3 Things to Look Out for at 2022 Winter Cup

Winter Cup, the kickstart to the elite gymnastics season presents the opportunity for gymnasts to get back into the swing of competition. The meet is generally a safe space to try out new skills and routines. Not only is this one of the first elite meets of the year, but it’s also one of theContinue reading “3 Things to Look Out for at 2022 Winter Cup”

Zou Jingyuan, Zhang Boheng, Lan Xingyu, Hu Xuwei Honored at Infamous Gold Medal Victory Ceremony

Recapping a year of success, the Chinese National Team hosted their annual victory ceremony for new World and Olympic Champions. The Wall of Champions lines the halls of the training gym in Beijing, featuring a photograph of every World and Olympic champion in Chinese gymnastics history, honoring the success of the athletes while also beingContinue reading “Zou Jingyuan, Zhang Boheng, Lan Xingyu, Hu Xuwei Honored at Infamous Gold Medal Victory Ceremony”

Zhang Boheng: “Not making the Olympics was disappointing, but it didn’t stop me from moving forwards”

Zhang Boheng made a quiet international debut at the 2020 Friendship and Solidarity classic in November 2020. A newcomer in a field with World and Olympic veterans such as Artur Dalaloyan, Nikita Nagonryy, Kamoto Yuya, and Uchiumura Kohei, the expectations for Zhang weren’t as high. Things quickly picked up for Zhang during 2021 Chinese NationalContinue reading “Zhang Boheng: “Not making the Olympics was disappointing, but it didn’t stop me from moving forwards””

Wei Xiaoyuan: “My goal is the Paris Olympics”

Wei Xiaoyuan made her mark on the World Stage at the 2019 Junior World Championships where she not only helped the Chinese team pick up silver but also picked up a few individual medals for herself. After being a contender for a spot on China’s Olympic team, she was selected as an alternate. Wei finallyContinue reading “Wei Xiaoyuan: “My goal is the Paris Olympics””

Fight for First: 2021 World Championships Men’s All-Around Final Recap

Going in to the all-around final we knew Zhang Boheng and Hashimoto Daiki would be the two favorites for the title, but I don’t think we expected this final to be as close as it turned out to be. The top group began on floor where both Hashimoto and Zhang showed superb landings with greatContinue reading “Fight for First: 2021 World Championships Men’s All-Around Final Recap”

Hold Your Breath: 2021 World Championships Men’s Qualifications Recap

What would men’s qualification at a World Championships be without major drama? This time around, a gymnast from one of the earlier subdivisions tested positive for COVID-19, causing the event staff to pause subdivision 6 for a cleanup with such deep thoroughness you would have though they were cleaning up after a nuclear fallout. TheContinue reading “Hold Your Breath: 2021 World Championships Men’s Qualifications Recap”

2021 World Championships Women’s Qualification Recap

After the first day of qualification Angelina Melnikova showed she’s still in Olympic shape by easily clenching the top all-around spot with a 57.065 and qualifying to all four event finals. Finishing in second is Leanne Wong who went 55.749 after a solid day. Trailing Wong by less than a tenth is her teammate KaylaContinue reading “2021 World Championships Women’s Qualification Recap”

Chinese National Games Women’s Team Final Recap

A dramatic finish ensued in Xi’an with the reigning National team Champions, Guangdong, reclaiming the title. The team of Bi Qingqing, Liu Tingting, Luo Rui, Ou Yushan, Sun Xinyi, and Wu Ran finished comfortably ahead of the second place team, Anhui. In third, Beijing made a last minute comeback in the final rotation to edgeContinue reading “Chinese National Games Women’s Team Final Recap”

Li Shijia Makes Comeback at National Games

Chinese National Games, a quadrennial meet that is considered the most important domestic competition in China, is winding up this week with gymnasts all over China representing their respective provinces. Among the most anticipated comebacks we’ll see at National Games this year is Li Shijia, who is coming back from a knee injury that tookContinue reading “Li Shijia Makes Comeback at National Games”

Game Changers: Tang Chia-Hung

Like most gymnasts, Tang Chia-Hung first got into gymnastics when his parents noticed his hyperactivity. His father even recalled hanging sandbags from Chia-Hung’s feet to get him to calm down. The ultimate solution to tame his restlessness was to sign him up for gymnastics. Now at 25, Tang Chia-Hung made history for Taiwanese gymnastics byContinue reading “Game Changers: Tang Chia-Hung”