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I’m going on hiatus

Posted in news on February 25, 2009 by debster03

That’s right, guys – I’m taking a little break from this blog (and gymnastics) – not that I’ve been all that great at updating this thing, but now I’m making it official. I might lurk around my favorite message boards, but I probably won’t post much. There’s some personal stuff I need to take care of and I just don’t have the time or energy to follow the sport right now, so I expect it’ll be at least a couple of months ’til I’m back (unless I suffer from a huge withdrawl, which is quite probable!).

I’ve gotten tons of positive feedback for Double Salto, so I wanted to thank you all – even if you don’t always agree with my opinions! I love your comments anyway. Also, I’m sorry if I’m disappointing anyone – I know I’ll miss you!


To my lovely readers: go easy on me!

Posted in news with tags , , on February 22, 2009 by debster03

I’ve got a confession to make.

I did not watch the Scam American Cup. No, I did not take advantage of the live streaming (although I hear it wasn’t “streaming” all that well, so I may not have missed much). The worst part is that, since I currently do not live inside the United States, I will not be able to watch the event on NBC either (and knowing The Powers that Be, no routines will be kept on Youtube for long). Ooh, what a travesty.

Now, don’t you all freak out. I didn’t forget. I was at the hospital getting a plethora of blood tests taken (I don’t know if I used the word “plethora” right, but it seems appropriate). Joy.

Anyway, so far, all I know is that, 1.  Jordyn Wieber won (unfairly, some claim), which does not make me too happy for a number of reasons (she’s too young, her gymnastics is too sloppy, and that’s not how you spell Jordan), 2. Bridget Sloan placed second (yay Sloanie!), and, 3. Fabian Hambuechen won for the men (*happy dance* he’s too adorable!).  But I don’t even follow men’s gymnastics.

So, for now, I’ll hurry my booty off to all of my gymnastics message boards on the hunt for some info. Then I’ll go hide under a rock, because, really, what kind of gymnastics fan misses live streaming (of the Scam Cup, no less)? I am tres ashamed!

I’m ba-aaaaack!

Posted in news on December 25, 2008 by debster03

Anyone miss me?

Unfortunately, due to limited internet access, I haven’t got a clue about the happenings in the gymnastics world (I could tell you everything you need to know regarding celebrity gossip, though, considering all the time I spent in airports. There was a picture of Nastia and Shawn in some tabloid magazine, though – I don’t know, perhaps it was People? Too cute. My best friend couldn’t understand why I got so excited, especially since I’d already seen that picture about a million times online).

Anyway, I’m off to catch up with the gym world, before I suffer from a withdrawl.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!

still kicking and breathing

Posted in news on December 13, 2008 by debster03

Ugh. Once again, I apologize for the lack of updates – I was literally up to here with finals, but I’m done, thankfully, and it all went well (I also found out today that I got into college!). I wish I could say that I’ll be updating 24/7 now that I can truly let the senioritis kick in (read: if I’m updating, it’s a safe bet that I’m procrasinating on something else), but, unfortunately, I’ll be out of town for nearly two weeks. Once I return, though, I promise there’ll be plenty of double salto-y goodness for all of you!

Happy holidays, everyone!

uh oh…

Posted in news with tags , on December 7, 2008 by debster03

So, apparently someone over at WWGym heard from a “couple of reliable sources” that Ivana Hong will train in Valeri Liukin’s group at WOGA starting this January. I guess all we can do now is sit back, microwave some popcorn (personally, I like the plain kind, with lots of salt!), and watch the drama unfold.

I mean, really. This is a clash of (awfully stubborn) personalities if I’ve ever seen one. Nastia, Papa Liukin, Mr. Bross, Ivana, and Mama Hong all in such proximity to each other? Holy cow. DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA.

Maybe I could do without the pessimism and negativity, but I just can’t see how this will work out (although I sincerely hope it does. Perhaps Ivana could give a clinic on how to hold your legs tightly together on double fronts, while Papa Liukin could fix her crapoid bars). Whatever. Good luck to everyone involved!

Pavs, you break my heart

Posted in news with tags , , on November 16, 2008 by debster03

It’s official – Anna tore her ACL.

According to nbb on the Gymworld message board, she’d been training on a hurt knee for about seven years now. Recovery time is expected to be between 9 and 12 months. Me thinks this is the last we’ll see of Anna.

If you want to find me, I’ll be dressed in black and mourning. Mmkay?

are you kidding me!?

Posted in news with tags , , , on November 15, 2008 by debster03

How ironic that I last posted about an injured Russian gymnast. I guess now we can add another to the list! Triple Full reports that my dear Anna Pavlova hurt her right knee badly while performing her beam dismount at the DTB Cup event final. They think she might have torn the cruciate ligaments. I have absolutely no idea what that means, but it doesn’t sound good at all (edit: it’s a torn ACL. Ouchie).

Anyway, I’m devastated. This really does feel like some sort of cruel joke. Hopefully Anna (and Ksenia) will be back in awesome shape by the 2009 World Championships. If not, that just totally sucks. Big time. Get well soon, Anna!

At least my other favorite in the field, Cheng Fei, seemed to have an amazing competition, snatching three golds. Way to go, Baby Cheng!