newsweek:

The Frozen Closet | Timeline: LGBT Moments in Figure Skating

"Growing up straight in a dominantly homophobic and homosexual sport was hard for me and for them," he adds. "I remember my family defending my sexuality before I even understood what sexuality meant."

"I remember being constantly asked, ‘Oh, you’re a figure skater now? So you’re gay?’"

At 12, Larcom went to live and train as a pairs skater in Tampa, Fla. Despite being thousands of miles from home, he encountered the same stereotypes. Once, a girlfriend, a fellow skater, dumped him because her friends teased her about dating a male figure skater. Hockey players called him “fag,” “gay,” “homo” and “queer.”

"I’d be holding my skating partner’s hand [while practicing on the ice], and I’d want to go faster and stronger to prove I could beat them," Larcom says about the hockey players. "I thought, You’re playing with sticks, but I have this girl who I can lift and throw. You try to look like you’re Goliath." MORE | Timeline

Was very proud to be quoted in this important article aimed at asking why more Figure Skaters don’t feel they can come out and be their true selves. Great writing by AJD and kudos to Newsweek for making this their cover. - LG

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Never-Ending List of Favorite Gymnasts

Chellsie Memmel, USA

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If Bruno G. really wants to see more all arounders, I suggested he do away with the 2 per country rule in the all around. boom. 12 more all arounders. problem solved.

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on the next episode of chalk bowl drama “kyla spaces out”

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It’s appears that it’s a matter of perspective. In the official interview which Chow’s wife gave, she mentions the situation being “A little awkward” and also notes that they heard only rumors from other people and nothing directly from Gabby herself until she came in to tell them she was leaving that same day. Gabby also stated at nationals in an interview “As far as I know I”m still at Chow’s” This news broke two days later. Chow was also not in the country at the time, so the evidence points to it being quite sudden and unexpected for the Chow’s

That being said. This isn’t a post about Douglas leaving, or her future plans so much as it as a post about the story of two coaches, their journey and how amazing it is to have access to these old competitions from USA Gymnastics. It’s about the stories that keep going in the sport. Not about Douglas.

wagrobanite replied to your post: A Gymnastics Time Capsul: Waller Vs. Chow.

You might want to rethink this statement: “Leaving Chow and his wife noticeably blindsided.” And go look at tellmeimgood’s tumblr. Probably isn’t true that she left blindsided. Just the media trying to stir up drama that isn’t there.

A Gymnastics Time Capsule: Waller Vs. Chow.

Looking to catch up on some vintage Zmeskal after watching her coach some great rising stars at the 2013 US National Championships, I decided to watch some of her old competitions that I either hadn’t caught when I was younger, or had forgotten about. The one that came to mind was the 1991 American Cup, which was in my home city of Orlando, in the arena I graduated in, and competed in when I was a gymnast at Brown’s Gymnastics.


For a spectator in the stands 22 years ago, it was without doubt, Kim and Betty Okino who were the the story. But watching this time around, there was another story. An unexpected and amazing story. There, near minute 17. was a young Chris Waller, the eventual coach of Mohini Bhardwaj and Jordyn Wieber, and the rumored new coach of 2012 Olympic All Around Champ Gabby Douglas. Douglas left behind the man who made her a champion, Liang Ziao, or as he’s better known in the gymnastics world “Chow”, earlier this month in sudden, dramatic, quite befuddling fashion. She headed to LA, where it’s believed Waller will coach her, leaving Chow and his wife noticeably blindsided.

There in 1991 in the Orlando “O”-Rena, Chris Waller performed a Parallel Bar routine. As he dismounted and walked away to receive his score the camera panned to the next man getting ready to go up on the P-Bars, Liang Ziao. The broadcast then cut away to a fluff piece about the rising Chinese sports dynasty, with a focus on Ziao. When the camera returned to the action, all I could think of was that these two men who didn’t speak the same language, live in the same country, or know each other at all, would be inextricably linked 22 years later. Instead of competing back to back, they would be training the same athlete back to back, in the most unlikely fashion.

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Waller went on to finish second in the competition, Chow would fall twice on the high bar and down to the bottom of the standings. Years later, it would be Chow who would walk away with the highest prize in coaching and Waller who would again be in second position, waiting in the wings for a golden opportunity with Douglas—A whole new competition, in a much bigger arena, with more cameras than ever before. Both Chow and Waller are coaches I not only like, but respect immensely, I see them as coaches far more than I see them or remember them as athletes (Unlike Valeri Liukin who I still distinctly remember as an athlete). Getting the chance to see them compete, in a line-up back to back, was like watching a cool, strange, gymnastics alternate universe that reminded me the stories continue long after the competitions end and the cameras stop rolling.

Watching the competition made me wish for the power to stop the video, pause time, walk into that arena, straight over the parallel bars and whisper to both of them “You won’t believe how this story ends.”

Watch the 1991 American Cup here, Thanks to USA Gymnastics YouTube catalog of past domestic competitions.

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awwww look at that face!!

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Fierce Five - 2013 HOF Induction

Mega feels from this.

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she refuses to get her haircut like marta wanted 

and now she is wearing the colors marta doesnt like 

ROCK ON MAC NEVER STOP BEING YOU

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