So I realize that the entire gymnastics world is talking about one of three things right now… Paul Hamm’s withdrawl from the US Men’s Olympic Team, the alleged age falsification of some Beijing-bound athletes, and the Dominque Moceanu/Jennifer Sey “stuff.” All of these things have certainly been on my mind of late and I have been preparing a post regarding the Sey controversy, but for now, I’m going to keep things on the lighter side.
I wrote a post last Fall about the ten things I dislike in the world of gymnastics and thought I should counter balance it with a list of ten things that I do like. I find myself complaining about the current state of gymnastics far too often. I thought it would be fun to remind myself of what is good about our sport right now. Without further ado…
- I like the return of the aerial cartwheel on Beam. Yes, I suppose it’s overused already (what isn’t with this code? Wait, this is a positive list…) but it’s a gorgeous skill when done well.
- Mattie Larson. Isn’t she fun? She has such spunk and seems so unaffected by the things that have happened this year. We need more athletes like her, with expressiveness on the apparatus and clean, precise execution. I hope she recovers well from her stress fracture and look forward to seeing her in the years to come.