When people think of gymnastics, they usually think of cartwheels, flips and Simone Biles. But there's a whole other world of amazing gymnastics out there, and it's called acrobatics.
For the past couple of weeks, Larry Nassar and the sex abuse scandal at Michigan State University and USA gymnastics were everywhere. My Tumblr dashboard was overflowing with links to newspaper articles, videos from victims in court, tweets from prominent people, opinion articles and so on. All these new pieces of information answered two basic questions:
Team Belgium will always be my number one team, that’s a fact. But team France has been making its way up on my personal podium as well. So, here’s why you should start rooting for l’équipe française.
2 days, 5 subdivisions, 146 athletes, 438 routines. Hardly any live streaming. It's okay if you missed some of qualifications, because I'm bringing you up to date on the performances you should've seen.
Let’s just say the gymternet's opinion about the World Championships in Montreal wasn’t very favourable. And yes, that's an understatement.
We all love little Ragan, Liu Tingting, Eremina and Iordache. But I'm even more interested in the best of the rest. That’s why I present to you, the all-arounders that could be closing the gap and coming for your medals.
A weekend with lots of falls, sports tape and tears. But even more coaching, comforting and happy smiles.
The 12 best teams from all over France gathered in Valenciennes to fight for the title of national team champions. On top of that, three Belgians competed as guests and showed us their new skills. I came, I saw, I loved it.