Archive for August, 2008

Lots of good stuff in this Nastia article

August 3, 2008

Read it.  It’s packed with great little tidbits.  

Check out this tidbit:

For Liukin, of course, the benefits are more obvious. With a global sponsor, she (or, rather, her parents) can stop worrying about the expense that went into her years of becoming a Beijing contender and instead concentrate on gymnastics. 

This had me scratching my head.  The Liukin’s own their gym.  The expenses that went into her training couldn’t have been as big of an issue for them as it is for other gymnasts.  

The article also talks about the unveiling of Nastia’s Nascar.  It’s also Michael Phelps’ Nascar – He’s on the other side.  Anyway, the driver was having a twerpisode.  

“Obviously, Nastia Liukin is on this side,” he said, indicating the left rear door. “And she’s quite amazing. Obviously, I don’t follow gymnastics, but I hear she’s quite amazing.”  

WTF?  Of course she’s amazing.  Who puts a mediocre athlete on a Nascar?  I’m sure he’s 96.7% cool like most of the rest of the human race, but that was a twerpy thing to say.

Best in Texas

August 3, 2008

Alaina Johnson and Martin Parsley were honored by their peers at some banquet.  I don’t know what the exact awards were.  Best coach and best gymnast I think.  Anyhoo, I laughed at a quote from Mr. Parsley’s award.  I read “Never say Never…” and I said What?  Remember this quote of his from another article.  

“We are going to do exactly what we did at the last meet and then go home and watch the Olympics on T.V. like everyone else.” 

But then I kept reading and the quote finishes “…mantra towards life.”  Okay.  I guess that’s a bit different than having a never say never mantra towards gymnastics.  

Alaina’s award?  I can see how there might be humor in it but reading the nomination I’m like geeze, that sounds a lot like ‘you suck but you just kept on going.’

IOC won’t investigate age fakery

August 3, 2008

Perhaps in the future, China will be more careful with information involving its athlete’s ages.  I think they dodged a bullet or paid off someone this time.

High School tidbit

August 1, 2008

Here is an article about rule changes for High School Gymnastics.  At the end of the article it talks about the results of a participation survey.  

 According to the 2006-07 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, 1,516 schools offered girls gymnastics in 2006-07, and 18,929 high school girls participated nationwide.

2008 Tour has a website

August 1, 2008

There’s nothing on the website yet.  Maybe on Monday they’ll have something up.  I think it’s kind of lame to have all these ticket places out already hawking but not have your official info available yet.  What’s that about?  What is the holdup?  

This site has a picture of the tour poster on it.  I’m surprised to see that this poster has 7 guys and only four women on it.  Not that guys don’t deserve some publicity.  It’s just that women’s side of the sport is more popular so I’d expect to see more women than men on the poster.  Perhaps it is more of the same thing that happened in 2004.  USAG wasn’t as interested in the men.  They did most of their maneuvering to sign the women.  In a recent article about USAG’s No-Tour fiasco, it was mentioned that Steve Penny managed to get many of the athletes to sign except the most popular athletes.  Perhaps by “many” they only meant the women who were on the bubble.  Maybe the poster has more guys because that’s who initially signed with the Burg tour and the rest of the women haven’t been released by USAG yet or something.  

Hey.  I wonder what’s the deal with Paul Hamm and this tour since he’s not going to the Olympics this time?  Wow.  He was expected to do well and he signed before he broke his hand.  I wonder if there’s anything in his contract that says he gets paid less now.