So, What Did I Miss? Rio Olympics Edition (1)

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A quick recap of the last two days with video from podium training, team news (cough USA cough), schedules, interview, pictures:

So what did I miss?

… in schedules, start lists:

Start list for men’s qualification competition [HERE]

Steaming schedule, on BBC [HERE]

Schedule  for gymnastics at the Rio games [HERE]/ General Olympic Games schedule [HERE]

Also, find the current local time in Rio de Janeiro [HERE]


… in 2016 Rio Games multisport and news:

Opening ceremony best moments: [HERE] and a step by step summary [HERE]

The opening fireworks:

“In the hills that hug Maracana Stadium, many Brazilians saw the flash and glitz of the opening ceremony for the Olympics from rooftops with exposed wiring and water pipes” [HERE]

On the Russian ban, Rio Olympics controversies:


… in gymnasts & teams news:

GymCastic: WAG Podium training wrap-up [HERE], MAG podium training summary [HERE]

The IOC has cleared for competition 20 Russian gymnasts [HERE]

US podium training notes, via the Balance Beam situation. For the US it was “Just another casual podium training with zero falls. You know, like no other country has.” [HERE]

Laurie Hernandez – is Marta really “robbing” her of the all around spot, or was it the domestics scoring that inflicted unrealistic expectations and heartbreak ? [HERE] and the ESPN analysis of the USA selection situation [HERE]

Gabrielle Douglas looked at podium training better than what we’s seen from her this year, the secret: [HERE]

FIG: best of podium training quotes from gymnasts [HERE]

Laurie Henandez refutes report of injury [HERE]

Summary of the podium training for Russia [HERE]

via HuffPo: Why do we really follow women’s gymnastics [HERE]

Ellis O’Reilly, the first gymnast to represent Ireland at the Olympics [HERE]

via IG: Five gymnasts flag bearers at the opening ceremony [HERE]

Canada’s Ellie Black, a “contender” for medals, if not one of the favorites [HERE]

Aly Raisman and Marta, casually playing table tennis [HERE]

USA: Steve Penny’s statement on the alleged USAG cover up of abuse [HERE]

Five myths about gymnastics, with Dvora Meyers [HERE]

Catalina Ponor has made several attempts to give up her addiction but, no matter how hard the Romanian tries, she cannot cope with the withdrawal symptoms of life without gymnastics.” [HERE]

New Zealand gymnastics coach Mary Wright reaches Olympic goal 40 years after Montreal [HERE]


... in interview:

Olga Korbut interview “Nobody known me before the Olympics and nobody care about gymnastics before that. But after first, second day, I heard in the radio, I heard on TV, my name. I didn’t speak German or English. And everybody in the Olympic village congratulate me, hugging me, all athletes. ” [HERE]

**Larrissa Miller **spoke of how an abusive past had made her stronger as she heads into her second Olympics in Rio. [HERE]

Dominique Dawes won’t be defined by her Olympic medals [HERE]


… podium training video:

Watch podium training videos from all subdivisons on gymnastics_planet

China’s podium training was not the best, especially Shang Chunsong who feels ill:

Flavia Saraiva, beam during PT:

Aliya Mustafina, beam:

Hong Un Jong TTY:

Rebeca Andrade, Amanar on vault:

Aliya Mustafina – FX upgrades break down:

More team Brazil podium training videos can be found HERE

A couple of German PT videos can be found HERE


… in pictures:

the Dutchies were in orange for the PT, but why the long faces?

Team France, podium training checked:

The GB podium training leo was interesting too:

Jessica Lopez, enjoying her Olympics:

Giulia Steingruber was the Swiss flag bearer during the opening ceremony:

Marian forces Aliya to smile:

Mix group 7 for qualifications:

The US girls were interviewed by Ryan Seacrest:

US podium training crew:



Lastly, here is a list the blogs and websites we love and follow:

Rewriting Russian Gymnastics



Coach Rick@

The Balance Beam Situation

Arabian Punch Front

Ginastica Artistica Italiana (on Facebook)

Spanny Tampson’s big fake smile

Also, don’t forget to buy Dvora Meyers’ book, The End of the Perfect 10 –  the most well-researched and complex, but also very well written gymnastics book in history.


Stay tuned, more to follow tomorrow when the women take the stage in qualifications!


Article: Bea Gheorghisor

Photo Cover: John Cheng via USA Gymnastics

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