Zhang Boheng: ‘I hope this gold medal marks the beginning of my all around era’

After coming so close to becoming Chinese National Champion last year, Zhang Boheng finally clinched the all-around gold in Hangzhou, making this his very first national all-around title. The final all-around standings were calculated by combining each gymnast’s qualification and all-around final totals. Zhang Boheng expressed that even though winning titles at international competitions haveContinue reading “Zhang Boheng: ‘I hope this gold medal marks the beginning of my all around era’”

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””

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”

Wang Hongwei: “Zhang Boheng Could be Substituted In”

Despite winning the all around at China’s final Olympic Selection Camp, the controversial decision was announced last week to leave Zhang Boheng off the Olympic team. Wang Hongwei, the head of the men’s program, justified the decision to the press: “The coaches all agreed the top three athletes of the men’s program (Xiao Ruoteng, SunContinue reading “Wang Hongwei: “Zhang Boheng Could be Substituted In””

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”

2020 Friendship and Solidarity Competition Preview

As a means to make the flaming dumpster fire that was the year 2020 slightly more bearable, the FIG has decided to organize a last-minute major international gymnastics competition to offer the gymnasts some competition exposure in a year that has essentially been a gymnastics drought. The Friendship and Solidarity Competition will be the firstContinue reading “2020 Friendship and Solidarity Competition Preview”