Gymnastics

LANE ONE: USOC’s reformation attempt with gymnastics is only its latest NGB adventure

The move by the United States Olympic Committee to institute revocation of recognition proceedings against USA Gymnastics drew headlines in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. But it’s hardly the first instance of the USOC getting involved – and in some cases, actually running – a national governing body. In fact, since the […]
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LANE ONE: USA Gymnastics to USOC: “We’re not dead yet”

You have to give credit to the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. They aren’t giving up and they are not about to roll over for the convenience of the United States Olympic Committee. That stance may or may not matter in the end, but Wednesday’s unexpected announcement that USA Gymnastics had filed for protection under […]
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LANE ONE: Walking in parallel, the IOC and USOC are reworking their power...

Perhaps not unexpectedly, the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee are walking, side-by-side, down a parallel road of de-certification of a sports governing body. What they do – and just as importantly – how they do it will re-shape the relationship between the IOC and the International Sports Federations and the USOC […]
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GYMNASTICS: World champs Zonderland & Derwael win in Cottbus

The famed Turnier des Meister in Cottbus (GER) showcased two 2018 World Championships gold medalists in the final FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup of the year. In the men’s apparatus finals, Dutch star Epke Zonderland won the Horizontal Bar in a tight duel with 2017 World Champion Tin Srbic (CRO), 14.866-14.733, and 2017 Worlds silver […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: More pressure on the U.S. Olympic Committee in the Larry...

While most of the focus in the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal has been on his employer, Michigan State University, and USA Gymnastics, where he served as the national team physician, the United States Olympic Committee has been a major part of the discussion. While the USOC’s new chief executive, Sarah Hirshland, has begun the process […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Process to de-certify USA Gymnastics will take time

When U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive Sarah Hirshland began the process of de-certification of USA Gymnastics as the National Governing Body for the sport, she noted the possibility of that organization relinquishing its status voluntarily. Well, that didn’t happen and in a letter released on Wednesday, Hirshland wrote: “We received USAG’s response to our complaint […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Season ends with famed Turnier des Meister in Cottbus

One of the most highly-respected events in Artistic Gymnastics is the Turnier des Meister – the Tournament of Champions – in Cottbus (GER). First held in 1973 in Schwerin, this became an annual event starting in 1978 and has been held in Cottbus beginning in 1979. The FIG World Championships has already been held and […]
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GYMNASTICS: USA Gymnastics still alive, “remains the recognized” NGB

USA Gymnastics is in a lot of trouble, but it’s not dead yet. Board chair Karen Golz posted a message to the U.S. gymnastics community on Tuesday noting, “To be clear, USA Gymnastics still remains the recognized national governing body, including by the International Gymnastics Federation, and our commitment to the gymnastics community and this […]
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GYMNASTICS: Gao and MacLennan back on top in Trampoline Worlds

The centerpiece of the FIG World Trampoline Championships is the individual Trampoline final, which also happens to be the only event from this championship which is also on the program of the Olympic Games. And two veterans were back on top of the podium in both the men’s and women’s divisions: China’s Lei Gao and […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics estimates $75 million cost of Nassar’s claims on...

There was significant reporting this past week about the filings by USA Gymnastics of its 2017 financial statements and its IRS Form 990 tax filing, which is required by all non-profit organizations. The key item regarding the federation’s potential liability for the Larry Nassar sex-abuse cases was treated in Note 12, which described the financial […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USOC timing slaps USAG athletes right before their World Champs

The United States Olympic Committee announcement that it will begin the process to de-certify USA Gymnastics as the National Governing Body for gymnastics came two days after the end of the FIG World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics in Doha (QAT). But the timing could hardly have been worse for another U.S. team. USA Gymnastics has […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: St. Petersburg hosts World Trampoline Champs

One of the reasons that many international federations are loath to suspend Russia for doping violations is that the country hosts so many Grand Prix or World Cup or World Championship events. The FIG World Trampoline Championships are just the latest, at the St. Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex. More than 250 athletes from 34 […]
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LANE ONE: U.S. Olympic Committee drops the hammer on USA Gymnastics, but also...

The FIG World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics finished in Doha (QAT) on Saturday. On Monday, new U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive, Sarah Hirshland, announced that the organization would begin the process of revoking the membership of USA Gymnastics as the National Governing Body for Gymnastics. Hirshland’s comment was significant in the details, including: “In the […]
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GYMNASTICS: Historic Worlds for Simone Biles ends in Doha

The 2018 FIG World Championships in Doha (QAT) will be remembered for many things, not least of which is the first time this event has been held in the Middle East. But after a year off, American Simone Biles returned to author one of the most outstanding performances in the long history of the event: […]
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GYMNASTICS: Biles makes history with fourth world All-Around title

With the team competition over and a fourth straight World Championships gold medal for the United States secured, it’s now Simone Biles’ opportunity to re-write the record book for herself. She got an excellent start at the FIG World Championships in Doha (QAT) with her fourth All-Around title, a new record for the Worlds, where […]
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GYMNASTICS: U.S. women win fourth straight Worlds team title

For the fourth straight time, the United States women’s gymnastics team won the Team All-Around title at the FIG World Championships, being held in Doha (QAT) and in utterly dominating, historic fashion. Not only did the U.S. team of Simone Biles, Kara Eaker, Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker and Grace McCallum won the overall title, but […]
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GYMNASTICS: U.S. men & women advance to World Champs Team Finals

The teams who entered the 2018 FIG World Championships in Doha (QAT) had one goal above all others: qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. With the fields now set for the men’s and women’s Team finals coming up on Monday and Tuesday, Russia and China look set, with the U.S. dominating the women’s […]
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GYMNASTICS: Russia leads first men’s qualifying group at World Champs

The 2018 FIG World Championships are underway at the Aspire Dome in Doha (QAT), with the men’s team qualifying competition. After the first four groups out of 10, Russia leads at 258.402, followed by the Netherlands (245.663) and Switzerland (245.186). The remaining men’s groups will compete on Friday. The top individuals in the All-Around so […]
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LANE ONE: Why is the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique such a Scrooge?

The World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics is on for the next week in Doha, Qatar, with a star-studded field that includes not less than 20 men and women who have won Olympic or World Championships, including the incomparable Kohei Uchimura from Japan and Simone Biles of the United States. So why is the Federation Internationale […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Biles and Uchimura return to World Champs

The gymnastics world essentially took a year off in 2017, with a World Championships which did not include a team competition and many of...
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