Gymternet Weekly: Texas Dreams abuse allegations, USAG Hall of Fame, and more (August 6 – 14, 2020)

By Patricia Duffy | August 14, 2020
Gymternet Weekly: Texas Dreams abuse allegations, USAG Hall of Fame, and more (August 6 - 14, 2020)

It’s never a dull week around the gymternet! Here’s our weekly roundup of news, videos, and more from your favorite gymnasts!

Click here to read last week’s edition of Gymternet Weekly.

P.S. Have a news item or video you think should be considered for “Gymternet Weekly”? Email a link to [email protected]!

Empowering Olympic, Paralympic and Amateur Athletes Act passes the Senate

The governance structure of Olympic sports in the United States would receive renewed oversight aimed at protecting young athletes from the kind of abuse that roiled the gymnastics world and upended the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee under a bill approved unanimously last week in the Senate.

The bill, which was introduced in July 2019, had bipartisan support, and lawmakers are hopeful for a quick passage in the House.

Click here to learn more about the bill that Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and others are supporting.

USA Gymnastics announces 2020 Hall of Fame inductees

USA Gymnastics recently announced the six athletes and coaches who will be inducted into the USAG Hall of Fame in 2020.

The list of standouts in the sport include Morgan Hamm, Bridget Sloan, Yoichi Tomita, Jordyn Wieber, Mary Wright, and Nora Campbell. The class of 2020 inductees will be formally honored next year.

Read the full announcement and backgrounds on each inductee here.

USA Gymnastics announces two new partnerships

USAG recently announced Hyperice and Stack Sports as its newest partners.

Hyperice is now the official recovery technology partner of USAG, and Stack Sports is providing all members access to their CaptainU college recruitment platform.

Click here for more details on each partnership.

Donnell Whittenburg all business on the cover of KRAVE

Current U.S. National Team member Donnell Whittenburg is the latest cover star of KRAVE Magazine! You can purchase a copy of the issue here.

Brown Girls Do Gymnastics and Garland Activewear team up

Brown Girls Do Gymnastics–the inspiring organization leading the charge in getting gymnastics into HBCUs–has teamed up with Garland Activewear to design a one-of-a-kind leotard that will directly benefit BGDG’s cause! Garland is donating 50% of proceeds directly to BGDG.

Saturday, August 15, is the last day to order! Click here to shop!

Texas Dreams plagued by abuse accusations

Texas Dreams Gymnastics is the latest gym to be hit with abuse allegations following the release of “Athlete A.”

Former Dreams gymnast Ashton Kim was the first to release a statement accusing the gym, and specifically, owners and head coaches Kim Zmeskal-Burdette and Chris Burdette, of abuse.

Soon after, former Dreams and Florida gymnast Kennedy Baker released a similar statement, hitting the pair with similar accusations.

More statements have been released since Kim dropped the first ball on Texas Dreams, including further accusations against other coaches within the program and at other programs around the country.

Training clips: McCallum channels Francis, Peszek’s triple-double, McClenaghan builds on other events, and more

As more and more gymnasts return to training across the world, we’re seeing an uptick in training videos, and we couldn’t be more excited! With the Olympics postponed and no meets for at least a couple of more months, the gymternet will take any peeks into the gym that athlete’s are willing to share. This week, we saw some U.S. athletes working some exciting upgrades.

This week, our training clips section is highlighted by Grace McCallum (USA), Samantha Peszek (USA), Rhys McClenaghan (IRL), and more.

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hey @danusiafrancis how’d i do?

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Just another bar vid ?

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Hands are on fire ??? #gymnactics #fitness

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bit by bit coming up

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back at it 🙂 @saluteleos

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the only kind of ring I’m concerned about

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@emjaefrazier said TAP IN ?????? #tapin

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Meme of the week

You had ONE JOB, Bill!

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