Utah on protests against racism

I’ve seen dozens of messages from gymnasts, clubs, organizations and Federations.  All wanting to be part of change for the better.

Here’s one from the University of Utah.

Some organizations are blacked out today in support of protesters.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

Ella Douglas interview

In appreciation of LGBTQ Pride Month, June in the USA, I’m linking to an entertaining interview on the Half In, Half Out LGBTQ+ Podcast.

Listen to out Canadian gymnast Ella Douglas who was Co-Captain of the MSU team in 2020, her Senior year.

Ella was totally accepted by her team after announcing her girlfriend. Coaches, friends, everyone.

Ella will be a volunteer coach with MSU next year now that she’s graduated.

Of course there have been other Lesbian WAG gymnasts in College Gymnastics. And some have been open with that to friends and teammates while still competing.

Click through to listen.

Courtney McGregor has retired

2016 Olympian and fan favourite Courtney McGregor from New Zealand has decided to hang up the grips.

With NCAA Gymnastics up in the air, Courtney won’t be returning to Boise State University. The uncertainty of the 2020 Olympics happening in 2021 is another factor.

Instead, Courtney will stay home in Christchurch and hopes to continue into Medicine.

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Click PLAY or watch a career highlights montage on YouTube.

Hana Říčná and her kids

Hana, David and Sandra were, where else, at home for Mother’s Day.

FIG posted an interview. David is graduating from Stanford. His sister Sandra is headed to The Farm.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

QUIZ – Do you know what the Říčná Salto is on Bars?

Hana Říčná … represented Czechoslovakia at the 1988 Summer Olympics, finishing seventh in the team final and 29th in the all-around finalShe won two medals at the World Championships, a silver on beam in 1983 and a bronze on the uneven bars in 1985. She also won a silver medal on beam at the 1985 European Championships.

Říčná moved to the United States in 1994 and is the head coach at Rise Gymnastics in Coventry, Rhode Island. Her son, David Jessen, is an elite gymnast who represented the Czech Republic at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Gators 10.0 for frontline workers

Florida Gators were killing it in 2020. Undefeated in the SEC.

Jenny Rowland – NCAA Coach of the Year

A huge bounce back after not qualifying for 2019 Nationals.

But rather than being bitter about the COVID-19 season being cut short, they send thanks to everyone flattening the curve, reducing deaths and bringing back the economy as quickly as safely possible.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.


Mattie Larson interview

Mattie is out in the real world, an emergency dental assistant right now during COVID-19.

From L.A., coached by Galina Marinova, they did a lot of ballet in club. Galina was strict about form and line.

Mattie competed for UCLA 2012 and 2013.

Click PLAY or watch a fun interview with Dave Lease on YouTube.

Randy Lane will coach newest NCAA Div 1 team

Congratulations to one of the good guys.

Randy has a wealth of experience from all his years assisting at UCLA.

This team is going to draw big crowds being in the greater NY City market.

Hannah Hartung interview

The daughter of Olympic great Jim Hartung just finished her first year at Eastern Michigan University Gymnastics.

Dad was all-around NCAA champion in 1980 and 1981 for Nebraska, leading those teams to four straight national championship teams: 1979–1982.  Jim is still at Nebraska as an assistant coach.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.