Olga Korbut balanced on the top bar

Please Bear With Me While I Rebuild Gym2Day After Site Crash

January 14, 2020 admin 0

The site experienced a crash in late December and I have not been able to recover it, so I am rebuilding, redoing each post one by one from text files, adding images and captions by hand. This will take a little while to complete, but I hope to have things close to back the way they were before the end of January. I’ll be leaving out a few old posts that may not be worth [read more]

Kristal on Balance Beam at finals of the 2001 US Junior National Championships in Philadelphia August 9-11, 2001

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

May 17, 2019 admin 0

The February 2019 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 marked by injuries and disappointment, culminating in not even being invited to the 2004 [read more]

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 events and set some kind of record for combined score. MG Elite’s Riley McCusker came [read more]

gymnasts on awards stand

Leanne Wong Avoids Errors to Take US Classic Junior Title In Convincing Fashion

August 1, 2018 admin 0

Kayla Di Cello of Hill’s had a good day, winning UB, with only a poor BB routine keeping her from challenging Wong for gold.(all photos are mine) Leanne Wong’s 55.35 all-around total was 1.35 points ahead of second place Kayla Di Cello of Hill’s at the 2018 GK US Classic, held Saturday July 28th at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Wong, of GAGE took first on vault (14.65) and floor exercise (13.4) and third [read more]

Olympus’ Vandertoolen (12-13) & Love’s Zhou (10-11) Take Hopes All-Around

July 28, 2018 admin 0

(All photos are mine) Alicia Zhou of Love Gymnastics took the all-around in the 10-11 year-old class by more than 2.5 points at the 2018 GK Hopes Championships held July 27 in Columbus, Ohio. Zhou took first on BB and second on VT and UB on her way to a total of 50.4 on the day. Baylie Belman of WOGA came in second AA with 48.7, despite a second on BB being her only placement [read more]

photo of gymnast Olga Korbut doing straddle leap on floor exercise

Vintage “Complete Book of Gymnastics” (1978) hardback features Olga Korbut & Other Legends of Gymnastics of the 1960s & 1970s

July 25, 2018 admin 0

David Hunn’s 1978 book, “The Complete Book of Gymnastics”, cover photo is USSR’s Maria FilatovaFor the next few days, I will be totally focused on the gymnastics of today and tomorrow, as in less than twenty-four hours I will be leaving for Columbus, Ohio for the GK US Classic to watch today’s top stars, along with the GK Hopes Championships, which is all about the future of the sport. This promises to be an exciting [read more]

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 a handful of 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 I know there can be other paths for a gymnast’s career, I generalizing here). In some cases, the gymnast may [read more]

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 24, 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 in January of 2014. Sang Lan’s story is similar to poor Mukhina’s, whose 1980 training [read more]

head shot of actress Maddy Curley

Maddy Curley Interview (part 2 of 2)

December 8, 2017 admin 0

In the second part of my interview with actress, screenwriter and former elite and NCAA gymnast Maddy Curley gets a little more serious. She talks about : Hollywood casting biases regarding women and the difficulties getting roles as a muscular, powerful woman; a wave of former elite women gymnasts hired to top NCAA coaching jobs; the current crisis in USA Gymnastics caused by the Dr. Nasser sex abuse scandal and the wider zeitgeist revolving around [read more]

Still photo from movie "Stick It" of gymnast Mina Hoyt (Maddy Curley) talking on an imaginary phone

Interview With Gymnast & Actress Maddy Curley

November 14, 2017 admin 0

(Photos: 1. Courtesy Disney 2. fotosportif.com/J. Bierbaum 3. Courtesy Maddy Curley) I recently had the opportunity to chat via email with multi-talented Maddy Curley, and she graciously agreed to an email interview for Gym2Day. Maddy is probably best known for her role as “telephone girl” Mina Hoyt in the 2006 gymnastics film “Stick It” (starring Jeff Bridges and Missy Peregrim), but she is also a former elite, a UNC Tar Heels all-arounder, an actress, screenwriter [read more]