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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Venezuela’s Jessica López Takes 2nd AA at Nadia Comaneci Invitational

February 27, 2014 admin 0

(photo by jb) Venezuela’s two-time Olympian Jessica López Arocha competed in the 2014 Nadia Comaneci Invitational on February 22, 2014, taking second All-Around to Australia’s Georgia Godwin. The Nadia Invitational is a popular event, but one that does not tend to attract the very top competitors in international gymnastics. The event seems to appeal more to senior teams from second-tier […]

Russians Pavlova, Inshina, Pluzhnikov and Nekrasova now competing for Azerbaijan

January 28, 2014 admin 0

(photo by jb) International Gymnast was among the media outlets that reported in December that Anna Pavlova was to start competing for Azerbaijan, along with Konstantin Pluzhnikov and Yulia Inshina. To this writer, this is a terrific opportunity for Pavlova (pictured here competing in ESPN2’s Pro Gymnastics Challenge in May, 2012) to continue her career and compete internationally for as […]