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Things Are Happening – May 12, 2020

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A. USA is canceled

USAG announced today that the 2020 editions of Classic and Nationals are officially off and that we all just have to reset for the 2021 editions instead. Sigh. Previously, the party line had been that these events were postponed and that USAG would reassess possibilities for holding them in late summer or fall, but that always seemed like a pipe dream. You can’t really set a date (or venue) for nationals if you can’t set a date for athletes to return to their gyms first.

In a statement, USAG said, “Listen up, pee heads, we have literally no reason to try to organize these meets without crowds because then we can’t charge 8 million gold bars per ticket—or, I mean, after consulting with public health experts and in an effort to protect of our community and the wider world, we will not hold nationals this year.”

This follows what is becoming a pretty familiar pattern where the money sports desperately try to bend themselves into pretzels to get going again this summer, while the no-money sports recognize that they do not have the clout or incentive to make that happen and are refocusing on 2021.

Because it’s about the athletes.

B. Everyone else, also canceled

Since last we spoke re: things and happening, further details emerged about the complaints against Maggie Haney, largely revealing that she’s not just mean but also stupid (I mean, the period stuff, come on). The stories in this article are harrowing to say the least, and I would like to see an official response from those coaches who were rolling around Facebook a couple days ago being like, “IT’S JUST COACHING TOUGHEN UP DON’T QUIT JUHFLRFRRRFFRRR.”

Proposal of the day: This should be the biggest complaint you have about a coach

Sydney Freidin would also like you to know that this is far from a one-coach problem.

C. NCAA developments

The fact that nothing exists anymore has not stopped the usual revolving door of NCAA gymnasts, so here’s a rundown of the latest moves.

Mostly, it’s about Nebraska. So far this offseason, we’ve learned that Abby Johnston is transferring to Arkansas, Kaylee Quinn is transferring to Alabama, and that Ady De Jesus has been dismissed from the team for an undisclosed rule violation. Put that together with the departure of the 2020 seniors Taylor Houchin and Sierra Hassel, and we’re looking at a very different Nebraska squad for…the next time there might be a season. They’ll be relying on former junior elite Kinsey Davis and Canadian elite Chloe Lorange to do a lot right away.

Also, Nebraska…you OK?

In other developments, Hunter Dula has taken a medical retirement at Utah, but Utah also announced that Alani Sabado is joining a year early. Look how that worked out. Sabado was 3rd AA at JO nationals last year in the Junior E division and therefore will basically have never competed as a senior before she starts at Utah.

Our first members of LIU’s inaugural team are also coming in, the name of the group so far being former junior elite Cael Bixler. Bixler was a fetus-verbal to Oklahoma way back in the day, but that never materialized and she didn’t end up signing with anyone at all last November. Exactly the kind of gymnast you’re looking for with a new program. It’s basically a support group for people who were passed over by their dream schools.

Canadian L10 Alana Ricketts is also slated to join LIU’s first class, an athlete who looks like she should have competitive possibilities on vault and floor.

D. GymCastic

Last week’s episode in which we discuss The Haney is available now, and this week’s episode—a commission about fixing NCAA judging—will be available…fairly soon-ish.

The History of Romanian Gymnastics (Commissioned) GymCastic: The Gymnastics Podcast

WATCH HERE Club Gym Nerd members can watch the podcast being recorded. [wcm_nonmember]Please login to your Club Gym Nerd account to listen and/or watch this episode. Not a member? Join here. THE HISTORY OF ROMANIAN GYMNASTICS This episode has been commissioned by Nico T.L., who requested an episode on the history of Romanian gymnastics, from the pre-Nadia era (huhhhh?) to the present. We discuss: Mythbusters: Romanian gymnastics started with Nadia The 60s: Boycotts and Romanian Gymnastics Jail How Nadia changed the difficulty game Scandals: The Romanian walkout at 1977 Euros, the 1981 Agache/Szabo identity swap, and most shocking of all, floor routines choreographed by Martha The age of Silivas, Dobre, and the single greatest Romanian team of all time URGENT: Ballet Beats WATCH ALONG: Popa, Voinea, and Potorac "Romania does boring, safe gymnastics guaranteed to win." Fact, fiction, or depends? WATCH ALONG: Marinescu and Olaru On Top of the World: Romania 2000-2004 Did the open-ended code kill Romanian gymnastics? The 2012 team, Ana Porgras, and what could have been The 2015 Worlds incident Hope for a better future? Spencer and Jessica select their all-time Romanian dream teams JOIN CLUB GYM NERD Join Club Gym Nerd (or give it as a gift!) for access to Behind the Scenes episodes. Buy our awesome clothing and gifts here. We have masks too! RELATED EPISODES Project K Project K: Decoding Romanian Secret Police Files on The Karolyis with Dr. Simona Petracovsch 365: 1988 Olympics Team Competition (Commissioned) 364: 80s Fight! (Commissioned) 281: Myths, Legends, and Unexpected Moments PART 2 (Commissioned) 278: 2000 Sydney All-Around Final (Commissioned) 262: 1996 Olympic Event Finals (Commissioned) 258: The Fluff Cast (Commissioned) 256: 1996 Olympic All-Around Final (Commissioned) 255: 1996 Olympic Team Final (Commissioned) 252: Myths, Legends and Unexpected Moments in Gymnastics History (Commissioned) 228: Leotards (Commissioned) 225: 1992 Olympics Recap with Wendy Bruce (Commissioned) 185: 2008 Olympic All-Around Finals (Commissioned) Carly Patterson's Album Interpreted & Dave Tilley PT Gymnastics Myth Busters Tenths Don't Matter REFERNCES The Balance Beam Situation 10 year GIFebration Rhythmic coach disciplined by FIG for violent behavior Gymnastics History, 1968: The Women’s Compulsories Competition in Mexico City Romanian Coach, Gheorghe, convicted of manslaughter for beating gymnast to death during practice.
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  2. Carly Patterson's Album Interpreted and Dr. Dave Tilley PT Gymnastics Myth Busters
  3. Tenths Don't Matter
  4. Nadia: The Movie (Commission)
  5. So Bad You Can't Look Away

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