Tag Archives: gymnast

Umm Thanks I’m Good

29 Aug

Team USA gymnast Aly Raisman received an interesting proposal while signing autographs at an L.A. Office Depot. A fan asked for her hand in marriage using a ring pop. The man even got on one knee. Raisman of course said no but did take the ring pop. She also gave the fan a picture.  Can’t blame the guy for trying. It will definitely make for a good story later.

If this happens to Raisman at age 18 I can only imagine what happens to Ryan Lochte. He’s of marrying age too.

-M

In the Defense of Hair

9 Aug

I don’t think I was the only one who cried when the camera panned over to show Gabby Douglas’ mother, Natalie Hawks, celebrating her daughters win. This moment of celebration was short lived before critics started nagging on Douglas’ hair. Now Hawks, being a good mom, is out there defending her daughter. And she makes a lot of good points.

1. Douglas has been living with a white family in Iowa. And you can guess how many black hair salons there are in Iowa. The answer is none. Hawks said, “I don’t think people realize sometimes that she doesn’t live with me. She lives with a white host family and they don’t know anything about taking care of her hair. And there’s no black salons in their area [in Iowa] – not one. We had to work really hard to find a stylist to come and do her hair.”

2. Gymnastics is tough on hair, any hair. I mean as a girl I can tell you ponytails are not your hairs friend. Hawks said, “It’s really been African American women that have come out and attacked her. They don’t know about gymnastics. She has to keep her hair in a ponytail 28-30 hours a week. In gymnastics you’re tumbling around on your hair. You’re falling backwards on it. You’re doing “timers” and your hair is constantly snagging on the mat, and for our hair that’s very detrimental. You’re going into foam pits – and any hair stylist will tell you that foam on African American hair is destructive. It breaks the hair horribly.”

3. Hawks got Douglas’ hair done before the Olympics. She got a stylist to come do it. Hawks said, “What is funny is I had someone come do her hair before the Olympics. We put all this effort into getting her hair done and they still didn’t like it!”

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It’s Okay Gabby We Still Love You

6 Aug

America’s newest sweetheart Gabby Douglas failed to win a medal on the Women’s Individual Uneven Bars competition. So far Douglas has two gold medals, one with her Team USA and the individual all-round. Instead the gold medal went to Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, silver medal to China’s He Kexin and bronze medal to Great Britain’s Beth Tweddle.  It was the first gold medal for Russia in gymnastics this year. Douglas did a less hard routine(meaning less points) than Mustafina. So it would have been hard for her to medal even with a perfect performance.

So what happened to the golden girl? Douglas was exhausted. The girl has already won 2 gold medals and has practically been trapped at the gym every day competing for a week now. So let’s cut Douglas some slack. And don’t worry she has another chance for gold on the balance beam on Tuesday.

-M

You Would Cry Too

6 Aug

I know that everyone in the world knows now that USA gymnast McKayla Maroney failed to get the gold medal on the vault despite being the best in the world. On her second vault Maroney landed on her butt. She lost the gold medal to Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania. But still ended up with silver. After which Maroney was noticeably not happy. When Izbasa went to hug her Maroney looked like it was causing her physical pain. At age 16 Maroney failed to in the eyes of many to lose with grace. In every photo of the event she either looks upsets or very confused.

I think we can all imagine the frustration. Knowing that you are the best at something but when the moment comes instead of rising you literally fall on your ass. Not only that but studies have shown that bronze medal winners are happier than silver medalist. There is something about coming so close to gold only to end up with silver that overshadows the accomplishment.

NPR reported what researchers discovered when comparing bronze and silver medalist, “The psychologists guessed it was because silver medal-winners compare themselves to the athletes who won gold and feel they came up short. By contrast, bronze medal-winners seem to unconsciously compare themselves to people who didn’t win a medal at all.” (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetorch/2012/08/03/157835076/would-you-rather-win-silver-or-bronze-be-careful-what-you-wish-for)

So there you have it. Regardless of age you would probably cry too if you were Maroney. You can watch her vault below.

-M

Olympic Fashion No-No

2 Aug

I love to watch gymnastics as much as the next person. I accept that the gymnast will be wearing skin tight bedazzled spandex but what I cannot accept is the scrunchies. Yes the cloth covered hair accessories have some how never gone out of style in the rest of the world. Team USA knows better and keeps it clean and simple with a hair tie. And since the Americans just kicked butt I think this should give other gymnast cause to ditch their scrunchies.

-M

Spoiler Alert: Team USA Women’s Gymnastics Takes Gold

31 Jul

Is it just me or is trying to navigate the Olympics schedule on NBC the most confusing thing ever. I think I have more chance of understanding chess than finding out when events are showing on the numerous NBC channels. Not to mention figuring out the time difference and when NBC is actually going to air it. It’s made even more confusing since NBC keeps lying about everything being live. But shhh don’t complain or they will take away your Twitter account. No really they will. Regardless the you can watch the USA Women’s Gymnastics team take home gold tonight.

This is the first gold medal for the US Women’s team all-round since 1996. The American finished with a score of 183.596 points, Russia was behind them with 178.530, and Romania took bronze with 176.414. Jordyn Wieber redeemed herself after not placing in the individual all-round. It still won’t help her with the sponsorship and fame she craves but at least she has a medal now. Gabby Douglas rocked the vault. So yeah you can see all of this tonight.

-M

I Wouldn’t Complain

31 Jul

Speaking of US Gymnastics a recent scandal has broken out over gymnast Danell Leyva sending nude photographs to men women. Some girl came forward with a bunch of very provocative photos of Leyva on her phone. Apparently he has exchanged photos with multiple women. I personally can’t believe that this woman is complaining. If Leyva wants to send me some hot photos of himself, I would take it as a gift. I mean seriously how could you complain about seeing that man naked? As we speak I am making one of these photos the background on my computer.

And the worse part is this women is asking for nothing in return to release the photos. She is claiming she will also release nude photos too. I’m not sure I get her motive . . . we already know he’s hot.

-M

I Can’t Watch John Orozco Cry

31 Jul

The US Men’s Gymnastics team fell short and failed to medal in the team finals. The US finished fourth behind China, Japan and Great Britain. It was a shocking result for what some considered the Dream Team of gymnastics who had qualified in first place for the events. It just took three falls for them to disappear from the medal podium. First it was Sam Mikulak who was really close to a perfect floor routine but he fell and his score was dropped to 14.6. Then Danella Leyva fell on the pommel horse and had to restart which hurt his score. And the nail in the coffin was added by John Orozco who fell on the pommel horse and was given a 12.73 by the judges. Damn pommel horse.

Poor Orozco felt it was his fault but losing was really a team effort in this case. It was going to be hard for them to come back from such low scores to start on the floor. Watching Orozco, who came from the most unlikely gymnastics background, cry was unbearable. I literally could watch it without tearing up. It was like watching a kid who just learned Santa wasn’t real, way too painful.

Luckily there are still individual competitions coming up.

-M

Hot Olympian of the Day: Danell Leyva

28 Jun

We are all looking for a flexible man, who better than U.S. Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva. This 20-year old Cuban born hottie has a gold medal already from U.S. Nationals in 2011 and is a world champion on the parallel bars. He just might be gay but that’s cool because he’s still hot. If you want more of his hottness you can google image him to see some scandalous photos.

Reasons to love Leyva:

1. He is a Renaissance man. He likes to play piano, draw, and paint.

2. He’s an animal lover. Leyva has dogs and a pet tarantula named Rosie. He likes tarantula’s because the world perceives them differently from what they actually are. That sentiment is so sweet that it actually makes me okay with the whole spider thing.

3. He works with kids with cancer. You can youtube him shaving his head. He did it to sympathize with cancer patients.

4. His stepfather is his coach so family is very important to him.

5. When he’s not at the gym he likes to spend the day at the beach. We have something in common.

-M

But She Was So Adorable

4 Jun

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson is retiring at the ripe old age of 20. In 2008 Johnson won 4 medals in Beijing including one gold for the balance beam. Then she took a hiatus from gymnast to focus on being a celebrity. She won the show “Dancing with the Stars.” Johnson was inspired to compete again after a skiing accident blew out her knee. Although she recovered some Johnson has decided to retire because her knee injury is just too serious.That’s a serious bummer. I’m sure they will miss her smile in London this summer.

-M