new Rebeca Andrade interview

In this exclusive interview with ge , via video call, directly from Sangalhos, in Portugal, where she resumed training with the Brazilian team last week, Rebeca talks about the most relevant issues in this round: quarantine alone, the importance of the mother, the recovery from another surgery, daily racism, harassment in gymnastics, the Olympic classification and the desire to win a medal in Tokyo. … 

I’ve come here before, for competitions, and the people are really nice, so it’s cool. This contact with the Portuguese is very limited, mainly because of the virus. Better for us athletes. Here I have a room to myself. And the area that we can all be together is just the open area. Nothing closed. The girls cannot come to my room, and I cannot go to their room. But we have already done tests and everyone is fine, everyone is negative, everyone is in good health, thank God. Everything is going well. …

Yes, I watched “Athlete A”. I also watched the documentary that talks only about Larry Nassar (“No Coração do Ouro”). That’s it, impactful, heavy. I thank God that I did not go through this. That my coaches since I was little and now with Chico (Francisco Porath Neto) have always respected me. He always respected my mother (Rosa Santos), my family. So, something like that, so tense and difficult and abusive, didn’t happen to me. …

globoesporte (Portuguese)

New Aliya interview

Russia’s seven-time Olympic medallist in artistic gymnastics, Aliyá Mustáfina calls herself “unbreakable”.

Why? “Because I absolutely don’t care who thinks what about me,” she told Olympic Channel in an exclusive interview.

Since her country’s COVID-19 quarantine was lifted, Mustáfina is back to full-time training during the week and spending her weekends with her three-year-old daughter Alisa. …

The 25-year-old is the subject of an Olympic Channel film entitled ‘Life in the Day of Aliyá Mustáfina’ where she talks about how she always enjoyed competing against Aly Raisman and now Simone Biles. …

EXCLUSIVE! ALIYÁ MUSTÁFINA: “I’M PROBABLY THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO MYSELF.”

the Konnor McClain story

With the Olympics postponed a year, Konnor is now age eligible.

Her main goal remains Olympics 2024.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

University of Calgary drops competitive Gymnastics

Bad news.

The last Canadian University with an elite competitive program is no more.

Head Coach Tony Smith:

On June 30, 2020 the University of Calgary ended its relationship with the Competitive Gymnastics program.

With severe budget cuts from the Provincial government and the subsequent Covid 19 crisis, it became impossible to financially continue operating the program.

The U of C have developed competitive gymnasts since 1967, and produced CWUAA, CIAU, Canadian, Pan Am, FISU Games, Pacific Rim, Commonwealth, and World medalists. In 2008, half of the men’s Olympic team came from the U of C.

Many of the parents and coaches of the existing program are looking into a new facility, and hope to continue the tradition with a new club. It will never be the University of Calgary, but what we all learned from our time there can certainly be taught to future generations.

(I’ll stick around to help this one get started)

I feel like the luckiest Dino of all time, I spent 37 years at the U of C gym, and was privileged to train with, work with, and coach some incredible people.

There were so many individuals that influenced, inspired, and supported me to live my dream, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably one of them.

Die for the Dino,
Tony Smith
U of C coach
1989-2020