Aly Raisman knows the doubters are out there.

She’s 20 years old and has been absent from competitive gymnastics for two years. As the Needham native prepares for her first national monitoring camp in October since 2012, she has something to say to those who claim she might not be able to mount a comeback.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Raisman prior to a weekend full of appearances at the 2014 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh. “I am older, but I am more confident. I’m wiser because I’m older.”

jennifer-23

jennifer-23:

I love love love Claudia but articles like this are gonna come back and bite her in two months time when World Championships come around!

"Former British team captain Craig Heap declares that no other female gymnast in the world can match her."

"One respected gymnastics blogger declares it “the top routine in the world right now”" 

"But can Biles do anything she cannot? “Hmmm. No, not really.”"

How are the British media going to spin it if she gets shutout at worlds? Her only real medal potential there is floor and even then she could well be on the outside looking in. 

arabianpunchfront
arabianpunchfront:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
I know that survey was done and it seemed like most people actually liked the new scoring system but I like the perfect 10 and knowing that execution matters a lot in NCAA. You tend not to see girls in finals that just chuck things, whose splits don’t hit 180 (most of the time), miss every handstand on UB. or lack control on landings. I like that there’s this baseline standard.

This would be a horrible idea as it would further separate the haves from the have nots. It would further make the schools that already have the big recruiting advantages even more untouchable than they already are. Since former elites already only go to a handful of schools, it would make that handful basically untouchable and we all love diversity and an “underdog” story. How excited was everyone when Nebraska made beam its bitch and snuck into the Super 6. Using an open code you would probably rarely see situations like that. 
I wouldn’t mind if they made some routines with super difficulty out of a 10.1 or 10.2 like the JO code does. Encourage a little more risk. Would love to see Kytra Hunter’s 1/1 DLO again or Kennedy Baker’s Patterson or Sam Peszek’s standing full, etc. Encourage a little risk. 

arabianpunchfront:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I know that survey was done and it seemed like most people actually liked the new scoring system but I like the perfect 10 and knowing that execution matters a lot in NCAA. You tend not to see girls in finals that just chuck things, whose splits don’t hit 180 (most of the time), miss every handstand on UB. or lack control on landings. I like that there’s this baseline standard.

This would be a horrible idea as it would further separate the haves from the have nots. It would further make the schools that already have the big recruiting advantages even more untouchable than they already are. Since former elites already only go to a handful of schools, it would make that handful basically untouchable and we all love diversity and an “underdog” story. How excited was everyone when Nebraska made beam its bitch and snuck into the Super 6. Using an open code you would probably rarely see situations like that. 

I wouldn’t mind if they made some routines with super difficulty out of a 10.1 or 10.2 like the JO code does. Encourage a little more risk. Would love to see Kytra Hunter’s 1/1 DLO again or Kennedy Baker’s Patterson or Sam Peszek’s standing full, etc. Encourage a little risk. 

leotardsanity

leotardsanity:

As with last year, there are two leos that have really pulled ahead in votes for the GK contest. Right now the leader has votes in the 670s and the runner-up has votes in the 650s. The runner-up’s leo, which is some rainbow splashes on a black background, is IMO infinitely preferable to the leader’s leo, which looks like a Weasley sweater if I do daresay. So if you’ve been voting for ycosette, Sam and myself, vote for the rainbow splashes (linked above) as well to give it the extra advantage it needs to pull ahead. (Remember, you can vote for as many as you’d like once every 24 hr!)