Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This and That
Yu-Na Kim was named Sportswoman of the Year at last night's Women's Sports Foundation dinner. View a photo gallery of the event.
Former World Still Rings Champion Yuri van Gelder was pulled from the Duth team at Worlds due to cocaine use. He only recently returned to competition after a one-year ban from competition after testing positive for the substance in 2009.
The Gymnastics Examiner posted an interview with Jordan Jovtchev about competing as an AARP member.
Alicia Sacramone launched her official website.
USAG posted photos from Women's Podium Training.
Queen Nastia is on hand at the World Gymnastics Championships. She was seen watching Mother Russia's podium training with BFF Martha Karolyi.
Team USA before Podium Training.
Katia Shpilband finished second at Eastern Great Lakes Regionals in the Novice Division. It was her second full competition as a novice because she was injured during the club competition season. She attempted a Triple Flip in the short program but underrotated it (<<). Katia's real test will be at Sectionals, as she needs to step up her game to qualify for Nationals. She landed three triple loops, but one had a lesser underrotation deduction. She received no credit for her flying camel spin in the long program. Her layback only received a Level 1 in the short program.There is a ton of work to be done, but her season is still promising.
Courtney Hicks won the most competitive regionals in the country for Junior Ladies at Southwest Pacific Regionals. Mary Beth Marley won the free skate but finished second overall. Leah Keiser was third overall after popping a lutz and receiving an edge call on her Triple Flip. All three girls are expected to make Nationals.
Danielle Kahle is STILL competing and won Senior Ladies at SWP. Ginger Jackson was second behind Andrew Gonzales in senior men.
Shannon Miller reflected on her World AA Titles.
Universal Sports profiled the up-and-coming Russian Ladies and the brewing Tuktamysheva-Sotnikova rivalry.
Sasha Cohen was interviewed about the upcoming Disson's Craptacular in Atlantic City.
Mediawhore Greg Marsden posted another underwhelming video of Blahtah's fourth week of training. Try to watch without feeling sluggish afterward.
Arkansas had a craptacular intrasquad:
Bama's practice before the Alabama-Florida football game:
Samantha Cesario's performances at Regionals (where she defeated Joelle Forte to take the Senior Ladies title):