The Cosmic Pez Dispenser: More on Gabby Douglas, Jeremy Lin, and the Critics

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Having just returned from a family mini-vacation in the north Georgia mountains, I discovered that my post on “Gabby Douglas, Jeremy Lin, and the God of Parking Spots” had generated some conversation.  Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon.com had criticized Douglas, the newly crowned all-around Olympic champion, for what one writer has called a facile faith [Read More...]

Gabby Douglas, Jeremy Lin, and the God of Parking Spots

Gabrielle Douglas

My friend David French posts at French Revolution about journalistic snark directed toward Gabby Douglas and her professions of faith in the midst of her dazzling Olympic gold-medal-winning performance in the all-around at the London Games.  Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon wrote: As a Christian myself (albeit one of those really freaky papist kinds), I’ve often wondered what [Read More...]

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...]

Could Gabby Douglas be the Tiger Woods of the Gymnastics World?

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Gabby Douglas won the all-around title at the London Olympics today, becoming the most recent American women’s gymnastics champion in the line of Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin.  What sets Gabby Douglas apart, of course, aside from the fact that she is simply her own gymnast and a different human being, is [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...]


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