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I’ve been checking this rather compulsively, and video is finally up. All four events!

This is coverage from NBC Universal Sports:

And check this: apparently, Al, Tim and Elfie don’t have a contract to cover Universal Sports events. Ah, silence is golden.

For those of you who watch men’s gymnastics too, I don’t understand, but here is the link to the main page so you can do that!

Penguin is uploading individual exercises to youtube here. The great NastiaFan is also uploading full events to megaupload. We’re set!

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The World Cup Final will be broadcast live on the FIG Web site

The World Cup Final will be broadcast live on the FIG Web site

Great news from the FIG today.

The World Cup Final will be broadcast live from Madrid on the FIG microsite for the WCF. Then you can always follow up with on-demand coverage from NBC Universal Sports.

The FIG Media Staff will also be posting live commentary.

Finally, the FIG is testing out an implementation of the IRCOS system on their Web site! IRCOS (Instant Replay and Information System) is the video system that allows for playback of routines so judges can review a controversial routine. Apparently they will post “a handful” of IRCOS clips online. If all goes well, this will become a mainstay of the FIG’s Web site during the 2009 World Championships.

Nice.

I’ve gotten a few questions about where to watch the WCF. So far, the best answer is on-demand from NBC Universal Sports. That means it’s not real-time, but I would assume they’d get it up there fast.

Options:

  • The FIG announced today (December 12) that it would broadcast the WCF LIVE on its microsite for the event
  • WCF on NBC Universal Sports will have on-demand coverage, which means not live, but more practical
  • Rumor has it that Band (Brazil) will be streaming the event, but I can’t find it on their programming grid
  • Teledeporte will be airing the first day of the WCF on Monday, though oddly, I can’t figure out if they’ll be airing the second day or if the broadcast will be available online

Inside Gymnastics, an American gymnastics magazine (whose online coverage has been extremely intermittent and generally disappointing lately) will launch a radio program this Thursday, November 20th at 5 p.m. EST.

According to this notice, the program will be hosted by John Roethlisberger and will feature Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin and Shannon Miller.

The first broadcast will stream live on insidegymnastics.com.

I have a great fondness for Shawn Johnson, and I’ve got to say, she’s grown up quite a bit since her first interviews. This is an interview she did with WHO radio in Iowa on November 14th.

Of course, most importantly, with regard to training for 2012:

As of right now, I would love to be there. There’s a lot of training involved, especially since the Tour we’ve taken about two months kind of off, it’s kind of relaxing and having fun. But I don’t know, there’s something in me that still wants to compete, and if I can be there in 2012 I will be.

With respect to 2009, she said that if she is ready for it, she’ll compete. But she also mentioned “other opportunities that arise.” Here’s hoping to see her by Nationals and Worlds.

With regards to school (always a big question for me), she says she will go from January through the summer to catch up. And she’ll be going back to her high school. I love to hear her saying that she loves school and can’t wait to go back.

Some of the routines from the Tour, which features Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Alicia Sacramone and Shannon Miller, have been appearing on YouTube.

I’m definitely going to the Tour once it reaches my neck of the woods. It’s not my favorite gymnastics event, but it’s still fun to watch once every four years. I’ll be more excited to see what Johnson and Liukin do after it’s over!

If it’s not yet clear, Shawn Johnson was my favorite gymnast from this quadrennium, so here’s her floor routine. Most of the passes are pretty simple (two front layouts, e.g.) but there’s also a double pike (which she is clearly capable of doing in her sleep) in there at the beginning. Cute:

This article from USA Today takes up the same issue I’ve discussed in my last two posts: post-Olympics celebrity.

The reporter seems to argue that Mary Lou Retton has faded from the spotlight, which is generally true, except that she always gets a little airtime during Olympic years. And in any case, this is not to say that she has not been successful (she’s a successful motivational speaker).

Then again, I’m a little skeptical of Retton’s claim that she dropped out of U-Texas because classmates were jealous of her fame. The school I went to has its fair share of celebrities, and I don’t think jealousy is their main concern. In any case, I’m most admiring of people like Shannon Miller, who not only completing her college degree but pursuing a higher degree (in law). (And of course people like Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, who have made their careers coaching.)

By contrast, the article also mentions Carly Patterson, who has been unsuccessful in my opinion. Her biggest audiences are at gymnastics events, and those kids love Patterson for other reasons anyway.

The ultimate conclusion is that you don’t make a name for yourself out of gymnastics. You do gymnastics because you love the sport, and even if you get the big endorsements — Retton had more major ones than Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson combined — you still have to find something to do with the rest of your life. That can be in gymnastics, or not. But as Kristi Yamaguchi says at the end of this article:

“I worked as hard or harder to build a professional reputation. If you want a career post-Olympics, you can’t just rest on laurels.”


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First there was A score and B score, now D score and E score. Where is the C score? Right here. In the form of my random thoughts about women's artistic gymnastics.

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