By Elizabeth Grimsley, Caroline Medley and Christina Marmet
When everyone does the same set of skills in a routine, things can get pretty boring. Devaluing some of those most popular tricks might force diversity in the sport and make it more appealing to watch. Now, when we say devalued, that doesn’t mean the gymnast can’t do the skill anymore, it just means they won’t get the same credit for it as, say, other, harder skills. We know this isn’t realistic for most things as it would make it increasingly difficult for lower tiered teams to keep up, but note: that didn’t prove to be the case with the Yurchenko full as of yet. But, for the sake of argument, the following list of skills we’d like to see devalued doesn’t take into account feasibility or affect on those non-top teams.
By Emily Howell-Forbes
The annual event of “we shall try not to die so that colleges will tell us ‘I choose you,’” also more commonly known as J.O. Level 10 Nationals, was held in Indianapolis this weekend. Those who mainly follow elite will have been watching the little Junior As and Bs with rapt attention, while those who follow NCAA gymnastics will have been focused on the Senior D, E and F groups that contain next year’s future freshman stars. And those of us who follow both are just exhausted after a weekend of trying to watch a extremely difficult to follow stream.
There were twelve age group categories, each spanning about four months. This made for 12 individual event winners for each event and 12 AA winners, which fits right into the NCAA theme of “you get a medal, and you get a medal, and you get a medal!”
By Caroline Medley, Christina Marmet and Elizabeth Grimsley
The end of another season means it won’t be long until the freshmen start arriving on campus and training to make their mark on their chosen programs. While we can’t wait to see a whole bunch of these newcomers compete in 2018, there are 18 in particular we are stoked to watch in the NCAA.
By Elizabeth Grimsley
After a season full of great leotards, as well as some not-so-great ones, we take a look back at some of our favorite, including those stunning enough to receive scores of 9.0 or above. Plus, remember those fan polls you voted in each week? We've got the results! Which leotards did the gymternet love the most in 2017? Find out below.
Days until the 2017 National Championships