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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]