What the gymternet wanted for 2016

Back in December last year, I asked what was on top of your gymnastics wish list for 2016. Seven months later, let’s take a look at the dreams that came true, the hopes that were shattered and the world of possibilities at the upcoming Olympics.

 THESE DREAMS CAME TRUE! emoji_happycrying

  1. Belgium qualifying a team to the Olympics.
  2. Brazil qualifying a team to the Olympics.
  3. Laurie and Norah and Ragan go to Rio (*cries*).
  4. Madison Kocian named to the Olympic team in some capacity.
  5. Aly and Kyla make the team so they can shoo away the haters who doubted them.
  6. Lieke and Sanne both compete in Rio and get press coverage for being twins.
  7. Yao, Songsong, Potato, and Dandan make the Chinese Olympic team (number five? maybe Chen or Liu).



  1. Larisa winning beam in Rio. LARI BRING OUT THAT 2014 WORLDS TF-LIKE 15.5 BUT FIRST OF ALL DONT FALL
  2. Vika becoming Olympic UB Champion.
  3. For the Aussies to qualify a team to Rio and for Lauren Mitchell to be fit and healthy enough to be on the team!
  4. Catherine Lyons making the GB Olympic Team and being able to perform her floor on the Olympic podium.
  5. Kyla goes to Rio and medals on beam/bars
  6. For Bailie to be on Team USA.
  7. For Afan to finally win an Individual Olympic Medal (preferably Gold on Floor but hey beggars can’t be choosers) in her final Olympic Performance forever.
  8. For Romania to QUALIFY for Rio.
  9. Ana Porgras comes back and wins beam at Rio.
  10. Norah Flatley becoming the Olympic beam champion.
  11. Kyla Ross and Jazmyn Foberg make the Olympic team.
  12. Bailie Key competes in the team final for USA.
  13. Norah to SLAY her senior debut by making the Olympic team.
  14. Vika wins the AA.
  15. Vika winning an AA medal at Rio.
  16. Norah Flatley getting a beam medal.
  17. Maggie winning an individual medal.



  1. Shang Chunsong wins an individual medal in Rio.
  2. Aliya Mustafina back-to-back Olympic champion on bars.
  3. Epke to retain his Olympic title on HB.
  4. Aly and Larisa both winning AA medals in Rio. (YES THIS COUNTS AS ONE THING OKAY)
  5. Someone on GB/the team to win a medal at Rio.
  6. Eythora to kill it in the Olympics, qualify to a final or two, and maaaaaybe medal!
  7. Vany winning a medal, I don’t care if it’s AA or floor just something.
  8. Gabby gets an individual medal in Rio.
  9. Simone and Gabby go 1-2 in the AA.
  10. Aly goes to Rio and gets gold in something individual.
  11. Sanne Wevers or Lieke Wevers or Eythora placing in beam event final.
  12. Hong Un Jong winning vault gold!
  13. Team medal for GB girls.
  14. Ellie Downie gets a medal in something at Rio.
  16. Simone, Gabby, and Ellie Downie as the AA podium.
  17. Brazil making TF.
  18. Becky Downie getting a bars medal (or not being a headcase in the qualifications and actually making finals would be good).
  19. Ellie hitting beam in EF and winning a medal.
  20. Aly back-to-back Olympic champion on floor.
  21. Simone gets at least 3 golds.
  22. Ellie Black getting on the podium in Rio!
  23. Double Downies make Rio and hit all their routines.
  24. Aliya wins an individual gold (preferably UB).
  25. Ellie Downie gets a vault medal.
  26. Simone wins vault.
  27. Both Olegs and Manrique win an Olympic medal.
  28. Eythora hits beam and medals in EF.
  29. For Laurie Hernandez to compete at least floor in Rio.
  30. A beam final with no falls.
  31. Aliya winning another Olympic AA medal.
  32. Both Russian teams managing not to self destruct in TFs and to come away with medals.
  33. Maria Paseka VT gold.
  34. Catalina Ponor winning yet another Olympic medal.
  35. Aliya to be healthy and medal in Rio.
  36. Simone, Aly, Sae winning floor medals.


I’d say we gymfans are pretty lucky right now. We’re grateful for already getting 11% of the things we wanted. (One day) we’ll make peace with the 30% that is not gonna happen. And we have high hopes for the 59% of our remaining wishes.

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