
Kelly Johnston ON 28.599
Ellie Black NS 28.300

Ellie Black NX 28.433
Ana Padurariu ON 27.832
Jessica Dowling ON 25.099

Ellie Black NS 27.408
Isabela Onyshko MB 27.358
Jade Chrobok ON 26.849

Shallon Olsen BC 27.533
Ellie Black NS 27.466
Isabela Onyshko MB 27.133

… Brooklyn fell day 2 on an amazingly high double front. She kicked open too soon.

full results

For the second year in a row I felt the Senior women looked very, very good. There are world class skills, sequences and routines being shown by many different competitors.

The top 10 doesn’t include many more contenders including Laurie Denommee, Shallon Olsen, Ana Padurariu, …

Rose Woo was there cheering her sister but did not compete.

Haley de Jong is the real deal. Rapidly improving as a Senior.

Canada has still not hired a National Team Director. Whomever gets that job is going to have a difficult time deciding who to send to Worlds 2018.

Ellie is the only lock in my opinion. After that you’d assume Brooklyn and Ana Padurariu for the AA. Shallon for Vault and Floor … though Shallon’s almost certainly not available. She’s joining Alabama in September.

But with so many contenders it may end up being the most consistent, healthy gymnasts in the final trails and selection camp. Bela Onyshko did not have her best meet, competes only Yurchenko 1/1, yet still finished 2nd AA.

Denelle repeats as CDN Champion

JO level 10 (16+)

She of the Yurchenko double twist and sky high triple twist on Floor.

1. Denelle Pedrick SK 74.646
2. Chloé Lorange QC 73.536
3. Emma Milne ON 73.185
4. Jaime Lister AB 73.098
5. Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso ON 72.761
6. Laurie Gagnon QC 72.710

full results

I hear Jaimie (one year left of High School) has not yet committed to any NCAA school. Just sayin’.

Denelle Pedrick leads JO level 10 (16+)

1. Denelle Pedrick SK 37.273
2. Chloé Lorange QC 36.861
3. Jaime Lister AB 36.611
4. Paula Urquidi BC 36.474
5. Emma Milne ON 36.436
6. Dahlia Solorzano-Caruso ON 36.387

full results

Denelle was L10 National Champion last year. She’ll try to defend in 2018. It’s a 2 day combined competition for the AA.