Archive for April, 2008

Next year’s NCAA smack talk?

April 29, 2008

This article has some snappy quotes from the press conferences before NCAA championships.  Apparently, there was an exchange between Suzanne Yoculan and Valerie Kondos Field.  

SY:  UCLA won that year, she said, because “She out-coached me that night in 2001.”

VKF:  “I plan on doing it again,”.

Fast forward and UCLA didn’t even make finals.  Goodness.  Maybe she meant she planned on doing it again – eventually.  Not necessarily at this particular championships.  Anyway, I fully expect to see this exchange to be referenced again in 2009.  

Get a job at Legoland

April 29, 2008

Wanted:  Experienced male gymnast (aka someone who can do a round off, back handspring; round off, back tuck; a clean dive roll; maybe even giants – WOW!)  $21.00 an hour.  

Samantha Peszek’s training schedule

April 29, 2008

Sam trains six days a week from 1 pm to “6:30 or 7-ish” according to this article.  The article also says that this routine is required in order to be part of the team in Beijing.  I thought Martha preferred two-a-day workouts.  three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon.  Not one six hour block everyday.  I don’t see why she would require a routine that she doesn’t prefer.  I’m not even sure the writer is talking about the number of hours Sam trains.  Shawn Johnson famously trains 25 hours a week.  I’ve heard she has added more hours to work on her flexibility but I doubt it’s 10 or 11 more hours to make it 36.     

Age fakery sucks

April 26, 2008

northernriver at Difficulty Plus Execution has a post about the Chinese and their age faking.  There is no way to truly prove that they do it because it can be chalked up to “sloppy paperwork” rather than just sloppy cheating.   

I really can’t stand cheating and if the rules have to be rewritten until such time that age limits can actually be enforced across the board then that’s what should happen.  Then the chinese can fill their team with 13 year olds all they want and play the” young kids big tricks” gamble.  That is, great when they hit but seemingly so much more prone to crumbling!  

The Chinese coaches seem to love to gamble even though it’s bitten them in the ass so many times.  I wonder if they do it because they don’t want to lose with a less risky team and have to explain why they didn’t take the gymnasts that could’ve gotten the highest scores.  On the one hand, losing is losing.  On the other, I can understand if they would rather take a big risk and lose big rather than take a smaller risk and lose by just a tiny bit.  With all the Chinese have to offer, if they could learn to diversify they would finally be as unstoppable as they can be.  

You want to know what legendary team was masterful at diversification?  The Soviets.  It always seemed like when they stood on the podium, nobody was ever the same size because their team was made up from their best new tricksters up to their elegant grande dames.  Knowing how to put together a team was an important part of Soviet success in gymnastics.  

“Are these people famous?”

April 22, 2008

Taniaanthony has posted a vid of the US team working out at Chelsea Piers prior to the American Cup.  

Mattress of Champions

April 22, 2008

Bemco has been a USAG sponsor since 1990.  They’ve released some new gymnastics themed ads that feature Alexander Artemev and Chellsie Memmel.  

USAG is looking for a new Marketing Coordinator

April 22, 2008

Is this you? 

“Minimum Qualifications:

Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree; a Business or Sports Management degree is preferred. One year of professional experience required. Sports industry experience preferred. The preferred candidate must have effective oral and written communication skills, customer service skills, and problem solving ability. Strong organizational skills and ability to balance multiple tasks are critical. Attention to detail and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications required. Position is full-time, non-exempt staff position. The position will require weekend work and irregular hours. Event travel will be required. Candidate must be capable of lifting up to 30 pounds.”

USAG seems to have had some fierce suckage going on in the marketing department for quite some time now.  Maybe you could be the cure.  


Also, this job posting appears on a site called US National Governing Body Jobs.  Specialty job boards are the shizzle.  

USA Gymnastics collegiate meets?

April 22, 2008

 USA Gymnastics has a collegiate championships every year.  As far as I know, they don’t seem to have any collegiate meets other than that.  I’ve always thought this was a little weird.  Every year the meet just pops up out of the blue.  Then the collegiate division just fades away until the next year.  

Tina Wise is going to level 8 regionals

April 22, 2008

This mother of two is 38 years old and trains 8 hours a week.  She placed 7th of 26 Senior C (15 and up) gymnasts at the Maryland state meet.  She placed 4th, 5th, 22nd, and 13th on vault, bars, beam and floor.  Her scores were 8.8, 8.850, 7.850, and 8.825 for an All Around total of 34.325.  


Don’t watch. Watch out.

April 20, 2008

Gymnastics themed malware.  Ain’t that a shame.  This McAfee page talks about a flash movie that starts out with gymnastics and then shows some Tibet related protest stuff.  The program puts a keylogger on your computer and erases some files.