Ellie Black withdraws from AA

Bad news.


Olympic Champion Hashimoto Daiki

Age-19. Wants to be the next Kohei Uchimura.


To win gold at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and then defend his title at the 2024 and 2028 Games. (nikkansports.com, 04 Jan 2020; tokyo-sports.co.jp, 21 Jan 2020)

Japan looks to be the team of the future. Takeru finished 5th, age-18.

🏅Hashimoto Daiki 🇯🇵 Japan
🥈Xiao Ruoteng 🇨🇳 China
🥉Nikita Nagornyy 🇷🇺 Russia

Taiwan’s Tang Chia-Hung surprised. Qualified in 22nd. Finished 7th!

Full results.

Simone withdrew from AA

Jade Carey will step in as 1st reserve for USA.

Tripartite athletes at the Olympics

Every 4 years we have to remind fans that one of the goals of the Olympics is expanding participation to smaller and less developed nations.

They know the concept of China (population 1.4 billion) competing against Cayman Islands (population 71,000) is absurd.

The Olympic Games Tripartite Commission — for Tokyo — added over 100 athletes from about 90 nations in 33 sports.

In the past we’ve had gymnasts from nations including Panama, Yemen, New Zealand, etc.

Having Raegan Rutty represent in Tokyo is a BIG DEAL for the Cayman Islands. Cheering athletes like Raegan is one of the things I like best about the Olympics.

If you want to watch the BEST of the BEST in the world, the Olympics is not the right competition. Worlds has far more top gymnasts.

Oksana says Goodbye


Simone did the right thing

How many gymnasts in future will remember the time Simone withdrew from an Olympic final because she didn’t feel right?

This is a win for safer Gymnastics in future.

An example for coaches — in future — when uncertain about whether or not to include that difficult skill in the routine. Err on the side of caution.

Recall that tennis star Naomi Osaka recently took time off from competition. Smart.

A psychological problem can be just as debilitating as a physical injury.

Russia are Olympic Champions

Despite counting 2 falls on Beam, the ROC — like their men — are top of the podium.


Full scores.

Simone withdrew after the first apparatus.