Tag Archives: gymnastics

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

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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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Olympian Most Likely to Hair Model

8 Aug

I thought the same thing about his hair. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.
-M

Aspirations of OlyVil -- Two girls scheming their way into the Olympic Village

If there’s one thing that the Olympics are good at, it’s making someone you’ve never heard of and won’t hear about again for another four years if at all your new favorite person. And men’s high bar gold medal winner from the Netherlands, Epke Zonderland, has made all of my dreams come true.

 

While his routine was insanely difficult, I’m not sure that he didn’t get the gold medal based on hair alone. Much like Sam Mikulak’s gold medal in sportsmanship and attitude.

 

 

If you ever find yourself in Holland and pass by Epke, congratulate him on his medal, but most importantly, congratulate him on those locks.

Earning an honorable Canadian mention, Derek Drouin, bronze medalist in men’s high jump.

So close, yet so far.

 

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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

Gabby Douglas Makes History(Yes I’m just now writing about this)

2 Aug

This Olympics for me has been a very difficult one to cover. Do I write about things when they happen? Or do I wait until absolutely everyone in the world has had a chance to see them. For me on the West Coast Gabby Douglas’ gold medal performance has yet to air in its entirety(yes we West Coaster are the absolute last people to see the Olympics). Yesterday I wrote about the women’s team gymnastics win when it actually happened which outraged people. So today I waited as long as I could to write about Douglas.

If you have been living under a rock than you have not already heard that Douglas became the first African-American gymnastics individual all-round winner. Since we can’t just focus on her amazing accomplishment some people are focusing on her hair. A few people pointed out that her hair gelled-down looked less than stellar. If we know anything from Chris Rock’s “Good Hair,” it’s the importance of good hair. But in the case of Douglas I think her gold medal should out weigh any concerns of hair care. If internet users are going to complain about anything it should be her nickname, “Fly Squirrel.”

Douglas beat out Viktoria Komova of Russia by three-tenths of a point. Damn that’s close.  Aliya Mustafina of Russia and Aly Raisman finished with identical scores of 59.566, but the Mustafina got the bronze on a tiebreak. So there you have it one American and two unhappy Russians on the podium.

-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 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

Poor Jordyn Wieber

29 Jul

I think it is easy to forget how much pressure Olympic athletes are under. The story of 17 year-old Jordyn Wieber is the perfect example of this. She came in as an Olympic favorite and the new face of USA gymnastics. Wieber is the reigning all-around world champion and was expected to easily move onto the Olympic all-around finals. But alas she failed to get a high enough score to move on. In fact it was the lowest score she had ever gotten.  And she was beaten by her BFF and roommate Aly Raisman. Raisman came in first with a score of 60.391 points, right behind her was Gabby Douglas with 0.126 less, and lastly Wieber scored  0.359 points behind. It is crazy when you think she just lost out by 0.359 points. But there can only be two finalist from each country.

Now she must pull it together to participate for team gold. Losses like this are truly devastating to athletes who depend on winning to make money from sponsors. Just look at Michael Phelps. Subway wouldn’t want to be in business with him if he were the second place finisher.

-M

 

 

Hot Olympian of the Day: John Orozco

4 Jul

Happy 4th of July everyone! And it wouldn’t really be the 4th without our hot Olympian of the day. After you finish reading go and have fun. We are . . .

Our hot Olympian of the day is none other than Team USA gymnast John Orozco. He only 19(that’s old enough for us to gawk at right?) and an Olympic virgin. He hails from the Bronx, NY.

Reasons to love Orozco:

1. He was featured in the Gym Class Hero’s music video for “The Fighter.”

2. They call him the ‘silent ninja,’ meaning you better watch out for him at the Olympics.

3. Even though he works out a lot and is super healthy, he loves pizza. He says he’s in rehab for the Olympics.

4. He loves Adele and Chris Brown. He even listens to country music.

5. His favorite TV shows include, “Family Guy” and  “CSI.”

-M