Thursday, March 31, 2011
This and That
The old Shannon Miller was a shy girl. The new cosmetically-enhanced Shannon is such an attention whore that she is showing off her shaved head and conducting countless interviews as she undergoes chemotherapy. Only Shannon would not even wait until after completing chemo in order to make a career out of 'inspiring' women to get checked and promoting cancer research and prevention.
Bridget Sloan is deferring enrollment into the University of Florida until the fall of 2012 in order to make a failed run at the London Olympic Games. With many juniors improving and veterans hoping to come back, Sloan could easily be left off the team.
Ingo Steuer says that Savchenko and Szolkowy have been affected by being stuck in limbo with the World Championships. It is quite possible that many of the athletes will be burnt out or past their peak by the time the event occurs. Aliona and Robin are feeling de-energized.
Day 1 of the Doha World Cup is in the books. It is an event full of athletes who will not take part in the Europeans, so the field is decidedly thin. Canadians scoring in the 12s and 13s even qualified in the top five on some events. Tan Sixin and Yao Jinnan are the stars of the event, going 1-2 on bars, beam and floor. Daniele Hypolito is leading vault even though we all wish she'd just retire.
Daniel Keatings was left off Great Britain's team for the European Champions despite finished second all-around in his return to competition last weekend.
Q+A with Beth Tweddle. Beth has a new bar routine that she's only been training for three weeks. She says now is the time to try with with Worlds and the Olympics fast approaching.
As if we didn't see this coming, the FIG is reevaluating hosting Worlds in Tokyo.
Today is Megan Dowlen's 25th birthday. The former elite and Gym Dog is currently coaching level 7/8/9 at WOGA. She coaches alongside Valeri in his groups and is reportedly an excellent coach and mini-Valeri. Megan can be seen coaching in gymnastike's footage of the Texas Level 9 State Championships. One of Megan's pupils won the AA. Tiffany Tolnay can also be seen coaching at Texas Dreams. She coaches a number of the girls outright and assists Kim Zmeskal with the girls who have elite futures.
Carrie Ann Inaba got engaged on LIVE! TV.