This week we are joined by 2018 World beam silver medalist and incoming UCLA freshman Ana Padurariu. Ana talks about winning only the 4th medal ever for Canada at the World Championships, how she dealt with the news of the Tokyo Olympics being postponed, and her plans for the future in regards to continuing elite and competing for UCLA.
Today we give up an update on gymnastics news for the month of July. We talk about British athletes Catherline Lyons and Lisa Mason speaking out about abusive coaches and culture of fear in British gymnastics. We also talk about the arrest and suspension of former USAG coach Terry Gray, Chellsie Memmel swinging bars and more! We also have an interview with 2-Time World Champion Grace McCallum. Grace talks about coming back to the gym after 3 months off, the Olympics being postponed, potential upgrades and more. Enjoy!
Today we weigh in on some "unpopular opinions" sent in by some of our listeners. We talk about if the American gymnasts are actually horrible when it comes to artistry, if gymnasts should be able to accept endorsement money and still compete in college, and much more.
Today 3 time Junior U.S. National Champion Kristal Uzelac joins us to reflect back on the ups and downs of her gymnastics career from training at Parkettes, dealing with injuries and burnout, and making a comeback at the age of 32 to end her gymnastics career on her own terms.
Today we have former University of Alabama gymnast, Tia Kiaku on the show to talk about the racism she experienced as a member of the gymnastics team, how it negatively impacted her mental health, and ultimately what lead to her decision to leave the university and the sport all together.
Whitney Bjerken joins us on the show today to talk about rising to YouTube stardom, NCAA eligibility, and how she manages doing the sport while being a taller gymnast (5'8"). Whitney also gives an update on how her shoulder is doing after having surgery in December.
Today we talk about racism and racial inequities within the NCAA gymnastics world, including the allegations made against the Alabama and Auburn gymnastics programs.
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Today we talk to Courtney McGregor about the abrupt ending to her college career, her experience competing in Rio in 2016, and what led to making the decision to retire from the sport and not pursue the Tokyo Olympics.
Today we discuss and review the books: Off Balance by Dominique Moceanu, Chalked Up by Jennifer Sey, Courage to Soar by Simone Biles, I Got This by Laurie Hernandez, Fierce by Aly Raisman, What Is A Girl Worth by Rachel Denhollander, Abused by Rachel Haines, and The Girls by Abigail Pesta. Abigail also joins us on the show to talk about the process of writing the book and some of the girls who bravely shared their story for the very first time.
Today we reflect back on some of our favorite gymnasts from the 2008 quad such as Petra Matthies, Shantessa Pama, and Hollie Dykes. We discuss what happened with their gymnastics careers as well as some of our favorite skills.
Today we discuss the suspension of Olympic Coach Maggie Haney and dive into the history of abusive claims regarding USA Gymnastics coaches within the last decade. We also discuss potential actions that can be taken to help bring about change in the organization.
Today Mykayla shares what it’s really like to be an alternate for the U.S. Olympic team: from the living and training conditions to being made to feel worthless. She also talks about finding her love for the sport again and how USA Gymnastics has changed for the better.
In today’s episode Mykayla Skinner discusses the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and how it will effect her plans to return to the University of Utah. She also talks upgrades for next season and shares her thoughts on the 2005 born gymnasts being eligible to try for the games.
Today we discuss our thoughts on the juniors who were born in 2005 being allowed to try for the Tokyo Olympics, which will now be held in 2021. Konnor McClain and Skye Blakely are the current juniors who perhaps have the greatest shot at making the team. Today they join us to share their thoughts on the news and their game plan moving forward.
Today we talk to University of Georgia senior and 2011 World Champion, Sabrina Vega. Sabrina recaps her elite and college career, talks about shifting her dream from the Olympics to NCAA gymnastics, and discusses becoming a college freshman at the age of 21!
This week we talked to University of Florida senior, Amelia Hundley. Amelia shares her favorite memories from both elite and college and talks about coping with the unexpected ending to her gymnastics career.
This week we discuss which athletes could benefit the most from the 2020 Olympics being postponed. We also discuss how this effects the college prospects of athletes like Riley McCusker and Brooklyn Moors. ALSO a possible Chellsie Memmel comeback? We think yes!