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Report: Pairs Skater John Coughlin Was Accused Of Sexual Misconduct With Minors Report: Pairs Skater John Coughlin Was Accused Of Sexual Misconduct With Minors

Yesterday it was reported that former pairs skater John Coughlin died by suicide a day after his interim suspension from SafeSport was announced, but there was no public comment about the nature of the allegations against him by either SafeSport or U.S. Figure Skating.

The USOC Should Be Abolished, Not Reformed The USOC Should Be Abolished, Not Reformed

Earlier this week, more than two years after the Indianapolis Star reported the first allegations against former USA Gymnastics/Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar, Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican who represents Colorado, introduced the “Strengthening U.S. Olympics Act” to closely scrutinize the USOC—among other…

A Brief History Of Viral Gymnastics Routines

This weekend, the internet, once again, discovered that college gymnastics exists when UCLA senior Katelyn Ohashi’s floor routine went viral.

Michigan Hires And Fires Former USA Gymnastics Executive All In One Weekend Michigan Hires And Fires Former USA Gymnastics Executive All In One Weekend

If you watched the University of Michigan women’s gymnastics team compete this weekend, you might have seen Rhonda Faehn out there on the floor with them. Faehn was the former senior vice president of the women’s program at USA Gymnastics, a role she held with the organization from 2015 until she was canned in 2018 in…

BYU Gymnast Performs A Super Mario Bros.-Themed Floor Routine

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “I like college gymnastics but can it be more like a video game?”

USA Gymnastics Wants To Pay Its Staff Bonuses While Male Gymnasts Haven't Received Their Monthly Stipends USA Gymnastics Wants To Pay Its Staff Bonuses While Male Gymnasts Haven't Received Their Monthly Stipends

Last week, USA Gymnastics asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to approve $88,000 in holiday bonuses for its office staff. On Thursday, the Orange County Register reported that the gymnasts on the U.S. men’s national team have not received their monthly support checks from the federation, and that coaches who worked with…

The Next Step For Elite Gymnasts Is To Form A Union The Next Step For Elite Gymnasts Is To Form A Union

At the beginning of November, the USOC announced that it was taking the first step towards decertifying USA Gymnastics. This was a direct if belated response to the national governing body having spent two years repeatedly failing in virtually every facet related to the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. The former team…

The IOC Graciously Takes Credit For Improved Relationship On Korean Peninsula The IOC Graciously Takes Credit For Improved Relationship On Korean Peninsula

The international sports cartel better known as the IOC released its annual statement about the year that was and what’s to come in 2019 and it’s very much like the IOC itself: bloated, self-congratulatory, and devoid of substance.

Spanish Rhythmic Gymnasts Competed In Bedazzled Concentration Camp-Style Leotards Spanish Rhythmic Gymnasts Competed In Bedazzled Concentration Camp-Style Leotards

At a rhythmic gymnastics competition in Spain late last week, five gymnasts took to the mat in striped leotards reminiscent of concentration camp uniforms with yellow numbers (instead of stars) on their chests. Then they performed to music, a Spanish cover of the song “Beautiful That Way” from Roberto Benigni’s…

Blues Add Puppy To Practice So Hopefully Players Will Stop Fighting

Just three days after Blues players brawled during practice, the hockey team’s official Twitter account sent out this video of a puppy on the ice, during practice doing hockey puppy things like playing with a puck, chasing a stick, and just being all-around magical.

Not All Ice Sports Are Created Equal Not All Ice Sports Are Created Equal

Last night, I, along with several other Deadspin idiots, went to watch the Islanders and Golden Knights play a hockey game. It was my first time watching live hockey and I don’t know a whole lot about the sport, although I gathered from the booing that the house lights failing and play being delayed for 15 minutes was…

Larry Nassar Helped Draft USA Gymnastics' Sexual Misconduct Policies Larry Nassar Helped Draft USA Gymnastics' Sexual Misconduct Policies

Monday’s 252-page report from Ropes & Gray, the law firm contracted by the USOC to investigate the role of individuals and institutions in enabling Larry Nassar’s decades of sexual abuse of gymnasts, has so far led to widespread condemnation of the USOC and USA Gymnastics (again) and at least one firing—Alan Ashley,…

Here Are Some Of The Interesting And Horrifying Revelations From The Larry Nassar Report Here Are Some Of The Interesting And Horrifying Revelations From The Larry Nassar Report

Yesterday, Ropes & Gray, the law firm commissioned by the USOC to investigate the various institutional and individual failures that enabled Larry Nassar to abuse hundreds of gymnasts for decades, issued a report on their findings . The biggest revelation—that Alan Ashley, chief of sports performance, was notified in…

Ropes & Gray Nassar Investigation Paints Damning Picture Of USOC And USA Gymnastics [Update] Ropes & Gray Nassar Investigation Paints Damning Picture Of USOC And USA Gymnastics [Update]

On Monday, the law firm Ropes & Gray released its 252-page report into the institutional failures that enabled Larry Nassar’s decades-long abuse of women and girls in his role of USA Gymnastics physician. The investigation, which was commissioned by the board of the USOC in February 2018—more than a year after the…

American Figure Skater Crashes Headfirst Into The Ice, Referee Allows Her To Continue American Figure Skater Crashes Headfirst Into The Ice, Referee Allows Her To Continue

At the Golden Spin of Zagreb, a skating competition in Croatia, the American pair skaters Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc were in the final third of their long program on Friday, heading into their last overhead lift, when LeDuc’s hand appeared to slip as Cain was exiting the lift. She fell, headfirst, onto the ice.…

Olympic Boxing Is In A Mess Of Trouble Olympic Boxing Is In A Mess Of Trouble

The global sporting administrative elite are gathered in Tokyo this week to discuss issues facing the Olympic movement. These went beyond the usual “how to extract millions of dollars from a few new host cities” concerns to encompass recognizing new sports like kickboxing and the Russian martial art sambo and…

You Can Pry My Headphone Jack From My Cold Dead Hands You Can Pry My Headphone Jack From My Cold Dead Hands

I purchased my last iPhone in the summer of 2016 and I’m still using it. But this blog is not a boast about how I am resisting consumerism and striking a blow against Apple’s dedication to planned obsolescence. I’m not bragging about how I haven’t (yet) dropped my phone in the toilet. The purchase date of my iPhone is…

If USA Gymnastics Dies, What Takes Its Place? If USA Gymnastics Dies, What Takes Its Place?

Until two years ago, there was no question over who controlled gymnastics in the United States. USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, had been in charge of administering the sport at every level, from novice all the way up through elite, since the early 1960s. Other organizations had and have a claim on…

The USOC Moved To Take Over USA Gymnastics After Learning The Depths Of Its Incompetence The USOC Moved To Take Over USA Gymnastics After Learning The Depths Of Its Incompetence

Earlier this week, the USOC took the first steps toward decertifying USA Gymnastics as the official governing body of the sport in the United States. This move was long overdue as USA Gymnastics has been flailing for over two years since the Indianapolis Star reported the first allegations against former team doctor…

Sam Mikulak Finally Has His Medal Sam Mikulak Finally Has His Medal

I have never been so happy to have a blog of mine age so poorly.

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