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

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

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

What The Jingoists Are Saying Today: "Suck it Russia! 'If You Don't…

I honestly don't even know what that means. Is it directed at...Russia? Is Russia currently in the United States? If so, has it expressed displeasure with being in the United States? Why is it in quotes? Is it an oft-quoted saying? Now directed at Russia? So many questions. But let's move on to what can never be… » 8/01/12 12:15pm 8/01/12 12:15pm

The U.S. Already Had Gold Locked Up After This Disaster From Russia's…

Despite NBC's odd penchant for showing crying gymnasts, the rather amazing image you see above (taken by AP staffer Matt Dunham) didn't make it to air last night. It's the Russian team reacting to the shock of world champion Ksenia Afanasyeva inexplicably falling onto her face on the closing tumble of her floor… » 8/01/12 10:40am 8/01/12 10:40am

Relive McKayla Maroney's Phenomenal Vault In Super-Slow Motion

While judges found room for deductions for which it seems nobody else can, McKayla Maroney's vault early in today's women's team gymnastics final was still strong enough to set an unstoppable pace that resulted in the United States taking gold. (It wasn't a surprise she nailed the vault, though, if you've been… » 7/31/12 9:30pm 7/31/12 9:30pm

Happy Girl, Sad Girl: Shawn Johnson And Dominique Moceanu Tell The Two…

American coverage of women's gymnastics falls squarely into one of two camps: tales of plucky, lovable teens wearing their perma-smiles to the winners' podium, or exposés of the sport's seedy underbelly, of eating disorders, abusive training methods, of cruel coaches and broken bodies. It's either Nadia Comăneci's… » 7/26/12 6:40pm 7/26/12 6:40pm

U.S. Gymnastics Turns Its Back On Chellsie Memmel, Genuine Badass

At the 2006 world championships, Chellsie Memmel botched a release during her uneven-bars routine and tore her labrum. This was more or less the beginning of a prolonged shoulder nightmare that would culminate this weekend in the cold-eyed rejection of her bid to compete in the national championships. On that day in… » 5/30/12 8:30am 5/30/12 8:30am

The "Scam Cup": How A Very American TV Event Gives U.S. Gymnasts A Leg…

If you listen to USA Gymnastics and NBC, it's one of the most important Olympic tune-ups. If you listen to the rest of the world, it's a glorified showcase for American athletes. So maybe it's fitting that the American Cup's highest-scoring female gymnast wasn't even entered in the competition. » 3/07/12 8:00am 3/07/12 8:00am