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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 is (as of 2016) .1 for really nailing a landing. All USAG international elite and [read more]

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 because she is from my home state and trains at a gym just a dozen [read more]

In Indianapolis, I Saw the Future

August 18, 2015 admin 0

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, she only placed in the top six on one event. Not the kind of consistency that usually impresses [read more]

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

August 14, 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 friends with Mo, and a few days before this she had publicly thanked me on FB for a sincere tribute to her distinguished career, which I had posted on the occasion of her upcoming induction into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. [read more]

2015 P&G US National Championships Preview

August 13, 2015 admin 0

[Written in my Indianapolis hotel room the night before competition starts] The women’s competition looks to be outstanding, with a fistful of world champions and ’12 Olympians, including Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raismann, MyKayla Skinner, and junior national all-around champion Bailie Key from powerhouse Texas Dreams gym, who made her senior debut at the Secret US Classic and placed an impressive fourth all-around against much the same field. have tons of experience, with fully [read more]