Anxious About The World's Most Dominant Gymnast? Blame It On Rio.

A year and a half ago, Simone Biles was a last-minute substitute at the 2013 American Cup. There she placed second behind 2011 junior national champion Katelyn Ohashi after losing an early lead with a fall from the beam. At that meet, Biles couldn't win with a fall. But at this weekend's national championship in… » 8/26/14 10:50am 8/26/14 10:50am

The Real Reason Ashley Wagner Made The U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team

On Sunday, U.S. Figure Skating gave the final spot on its three-member women's Olympic team to Ashley Wagner, even though she had fallen twice the previous day during an "embarrassing" skate at the national championships in Boston. The other selections were Gracie Gold, the newly crowned national champion who gave… » 1/16/14 6:58pm 1/16/14 6:58pm

Return Of The Meme: McKayla Maroney Vaults Again

One year and three leg surgeries after London, McKayla Maroney has returned to competition on the vault. And from a performance standpoint, not much has changed. She does the two-and-a-half twister that made her famous (before the meme made her even more famous) just as well as she did at the Olympics. She even… » 10/04/13 5:46pm 10/04/13 5:46pm

McKayla Maroney Injured at the Second Stop of a 40-City Tour, Possibly…

If you were planning on going to one of the stops on the Kellogg's Tour of Champions to see the gold medal winning U.S. women's gymnastics team, the self-proclaimed "Fierce Five," you should be warned — the roster has now been reduced to three because of an injury to fan and Tumblr favorite, McKayla Maroney. (What… » 9/13/12 1:40pm 9/13/12 1:40pm

Gabby Douglas Scores Perfect 10 on Challenging 'Pledge of Allegiance'…

Olympic double gold medalist and cute-as-a-button living American Girl doll Gabby Douglas led the Democratic National Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance yesterday. She did not flip onto or off of the stage, and despite the fact that NBC gymnastics analyst Elfi Schlegel speculated in a concerned, hushed voice that… » 9/06/12 12:20pm 9/06/12 12:20pm

Gabby Douglas's Former Coaches Should Stop Asking Her to Be Grateful

Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas made headlines this week when she told Oprah that she had experienced racially motivated bullying while at Excalibur, the gym in Virginia Beach. She had trained there for over six years before making the move to Iowa and Liang Chow with whom she won the Olympic gold medal. In… » 9/03/12 12:30pm 9/03/12 12:30pm

Gabby Douglas Says Excalibur Gym Staffer Suggested She Get a Nose Job

Sixteen-year-old Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas is having a busy year, what with the gold medals and the Corn Flakes box and the interview with Oprah. But while most of the news regarding the bubbly teen is good, some of it remains negative. And in a piece by Buzz Bissinger for the October issue of Vanity Fair,… » 8/30/12 12:50pm 8/30/12 12:50pm

Excalibur Alums Immediately Defend Their Gym Against Gabby Douglas’…

On Sunday, Gabby Douglas sat down with Oprah and revealed some pretty harrowing anecdotes about some of the racial bullying she allegedly endured while training at Excalibur's gym in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She told Oprah that, as the only African American training at Excalibur, she sometimes felt bullied, which in… » 8/28/12 10:00am 8/28/12 10:00am

Let's Celebrate the World's Athletes with an Olympic Gif Party

The London Olympics are wrapping up on Sunday, after 16 days of competition, crying during national anthems, and ill-conceived grill flashing. Let's relive some of the game's most memorable moments with the artistic medium du jour, the gif. » 8/10/12 5:10pm 8/10/12 5:10pm

On July 27th — we were all so innocent then — the XXX Olympiad kicked off…

The Fierce Five: Just Your Average Teenage Girls With a Shit-Ton of…

All five members of the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team were on The Today Show this morning where, among other things, the girls discussed their gold medals, McKayla Maroney's "not impressed" face, and what they expect when they return to in the United States (apart from a bajillion dollars worth of endorsement… » 8/09/12 11:50am 8/09/12 11:50am

Being a Confident Badass Does Not Make a Female Athlete a 'Diva'

There have been several great stories to come out of the gymnastics competition at these Games—the Fierce Five's dominant performance to win the team gold medal, Gabby Douglas' victory in the all around, Kohei Uchimura's coronation as greatest male gymnast of all time, the British men's historic team bronze in front… » 8/08/12 6:30pm 8/08/12 6:30pm

Female Gymnasts Used to Compete on the Rings, But the Game Changed

When you tell folks that you've done gymnastics, most automatically ask you if you did the rings. No, I would explain. It's not one of the women's apparatuses. But why is it the men's and women's gymnastics can look like completely different sports? In all of the Olympic sports, women and men do not compete… » 8/07/12 3:15pm 8/07/12 3:15pm

Black Gymnasts Who Kicked Ass for Team USA

When Gabby Douglas won the women's all around gold medal, she became the most marketable 16-year-old athlete in the world and the first the first African-American woman to win the most prestigious title in gymnastics. Her teammate, 15-year-old Kyla Ross (whose father is black and Japanese; her mother is Filipino and… » 8/06/12 11:45am 8/06/12 11:45am

Isn't It Time for Gymnastics Comedy to Make a Comeback?

Figure-skating exhibitions can be fun, so why not start bringing the funny back into some gymnastics routines? The idea of a person swinging around on different apparatuses is an inherently funny spectacle, and other than the fact that fucking around on the uneven parallel bars can end in horrifying injury, some… » 8/05/12 5:00pm 8/05/12 5:00pm

Marketers Can't Wait to Use Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Sell…

If you're anything like me, when you watched American gymnast Gabby Douglas compete in the individual all-around finals, you had much less composure as a spectator than the eventual gold medalist did as a competitor. And when she won and waved with the poise and calm confidence of tiny American royalty, you may… » 8/03/12 7:00pm 8/03/12 7:00pm