Anxious About The World's Most Dominant Gymnast? Blame It On Rio.

A year and a half ago, Simone Biles was a last-minute substitute at the 2013 American Cup. There she placed second behind 2011 junior national champion Katelyn Ohashi after losing an early lead with a fall from the beam. At that meet, Biles couldn't win with a fall. But at this weekend's national championship in… » 8/26/14 9:29am 8/26/14 9:29am

The Real Reason Ashley Wagner Made The U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team

On Sunday, U.S. Figure Skating gave the final spot on its three-member women's Olympic team to Ashley Wagner, even though she had fallen twice the previous day during an "embarrassing" skate at the national championships in Boston. The other selections were Gracie Gold, the newly crowned national champion who gave… » 1/16/14 3:30pm 1/16/14 3:30pm

Return Of The Meme: McKayla Maroney Vaults Again

One year and three leg surgeries after London, McKayla Maroney has returned to competition on the vault. And from a performance standpoint, not much has changed. She does the two-and-a-half twister that made her famous (before the meme made her even more famous) just as well as she did at the Olympics. She even… » 10/04/13 4:24pm 10/04/13 4:24pm

Have Rio's U.S. Gymnastics Darlings Already Arrived? Meet Katelyn…

WORCESTER, Mass.—None of the stars from the "Fierce Five," the highly meme-able gold medal team from the London Games, competed in Worcester for the American Cup last weekend. The American Cup is the only international gymnastics competition held in the U.S., but these girls are still on the final leg of London promo:… » 3/06/13 4:30pm 3/06/13 4:30pm

Women's Gymnastics Team Teaches Jenna Bush How To Dougie Like A Gold…

I guess when you're the Team USA women's gymnastics squad and you've just completed an incredible run through the team and individual competitions, you're allowed some free time to just hang around London, chill out on the roof of a double-decker bus, and teach one of George W. Bush's daughters how to Dougie while a … » 8/09/12 9:15am 8/09/12 9:15am

How Aly Raisman, The Steady Teammate, Won Individual Gold

On the final day of Olympic gymnastics, American Aly Raisman broke through—winning bronze on the balance beam and then gold, decisively, on the floor. Till now, Raisman had been mainly celebrated for her consistency and leadership: a steady competitor under pressure, with a record of team success and individual… » 8/08/12 9:13am 8/08/12 9:13am

Gymnastics Event Finals, Day One: Live By The Vault, Die By The Vault

Today was supposed to be the coronation of McKayla Maroney as the world's best female vaulter. She had dominated the event since making her senior debut a year ago, winning the world championship title in Tokyo. (There was even a completely unprovable, likely fan-generated rumor that the USOC was pressuring Martha… » 8/05/12 6:18pm 8/05/12 6:18pm

Everything You Never Needed To Know About Trampoline

Trampolining is not just for cute foxes in viral videos—it's a crazypants real sport that made its Olympic debut in 2000. As Canadian Karen Cockburn, the bronze medalist at those games, said after winning her medal, "A lot of people don't really know what trampoline is, they think it's a toy you jump on in the… » 8/03/12 11:00am 8/03/12 11:00am

NBC Aired A Promo Featuring A Monkey Doing Gymnastics At The Most…

After Bob Costas wound down tonight's Olympics coverage by editorializing about Gabby Douglas's all-around gold medal ending stereotypes and tearing down racial barriers, NBC followed it up immediately with this promo for Animal Practice featuring a monkey doing gymnastics. That's... unfortunate. » 8/03/12 12:38am 8/03/12 12:38am

Gabby Douglas's Beam Performance Gives Us The Defining Photo Of The…

I'm just not certain how sports photography gets any better than this. Greg Bull of the Associated Press deserves every Sports Photo of the Year Award coming his way in a few months' time. Gabby Douglas gave a historic performance today in the women's gymnastics all-around, and this is a photo worthy of that… » 8/02/12 11:55pm 8/02/12 11:55pm

Women's Gymnastics: Gabby Douglas Leaves The Rest Of The World Behind

Where the Olympic men's gymnastics all-around final had been a gradual, predictable victory for favorite Kohei Uchimura, the women's final came down to the last routine and the last score. When the tabulation was done, Gabby Douglas of the United States took the title, becoming the first woman of color to do so. » 8/02/12 8:34pm 8/02/12 8:34pm

Fake, Jingoistic, And Stupid: Gymnastics Coverage Is The Worst Part Of…

If you have a full-time job, no privacy at work, and/or a boss who cares about productivity, you probably didn't spend two hours in the middle of the day, like I did, watching the women's all-around Olympic gymnastics final. This means that you get to see it tonight on NBC, with routines sprinkled between the hours of… » 8/02/12 7:02pm 8/02/12 7:02pm