The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

The Latest from Training (and Talking)

In verbal news, earlier this week Jazmyn Foberg and Laurie Hernandez of MG Elite both verbaled to Florida, because so is everyone. They’re not set to start competing for Florida until 2019 (which is like 2230 as far as I’m concerned), and so much can happen between now and then, but it’s worth noting that the Florida elite pipeline is just getting stronger.


Michigan held a scored exhibition last weekend. Gymnastike has a whole mess of videos if you’re into that kind of thing. 

There’s no need to pay attention to the actual scores because it’s the beginning of December, but having just 7 people making the top 6 right now reinforces the importance of those few top-level AAers like Sugiyama and Artz and how much the team will be relying on Brianna Brown right away. Her bars routine still needs some cleaning up but stands out as one with major scoring potential because of her release amplitude. Also note that they were missing Lauren Marinez with injury and Austin Sheppard with continued recovery (?).        


Cal – Is this the year Cal makes the top 15? If only because they have to train vault on the 15th floor.

Peng tells us about doing three events for UCLA (we’ll assume floor is out?). With Peng, Francis, and Peszek at the back of that beam lineup, UCLA is not allowed to be outside the top 2 or 3 teams on beam this year. Not allowed.  

LSU is working bars dismounts, beam series, and beam dismounts.

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