Gymternet Weekly: Powerhouses to participate in November FIG meet; Minnesota board votes to cut men’s team (October 5 – 11, 2020)

By Patricia Duffy | October 13, 2020
Gymternet Weekly: Powerhouses to participate in November FIG meet; Minnesota board votes to cut men's team (October 5 - 11, 2020)

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Top headlines from this post

– Powerhouses set to compete in November FIG friendly meet

In what will be a roarous return to international competition, the U.S. will participate in a friendly meet in Japan in early November. ⁠

– Minnesota Board of Regents votes to cut men’s team

On Friday, the Minnesota Board of Regents approved the Athletic Department’s plan to eliminate Men’s Gymnastics, Men’s Tennis, and Men’s Indoor Track beginning in FY 2022, despite alternative solutions presented by the teams.

– Tokyo Olympics’ biggest COVID-19 challenge could be Team USA

Americans are usually the largest Olympic Games squad and the biggest winners. Their country is also among the most infected.

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Powerhouses set to compete in November FIG friendly meet

In what will be a roarous return to international competition, the U.S. WILL participate in a friendly meet in Japan in early November. The decision and Monday’s official announcement from the FIG comes after USA Gymnastics was undecided on the meet as recently as a couple of weeks ago. The 6-person U.S. delegation will be split up and assigned to two mixed teams for the meet–Team Friendship and Team Solidarity.

Click here for the meet format, U.S. roster, and more.

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Tokyo Olympics’ biggest coronavirus challenge could be Team USA

The U.S. has won more medals than any other nation in Olympic history. It usually has the largest contingent of athletes at the Summer Games. And it’s the highest-value single market for Olympic broadcast rights, the International Olympic Committee’s primary source of revenue.

It’s also, by coronavirus metrics, the least desirable guest at any party. The U.S. leads the world in confirmed cases of the virus and in confirmed deaths from the disease. Only 15 countries currently welcome U.S. visitors without qualification, according to the online tool Covid Controls.

That creates a thorny hospitality dilemma for Tokyo, as the host of the rescheduled 2021 Summer Olympics—one that Team USA is keenly aware of and already seeking ways to defuse, U.S. Olympic officials say.

Read the full article here.

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University of Alaska, Anchorage raises over $31,000 in first week of fundraising campaign

As of close of business on Friday, October 9, the University of Alaska, Anchorage women’s team had raised approximately $31,896.25, with more donations not yet logged.

The Seawolves need to raise $888,000 by February 15, 2021–half in cash donations, half in pledges–to save the gymnastics program. Click here to donate.

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Ireland’s McClenaghan finalizes new routine ahead of 2020 Euros

Ireland’s Prince of the Pommel, Rhys McClenaghan, has put the finishing touches on his new pommel horse set and is now just biding until December when he’ll debut the routine on the 2020 European Championships stage.

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Danell Leyva comes out on #NationalComingOutDay

Three-time Olympic medalist Danell Leyva came out on Sunday, in honor of National Coming Out Day. The U.S. gymnast shared a Twitter thread in which he said, “Earlier this year I finally understod that I’m bi/pan…”

Read the full thread by clicking the tweet below.

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Aly Raisman speaks out on #WorldMentalHealthDay

“It’s normal to go through ups and downs in life. There’s no such thing as a perfect life,” Aly Raisman began in a spot for Sanvello on October 10–World Mental Health Day. Watch the full feature below.

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West Chester cancels winter and spring sports seasons

West Chester University announced last week that it is cancelling its winter and spring sports seasons, which includes its women’s gymnastics team. A petition has been started to ask WCU to rethink its decision. Click here to sign.

Training clips: McClain brings back her double-double, Stacey Ervin Jr.’s huge triple front off vault, and more

This week’s training clips section includes 20 videos that feature Georgia Godwin (AUS), Heath Thorpe (AUS), Sanna Veerman (NED), Jordan Chiles (USA), Konnor McClain (USA), Stacey Ervin Jr. (USA), and many more national and international athletes!

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It’s coming ????

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after 3 years..it’s back?

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Back on it with these mad connections?

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