Overcoming Adversity, the Story of He Licheng

He Licheng’s mother first put her into gymnastics when she was just three years old, “when she was younger she didn’t eat very much. If you don’t eat enough it’s easy to be dehydrated or get sick. I wanted to send her to do gymnastics so she could make her body stronger.” Even at aContinue reading “Overcoming Adversity, the Story of He Licheng”

1991 World Championships Women’s AA Final Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog! Please refresh your browser every 2-3 minutes to get the latest updates Here’s the YouTube link if you want to follow along 00:03: This just started and I’m already screaming at this intro piece 4:07: I wish NBC had these helpful informative intro pieces instead of those dumb stoplights 6:02:Continue reading “1991 World Championships Women’s AA Final Live Blog”

Chinese Women Show Off Major Upgrades in June Training

After intense winter conditioning, the Chinese women have been hard at work upgrading their routine difficulty. Each athlete presented new elements in front of coaches and judges in a recent skill verification at the National Training Center in Beijing.   Although footage doesn’t show every gymnast, it does highlight upgrades from notable Olympic hopefuls. 2019Continue reading “Chinese Women Show Off Major Upgrades in June Training”

Catching Up With Deng Linlin

Since the Coronavirus outbreak, Deng Linlin has barely left her house. She groaned when the interviewer asked about adjusting to indoor life. “I came here [California] last September, the situation [COVID-19] has been getting worse. I’m at home every day and can’t go out.”  Although stuck inside, she has found ways to stay busy. “BesidesContinue reading “Catching Up With Deng Linlin”

Gymnasts Born in 2005 Are Now Eligible for the Tokyo Olympics, but Should They Be?

Controversy exploded on the gymternet yesterday when the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) announced that WAG athletes born in the year 2005 are now eligible to compete at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. The Games were originally scheduled to begin on July 24 and run till August 9, 2020 until global COVID-19 concerns forced the organizingContinue reading “Gymnasts Born in 2005 Are Now Eligible for the Tokyo Olympics, but Should They Be?”

The Battle for Olympic Qualification Points: 2020 Men’s American Cup Preview Top 7 Prediction

The American Cup has traditionally been a throw-away, garbage meet at the start of the elite season to test the waters with new routines, gain international experience, and try new upgrades. However this year is very different. The American Cup will be an important step for countries looking to qualify additional nominative spots for theContinue reading “The Battle for Olympic Qualification Points: 2020 Men’s American Cup Preview Top 7 Prediction”

How Does Japan Fare Without Asuka Teramoto?

The hearts of gymnastics fans around the world simultaneously shattered the second news of Asuka Teramoto’s Achilles injury was released. Teramoto was supposed to have a fairy tale ending to her gymnastics career by wrapping things up in the same city she made her international debut in at the Tokyo 2011 World Championships. With TeramotoContinue reading “How Does Japan Fare Without Asuka Teramoto?”

Upgrade Season in Full Swing for Chinese Gymnastics

Physical fitness and conditioning has been the overarching theme of the winter training session at the Chinese National Gymnastics Training Center. It’s a push to help the gymnasts safely prepare their bodies for upgrades heading towards the Tokyo Olympic Games. Qiao Liang, the head coach of the women’s team, noted progress in training “Winter trainingContinue reading “Upgrade Season in Full Swing for Chinese Gymnastics”

Zou Jingyuan: We’re Becoming Physically Stronger

For Chinese gymnasts, winter training is a time of building intense physical fitness, increasing routine start values, improving routine composition, and cleaning up in the execution department. For the past several months, the Chinese have been hard at work gearing up for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.  Former two-time world champion on parallel bars, ZouContinue reading “Zou Jingyuan: We’re Becoming Physically Stronger”