Stick Bonus? Say What?

June 15, 2016 admin 0

(Photo by JB) You might think that USAG elite events like the Secret US Classic or P&G Championships are judged according to the FIG Code of Points, period. The Code of Points is the Code of Points, right? Well…not quite. One difference is that in domestic meets, USAG has added a “stick bonus” onto all four apparatus. The stick bonus […]

Aly Raisman took first All-Around and on Vault and Floor at the 2016 Secret US Classic in Hartford, Conn.

Secret US Classic: A Case of Senioritis in Hartford

June 7, 2016 admin 0

Although most of the top US senior gymnasts were present at the 2016 Secret US Classic, the majority of them chose to skip at least one apparatus, so that the competition had the feel of baseball’s All-Star game, where the top stars play an inning or two each, in a game that doesn’t really matter. This narrowed the field especially […]

Jordan Chiles lost her lead after a shaky beam routine that ended with a sat-down landing.

Juniors Battle It Out At Secret US Classic

June 5, 2016 admin 0

(photos by JB) When the Juniors took the Podium for the 2016 Secret US Classic, Jordan Chiles was hot out of the gate, throwing a 15.65 on vault to start with, and leading by more than a full point ahead of second place after only two rotations. But she lost her lead in the third rotation by sitting down her […]

HOPES 12-13 division winners: 1. Sophia Groth of Chow's (center), 2. Ciena Alipio of WVGS (left), and 3. Addison Fatta or Prestige (right)

It’s No Secret: High HOPEs in Hartford

June 4, 2016 admin 0

(photo by jb) The Secret US Classic and P&G Championships is enough reason to head to Hartford, Connecticut, but since the HOPES Championship is the same day as the Men’s Day 1, I went a little earlier to be there Friday afternoon for the USAG HOPES Championship, an important developmental event for pre-elite 10-13 year olds. It really wasn’t much […]


Repost: Anna Pavlova Retires (with reflections)

April 4, 2016 admin 0

(photos by JB) [This is a repost of information I originally posted last December on the Anna Pavlova Online web page, and shared to Gym2day’s Facebook page, but hadn’t previously posted here] It is official, I regret to pass along that Anna has announced her retirement from gymnastics competition. She looks forward to a career as a coach (following in […]


Notes Taken During P&G Championships Junior and Senior Women, Session One

October 11, 2015 admin 0

[Photo is a selfie I was lucky enough to get with the wonderful and gracious Mohini Bhardwaj Barry, when I spotted her outside the Bankers Life Fieldhouse; I’m lucky enough to be Facebook friend with Mohini, and a few days before this she had publicly thanked me on FB for a sincere tribute to her distinguished career, posted on the […]


Delaware Junior Morgan Hurd Making a Splash in US Gymnastics

September 9, 2015 admin 0

Something I didn’t previously mention in debriefing the P&G Championships bears pointing out. After seeing her compete in both 2014 and 2015 and seeing her progress in that time, I’d like to make special mention of Morgan Hurd. I want to highlight her both because she shows all signs of being a rising star destined for great things, but also […]


In Indianapolis, I Saw the Future

August 18, 2015 admin 0

(photo by jb) The first big-time gymnastics event I ever attended was the 2001 U.S. National Championships in Philadelphia. One of the juniors was 13 year-old Carly Patterson (that’s a photo of her on beam I took there). Though she had recently won the US Classic, she had a disastrous day one, and while she climbed back to third overall, […]


2015 P&G National Championships Preview

August 13, 2015 admin 0

[Written in my Indianapolis hotel room the night before competition starts] (Above: Junior Olivia Dunne of ENA Paramus is, at 13, the youngest competitor at P&G this year. Seen here at 2015 Parkettes Invitational, photo by jb) The women’s competition looks to be outstanding, with a fistful of world champions and ’12 Olympians, including Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raismann, […]


Late ’70s Soviet-era Gymnastics Documentary features Filatova and Mukhina

June 6, 2015 admin 0

Here is a late-1970s Soviet gymnastics documentary aiming to show the hard work involved in gymnastics (and to make a heroes out of the coaches), and to deconstruct, on the one hand, the facile television glamor of gymnastics, and to manufacture, on the other hand, a sugar-coated version of the special treatment the coaches lavish on their gymnasts received outside […]

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