The Routine Podcast – season 2

Gymnastics conversations.

With the NCAA season looming, the College podcast is gearing up for season 2.

Dr. Sloan Beard – GymnastFix

Dr. Sloan Beard, DC, MS, CCSP. from Alabama competed for Ball State. Now a chiropractor, she knows all about injuries.

Click through to listen to her interview.

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Click PLAY or watch Sloan on YouTube.

AP reporter Will Graves on GymCastic

Will Graves is a mainstream sports reporter who actually understands Gymnastics. He was nervous to be exposed as a fraud when talking to Spencer and Jessica, but I found his perspective legit.

(Says he’s been schooled by Nancy Armour and Scott Bregman. 😀)

All three attended Doha Worlds in person.

Will’s outsider’s perspective is interesting in every way. I particularly liked his view on interpreting Simone to the rest of the world. The general public might not know Gymnastics, but they certainly know the name Simone Biles.

Will agrees she’s the most dominant athlete in any sport right now.

In fact, he ponders whether her performance at Worlds prelims might turn out to be peak Simone.

Happily Will’s daughter just started Gymnastics. Hopefully she’ll get him hooked for many years to come. 🙂

Listen up:

341: The Call Is Coming from Inside the House

Men’s qualification highlights

FIG put together a highlights package of what happened day 2 qualifications.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

… or you could catch-up on by listening to GymCastic MAG day 2 – THE POMMEL-POCALYPSE

Median scores for all apparatus went up from Worlds 2017 to Worlds 2018. That’s expected over the quadrennial. … BUT median score on Pommels dropped 1.167. That’s no statistical fluke. There’s something wrong with that horse.

related – Russia, Xiao top men’s qualification at Doha Worlds

Sam interviews Shawn Johnson

This is the last official episode for season 1 of Sam Pezsek’s audiocast series.

It’s funny. They talk about their coaches. Recall times they tried to fool Marta. 🙂

Happily Sam plans 4 more bonus episodes interviewing her other Olympic teammates.

Sam Pezsek interviews Jordyn Wieber

Former roommates at UCLA.

Both felt they were the type of kid who wanted to work HARD every practice. Self-motivated. They feel that’s what you need to try Elite.

Jordyn’s been dating Chris Brooks for a year and a half. She’s coaching UCLA. He’s coaching men at Oklahoma next season. Long distance relationship for much of the year.

Neither Sam nor Jordyn speak in this episode about their personal coaches Marvin Sharp nor John Geddert. Sam does recall her first coach Peter Zhao fondly.

Listen online.

Gymnastics Nutrition – Nicole Jontony

In this episode Sam talks to Nicole Jontony, former collegiate gymnast, who is currently a sports dietitian at Ohio State University.

Sam interviews Doc Ali

In episode 5 Sam Peszek interviews Alison Arnold, a mental toughness coach for USA Gymnastics since 1997.

Turns out Sam had mental blocks on backward tumbling and Beam.

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