Kristal Uzelac Back In The Gym: Can the Record-Breaking Junior Phenom Make a Comeback As A Super-Senior?

April 13, 2019 admin 0

The February issue of Inside Gymnastics contained the surprising news that Kristal  Bodenschatz (née Uzelac) is back in the gym in a capacity other than coach: she’s training for an attempted comeback competing in International Elite gymnastics. The story of Kristal’s career is one of unprecedented triumph & seemingly limitless promise at the junior level, followed by a senior career […]

GWU's Alex Zois atop the victory stand as All Around winner at 2019 Pink Meet

George Washington takes Pink Quad Meet, Zois Wins AA

February 10, 2019 admin 0

Host George Washington University emerged victorious at the “Pink Meet” quad competition held Friday, February 8 at the Smith Center in downtown Washington, DC. [This is the first NCAA meet I’ve been able to make this season (and Friday traffic & construction kept me from arriving until 2/3 of the way through the second rotation.] New Hampshire took second with […]

Simone Biles on floor exercise

Biles Dominant in Return, Owns 2018 US Classic

August 1, 2018 admin 0

(all photos are mine) In her first competition since the 2016 Rio Olympics, Simone Biles of World Champions compiled an astounding 58.7 score to handily take the all around at the 2018 GK US Classic July 28 in Columbus, Ohio. And if not for an unexpected fall as she absolutely attacked the uneven bars, she would have swept all four […]

Me and Morgan Hurd, who was on her way to the practice gym Friday afternoon.

At the 2018 GK Hopes Championships

July 27, 2018 admin 0

I am in Columbus, Ohio for the GK US Classic, which also includes the Hopes Championship, an important event for pre-elite hopefuls (no pun intended). It is a beautiful day and the mood seems to be quite festive. The event staff are all very polite and helpful, and the Schottenstein Center is a nice facility. I managed to get a […]

Jessica López of Denver U. and Venezuela's national team, here you can see the entire photo

In Through The Out Door: Going From NCAA to Elite Gymnastics?

June 15, 2018 admin 0

As most of you reading this know, the path of a serious female gymnast usually follows one of several familiar patterns. Of course I’ll first mention that anywhere along these various paths, injury may also bring the end to a career, which is an ever-present risk at every level of the sport (and also stipulate that for brevity I am […]

I posted about Mukhina earlier; Here’s a happier ending for Sang Lan, Chinese Gymnast paralyzed at ’98 Goodwill Games, gives birth to son in ’13

May 20, 2018 admin 0

I mentioned in a previous post about the Soviet-era documentary, how Yelena Mukhina, who was featured prominently in it (including clips that clearly showed the pressure her coach put on her), was only months away from her tragic injury. Well, in an attempt to counter that depressing story a bit, I shared this item on Anna Pavlova Online way back […]