The Many Secrets of Dominique Moceanu

Dominique Moceanu

I first met Dominique Moceanu when we traveled together to the Junior Pan American Games in 1992 in Sao Paolo, Brazil.  I was fifteen and had recently won my first junior national all-around title.  We had originally been bound for Rio de Janeiro, but the organizers made some planning errors and moved us to Sao [Read More...]

America’s New Fab Five: Olympic Gymnasts Triumphant

American Team Final

If you don’t want to hear the results of the Olympic team finals competition for the women, then stop reading immediately.  My gymnasto-geekery continues as I want to report on the results from the London Olympic Games. Here’s how it went down. The American and Russian teams — favored, in some order, to go #1 [Read More...]

USA Men Underperform, British Men Outperform, Japanese Men Out-Protest

In summary, the American men, who had the highest score in the qualifying rounds, and who were expected to be the first American team to challenge for a gold medal since the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Games, suffered an absolute meltdown in the team finals, beginning especially with their second event, the pommel horse.  They [Read More...]

Jordyn Wieber Was Not Robbed – She Was Outperformed by Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas

Jordyn Wieber Was Not Robbed — She Was Outperformed by Aly Raisman I argued the opposite case in a previous post, but there’s a strong argument to be made that Jordyn Wieber was a victim of nothing but her own mistakes and reasonable rules that everyone understood perfectly well in advance. If you missed the first [Read More...]


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