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The release of the documentary Athlete A on Netflix has rekindled a discussion on whether Maggie Nichols was unfairly left off the 2016 Olympic team because she was the first to report sexual abuse by Larry Nassar to team officials. Athlete A does not mark the first time this allegation has surfaced, but it does mark the first time it has been presented on a major platform continuing what is one of the most fiercely debated topics amongst gymnastics fans. The point of this article is not to determine whether the allegation is true or not, but to highlight certain points that get lost in the discussion.

Thoughts on the possible motive.

It has frequently been asked why USAG would intentionally leave Maggie Nichols off the 2016 team while naming Aly Raisman who herself was a Nassar survivor. The explanation to this question is the concept of “containment.” In 2015 USAG knew they already had two cases of an Olympian being abused (Raisman and McKayla Maroney) and did not want to see that number increase to three. The more Olympians coming forward as a Nassar survivor, the more media attention the story would generate.

It could also be asked if this was a punitive measure against the Nichols family for making inquiries about the status of the Nassar investigation. It is a completely reasonable request for a parent to want updates on how USAG is handling the sexual abuse case of their own child. But for senior USAG figures, such requests may have alienated them and led to a retaliatory response.

Can these allegations be proven?

There isn’t a “smoking gun” proving this allegation to be true. When all the scoring data is analyzed, there isn’t a specific piece of data that dictates “every gymnast who hit this threshold has made the Olympic team, Maggie reached that threshold and didn’t make the team.”

Another key component of this allegation is that while Maggie’s exclusion from the starting lineup is controversial, her exclusion from one of the three alternate roles is significantly more controversial. There are an abundance of gymnerds who feel her omission from the starting lineup was justified, but her omission from the alternate roles was completely inexcusable. The Maggie Nichols Rio controversy is not one debate, but two debates.

Was it justified to leave her out of the starting lineup? Was it justified to not name Maggie Nichols as an alternate? For many, it is Maggie not being named to an alternate position that gives credence to the allegation that she was unfairly discriminated against.

The alternate position is still a highly prestigious assignment that gymnasts value immensely. Those who earn it frequently label themselves as Olympians on their social media accounts and put it on their resumes. At least one gymnast who was an alternate on the 2016 American team has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on her body. It is a memory that even though they weren’t officially named to the Olympic team, they still were able to travel to Brazil and be part of it. To not earn the alternate assignment is a painful pill to swallow and the loss of a unique life experience.

The logical fallacy of the “backs up” approach.

The center of the controversy rests on how Maggie fits into the three alternate roles. Her exclusion is frequently defended by citing the role of specialists. Alternate Ragan Smith was a strong beam worker and “backs up” Olympian Laurie Hernandez whose speciality was beam. The same could be said for alternate Ashton Locklear who backs up Olympian Madison Kocian as both gymnasts were uneven bars specialists.

The logical fallacy is not that the “backs up” approach is a bad model for constructing a team, it is actually a great model. The logical fallacy is assuming it was the only way to construct a team. The “backs up” approach prioritizes the ceiling scoring potential of a team. It ensures that a high scoring gymnast on one apparatus can be replaced with another high scoring gymnast on that same apparatus. But it comes at the cost of limiting the flexibility of the team and makes it less capable of adapting to a wide range of scenarios.

When a team suffers a wave of injuries this model quickly becomes a liability. Especially if specialists on the same apparatus get injured. This is something that should be on the mind of Team USA officials as gymnastics is a highly injury prone sport and there are numerous examples in gymnastics history of teams getting decimated by injury. Most notably the 1997 World Championships where Ukraine fielded a lineup of just four gymnasts whereas everyone else had six.

An alternative model would have been to take the three best All-Arounders and protect the floor* scoring potential of the team as no matter how bleak the injury situation gets, the more versatile All-Arounders could plug any gap.

*Floor = the economic term, not the gymnastics term.

This is not to say USAG should have gone with a different model to construct the 2016 team. The “backs up” model is highly advantageous when it comes to winning medals in event finals. The point is, USAG chose which type of team construction-philosophy they were going to adopt when building a team. Just like they chose how much they were going to weigh 2016 Trials over past results, give consideration to previous injury history, and whether that athlete would be at full health in time for the Olympics. Lastly, they choose whether or not to consider how much they valued an athlete’s results based on her being on an upswing (showing improvement compared to previous months) or a downswing.

Every single decision USAG made always appeared to be to the detriment of Maggie. Virtually all of the discussion over this controversy involves debating whether Maggie fit the selection criteria. But little attention is being paid as to whether USAG shifted the selection criteria to not fit Maggie.

Thoughts on the 2016 Olympic Trials

Lauren Hopkins over at The Gymternet made the following comment in her writeup of the Maggie Nichols Rio controversy:

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the public-facing judges were purposely told to low-ball Maggie so that she couldn’t rank in a position that would get her an alternate spot.

It is a fascinating point and something she is 100% correct on. This is a very real possibility and it wouldn’t even be unprecedented. Prior to the switch to a committee system, the Olympic Trials were subject to allegations of biased judging in order to prevent a gymnast from qualifying to the Olympic team that senior officials didn’t want.

The sad reality is that USAG has a wide range of options to not only blacklist a gymnast, but to cover its tracks and make it look like said athlete was left off the team for legitimate reasons. I’m not saying this is what happened to Maggie Nichols, but it could have. The takeaway here is that the 2016 Olympic Trials results are often presented as a “truth-teller” scoring sheet proving Ragan Smith was a slightly better gymnast than Maggie, but gymnastics fans should be more cautious in the way they value the legitimacy of those scores.

Thoughts on Maggie

As a gymnastics superpower, USA Gymnastics is frequently put in a position where it has to leave top-rate gymnasts at home. The program simply has more high-caliber gymnasts than it knows what to do with. It results in situations where the team selection process is so competitive, you can have as many as a dozen gymnasts and any one of them would have deserved her spot on the team. It is reminiscent of the former Soviet dynasty who in 1976 had to grapple with choosing a six person team, while having seven active gymnasts who would later go on to be inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

For the gymnasts who are left off the Olympic team, it is often as simple as there being four great reasons why they should have made the team, but five great reasons why the other options were better. Think of what that does for an athlete psychologically. After spending nearly all of her life training in the gym, living a lifestyle that required thousands of miles in travel each year and tens of thousands of dollars in training costs, it is a completely rational response to say “I should have made the team.”

By all accounts Maggie never once sulked over her exclusion from the team nor express bitterness towards the ones who went to Rio. All Maggie ever did was be part of a narrative where her supporters highlight the reasons she should have made the team, even as there were possibly even more reasons that excluding her from the team was the correct decision. Maggie herself has never directly made comments that her exclusion was unjust, instead allowing members of her inner circle to make those statements for her.

Maggie Nichols is not the first gymnast to have gone through this. In 1992 Natalia Kalinina was controversially left off the Unified Team and that exclusion is often attributed to her Ukrainian background rather than her gymnastics credentials. In 1972 Larissa Petrik was left off the Olympic team and felt it was a decision motivated by resentment over her famed 1964 victory against Larissa Latynina who was now a coach and instrumental in choosing the Munich team.

There are no bad gymnasts in any of these stories. Rather these are superstar teams loaded with great gymnasts, that had to leave other great gymnasts at home. And the ones left at home have nothing to do but question “why me?”

Every gymnast who went to Rio was a great athlete and so is Maggie Nichols. I often nickname NCAA gymnastics as the “revenge of the alternates.” It is where top gymnasts who didn’t become major Olympic stars return to competition at the college level and dominate the scene. Proving that the potential to be a highly successful Olympian was always there, but fate and luck had other plans. Maggie’s status as one of the greatest NCAA gymnasts of all time is a testament to the talent she always had.

Thoughts on USAG

USAG is not off the hook by any means. Athlete A raised the possibility of Maggie being wrongfully excluded from the 2016 Olympic team, but it did something else. It hinted at USAG attempting to diminish Maggie’s media exposure and cited two specific examples. The first example was Maggie being barred from appearing in a commercial with Simone Biles. The second was Maggie’s parents not being televised during the broadcast of the Olympic trials as was the case with the parents of other gymnast.

These examples go beyond mere speculation of Maggie being discriminated against, but documented examples of USAG doing exactly that. It is a particular sore point because gymnastics fans love their favorite gymnasts and want to see them have success. And the definition of “success” is not just winning medals, but reaping the rewards for the fruits of their labor in the form of media exposure and/or sponsorship opportunities. If USAG isn’t guilty of taking away Maggie’s Olympic dream, they are certainly guilty of diminishing her moment in the spotlight. And that’s just as egregious of an offense.

Maggie’s parents deserved to have been included in the broadcast. Maggie deserved to be able to go on YouTube twenty years from now, show the 2016 Olympic trials to her kids, and be able to point out things like “there’s Grandma and Grandpa in the stands.” That is what USAG took from Maggie Nichols and it is reprehensible. The question becomes, what else did they take?

Even if Maggie Nichols was left off the 2016 Olympic on merit stemming from a subpar performance at trials, USAG still could have been guilty of directly hindering her athletic career. Maggie Nichols suffered a knee injury in the buildup to the Rio Olympics that proved to be a critical factor in her not making Olympic team. If that injury was linked to overtraining, and her overtraining was encouraged by USAG, then USAG is responsible. This could be as simple as Maggie (or her coach) getting the impression from USAG coaches that she was on the outside looking in, and started increasing her training hours in response.

The other scenario is that USAG had planned to unfairly exclude her from the team, but didn’t need to implement that plan after Maggie’s performance at 2016 Olympic Trials was enough to remove her from the team. In that scenario USAG is no different than a mobster who hired a hitman to kill someone, but the intended target died of a heart attack before the hitman could complete the job.

This story will go down as one of the most controversial moments in American gymnastics history. Fans will always have different opinions. There are those who believe Maggie should having been in the starting lineup while an even greater number of fans believe that at the very least, she should have been named to an alternate spot. But the premise gymnastics fans seem to be in the most universial agreement with:

Maggie Nichols never had a chance.

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I am sick of scrolling past all those results for the no-name, World cup (Some might call it lazy) so I figured I might as well blog since the Chinese National Games aren’t for another two weeks (Shang Chunsong will win Floor gold and be sent to the World championships. You heard it delusionally, here first) I won’t be going back to the 80’s because a lot of 2021 gym fans don’t know the names of anyone) So without further ado….

1995 US Women win Bronze medal {Results} in the team competition at Worlds… [Video [ABC-TV] [German TV] US Compulsories [Home Video]

I call this the forgotten, US World team. In spite of the fact it had 2 time, World All-Around Champion Shannon Miller, perpetual whiner and runner up, Kerri Strug and Newcomer, Dumbo Moceanu the team wasn’t expected to figure into the medals. Shannon Miller sprained her ankle during practice and wasn’t going to compete on all the events in team finals but when she saw the team was losing their grip on a chance at a medal she competed Vault: [One] [Two] and Floor on one leg. ABC even gave Shannon some credit for competing hurt but since it didn’t end in gold at the Olympics it’s something only diehard gymnastics fans remember. The 1995 Worlds had some of the most suspicious judging of all time. The overscoring of Romania (especially Milo)and Lilia (UB world medalist? Really?) and rumors about score fixing have been around for years but no one ever seems to talk about them. Other members were Doni Thompson, [UB] [Floor] Mary-Beth Arnold, [UB] Jaycie Phelps (Who made bar finals after a huge compulsories overscore) and Theresa Kulikowski [Floor]

2002 Worlds

Samantha Sheehan: 2002 world Championships. Bronze medal on Floor. (Can you believe it’s almost been 20 years?) Sam trained at Cincinnati gymnastics academy and spent her entire career being a walking injury. Sam was also one of those unfairly, hated gymnasts back in the early days of the gymterhaters just because she trained with Mary Lee Tracy who had the audacity to bring religion into her gym. I remember when Sam was picked for the team and the usual haters (who preach niceness and acceptance now) were out in full force bitching that she was named to the team. They went ballistic when she lead the Semi finals. An unfortunate, step out of bounds put her in third place during the Final round but this one was one of 3, unexpected medals at this Worlds for the United States after a horrible quad of uselessness.

Jana Bieger: 2006, Silver medalist in the All Around : (Video of her AA performance) [Vault] [Bars] [Beam] [Floor] and won a silver on Floor (Video)

The 2006 Worlds is kindly (for me anyway) remembered as the first time the World judges finally gave Beth Tweddle credit for her Uneven Bar prowess. (And at the expense of Nastia Liukin which was kind of a plus:) but for the US, this Worlds was known as Jana Bieger’s coming out party (Short, coming out party. It only lasted one competition) Natasha Kelley was the gymnast who almost beat Nastia for the National AA title (and should have but I digress) so all eyes were on her when the competition started. Her form wasn’t the greatest and the World judges took notice (just for her apparently because they didn’t notice Jana’s form which was even worse) but Jana stood up to the challenge after Chellsie Memmel’s injury ( She led qualifying but was hurt in team finals and continued anyway and was further hurt and had to pull out) and finished second to Vanessa Ferrari (who had a fall) in the All-around. ( She could have won gold if not for a mistake on her UB routine)

The 2001 World Bronze team medalists [ Team Results] [Full Results]

Not much was expected of the 2001 Worlds team. The quad before had been filled with a bunch of whiny babies who thought they could follow the success of the mag 7 (without any of the work ethic or talent) and they had failed miserably. (One medal overall and that was only given to them by default) This 2001 team’s bronze medal, overall is literally ignored by all gymnastics fans (As is the 95 team) because ….. but this was the start of USA Gymnastics’ comeback to the forefront and should be given more credit. [Different version of team finals] [Tasha on floor]

While Tasha Schwikert and Tabitha Yim didn’t win All around medals they finished 5th and 7th (Respectful finishes considering the debacle of the last 4 years) Tasha was less than a tenth out of 3rd place. Ashley Miles and Mohini Bhardwaj made it into the Vault final (one vault counted to advance I believe) and finished 7th and 8th. A surprising Rachel Tidd made it into the beam final, finishing 8th and Tasha Schwikert finished 5th and in the Floor finals Tabitha Yim finished, 6th , and Tasha Schwikert fell, finishing 8th… And……

Katie Heenan, Bronze medalist, Uneven Bars. [Full Event Finals Results]

Thanks to a fall filled, UB final the last 3 standing took the medals and Katie ended up 3rd with a 9.212. An extremely low score for a medal in an international competition under the ten system, Katie still did her job but is rarely if ever remembered for anything but her College career.

And last but not least….. Ivana Hong, 2009, bronze medalist on beam.

Ivana’s gymnastics career is rarely mentioned (Hell I’ve typed Tabitha 3 times and had to delete it myself:) While she is most noted for her time at Woga just watching her you can tell her beautiful form originated at another gym, GAGE (Home of Leanne Wong, Courtney McCool, and Kara Eaker, among many others)

IVANA qualified into the beam finals in 4th place with a 14.400. (5.9 with an 8.500 execution score) in the finals she received a 6.0 start value with an 8.550 execution score)

WAIT!!!!! (UB Results] [FULL UB final]

If this isn’t a chaotic and completely useful way to end a blog, I don’t know what is. I FORGOT TERIN HUMPHREY. Yep, you can’t have a blog about forgotten Olympic or World medal gymnasts if you don’t remember them except when you are 3 seconds away from pushing, publish:)

At the 2004 Olympics, if you knew who Terin was it was because of her beautiful dance on floor. She started the Wolf turn craze we all hate to hate, so I guess you could also remember her beam, but it was actually the Uneven Bars where Terin made her name as a gymnast, winning the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics. The drama of Khorkina falling. Emilie Pennec and her ugly, Def winning gold. It was almost like they were going to give the other two medals to any US gymnast that made the final. For me, PYON Kwang Sun should have won a medal over Kupets. Li Ya also could have won that medal. The step on the landing hurt her but is it any worse than the huge leg separation of Emile on her def. (No question mark here) Ooops….. sorry. There I go again. This blog is meant to give credit to gymnasts forgotten by the gymterhaters not bitch about the judges

Honorable mention: Courtney Kupets, 2004 Olympic bronze medalist on the UB and 2002, World UB champion. Maggie Nichols, World bronze medalist on floor. Morgan Hurd, silver medalist on Floor at the 2017 World Championships. Jordyn Wieber, bronze medalist on beam in 2011. Aly Raisman, a bronze medalist on Floor, 2011, and bronze on beam at the 2012, Olympics. World Championships. Betty Okino, 1991, bronze medal on beam. In 2002, a silver medal on bars at Worlds. Ashley Postell, 2002, Gold medalist on beam.

Sorry 80’s and before but this blog is long enough. If you actually read this blog, please mention your favorite flower in the comment section. No one will know what you mean. I’ll tell them to read the damn blog I spent 4 hours on to find out:) Did you remember these medalists? Did I miss anyone? Should I have added 80’s and before gymnasts? The only one I feel never gets recognized is Brandy Johnson winning a silver medal on vault in 1989. Maybe Pheobe Mills, bronze medal on beam in the Olympics in 1988. The rest are already unknown.

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I wasn’t planning on doing one of these today, but…things happen.

Texas Nightmares

This week, Ashton Kim and Kennedy Baker both wrote about their experiences at Texas Dreams—or as Ashton (and everyone’s legs) refer to it, Texas Nightmares.

Both statements are worth reading in their entirety, especially as several of these tales take Texas Dreams from the territory of “ah, these are adults who did not realize the damaging effect their words and actions had on the minor gymnasts they coached and could perhaps learn…” to the territory of “OH GOD.”

I mean, I’m not sure there’s any coming back from the HARROWING story of Kim cutting Kennedy’s hair right before nationals. Dear gymnastics coaches: why are you psychotic? Asking for an everyone.

Given the gym’s injury history that we’ve all seen play out over the years, it’s not shocking news to hear about overtraining and injury problems (doesn’t make it any better, but just…duh), but what’s clear from these accounts is that the problems have run much deeper than a mismanagement of physical health. The racism. OH the racism.

If gymnasts are coming out of your gym feeling like this about their experiences, you did it wrong.

As I always say, this is far from the last we’ll hear. Texas Dreams is not an unusual gym and Kim and Chris are not unusual coaches or out of the ordinary in their approach. Keep the stories coming. It’s the only way.

Also, I know it’s not the biggest headline here, but since it’s in my wheelhouse and I’ve discussed it so much in the past…let’s get into Kennedy’s discussion of the Florida floor lineup strategy.

I always defended Florida’s floor lineups because of strategic efficacy. All those 9.925s and 9.950s that Bridgey Caquatto got anchoring floor—were they truly based on the merits of the routine? Not always! That was effective use of lineups and effective awareness of lineup bias and college judging nonsense.

But Kennedy is accurate in pointing out what I hadn’t seen, that it typically was the black women being put in the position of lifting up the scores of others. It’s Kennedy Baker, it’s Kytra Hunter, it’s Alicia Boren, it’s Trinity Thomas. Admittedly not always always—I think Bridget Sloan was used for the same purpose on floor and there was a time at the end of her junior year when Kennedy was anchoring floor—but the overall trend is there. She’s not imagining things.

And it’s very valid to ask why this strategy wasn’t undertaken in a couple other circumstances. Alex McMurtry was the best vaulter on those Florida teams, and she too could have scored a 10 at other positions in the lineup, but she had that anchor spot sewn up and was not used to lift up the vault scores of, say, a Kennedy Baker in the same way that Baker and Hunter were used on floor.

Now, it may well be a situation where those coaches, like me, legitimately didn’t see it until this exact moment when it was pointed out by someone who lived it, but that’s why a main issue Kennedy brings up with regard to Florida is so important. There must be an environment where, if someone says, “Listen up buttheads, the floor lineup is racist,” she isn’t treated like the squeaky wheel who’s causing drama.

If there are 17 of the CLOSEST SISTER TEAMMATES on one side of a team issue and 2 on the other, it doesn’t necessarily mean that those 2 are the “problems” that need to be addressed. It might just be the 17. And if the “team issue” in question is obvious racism like in these stories Kennedy relates, then it’s definitely not the people experiencing the obvious racism who need to be met with so that TEH CHAMPIONSHIP can be won.

So, anyway. There’s that.

I leave you with the palate cleanser of Chellsie Memmel doing a pit-manar.

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So, while Kuzya was walking, my brain heated up by alcohol and "undersex" body began to draw all sorts of lecherous and exciting pictures in my head. The fantasy of being in the city without underwear under my "mouse" clothes has always turned me on incredibly. And then, having brought myself with fantasies to a certain degree of excitement, I decided: "why not try?" Approaching the nearest shop.

And leaning my booty against it (so as not to fall), with trembling hands, I took off my already pretty wet panties and folded them neatly into my pocket. The feeling was just incredible.

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To caress. My quickly drooping member limply tossed and turned under the pressure of her tongue. But she was clearly a sorceress. Within a couple of minutes I realized that he was getting up again.

Now discussing:

He was tired and wanted to end an argument that had not yet played. Out properly. He succeeded, Angela fell silent. She pouted and watched with hurt eyes as Roy took the box with Mrs. Gardner's order and got out of the car.

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