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...]

What is Gymnastics? About Gymnastics and Why it’s the Greatest Olympic Sport

Gymnasts are such wimps.

What is gymnastics?  Even those who watch the Olympic gymnastics competition every four years may possess little appreciation for the intricacies of the sport.  As you’re watching the women’s gymnastics competition tonight at the London Olympics, here are some points to bear in mind. A Brief History: From Naked Gymnasts to the Swinging Rings Gymnastics [Read More...]

Phillip Phillips’ “Home” — Can the USA Women’s Gymnasts Bring Home the Gold?

Phillip Phillips Home

Phillip Phillips’ Home, which he performed as his coronation song on American Idol, has apparently leapt up the sales charts as it has been featured very effectively in promoting the women’s Olympic gymnastics team in London.  It’s a nifty bit of video and sound editing, and you can find it (the song, at least) below. [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...]

Live-Blogging the Olympic Gymnastics Men’s Team Finals

Sally Ward

As we all know, NBC Olympics made the understandable if slightly irritating decision to broadcast the London Olympics, including Olympic gymnastics, at a substantial delay.  So I can only claim to be “live-blogging” in the loosest sense, blogging along with the East Coast broadcast.  I have not yet seen the results — so if you [Read More...]


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