Bridget Sloan interview

She talks about choosing Florida … over Utah and Georgia. Bridget Sloan won 3 Championships with the Gators. Everyone expected her to go to Georgia.

She speaks about her coach Marvin Sharp for the first time.

When she first heard about his suicide in 2015while a College Gymnastics superstar — she was confused and angry. Bridget broke her phone in frustration.

Her Mom thought she should come home to Indiana. Bridget refused.

Her parents felt betrayed too.

In fact, she felt guilty that she’d had such a good career with Marvin Sharp. Good memories over the 20 years. Bridget was not a victim of her coach. She looked up to Marvin as a second father.

At the time Bridget decided to stay quiet. She did speak to Sam Peszek about it at the time. Sam had also trained with Marvin Sharp after the Olympics.

Listen on the I Have Cool Friends podcast.

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Annnd it's here… the last & final bonus episode of the I Have Cool Friends podcast featuring @BridgetSloan is out! We tell stories about training together, the Olympics, & college gymnastics. She even answers fan questions and opens up about our former coach, Marvin, for the first time. It's a really raw episode sharing things we've only talked about with each other. I couldn't be more proud of Bridge & the person she is today. She's loyal, caring, funny, & always answers my Facetime no matter what time it is (including this morning). I'm so lucky to have her as one of my cool friends. . To listen, go to the link in my bio or download it on iTunes or Android. Thanks to our sponsors @tumbltrak @destiraleotards

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Simone’s Undefeated ESPN cover story

At this point in time Simone thinks she’ll retire after the Tokyo Olympics.

Read the interview in Undefeated:

Most dominant athlete of 2018: Simone Biles

This was the year that the greatest gymnast of all time showed that not a damn thing will ever stand in her way

Gymnast Simone Biles
CREDIT: Danielle Levitt for ESPN
Hair by Janay Lewis
Makeup by Devin Harvey
Wardrobe Styling by Jennifer Bigham
Prop Styling by Leigh Gill
Madame T scarf by Pleats Please by Issey Miyake Asymmetrical star stud earrings by Sheryl Lowe
Faux Fur Jacket by Topshop

STILL trying to understand Olympic qualification

MAGnastics tried a hypothetical scenario using results of Men’s Worlds 2018 to decide most of the Olympians:

  • Team Qualification (12)
  • Individual AA Qualification
  • Individual Apparatus Qualification

Using 2018 rankings Olympians include: Adam Steele, Ireland, Tin Srbic, Croatia, Ri Se Gwang, North Korea, Eleftherios Petrounias, Greece, Lee Chih Kai, Taipei, Artem Dolgopyat, Israel, etc. 

Click through to see how it turned out:

Demonstrating Olympic Qualification Using 2018 Worlds as an Example

World Cup qualifiers are not included.

Petrounias

2018 Men’s Cottbus World Cup

Floor 

1 Artem Dolgpyat Israel 6.6 8.200 14.800
2 Casimir Schmidt Netherlands 5.9 8.600 14.500
3 Carlos Yulo Philippines 6.2 8.300 14.500

Pommels 

1 Lee Chih Kai Taipei 6.5 9.008 15.508
2 Weng Hao China 6.5 8.766 15.266
3 Saeedreza Keikha Iran 6.5 8.633 15.133

Rings 

1 Liu Yang China 6.4 8.800 15.200
2 Samir Ait Said France 6.3 8.600 14.900
3 You Hao China 6.4 8.433 14.833

Vault 

1 Igor Radivilov Ukraine 5.6 9.283 14.883 14.941
5.6 9.400 15.000
2 Huang Mingqi China 5.6 9.466 15.066 14.833
5.2 9.400 14.600
3 Loris Frasca France 5.6 9.166 14.766 14.733
5.6 9.100 14.700

P Bars

1 Oleg Verniaiev Ukraine 6.4 8.600 15.000
2 Dmitry Lankin Russia 6.4 8.366 14.766
3 Ferhat Arican Turkey 6.5 8.166 14.666

H Bar

1 Epke Zonderland Netherlands 6.7 8.166 14.866
2 Tin Srbic Croatia 5.9 8.833 14.733
3 Hidetaka Miyachi Japan 6.3 8.233 14.533

full results

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