Sorry, couldn’t resist the greatest gymnastics GIF of all time. (Also, I’m a freelancer. I’m rarely not working, so I feel your pain.)
Perhaps due to the impending holiday weekend, perhaps due to a bit of American insularity, the gymternet has been quieter this week. So I’m going to encourage you to take the time to watch some international gymnastics where Americans do not dominate.
Both the Pan Am Championships and African Championships are this weekend, so it’s an important time for worlds qualifications. Here’s a refresher on how that works.
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The Americans are at Pan Ams, of course, and there are several Americans competing for other countries who will also be in attendance in Medellin. But check out the quality of the gymnastics from Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, in particular. The former two are looking to qualify teams to worlds.
Elsadek posted a series of photos from Egypt, including one of her doing a handstand on a camel that, if I were queen of the FIG, I would say merits sending her straight to the Olympics.
Five at The IX: Emma Spence on GymCastic
Not my interview this week, but I did want to draw your attention to GymCastic’s interview with Canadian gymnast Emma Spence, which begins at the 32:50 mark and ends at the 46:22 mark.
Spence was part of the historic bronze-medal-winning Canadian squad at worlds last year, which qualified the team for the Olympics. At the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Spence was the bronze medalist in the all-around and on beam. She also competes collegiately for Nebraska, where she will be a junior in the fall. (Per this interview, she will compete in college and train for the Olympics simultaneously.)
In this interview, Spence talks about representing Canada at the G7 Summit. She traveled to Japan in April with nine other international gymnasts, including Nastia Liukin and Uchimura Kohei, for the summit. It’s a really interesting conversation.