Ok ladies, next time we’re wearing blue.

Ok ladies, next time we’re wearing blue.

When Winning Doesn’t Get Old

Official link to the post from earlier.

When Winning Doesn’t Get Old

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To find the last time Japan’s Kohei Uchimura didn’t win the all around gold medal at a major gymnastics competition you’d have to go back—way back—biblically back by gymnastics standards. All the way back to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Uchimura, in just his second year as a senior athlete, didn’t win the all around title at those Olympics games. He came in second.  

It was the last time anyone would beat him. Uchimura won the gold medal at every world championship (2009, 2010, 2011) leading up to the 2012 Olympics. He won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic games. And then he won the world title again in 2013, marking his fifth consecutive world all-around title. Tonight in China, he will start the journey for his sixth.

To an athlete, winning never gets old. It’s the driving force that keeps many going, even if it’s been years since they last reached the top. To stand alone as the best, after years of soul (and bone) crushing work—there’s not a single way in life to duplicate the feeling (no matter how seriously you decide to take Fantasy Football). 

To the media, and even to fans, relentless winning can become an anti-climatic drag. When one team or one athlete keeps dominating year after year, stories aren’t as exciting; matches, games and competitions become more predictable; the race for minor medals becomes the dominant storyline. Everyone loves an underdog. Everyone loves a surprise. Roger Federer, Serena Williams, The Yankees in their heyday, the Lakers in the 80’s—each got nearly as much hate for winning as they did praise (and Serena and Roger are still winning). 

Dominance exhaustion is real. Particularly in a sport such as gymnastics, where there are so few competitions, it can begin to feel as though you’re watching the same meet on a constant loop. It can be argued that complete, utter, dominance can actually hurt a sport and isolate some fans.

But some athletes make their sport better by winning. Athletes whose victories electrify fan bases and make even the most fickle viewers  crave to see them keep on winning. Tiger Woods is one. Another is Kohei Uchimura. Uchimura has given gymnastics a true superstar with longevity—a long-term rooting interest in a sport where careers rocket upwards quickly and fizzle even faster.

 

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They’ve been here before. They might be here again.

They’ve been here before. They might be here again.

Aliya’s reaction to the crowd chanting her name 

(via mustdefine)

kutiekaygirlie:

wats-good-gabby:

friendly reminder that this woman:

- has competed at 6 olympics

- has 11 world championship medals, 9 on vault

- returned to gymnastics after becoming a mother

- is 37 and was competing before any of her competitors were born

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she also is training for Rio

BLESS OKSANA CHUSOVITINA

She is a hero!

#chusoForever

(via its-a-gymnast-thing)

Claudia makes Aly Raisman look like Shannon Miller

And I preference this by saying: I really enjoy Claudia. But GIRL.

No.

Not correct.

Still not correct.

Nope.

Uh…

But you’ve really got to be kidding me.

Fine.

I am almost never ever naggy, but—

Claudia Fragapane has the most god awful form I’ve literally ever (ever). I do not enjoy.

Don’t get me wrong, very exciting gymnast for England and Great Britain, incredibly fun personality, something different, something special, but right now these routines aren’t quite ready for the world stage. Soon, but not yet.

Best is yet to come obviously.

jordynslefteyebrow:

And suddenly I can’t wait for 2020….

jordynslefteyebrow:

And suddenly I can’t wait for 2020….

(via bailies-keys)

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