We don't know who this person is, but he (she) brings up some good points. The blog Brusqueness commented on American male figure skater Evan Lysacek's recent accomplishment in winning the World Championship, the first for the U.S. in 13 years. The blogger continued, "Don't expect him to appear on a box of Wheaties anytime soon." Good point. He (she) goes on to say that "men's figure skating (like men's gymnastics) lacks a broad appeal to the general public."
The blogger goes on to point out the many examples of [...more]
Four members of the U.S. Men's National Team have been selected to compete in the World Stars/World Cup meet in Moscow May 29-30. During that same weekend, Joey Hagerty will be competing in a new event, the Champions Trophy, in Frankfurt, Germany. Raj Bhavsar, among the four chosen to compete in the Moscow event, will be competing for the first time since the '08 Beijing Olympics.
Here are the five chosen to compete internationally: [...more]
Alright, we finally got sucked into Twitter. Not sure how long this experiment will last, but why not try it out? After months of hearing Leo LaPorte (The Tech Guy) harp about it on the radio, it wore us down. Coach Rick at Gymnastics Coaching pushed us over the edge after he hopped onboard. Good grief, now we actually have a reason to go to [...more]
Gymnastics Coaching alerted us to the announcement that Illinois A.D., Ron Guenther, has promoted Women's Gymnastics Head Coach Bob Starkell to Director of Gymnastics. He will remain the women's head coach, and Justin Spring has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, assuming all head coaching duties. Visiting Assistant Coach Ivan Ivankov will become the new full-time Assistant Coach. Starkell will handle the [...more]
With the pressure of the team competition out of the way, Saturday night's event finals enabled the gymnasts to let it rip. They were competing on their best events and the prizes were for national championship and/or All-American status. The evening's spotlight shone on Oklahoma's Steven Legendre and Ilinois' Paul Ruggeri as they each brought home two national titles in impressive and exciting fashion.
The floor competition was very tight, but Legendre was able to successfully defend his [...more]
Stanford handily put away the competition to win their fourth NCAA Men's Gymnastics title. The Cardinal closed the deal with the evening's top scores on rings. Tim Gentry and Nick Noone led the way with scores of 15.45, followed by Kyle Oi's 15.35 and Sho Nakamori's 15.05. Michigan and Oklahoma mounted late charges on floor and vault but fell short.
Oklahoma's bid to repeat was officially thwarted with their [...more]
The Super Six for the 2009 NCAA Championships advanced as predicted. The evening competition was exciting, with Oklahoma prevailing over Illinois and Ohio State. The most amazing performance of the night was by Illinois' Daniel Ribeiro, who scored an outstanding 16.00 on pommel horse. That's easily the NCAA's top pommel score of the season. We'll be scouring youtube to find that video!
The Sooners really piled it on with their typically great performances [...more]