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It seems that Romania's Diana Bulimar has left the sport for good, so they say.

A Tumblr user wrote that they have asked Lăcrămioara Moldovan, Bulimar's coach, about the status of the gymnast and she said that she along with Paula Tudoarache have retired from gymnastics.

If true, the news comes as no surprise. The 22 year old athlete has been out of competition for more than a year. Her last competition was the Olympic test event where Romania failed to qualify to Rio.

She has suffered from multiple injuries during her career. She missed 2013 and 2014 World championships, and 2016 European championship due leg injuries.

The Romanian athlete turned senior in 2011. Her highest achievements were winning an Olympic bronze medal with the team in 2012 and four medals at European championships.

Paula Tudoarache, who turned senior in 2014, is best known for being part of the 2014 Romanian World team.

Written by Gigi Farid




Photo by Ginnastica Artistica Italiana

Ever since US Olympic champion Madison Kocian edited her Twitter bio, speculations have been made regarding whether she is retiring from elite gymnastics or not.

Kocian has recently updated her social media's bio and removed "elite gymnast" from it.

Her Twitter bio now reads "20. 3x World Champion. 2016 Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist! UCLA Gymnastics".

Last month, the 20 year old gymnast told NBC that she hasn't closed the door on her elite gymnastics career. She said that she will either stop in college and return to elite or finish her four college years and continue her life.

Kocian has suffered from multiple ankle injuries throughout her senior career which started in 2013. She was part of the 2014 and 2015 World gold winning teams. She was part of a historic four-way tie for the 2015 World gold medal on uneven bars with Russians Viktoria Komova and Daria Spiridonova, and China's Fan Yilin.

Her last elite competition was the Rio Olympic Games where she won gold with the team and silver on uneven bars.

She made her collegiate debut last January where she and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross made history by becoming the first Olympic gold medalists to compete as NCAA gymnasts.

Written by Gigi Farid




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According to an article published on Romanian website ilfovsport.ro, things aren't going well with Romanian national team.

Denisa Stanciu, Alexia Borăscu, Ioana Oprea, Coleen Tătaru and Ariadna Stanciu have recently left the training center.

Denisa Florea has moved to Spain and is trying to obtain the Spanish citizenship while according to adevarul.ro, Ariadna Stanciu and Coleen Tătaru are planning to leave the country.

Two weeks ago, news broke out that Olivia Cimpian has left Romania to compete for Hungary.

Denisa Stanciu's father has expressed his anger towards head coach Nicolae Forminte accusing him of psychologically terrorizing his daughter. He also warned him that more gymnasts will leave the sport.

Written by Gigi Farid

Mustafina's hands holding her daughther's 



Last month, Russian head coach Valentina Rodionenko revealed the name of Olympic gymnast Aliya Mustafina's newborn daughter which was Alisa, but rumors have been circulating that the head coach got her name wrong.

On an Instagram post about Mustafina published by sport express, a comment was made regarding the gymnast's daughter that says her name is Olesya not Alisa.

It is said that the commenter worked at the country's Olympic day which was held on 23rd June and which Mustafina attended.  According to her Instagram, the commenter is a Russian chess champion.

Aliya's fans found themselves inclined to believe the commenter, with many pointing out that Olesya sounds more Russian and a lot less like the gymnast's name. Some also pointed out that Aliya's cat's name is Lisa which would make it strange for her to choose a name for her daughter that sounds close to her cat's.

The two time Olympic champion hasn't yet announced her daughter's name to the press.

Recently, Mustafina said that she has no plans of coming back this season.

Updates: According to Liubov Baladzhaeva, editor of gymnovosti.com, Mustafina's husband has called his daughter name Alisa not Olesya in an Instagram video which has been deleted.

She stated that both Alisa and Olesya are Russian names and sound similar, and that she is more inclined to believe that the daughter's name is Alisa since it has been popular recently.

Written by Gigi Farid.



Jordyn Wieber and Chris Brooks' selfie. Photograph: Chris Brooks/Instagram

Are Jordyn Wieber and Chris Brooks in a relationship?

The Gymternet has been in a frenzy since last week, when U.S. Olympian Chris Brooks posted the above picture on Instagram, with the hashtag #unsalted. Brooks features in the photo kissing on the head 2012 Olympic champion Jordyn Wieber.

Is this the beginning of a new gym-romance? The two gymnasts have not confirmed it yet.

Jordyn Wieber, 21, is the 2011 all around world champion and a 2012 Olympic champion with the team. She retired from gymnastics after London 2012 and is now a student and a coach at UCLALast Saturday, she was in Salt Lake City, Utah, as assistant coach on floor for the UCLA Bruins.

Chris Brooks, 30, was the captain of the U.S. men’s gymnastics team in Rio 2016. He was also an alternate at the London 2012 Olympics. Additionally, Brooks is a former NCAA gymnast. He was a member of the Oklahoma team from 2005 to 2009, and won the national title with his team in 2008.

If the rumours are true, Jordyn Wieber would be the second member of the Fierce Five to have got into a relationship in these last month. Fellow Olympic champion Aly Raisman also started dating her boyfriend, Colton Underwood, last autumn, after her second Olympic success in Rio 2016.

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According to a TV program,Viktoria Komova won't be part of the Russian team which will compete at the upcoming European championships.

Rodionenko said that the 21 year old gymnast informed her that she was admitted to the hospital once again for check up thus won't be able to participate at the European championships. She added that the gymnast's chances of making the Olympics will depend on her health.

Last month, Komova withdrew from the Russian championships due to back pain. It is worth mentioning that her last European championships was four years ago.

However, Komova's withdrawal hasn't been made official.

The Tv presenter stated that the Olympic team will be announced after the European championships. Ksenia Afanasiyeva, Aliya Mustafina, Daria Spiridonova, Maria Paseka and Angelina Melinkova will most likely be chosen.

Rodionenko is having high expectations for new senior Melinkova whom she believes will become a sensation.

Written by Gigi Farid



Aliya Mustafina
Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

In a series of photo by graceclick.ca, it was shown that the Russians are training some difficult skills.

Apparently, Seda Tutkhalyan did an Amanar on vault but sat it down, while Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina trained F rated double layout, a skill they both have never competed it before.

Komova performed all her skills on balance beam from London except for the dismount. She did a double back tuck (D) instead of double arabian (G). On floor, she was shown training her opening tumbling pass from London, a 1.5 twisting layout (C) to double arabian (E). Her twisting form is not so impressive.

Mustafina seems to be aiming to include a Semenova turn in her floor routine. She also re included her triple twist, apparently she has not yet improved  her twisting form.

It looks like Tutkhalyan will compete two vaults, the second being a round off half on half off.


The photos received a strong reaction from the gyminternet:

thesegripsweremadeforchalking Please tell me I’m not the only one wildly excited by this

aly126 DLOs for Vika and Aliya !!! 

mustafinesse A Vika Double Layout scares me so much! please protect your ankles <3

dariaskrypnik why are people so excited over horribly executed DLOs that will likely lead to injury for both vika and aliya lol????

Ok, there’s nothing I would want more in this world than to see Aliya and Vika executin F tumbling passes well. However we are not just assuming the DLOs are not great. We have a picture of Aliya landing extremely low and an other one of Vika (who btw hasn’t competed anything harder than a double pike for 3 years) being spotted, which is not usually the case for Russians in podium training. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to be worried, especially since we are talking about two athletes who have struggled so much with injuries.

like-dudnik-in-1989 Vika with a DLO! It wouldn’t sound surprising if we were in 2010, she always was so high doing double backs, but now? I’m dying to see it tho
-Seda will be throwing the Amanar. I thought they would wait until Glasgow, at least. Let’s see (and pray).
-WHY ALIYA IS DOING A TRIPLE AND NOT AN ARABIAN JESUS CHRIST. How could Starkin allow that?
Beside this, the rest was kinda predictable tbh

whip-whip-triple Vikas form on the triple looks a bit on the terrible side

thepushyqueenofsluttown DEAR LAWD WHY WOULD ALIYA PUT THE TRIPLE TWIST BACK IN PLEASE GOD NO

And why no double arabian, which was her nicest pass?

This makes no sense.

Written by Gigi Farid

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