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7 Unfortunate Leotard Designs

Thursday March 13, 2014

Brazil 2007 Pan Ams Team

In honor of ugly leotards everywhere -- and the poor gymnasts forced to wear them -- we present seven of the most terrible leotards we could find.

Related: 10 Gorgeous Gymnastics Photos

Elizabeth Price, Sam Mikulak Win American Cup

Monday March 3, 2014

Sam Mikulak, a 2012 Olympian, and Elizabeth Price, an alternate for the 2012 Olympic team, took home the respective titles at the 2014 American Cup on Saturday.

In the end, both easily captured the win, though Price's victory was a blowout -- nearly 2.5 points over her US teammate Brenna Dowell.

The results:

Men's all-around

1. Sam Mikulak, Corona del Mar, Calif., 90.098

2. Shogo Nonomura, Japan, 88.965

3. Daniel Purvis, Great Britain, 88.899

4. Fabian Hambuechen, Germany, 88.431

5. John Orozco, Bronx, N.Y., 88.065

6. Andrey Likhovitskiy, Belarus, 86.830

7. Fabian Gonzalez, Spain, 85.931

8. Sergio Sasaki Junior, Brazil, 82.831

9. Sam Oldham, Great Britain, 82.666


Women's all-around

1. Elizabeth Price, Coopersburg, Pa., 59.966

2. Brenna Dowell, Odessa, Mo., 57.532

3. Giulia Steingruber, Switzerland, 57.332

4. Victoria Moors, Canada, 56.898

5. Vanessa Ferrari, Italy, 56.766

6. Roxana Popa Nedelcu, Spain, 54.865

7. Sophie Scheder, Germany, 54.331

8. Carlotta Ferlito, Italy, 53.632


More on the 2014 American Cup.

What is the American Cup?


Simone Biles Out of Saturday's American Cup

Monday February 24, 2014

Simone Biles, the 2013 world all-around champ, has withdrawn from the American Cup. The press release from USA Gymnastics says, "Biles, who has been nursing a shoulder injury, aggravated that shoulder during the pre-competition training camp at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a US Olympic training site. She is expected to get an MRI in the near future."

No further word on the injury, but hopefully it's not a big one. Larisa Iordache and Kyla Ross also previously withdrew from the American Cup, which will be held on Mar. 1 in Greensboro, N.C. Brenna Dowell, a member of the 2013 world team, will replace Biles.

The meet will be aired live on NBC from 1-3pm ET, and streamed live on the USA gymnastics website from 11:30am-1pm ET. USA Gymnastics will also be streaming podium training on Thursday -- 10:30am-12:30pm ET for the women and 1:30-3:30pm ET for the men. (Get the full American Cup roster here.)


Who's Your All-Time Favorite American Gymnast?

Friday February 21, 2014

Quick -- if you had to pick just one female gymnast as your favorite, who would it be? Maybe it's Dominique Dawes because her back-to-back floor tumbling was unreal. Or it's Nastia Liukin because she rocked it in the most important competition of her career. Or McKayla Maroney because she can vault better than the men, or Shannon Miller for her consistency, year after year.

Whoever it is, and whatever the reason, vote below. And if it's someone not on the list, tell us who and why in the comments.

The candidates:
Dominique Dawes
Gabby Douglas
Shawn Johnson
Nastia Liukin
McKayla Maroney
Shannon Miller
Dominique Moceanu
Mary Lou Retton
Kim Zmeskal

American Cup Roster Announced

Wednesday January 29, 2014

The American Cup field has been determined, and includes 2013 world all-around champ Simone Biles, 2012 Olympians Sam Mikulak and John Orozco, and World Cup champ Elizabeth Price. (Kyla Ross was originally named as the second US gymnast, but, per a USA Gymnastics press release, has withdrawn due to a slight back injury.)

The international field is highlighted with 2012 Olympians Larisa Iordache and Victoria Moors, as well as veteran Fabian Hambuechen.

Men's field
Belarus - Andrey Likhovitskiy
Brazil - Sergio Sasaki Junior
Germany - Fabian Hambuechen
Great Britain - Sam Oldham
Great Britain - Daniel Purvis
Japan - Shogo Nonomura
Spain - Fabian Gonzalez
USA - Sam Mikulak
USA - John Orozco

Women's field
Canada - Victoria Moors
Germany - Sophie Scheder
Italy - Carlotta Ferlito
Italy - Vanessa Ferrari
Romania - Larisa Andrea Iordache
Spain - Roxana Popa Nedelcu
Switzerland - Giulia Steingruber
USA - Simone Biles
USA - Elizabeth Price

The American Cup will be held in Greensboro, N.C. on Mar. 1, and will be aired live on NBC from 1-3pm ET, and streamed live on the USA gymnastics website from 11:30am-1pm ET.

Old Gymnastics Photos You've Never Seen

Monday January 20, 2014


Check out these interesting shots from Getty's Hulton Archive -- of past gymnastics legends like Nadia Comaneci, Ludmilla Tourischeva, Yukio Endo, and Olga Korbut. You'll also see the "vaulting box" and one of the strangest stretches ever.

Old gymnastics photos you haven't seen.

The History of Gymnastics -- in Photos

Gymnastics Competitions: Handle 'em Like a Pro

Monday January 6, 2014

Meet season is here! If you're a bundle of nerves, you're not alone: Even the world-class gymnasts (think Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas or Simone Biles) get butterflies when they compete.

But there's lots you can do, both before and during a competition, so that any pressure you feel doesn't get in the way of doing your best.

How to handle competition nerves.

You Know You're a Gymnast When...

Friday December 20, 2013

The national anthem gives you instant nerves. You've swung bars with a giant, bloody rip, or bled on another piece of equipment. You have way more leotards than pants. You don't like it when people say "the splits." (And by the way, of course you can do them...or you wouldn't be a gymnast.) You'll watch any gymnastics meet on TV, multiple times. If someone says "Nastia" or "Gabby" or "Shawn" or "McKayla" you definitely don't need to hear a last name to know who they're talking about...

Check out the whole list here, and add your own.

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5 Cool Gymnastics Skills

10 Gorgeous Gymnastics Photos

Thursday November 28, 2013

Gymnastics may well be the most photogenic of all sports.

Here, we've put together 10 shots of beautiful gymnastics, captured at just the right moment in time. The gallery features Kyla Ross, Nastia Liukin, Dominique Moceanu, and Kohei Uchimura, among others -- so these photos span the generations of past and present.

10 gorgeous gymnastics photos.

Gymnastics Gifts: Ideas for Fans and Gymnasts

Wednesday November 20, 2013

I just had one of those moments: I realized that not only is Thanksgiving next week, but that Dec. 1 is the weekend after Thanksgiving. Eeks!

Since we're all supposed to get every last gift purchased on Black Friday and wrapped before the holiday parties start, I put together this list of gymnastics gifts. Consider it eight gift ideas for the fan or gymnast in your life -- male or female, young or old. Some may not apply to all, but hopefully something will fit the bill. (And for the uber fan, many may well apply. I know a few people who have multiple items on this list.)

Got other gift ideas? Submit them in the comments. I'm happy to grow this list!

Eight must-have gifts for the gymnast or gymnastics fan.

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