The Gym Dogs suffered a huge blow to their season today when Kaylan Earls tore her achilles tendon during practice while performing a double arabian. Kaylan was expected to contribute on all four events, which star potential on vault and floor. Kaylan had just upgraded her bar release to a tkatchev and was expected to contribute there as well. It will be difficult for the team to replace the tenths she was likely going to be adding to the total. After graduating Courtney McCool, Grace Taylor and Marcia Newby, the team was already losing a bunch of high-scoring routines that the incoming freshmen would unlikely be able to replace. Kaylan Earns, a rock-star level 10, was anticipated to help the team as a major contributor and their top freshmen. This leaves Jay scrambling as the team prepares to travel to Denver for their season opener on January 8th.
In order for Georgia to climb back into the Super Six, they really need everyone fit and healthy this year. The loss of Kaylan weakens them considerably. Unfortunately, the team is dealing with some injuries. Gina Nuccio has three herniated discs in her back and hasn't performed on vault or floor in several intrasquads over the last few weeks.
Kat Ding will only compete on bars in Denver if she competes at all. Kat has also been sitting out intrasquads on the leg events due to a stress fracture in her femur. Kat is critical to the team's success.
It is only a matter of time before Shayla has some sort of injury. This means we will likely be seeing Noel Couch in the All Around and will need to be seeing lots of Christa Tanella. This is when the wasted scholarship for Kati Breazeal is really biting Jay Clark in the ass.
Michigan State senior Kathryn Mahoney is in critical condition after fracturing her C6 vertebra while vaulting Wednesday. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family during this difficult time.
Blahtah freshman Alyssa Gale officially retired after being unable to recover from knee surgery. She will serve as the team manager. Victoria Shanley has mono and is unlikely to compete against UCLA during the season opener.
Victoria Komova heads back to Round Lake on January 5th and plans on competing at Russian Nationals in March if she is fully recovered from her sprained ankle. She sprained her ankle tripping over a mat in the gym. Her goals are to compete successfully at the European and World Championships.
Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Burbaker will compete at the Nesquik Cup in Torun, Poland Jan 6-9th. It is their first real competition, as they only had to compete a short program at Sectionals to qualify for Nationals and were the only senior pair in their sectional.
Elvis Stojko is touring Canada in the new 'Rock The Ice' show. His new tour looks to be a cringe-worthy experience with singing and skating performances from the two-time Olympic Silver Medalist. The Karate Kid will be joined by Delobel and Schoenfelder, Surya Bonaly, Gary Beacom and Emanuel Sandhu.
Universal Sports is airing a Bud Greenspan documentary every night for nine nights. The schedule:
"9 Nights of Glory" Television Schedule:
Saturday, Jan. 1 - Los Angeles '84 - 9:00 PM ET
Sunday, Jan. 2 - Calgary '88 - 9:00 PM ET
Monday, Jan. 3 - Lillehammer '94 - 9:00 PM ET
Tuesday, Jan. 4 - Atlanta '96 - 9:00 PM ET
Wednesday, Jan. 5 - Nagano '98 - 9:00 PM ET
Thursday, Jan. 6 - Sydney '00 - 9:00 PM ET
Friday, Jan. 7 - Salt Lake City '02 - 9:00 PM ET
Saturday, Jan. 8 - Athens '04 - 9:00 PM ET
Sunday, Jan. 9 - Torino '06 - 9:00 PM ET