Ou Yushan: “It’s Been a Long Time Since I’ve Competed”

Ou Yushan’s highly anticipated return to competition hasn’t followed the linear trajectory many were expecting. Ou made several mistakes during the first day of competition, falling twice on beam and sitting her watered-down vault. “It’s been a long time since I have competed, I also have been training a little less so my elements weren’tContinue reading “Ou Yushan: “It’s Been a Long Time Since I’ve Competed””

Reigning Chinese National Champion Sun Wei Gears Up for Olympic Year National Championships

After day one of the men’s competition has wrapped up, Sun Wei has found himself in a disappointing seventh place after making several mistakes. During podium training he commented on adjusting to the new setting: “The temperature and the humidity in the arena is okay. Chengdu [the host city] is pretty humid and it’s causingContinue reading “Reigning Chinese National Champion Sun Wei Gears Up for Olympic Year National Championships”

Li Shijia: “My Excitement Helped me Vault Better”

Expected to make her highly anticipated all-around return, Li Shijia is coming into 2021 National Championships as a veteran. She was a member of the 2019 World Championships squad and is the reigning world bronze medalist on beam. Unfortunately injuries prevented her from competing all-around during 2020 national championships, limiting her only to bars. HoweverContinue reading “Li Shijia: “My Excitement Helped me Vault Better””

2021 Chinese Nationals Preview

Chengdu: the city renowned for its panda everything, will host the 2021 Chinese National Championships. Looking around the London 2012-esque hot pink arena adorned with panda caricatures, it’s very clear the event organizers were definitely obligated to incorporate panda symbolism into the venue (and I’m obsessed) In contrast to any old ordinary year, the stakesContinue reading “2021 Chinese Nationals Preview”

I’m Happy to Be One of the Best in The World: Lee Chih Kai Eyes Tokyo Gold Medal

After a disappointing individual finish in Rio nearly five years ago, Lee Chih Kai is looking towards the upcoming Tokyo Olympics not only with a team at his side, but with Olympic gold medal prospects on his specialty, Pommel horse. Renowned for his crowd-pleasing, flare saturated routine composition, Chih Kai is the first Taiwanese gymnastContinue reading “I’m Happy to Be One of the Best in The World: Lee Chih Kai Eyes Tokyo Gold Medal”

When We All Fall Where Do We Go? Men’s 2021 Winter Cup Day 1 Recap

When I think about Winter Cup one word usually comes to mind: meteorite. Why meteorite? Because they fall. And well… We saw that… But it’s totally understandable. Besides the fact that it’s only February, the athletes competing here have been put through extraordinary circumstances never before seen in gymnastics. The pandemic has thrown the entireContinue reading “When We All Fall Where Do We Go? Men’s 2021 Winter Cup Day 1 Recap”

Jiang Yuyuan: My Olympics

Note: this interview took place on November 11, 2008 Jiang Yuyuan’s teammates were yelling at her, “put it in the bucket! Put it in the bucket!” Yuyuan was holding a squid she plucked from the beach. Smiling, she dropped the squid into a small blue bucket and filled it with seawater. The national gymnastics teamContinue reading “Jiang Yuyuan: My Olympics”

Guan Chenchen: Cheng Fei Made Me Fall in Love With Gymnastics

Known for her playful character, 2020 Chinese Beam Champion Guan Chenchen took a more serious note in a CCTV Sports interview, sharing her ambitions and inspirations in gymnastics that sparked her desire to be a part of the mix for the upcoming 2021 Olympic Games. “To me, the Olympics are a dream- when I was young and hadContinue reading “Guan Chenchen: Cheng Fei Made Me Fall in Love With Gymnastics”

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Thank you to Julian Chiao, Monica Kwon, and Olivia Yu for their contributions! Men: Chen Yibing Feng Jing Huang Xu Li Xiaopeng Lu Fuliang Xiao Qin Yan Mingyong Yang Wei Zhang Hongtao Zou Kai Women: Deng Linlin He Kexin Li Shanshan Yang Yilin Zhang Nan

Sport Over Safety? The Tough Choice for College Gymnastics This Season

As COVID-19 has brushed nearly every spot on the globe, it has caused trillions of dollars in economic turmoil, disrupted global travel, and been the sole cause of more than 1.5 million deaths around the world. The risks and uncertainty caused by the deadly virus has upended normal life as we know it, causing schoolsContinue reading “Sport Over Safety? The Tough Choice for College Gymnastics This Season”